Burger-enthusiasts will love biting into a beef patty at Maverick Saloon.
With this burger joint's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Big family? No problem. Bring the whole gang to Maverick Saloon.
What do you need at the end of the workweek? A happy hour at Maverick Saloon.
Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at Maverick Saloon.
Get online for free courtesy of Maverick Saloon's wifi.
Patrons are often seen swaying in their seats thanks to performances from Maverick Saloon's live musical groups or DJs.
Maverick Saloon also features a DJ and dancing.
Crowds are boisterous at the burger joint and the music is blaring, so get ready for a very loud night out.
During the burger joint's weekend rush, waiting in line is the name of the game (so avoid Friday and Saturday nights if you're looking for something quick).
You'll find most people wearing their favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as casual dining is Maverick Saloon's style.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Maverick Saloon to create the perfect night.
Want to enjoy this burger joint without the wait? Get it to go.
With a parking lot adjacent to Maverick Saloon, you won't get stuck circling the block.
Maverick Saloon offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
The average check at Maverick Saloon will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
Spend your morning, afternoon, or evening at Maverick Saloon, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Your hunt for the perfect burger is over. Head on over to Maverick Saloon for delicious quality you just can't beat.
So stop by Maverick Saloon today and indulge in one of the many highly-rated burger options.
Score your next slice at Pizza Shack — this joint has pizza-lovers dishing out cream of the crop reviews.
Gluten-free and low-fat is the name of the game at Pizza Shack, where eating healthy, flavorful dishes is of utmost importance.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this pizzeria, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at Pizza Shack.
If dining out is not on the agenda, this pizzeria offers delivery and pickup, too.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Pizza Shack also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Pizza Shack is just steps away from a parking lot.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Pizza Shack.
Deep pockets not required! Pizza Shack takes pride in its over-the-top flavor and just-right prices.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Pizza Shack also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
Everyone's talking about Pizza Shack. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
Pizza lovers can't get enough of Pizza Shack where the ratings are as hot as the pies, so come on down for a quick slice or two.
There's nothing tastier than a casual pie on a Friday night, so make plans to go to Pizza Shack this weekend.
So when you are in the mood for a tasty pizza pie, make your way over to the highly-rated Pizza Shack.
Pop over to Domino's Pizza for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Give your stomach a break and try some of Domino's Pizza's gluten-free or low-fat items.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this pizzeria, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Domino's Pizza's seasonally available outdoor seating.
Domino's Pizza offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
The pizzeria has catering services as well.
This pizzeria serves up innovative meals, so stop in, order takeout, or call for delivery. Whichever road you choose, happy eating!
If you've got the car, then we've got parking for you.
Cyclists are in luck. Domino's Pizza provides bike parking.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Domino's Pizza is at the top of the list.
For a casual meal that is highly-rated, look no further than Domino's Pizza's pizza.
So kick back, relax, and indulge in one of the tasty signature pizzas that Domino's Pizza has to offer.
You won't want to go anywhere else for a superlative piece of pizza than to Domino's Pizza's great restaurant.
For Italian fare that doesn't mess around, Grappolo is home to top-notch ratings and reviews.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Reserve your own room at Grappolo so that you can create your own private party.
Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, Grappolo is a great summer destination.
Casual dining at its best, Grappolo customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Grappolo offers catering.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
Grappolo is centrally located near many parking lot options.
Grappolo is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Expect your bill at Grappolo to come in at around $30 per person.
The restaurant's got you covered whether you're hungry for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but die-hard fans always opt for an evening meal.
High-quality Italian food awaits you at Grappolo!
The best flavors of Italy await you at Grappolo, so try them out today.
California cuisine is prepared to perfection at Santa Ynez's Vineyard House Restaurant.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Vineyard House Restaurant is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
Throw on your favorite T-shirt and head out the door — dining at Vineyard House Restaurant is all about comfort.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the diners at your next shindig.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Street parking is available, or, on busy nights, a nearby lot is another option for drivers.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Vineyard House Restaurant knows how to put a smile on your face
the fairly-priced fare is easy on your taste buds as well as your wallet.
Vineyard House Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
So switch up your everyday lunch routine and try a California-style meal from Vineyard House Restaurant.
For a mouthwatering meal you're sure to love, Woodstocks Pizza in Goleta is the place to be.
Enjoy a light, gluten-free meal at Woodstocks Pizza.
This restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this restaurant.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
At Woodstocks Pizza, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Woodstocks Pizza is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Woodstocks Pizza — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
Woodstocks Pizza prides itself in its delicious catering.
With delivery and take-out options, you can enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of your own living room.
Drivers will embrace the number of street and lot parking choices close to Woodstocks Pizza.
At Woodstocks Pizza, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
Our food is cheap in price but luxurious in flavor.
Major credit cards are accepted, so you can save yourself a trip to the ATM.
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.