Fresh fare can be found at Cherry Pocket Steak and Seafood, where guests seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
Cherry Pocket Steak and Seafood is a fantastic spot to indulge and with no low-fat options, you'll need to save the diet for another day.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and Cherry Pocket Steak and Seafood has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to Cherry Pocket Steak and Seafood — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at Cherry Pocket Steak and Seafood.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Cherry Pocket Steak and Seafood can seat both large and small groups.
Noise levels at the restaurant can be ear-piercing, so save the t te- -t tes for another night.
Or, take your grub to go.
Cherry Pocket Steak and Seafood offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Meals at Cherry Pocket Steak and Seafood are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
You can stop by at almost any time, since Cherry Pocket Steak and Seafood offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
If you have a hankering for something extra tasty, sample the menu at Lake Wales' All Star Grill North.
All Star Grill North is making food that is not just healthy but also makes your taste buds happy.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Wifi access is totally free at All Star Grill North, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
All Star Grill North is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
The restaurant's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere.
Good luck spotting a suit and tie at All Star Grill North — casually-dressed diners are the norm here.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
At All Star Grill North, you can park quickly and safely in a lot next door.
Dining at All Star Grill North will set you back about $30 per person on average.
If you're more of an evening diner, you're in luck. Though all three meals are served, the restaurant's dinner menu will blow you away.
Come to Norbys Steak and Seafood to grab an American classic with a side of fries.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Host your next party at Norbys Steak and Seafood for a meal your guests will remember.
Sit outside at Norbys Steak and Seafood and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
Norbys Steak and Seafood prides itself in its delicious catering.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
Norbys Steak and Seafood provides easy access to an adjacent lot.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
When you are ready to try a new restaurant for lunch or dinner, make your way over to Norbys Steak and Seafood for tasty American fare.
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated Norbys Steak and Seafood.
For a fresh blend of leafy greens and mix-ins, the salads at Lake Wales Family Restaurant in Lake Wales are your best bet.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this restaurant — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Get online gratis thanks to Lake Wales Family Restaurant's complimentary wifi.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Drivers will find parking not far from the restaurant.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Lake Wales Family Restaurant.
With tabs typically staying under $15, your wallet (and your stomach) will be happy with a trip to Lake Wales Family Restaurant.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Lake Wales Family Restaurant also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
Whether for taste or health, the salads at Lake Wales Family Restaurant will keep you satisfied and on track.
If it's a spaghetti and meatballs kind of night, ratings say you'll find the best Italian at L'incontro.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this restaurant.
Whether you have a large or small group, L'incontro can accommodate both.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
Casual clothing is the name of the game at L'incontro, where suits and ties won't be spotted for miles.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up L'incontro for their catering services.
If you're driving, be sure to take advantage of the nearby lot.
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Save the cash for another day and pay by major credit card at L'incontro.
Highly regarded, the Italian food at L'incontro is perfect for diners looking for a nice meal out.
Is your mouth watering yet? Time to head over to L'incontro for some delicious Italian cuisine.
Good luck finding better beef elsewhere — Mannys Chop House grills their sirloin with just the right amount of sizzle, and fans often hand out five-star reviews to this top-rated steakhouse.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Skip long waits and head to Mannys Chop House with your large group for easy seating.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
At Mannys Chop House, drivers will appreciate the ample parking options in the area.
Mannys Chop House offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Mannys Chop House's moderately priced fare.
For an all-star steakhouse too good to pass up, pay a visit to Mannys Chop House.
If you are craving a nice dinner, swing by Mannys Chop House and indulge in a juicy and flavorful steak.
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.