Add a little bit of sweet goodness to all your baked goods for top-notch flavor and form. Pick up your staples at Cafe On Main.
Whether you prefer wheat or white bread, Cafe On Main serves up a large selection of freshly-baked breads.
You can never have too much water on hand, so grab a bottle or two from Cafe On Main.
Pick up some fresh and tasty pasta from Cafe On Main and slurp your way to happiness.
Find a shorter path to dinner when you take control of your prep time by investing in frozen foods.
Add some produce to your next dinner plate for a delicious meal jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
Chicken, beef, sausage, and more are all available from this fine establishment for your cuisine.
A classic breakfast option, cereal is always good to have on hand. A box is sure to ease everyone's morning appetite without taking too much time off the clock.
A simple solution to long hours spent over the stove, a microwavable meal will trick your taste buds into thinking it was made from scratch!
Health-conscious eaters will love the wide selection of fish on hand.
Dairy is packed with the essential nutrients your body craves, so help yourself out. Dairy products have everything you need.
Two of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen, you can never have enough oil and vinegar (so stock up!).
Feeling hungry? Your favorite healthy and light snacks are waiting for you at Cafe On Main.
Experience a new blend of coffee or tea from Cafe On Main and sip your way to happiness.
The healthy and tasty canned food items from Cafe On Main make great side dishes and cooking ingredients.
If your hydration habits could use some work, pick up some delicious beverages to drink with a meal or on the go.
Don't settle for bland meals. Add some pizzazz to your food with an extensive selection of seasonings and spices.
You don't have to be worried about parking. If you are heading to Cafe On Main, there are plenty of options nearby.
If you're searching for a quick and casual spot to grab some pizza, look no further than local favorite Johnny's New York Style Pizza.
The menu at Johnny's New York Style Pizza is loaded with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this pizzeria won't cost you a sitter.
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Johnny's New York Style Pizza.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Johnny's New York Style Pizza.
Folks tend to dress down at Johnny's New York Style Pizza, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the pizzeria.
Impress the patrons at your next gathering by calling in Johnny's New York Style Pizza for catering.
With food this good, you'll be running into this pizzeria to pick it up yourself.
Johnny's New York Style Pizza is located in a prime location where street parking is always readily available.
Johnny's New York Style Pizza offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Payment is simple and all major credit cards are accepted.
For hot pizza and a cool atmosphere, be sure to stop in at Johnny's New York Style Pizza.
Whether you're in the mood for a slice of pizza or a whole pizza pie, Johnny's New York Style Pizza has you covered.
Meat-eaters in La Grange will fall in love with Country's Barbecue — this barbecue joint is a tasty destination for LaGrange residents.
Country's Barbecue is our corner of happy and healthy with rich flavors and bold ingredients.
This restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Forget the stuffy formal wear! Country's Barbecue's business casual dress code sets the tone for ease and enjoyment.
Can't get enough of Country's Barbecue's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
This restaurant will deliver their delicious dishes right to your door, or you can stop in and pick up some great takeout.
Driving to Country's Barbecue? Check out the nearby parking selections and park with ease.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
It will typically cost you about $30 to enjoy a meal at Country's Barbecue.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Country's Barbecue also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
Dynamize your next meal with the kick of some great barbecue eats from Country's Barbecue.
Your next rack of ribs is right around the corner. Don't hesitate to swing by Country's Barbecue for some down-home BBQ.
Hankering for a side of fries? Try the grub at Cart Barn Grille, a tasty restaurant serving American-style fare.
Sometimes it seems like it's hard to find something healthy to eat when you go out. This is not the case at Cart Barn Grille.
Parents appreciate this restaurant's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, Cart Barn Grille is a great summer destination.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Cart Barn Grille also offers catering.
At Cart Barn Grille, drivers will appreciate the ample parking options in the area.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Cart Barn Grille also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
Cart Barn Grille is a great place to go for lunch or dinner, so make your way over to the restaurant today and munch on an American classic.
Make your way over to Cart Barn Grille and enjoy a delicious American meal in a laid back setting.
For highly-rated American cuisine, look no further than Cart Barn Grille.
Oscar's Steak and Seafood takes their beef seriously, earning them a multi-star rating from their many loyal customers.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
Have a big celebration coming up? Consider the private room at Oscar's Steak and Seafood, perfect for large groups of revelers.
Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at Oscar's Steak and Seafood.
The dress code is strictly casual at Oscar's Steak and Seafood, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable).
Oscar's Steak and Seafood can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
Parking can be a pain in the neck, but it's as available as ever near the restaurant.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, Oscar's Steak and Seafood is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
So when you're looking for the perfect blend of flavor and familiarity, the star-studded fare at Oscar's Steak and Seafood is sure to hit the spot.
Everyone deserves to treat themselves every once in a while, so head on over to Oscar's Steak and Seafood and indulge in a juicy steak.
It's always a party at Los Nopales Mexican Restaurant, where the Mexican dishes are so incredibly tasty fans have a hard time containing their excitement (just read the chain of five-star reviews!).
At this restaurant, kids of all ages are welcome.
Spruce up your look...but not too much! Los Nopales Mexican Restaurant's style is business casual, so formal wear should be left on the hanger.
Through their catering service, Los Nopales Mexican Restaurant can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
Parking is easily accessible.
Eat your way through the day at Los Nopales Mexican Restaurant — diners can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner here.
So come to Los Nopales Mexican Restaurant, where you can taste the highest rated Mexican cuisine around.
So kick back and enjoy some delicious Mexican food at Los Nopales Mexican Restaurant.
Los Nopales Mexican Restaurant serves up some of the best Mexican fare in town, so head on over today and treat yourself to some authentic eats.
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.