Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Gina's Pizza and Italian Gourmet have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
Gina's Pizza and Italian Gourmet is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this pizzeria.
Gina's Pizza and Italian Gourmet tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
Delivery and takeout are also available. You'll be knocking down our door to pick up your food, or we'll be knocking down yours.
Don't waste time or money searching for a parking space — pull into the lot next door at no extra charge.
Featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the pizzeria's evening menu is rated top-of-the-line.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Gina's Pizza and Italian Gourmet's pizza say it is the absolute best.
Just because Gina's Pizza and Italian Gourmet is quick and easy doesn't make it any less tasty. For some of the most highly-rated pizza in town, swing on by today.
It's time you enjoyed a piece of pizza casually with your friends and family at Gina's Pizza and Italian Gourmet's restaurant.
Pizza is a food staple that is done right by Gina's Pizza and Italian Gourmet.
Settle down with delicious dumplings and other Chinese favorites at Sun Ming Chinese Restaurant in Irmo.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at Sun Ming Chinese Restaurant, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
Got kids? No problem at Sun Ming Chinese Restaurant! This restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Sun Ming Chinese Restaurant goes easy on the dress code — business casual is expected, so no need to squeeze into your finest attire.
That's right! Sun Ming Chinese Restaurant will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
The only thing tastier than our food and drinks is the free parking.
No matter what you choose off the menu at Sun Ming Chinese Restaurant, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
Chicken fried rice, egg rolls, and more await you at Sun Ming Chinese Restaurant.
For casual cuisine that everyone will enjoy, stop by El Poblano Mexican Restaurant for a Mexican-style menu.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
Got kids? No problem at El Poblano Mexican Restaurant! This restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to El Poblano Mexican Restaurant for easy seating.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at El Poblano Mexican Restaurant.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
Drivers can take advantage of the parking lot near El Poblano Mexican Restaurant and save time on hunting for a parking spot.
If you're short on cash, take care of business with one of many major credit cards.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — El Poblano Mexican Restaurant serves up all three meals.
If you're looking for a delicious taco or burrito, you'd definitely be wise to head to El Poblano Mexican Restaurant.
There's no better way to celebrate Taco Tuesday than at El Poblano Mexican Restaurant, so head on over today and chow down on some unique tacos.
Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by Zorbas Express Pizza's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza served in the heart of Northwest Columbia will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
Zorbas Express Pizza welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Zorbas Express Pizza cater for you.
Want to enjoy this pizzeria without the wait? Get it to go.
Don't waste time or money searching for a parking space — pull into the lot next door at no extra charge.
Zorbas Express Pizza is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Cut out the sky-high price tags, add incredible flavor and an awesome menu and what do you get? Zorbas Express Pizza is the answer to finding great food at even better prices!
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Zorbas Express Pizza's pizza say it is the absolute best.
Whether you're in the mood for a slice of pizza or a whole pizza pie, Zorbas Express Pizza has you covered.
Hankering for a side of fries? Try the grub at Lizard's Thicket, a tasty restaurant serving American-style fare.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Lizard's Thicket for easy seating.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Lizard's Thicket to your next party or event.
Complimentary parking is provided in the lot next to Lizard's Thicket.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Breakfast fare is rated highest at the restaurant, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
When you have a hunger craving, head over to Lizard's Thicket and treat yourself to an American classic.
When you're in need of a casual night out, head to Lizard's Thicket and enjoy some great American classics.
Just because you're rushing doesn't mean you have to miss out on a delicious meal — Irmo's Chick-Fil-A will fill you up in a hurry.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Chick-Fil-A to grab a spot on the patio.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Chick-Fil-A.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Chick-Fil-A as well.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Chick-Fil-A is just steps away from a parking lot.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
At Chick-Fil-A, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
Convenience is essential at Chick-Fil-A, and food is served from morning until night.
Pick up a tasty lunch or dinner from Chick-Fil-A and enjoy the convenience of quick and flavorful meal options.
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.