Visit A&W Restaurant for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Clackamas' Clackamas.
We'll let you park onsite to help get you closer to our scrumptious menu.
Feeling hungry? Get the best bang for your buck at A&W Restaurant, a local restaurant.
When you're craving a true American classic, such as a burger and fries, make your way over to A&W Restaurant.
Munch on tasty pub grub at McCool's Pub and Grill.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
McCool's Pub and Grill is ready to make any occasion a special one with a great space and thoughtful food.
At McCool's Pub and Grill, diners can score happy hour deals.
Wifi access is totally free at McCool's Pub and Grill, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at McCool's Pub and Grill.
The restaurant can get full to bursting on a busy Friday or Saturday night, so the safest bet is to call ahead for a reservation.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at McCool's Pub and Grill.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Through their catering service, McCool's Pub and Grill can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Patrons will love the number of street and lot parking options close to McCool's Pub and Grill.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
If you're looking to rack up your frequent flyer miles, feel free to pay by major credit card.
McCool's Pub and Grill offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
When pub fare is calling your name, head on over to McCool's Pub and Grill and snack on all of your favorite eats.
Swing by California Pizza Kitchen and enjoy a quick slice of pizza.
Enjoy Italian at its best and choose from specialty pastas and pizzas just the way you like them.
Be sure to complete your meal at this pizzeria with a drink from the pizzeria's full bar.
Got kids? No problem at California Pizza Kitchen! This pizzeria is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at California Pizza Kitchen.
For those in a rush, the pizzeria lets you take your food to go.
The pizzeria also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of California Pizza Kitchen to your next party or event.
Free parking is available in a lot near California Pizza Kitchen.
California Pizza Kitchen offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
California Pizza Kitchen s mid-range cuisine will please your pockets as well as your palate.
California Pizza Kitchen has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
If you've had a long and hard week, come visit California Pizza Kitchen and enjoy a pizza in a casual atmosphere.
When you need a quick dinner option for the whole family, stop by California Pizza Kitchen and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza.
A relaxed establishment serving filling Mexican fare, La Costita Mexican Restaurant's tacos, burritos, tamales and more will certainly appease your appetite.
Calling all gluten-free and low-fat diners! La Costita Mexican Restaurant has a multitude of dishes right up your alley that are freshly-prepared and taste amazing.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
At La Costita Mexican Restaurant, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? La Costita Mexican Restaurant also offers catering.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
This dining establishment is located near hassle-free parking options.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy La Costita Mexican Restaurant since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
La Costita Mexican Restaurant is an easy choice for anyone looking for a casual meal and great Mexican food.
La Costita Mexican Restaurant serves up some of the best Mexican fare in town, so head on over today and treat yourself to some authentic eats.
Craving finger food? Head to Gustav's German Pub and Grill and chow down on classic pub fare.
Gluten-free and low-fat are not one in the same, but this place serves them both.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this restaurant.
Check out the brews and bites at happy hour, and kick back without spending a fortune.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Gustav's German Pub and Grill.
The after-work crowd can fill the place up, so be sure to take advantage of reservations at Gustav's German Pub and Grill.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Gustav's German Pub and Grill as well.
Take advantage of the quick and easy parking near Gustav's German Pub and Grill.
No matter what you choose off the menu at Gustav's German Pub and Grill, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30.
It's about time you ate the best pub food around with a trip to Gustav's German Pub and Grill.
For fresh maki, Clackamas' Fuji has got you covered.
Fuji serves food that not only tastes great, but is low in fat and gluten-free.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this restaurant, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Fuji for a group meal.
Fuji is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
Throwing a big party? Count on Fuji to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Fuji is just steps away from a parking lot.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
At Fuji, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
You'll definitely be impressed by the exotic Japanese cuisine served up by the traditional chefs at Fuji.
As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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A dainty sweet-potato bourbon cake (seen above). A deconstructed cheesecake topped with a sphere of fruit purée. A crème brûlée decorated with delicate, edible flowers. Ceviche plated to look more like a frothy cocktail than a bite of raw fish. These are just a few of the dishes that Chef Roque Heidler has conceptualized, plated, and posted to Instagram over the years.
Jump to his five tips for food photography.
This Tulsa chef is a bit of a Renaissance man. First and foremost, he works at The Chalkboard, an elegant New American restaurant where he does triple-duty as chef de cuisine, pastry chef, and resident plating expert. There, he quickly earned a reputation for his immaculate desserts, which helped him win the Sweets category in the first annual Taste of Groupon Awards. But that’s just his day job.
Over the years, Chef Heidler’s explored all sorts of facets of the art world. He experimented with street art in his youth, and, early on in his career, he took a two-year hiatus from the food industry to work as a tattoo artist. Today, he’s using those art skills to create the stunning desserts that first caught our attention.
We had the chance to chat with Chef Heidler after he won his award recently. Here are some of the highlights from our conversation.
Turning dining into an adventure
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For Chef Heidler, cooking is all about balancing the familiar and the surprising. “I generally like to do a take on my childhood favorites,” he explained. He starts with these classic dishes and infuses them with “some sort of whimsy” while maintaining their approachability.
Frequently, that whimsy he talks about comes in the form of some sort of sneaky molecular-gastronomy trick, be it dessert gels made with agar or fruit purées transformed into delicate spheres that crack open with the whack of a spoon. Or, consider his take on chocolate pie:
“I got ahold of some methylcellulose and I did this crazy, crazy mad-scientist chocolate pie … that had this strawberry-buttermilk foam and this methylcellulose chocolate filling. [The filling] would be liquid at 70 degrees, but once you heated it up to 140, it would turn into that custard state.” The resulting dessert balanced different temperatures, textures, and flavors—subverting the diners’ expectations about what a classic chocolate pie could be.
How his unique background inspires his food
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An artistic eye pervades everything Roque Heidler does. Though it’s been years since he did any street art or worked in a tattoo parlor, those experiences still give him a unique outlook on food: “I’ll look at flavors sometimes as colors, if that makes any sense. And I plate them out like that. Sometimes I’ll base a whole dish on a color and search for those flavors that go with it,” he said.
But over the years, he’s learned to let the flavors shine as much as the aesthetics. “Like, I mean, if you dig back a little deeper in [my career] ... you’ll see more of that really, really modernistic art on the plate, and I’ve dialed back from that a lot. I kind of learned, you know, you’ve gotta plate to the crowd.”
Working under the constraints of a traditional Lebanese restaurant helped him strike the right balance even more. “I just would take their classic flavors and would try to just distribute it out in that street-art form, like, layers and different takes and elevating it with different textures. But working under that [chef] taught me a lot about not detracting from the flavors so much that you couldn’t tell where it was from.”
Plating food like a pro
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Now that he’s traded in no-frills Lebanese cuisine for fine dining at The Chalkboard, Chef Heidler has a lot more room to experiment with his food’s presentation. But even though he knows that many of his diners will rush to snap and post photos of these beautiful plates, he tries not to let that Instagram culture shape what he does too much.
“I don’t think about 6 o’clock. I don’t think about any sort of clockwise on a plate. I more or less look for that overall balance from a bird’s eye view,” he said. That’s because when a plate is placed in front of a diner, that’s the first perspective they get. And this first impression is important—even if the guest immediately drops down to plate level to snap that perfect piece of food-porn photography.
They say that you eat with your eyes first, so moments like these are vital to a restaurant’s success. But last impressions are just as important as first ones at The Chalkboard. “I love doing the plate ups on desserts because it’s gonna be the last thing that sticks in your mind when you leave,” Chef Heidler said.
Five tips for improving your food photography
When his knack for plating, arts background, and love of Instagram, Chef Heidler is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to food photography. That’s why we took the opportunity to ask him for some of his best tips.
1. Find the best lighting.
Natural light is your friend.
2. Shoot on neutral backgrounds.
Chef Heidler works on gray tables at The Chalkboard, but he recommends photographing your own food on “anything black or white—that’s always going to give another element to your photo.”
3. Combine different textures.
Varying textures form the most interesting compositions. “Try to provide three different textures, be it a purée, be it a frozen element, be it something crunchy. ... That’s what’s going to give you that depth in your dish.”
4. Add some acid to boost the colors.
This is especially true if you’re photographing a dish you cooked yourself. “[Acid] will give you those bright, vibrant colors everybody tries to achieve,” he suggests. This usually means adding lemon juice or white vinegar to a dish to bring out its natural green, purples, or reds.
5. Try different angles.
He explains, “Take a step around, even if it’s like, I don’t know, 6 inches from where you were just at. You might capture a cooler way.”
Don’t roll up to the bar trying to stump Brandon Phillips. Brandon knows his cocktails. And he likes a challenge. As the bar director at Chicago’s The Duck Inn, he’s had more than a few. As he told us:
A neighborhood guest was positive I couldn’t make him an old-fashioned that tasted like a prime-rib dinner. A little beef bouillon, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, rum, and voilà, the Prime Rib Old-Fashioned was born.
In the video below, hear more on craft, cocktail culture, and good old-fashioned hospitality directly from Brandon, the winner in our inaugural Taste of Groupon Awards for the The Drink Award for the Advancement of Potent Potables.