Big tastes abound at Mario's Italian Restaurant, and Italian-fare enthusiasts can't stop talking about the five-star menu.
A healthy lifestyle starts with the food you eat, and Mario's Italian Restaurant is creating innovative healthy meals.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this restaurant.
Unwind on a budget, and enjoy happy hour's low-cost beers and simple eats.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Mario's Italian Restaurant for easy seating.
Mario's Italian Restaurant offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Fridays and Saturdays really bring in the crowds, so make sure there's space for you by calling ahead for a reservation.
Business casual dress, tasty food, and a classic atmosphere make this a great place for any occasion.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Mario's Italian Restaurant to create the perfect night.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
At Mario's Italian Restaurant, you can park your car in seconds with the nearby street and lot parking options.
If you don't want a night that will cost you an arm and a leg but you do want a delicious meal, come to Mario's Italian Restaurant.
Major credit cards are accepted, so you can save yourself a trip to the ATM.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
Mario's Italian Restaurant is the place to go if you're looking for quality and highly-rated Italian food.
So sit down to a fine Italian meal at Mario's Italian Restaurant, where you can experience all the best flavors of Italy without a plane ticket.
Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Barley Bros Brewery's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Pizza lovers and pasta fans will find more than enough to choose from on the pizzeria's menu.
With this pizzeria's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this pizzeria, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Barley Bros Brewery, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Slip into something more comfortable before dining at Barley Bros Brewery, where dress code calls for business casual.
Barley Bros Brewery can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Drivers can park in the neighboring lot.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Barley Bros Brewery.
If pizza is your all-time favorite, it's important to find a pie that's worth your while. With star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings, there's no better way to spend your time than eating some 'za at Barley Bros Brewery.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Barley Bros Brewery (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
So head on over to Barley Bros Brewery, where the pizza is hot and the atmosphere's cool.
Pizza is a food staple that is done right by Barley Bros Brewery.
Kick back and enjoy flavorful tacos, burritos and chips and salsa at Casa Serrano of Lake Havasu.
A healthy lifestyle starts with the food you eat, and Casa Serrano of Lake Havasu is creating innovative healthy meals.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
What do you need at the end of the workweek? A happy hour at Casa Serrano of Lake Havasu.
Casa Serrano of Lake Havasu is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
You may want to reserve your table for a weeknight visit since the crowds can be more intense during that part of the week.
It doesn't get much more laid-back than Casa Serrano of Lake Havasu, so dress for comfort when you come.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Casa Serrano of Lake Havasu as well.
Casa Serrano of Lake Havasu's diners can safely park on the street, as well as in a nearby lot.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the restaurant.
You can stop by at almost any time, since Casa Serrano of Lake Havasu offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When you're looking to indulge in a bit of Mexican fare, there's no better place than Casa Serrano of Lake Havasu.
A delicious Mexican dish is waiting for you at Casa Serrano of Lake Havasu, so stop by today and enjoy a yummy meal.
Find all of your favorite traditional American dishes in one place at Red Onion-Breakfast and Lunch.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this restaurant won't cost you a sitter.
Red Onion-Breakfast and Lunch can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
During the summer months, don't miss out on Red Onion-Breakfast and Lunch's outdoor patio seating.
Stay connected at no cost thanks to Red Onion-Breakfast and Lunch's wifi.
No need to dress up for a trip to Red Onion-Breakfast and Lunch — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire.
Enjoy mind-blowing dishes in the peace and quiet of your own home with delivery or takeout from Red Onion-Breakfast and Lunch.
Through their catering service, Red Onion-Breakfast and Lunch can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Both street parking and lot parking are available near Red Onion-Breakfast and Lunch.
Red Onion-Breakfast and Lunch offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Breakfast fare is rated highest at the restaurant, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
Don't look any further, head to Red Onion-Breakfast and Lunch for your next American meal.
When you come to Red Onion-Breakfast and Lunch, you'll be beyond satisfied with a casual American meal.
Red Onion-Breakfast and Lunch has been highly-rated by restaurant-goers, so stop by today and see what the hype is about.
Munch on tasty pub grub at Mc Kee's Pub and Grill.
Gluten-free and low-fat are not one in the same, but this place serves them both.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Shake off your workday and treat yourself to Mc Kee's Pub and Grill's happy hour.
Mc Kee's Pub and Grill's outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.
Patrons are often seen swaying in their seats thanks to performances from Mc Kee's Pub and Grill's live musical groups or DJs.
Work off your meal with a little music and dancing — live tunes are often featured at the restaurant, and a dance floor is open to all.
Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the restaurant is rather noisy.
Patrons pack the restaurant on weekends, so it's a good idea to make a reservation to ensure prompt seating.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Easily accessible parking options are located near this dining establishment.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? Mc Kee's Pub and Grill s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
Mc Kee's Pub and Grill certainly has all your pub favorites to make an evening comfortable for the whole gang!
Rosati's Pizza does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
Rosati's Pizza serves up the finest gluten-free and healthy eats in the area.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this pizzeria — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Rosati's Pizza provides seasonal outdoor seating — be sure to grab a chair before it's too late.
Rosati's Pizza will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
This pizzeria will bring your food right to your doorstep if you prefer to make it a night in, or swing by the pizzeria yourself to carry out your meal.
Get in and out of the car quickly with no-hassle parking located all around the pizzeria.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Rosati's Pizza.
If you can't make it in the morning, try Rosati's Pizza for lunch or dinner.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Rosati's Pizza is at the top of the list.
Find out how many slices you can eat! Rosati's Pizza's pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
So kick back, relax, and indulge in one of the tasty signature pizzas that Rosati's Pizza has to offer.
Isn't it about time you stopped ordering just any old pizza place and went with Rosati's Pizza?
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.