For a sampling of the best meats, you'll want to head here directly without delay.
Pal's Sudden Service makes it easy to quench your thirst by stocking water for whenever you need it.
Enjoy a small, bite-sized snack from Pal's Sudden Service and cure your hunger pains.
When you need to prepare a quick and healthy meal, some canned goods from Pal's Sudden Service will do the trick.
Cereal doesn't have to be just for kids. If you are looking for a quick, easy, and tasty breakfast to get out the door, pick some up today.
Whether you prefer wheat or white bread, Pal's Sudden Service serves up a large selection of freshly-baked breads.
Bring out your Italian side in the kitchen and create a yummy pasta dish with some noodles from Pal's Sudden Service.
Just a touch of these key baking ingredients will make your baked goods pop, so make sure your kitchen is always well-stocked.
Pick up super fresh fish (and a heck of a lot of nutrients) for your next meal.
You'll definitely not want to miss the terrific vinegar and oil deals available at this location. You'll find top notch ingredients to transform your cooking when you stop in here.
When your food needs a little more flavor, pick up some seasonings or spices from here and enjoy a tasty meal.
When you only have time for a quick lunch during your busy workday, heat up a TV dinner from here and enjoy a quick and yummy meal.
Produce like this is not just nutritious...it's delicious, too!
Health nuts will go crazy for the refreshing beverages available here, a great way to stay happy and hydrated.
For dairy lovers out there, this store does dairy right, so make sure to pick up some on your next trip.
Keep some frozen food from here on hand and pop it in the microwave or oven when you need a quick and easy meal.
Whether you prefer coffee or tea, Pal's Sudden Service offers options for both the coffee enthusiast and the tea lover.
You can find great parking in the surrounding area.
Enjoy classic barbecue dishes at Pratt's Catering in Kingsport and embrace the mess.
For fresh and healthy meal choices, dine at Pratt's Catering.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Get online gratis thanks to Pratt's Catering's complimentary wifi.
At Pratt's Catering, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
At Pratt's Catering, business casual is the norm, so save your suit and tie for another day.
Bring the Pratt's Catering's great food to your place.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
With a parking lot adjacent to Pratt's Catering, you won't get stuck circling the block.
Pratt's Catering's mid-priced fare will typically cost you about $30 per person or less.
The restaurant's dinner menu receives the most attention, but diners have the option of grabbing breakfast or lunch here, too.
For the best marinated and smoked meats, there's definitely no better place than Pratt's Catering.
If you relish flavorful marinades, spicy rubs, and oh-so-tender meat, make sure to check out Pratt's Catering for the best in casual barbecue.
For true American comfort food, head to Purple Cow for a sandwich or side of fries.
The healthy menu items at Purple Cow will leave you with a full stomach.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this restaurant's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Purple Cow.
Save your formal dress for another occasion — a nice top is the perfect fit for Purple Cow's business casual code.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
You can also have Purple Cow cater your next event.
Parking is available at an adjacent lot.
Purple Cow provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
Purple Cow offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
Head on over to Purple Cow first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Purple Cow is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So when you need to cure your hunger craving, visit Purple Cow and treat yourself to a tasty American dish.
If you're seeking a highly-rated American restaurant in the area, look no further than Purple Cow.
Whether you love them dunked in ranch dressing or smothered in barbecue sauce, the wings at Kingsport's Buffalo Wild Wings will fit any taste.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Buffalo Wild Wings is the place to be for a celebratory happy hour.
At Buffalo Wild Wings, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Buffalo Wild Wings' wifi.
Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
Weekends are when crowds really head to Buffalo Wild Wings, so plan accordingly.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Driving is all about convenience, and we get that. With spaces available, we'll help speed up your night.
Cyclists are in luck. Buffalo Wild Wings provides bike parking.
No matter what you choose off the menu at Buffalo Wild Wings, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30.
Take a walk on the wild side with wings at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Enjoy classic barbecue dishes at Phil's Dream Pit in Kingsport and embrace the mess.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this restaurant's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Phil's Dream Pit.
At Phil's Dream Pit, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
Don't sacrifice comfort for style — Phil's Dream Pit's dress code is business casual, so guests can look and feel great.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Phil's Dream Pit's tasty dishes at your next party.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
Phil's Dream Pit is just steps away from a parking lot.
Save the cash for another day and pay by major credit card at Phil's Dream Pit.
Phil's Dream Pit has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
So head on over to Phil's Dream Pit and browse the extensive menu of classic and innovative barbecue dishes.
Make sure your next meal is a good one. Get your barbecue on at Phil's Dream Pit.
Start with the calamari and save room for the fresh catch at Kingsport's Riverfront Seafood Company — this Kingsport seafood spot has quite the selection.
For fresh and healthy eats, head to Riverfront Seafood Company.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this restaurant.
Riverfront Seafood Company provides seasonal outdoor seating — be sure to grab a chair before it's too late.
Bring the Riverfront Seafood Company's great food to your place.
We're happy to report we have parking available onsite. We'll meet you here.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
A visit to Riverfront Seafood Company will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule.
You can stop by at almost any time, since Riverfront Seafood Company offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When you have seafood on your mind, make your way over to Riverfront Seafood Company and give into your craving.
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.