Pop over to California Pizza Kitchen for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
You can't go wrong with pizza or pasta, so take your time sampling the menu from start to finish.
The drink list at this pizzeria has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
At this pizzeria, kids of all ages are welcome.
For comfortable outdoor service, California Pizza Kitchen sets up a seasonal patio.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this pizzeria.
That's right! California Pizza Kitchen will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Take the car and arrive promptly to dinner; parking is plentiful, so don't worry about setting aside time to search for a space.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
California Pizza Kitchen s mid-range cuisine will please your pockets as well as your palate.
Chow down on breakfast, lunch, or dinner fare at California Pizza Kitchen — they're open for all three meals.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried California Pizza Kitchen's pizza say it is the absolute best.
If you can't get enough pizza, be sure to try the pies at California Pizza Kitchen, which earn ratings too hot to handle.
For just about the best pizza around in a cool atmosphere, California Pizza Kitchen is serving up the right pies for you and your company.
When you are in the mood for a delicious, mouthwatering pizza, pay California Pizza Kitchen a visit.
Top-rated pasta, rich sauces, and more great Italian fare await your palate at Assaggio Italian Restaurant.
Whether you are looking for food low in fat or gluten-free, this restaurant is the place you want to eat.
This restaurant guests can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this restaurant, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Assaggio Italian Restaurant is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Head to Assaggio Italian Restaurant in comfort, where attire is business casual.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Bring the Assaggio Italian Restaurant's great food to your place.
Assaggio Italian Restaurant's diners can make use of nearby parking lots.
Travel by bike to Assaggio Italian Restaurant and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
For a quick and easy payment solution at Assaggio Italian Restaurant, pay by major credit card.
The restaurant's dinner menu receives the most attention, but diners have the option of grabbing breakfast or lunch here, too.
For prime Italian fare, Assaggio Italian Restaurant is one of the highest-rated restaurants around.
You don't need to fly to Rome to try all wonderful flavors of Italy. They're all under one roof at Assaggio Italian Restaurant.
Cinnamon's Restaurant is serving up American favorites with a tasty tweak.
For healthy meals with a twist, head to Cinnamon's Restaurant.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Cinnamon's Restaurant for a group meal.
Eat outdoors Cinnamon's Restaurant (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Cinnamon's Restaurant patrons come in casual attire.
That's right! Cinnamon's Restaurant will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Cinnamon's Restaurant's diners can park in a nearby lot or on the street.
For those who travel by bike, Cinnamon's Restaurant offers bike racks for diners.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Cinnamon's Restaurant's moderately priced fare.
Breakfast fare is rated highest at the restaurant, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
Rediscover your favorite American meals at Cinnamon's Restaurant.
Cinnamon's Restaurant serves up a variety of American eats in a casual setting. Swing by today and munch on some of your favorite dishes.
When you need an American restaurant that is sure to impress, come to the highly-rated Cinnamon's Restaurant.
Boardriders Bar and Grill offers a wide variety of classic American dishes.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Patio tables and chairs are ready for Boardriders Bar and Grill diners who prefer their meals al fresco.
Get down after dinner to some live music — restaurant often hosts bands and other musical acts.
Prepare to face the crowds if you visit on the weekend — Friday and Saturday are Boardriders Bar and Grill's busiest days.
Business casual dress, tasty food, and a classic atmosphere make this a great place for any occasion.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Boardriders Bar and Grill as well.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
Forget circling the block, Boardriders Bar and Grill has plenty of nearby parking options.
Boardriders Bar and Grill offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Boardriders Bar and Grill offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
Boardriders Bar and Grill offers a wide variety of payment options, including payment by major credit card.
No matter what type of American dish you're in the mood for, Boardriders Bar and Grill has a great selection of dishes to choose from.
Teddy's Bigger Burgers offers crave-able burger creations, such as a barbecue burger or a classic cheeseburger.
Take the kids along too — this burger joint is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Take your meal to the next level on the patio at Teddy's Bigger Burgers.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Teddy's Bigger Burgers.
Great food is best enjoyed comfortably, so Teddy's Bigger Burgers encourages less-than-fancy attire.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Teddy's Bigger Burgers also offers catering.
For convenience, diners can park in a neighboring lot.
Teddy's Bigger Burgers is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
You'll need a couple Andrew Jacksons for a visit to Teddy's Bigger Burgers — they only accept cash.
Your taste buds have been waiting for the perfect burger from Teddy's Bigger Burgers, so be sure to answer the call today.
So when you're in the mood for a casual dining adventure, head to Teddy's Bigger Burgers and try one of the tasty burgers.
For a creative and innovative burger filled with endless flavors, look no further than the highly-rated Teddy's Bigger Burgers.
Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by Bob's Pizzeria's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this pizzeria.
At Bob's Pizzeria, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Bob's Pizzeria to grab a spot on the patio.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
Parking is provided in a nearby lot, so diners can easily walk to and from their cars.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Bob's Pizzeria.
Find your sweet (or savory) spot at Bob's Pizzeria, where you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Bob's Pizzeria come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
High-quality pizza is waiting for you at Bob's Pizzeria, so find out what all the fuss is about and get your hands on a cheesy slice of deliciousness.
For mouthwatering pizza in a casual setting, look no further than the highly-rated Bob's Pizzeria.
So gather up your friends and family and head on over to Bob's Pizzeria for a night filled with pizza and fun.
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.