Cuisine Type: Italian and Pub Faire
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 50+
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Scallops Macchiato
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Q&A with the Owner
Décor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your décor inform or reflect your culinary practice?
[It's] warm and inviting [with] fireplaces, booths outlined in fabric curtains, a large square bar with a granite top, and Italian art work to go with the
name. We have recently done some decor changes and are very excited about our fresh new look!
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
_Delicious Italian Food with a homemade taste. Our salads are amazing and one of our biggest sellers for lunch or dinner.
Most of our desserts are made in-house and we feature Italian specialties like tiramisu and cannoli. _
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We are known for our great food but also for our live entertainment Tuesday through Saturday night. We are able to host your private event from 8 to 85 people and pride ourselves on impressing you and your guests with our wonderful food and outstanding service.
Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Moccia's Train Stop's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings for this Lower Frederick joint.
With this pizzeria's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this pizzeria's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Whether you have a large or small group, Moccia's Train Stop can accommodate both.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Moccia's Train Stop.
You can't book your table ahead of time at Moccia's Train Stop, so show up early for your pick of tables.
Business casual attire is acceptable, so guests can let go of the "dress to impress" standard.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this pizzeria.
Bring the Moccia's Train Stop's great food to your place.
Drive up and park. No meters or machines required, just easy free parking.
Moccia's Train Stop offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Moccia's Train Stop.
When melted cheese and quality crust is all you can think about, it may be time for a hot slice or two. Experience pizza at its best when you order a pie from top-rated Moccia's Train Stop.
For a casual meal that is highly-rated, look no further than Moccia's Train Stop's pizza.
So enjoy a casual night out this weekend and treat yourself to a tasty pizza pie from Moccia's Train Stop.
So stop fantasizing about ordering pizza and call the team at Moccia's Train Stop to make that amazing pie a reality.
Appalachian Brewing Company is a relaxed restaurant with an elegant decor and classic American dishes.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
Swing by after work for happy hour, featuring a wide range of discounted drinks and appetizers.
Worried about taking a big group out for a night on the town? Appalachian Brewing Company has you covered with private rooms made for loud parties.
The restaurant's "rush" is all weekend long, so diners should be prepared to wait for a table.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Appalachian Brewing Company's laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Appalachian Brewing Company is centrally located near many parking lot options.
At Appalachian Brewing Company, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
For food that tastes like a million bucks, Appalachian Brewing Company s got you covered for a fraction of the price.
So when you're in the mood for some delicious American dishes, don't look further than Appalachian Brewing Company.
There's no doubt about it. A satisfying meal can always be found at Appalachian Brewing Company.
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at Appalachian Brewing Company is all about.
Find all of your favorite traditional American dishes in one place at Craft Ale House.
Don't go without drinks at dinner — Craft Ale House is BYOB, so make sure to grab a bottle of your own for the table.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at Craft Ale House and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Craft Ale House's free wifi hotspot.
Large groups will appreciate Craft Ale House for its ability to seat them quickly.
Craft Ale House diners enjoy a taste of live music with their food as well.
No need to dress up for a trip to Craft Ale House — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
The neighboring lot provides free parking to visitors.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Craft Ale House.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
Critics award the most brownie points to the restaurant's dinner offerings, but breakfast and lunch are also available.
When you are ready to try a new restaurant for lunch or dinner, make your way over to Craft Ale House for tasty American fare.
See what great American fare is cooking up next at Craft Ale House.
When you need an American restaurant that is sure to impress, come to the highly-rated Craft Ale House.
Find all of your American favorites at Limerck Diner.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
At Limerck Diner, easily plan a night out with family, friends, coworkers and more — large parties are always welcome, and a private room is available for use.
Treat your ears to some live tunes — the restaurant frequently features a DJ or band.
Live music is often featured for diners' enjoyment.
Be sure to swing by Limerck Diner for frequent performances from live DJs.
Throw on your favorite T-shirt and head out the door — dining at Limerck Diner is all about comfort.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Limerck Diner to create the perfect night.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Free parking is available in the adjacent lot.
Travel by bike to Limerck Diner and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Meals at Limerck Diner are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
You can stop by at almost any time, since Limerck Diner offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Swing by the restaurant at literally any hour — it's open 24 hours a day.
Whether you're craving breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Limerck Diner is the diner to satisfy your taste buds.
Indulge in a juicy steak from Royersford's Texas Roadhouse, home of the freshest meats in town.
Gluten-free and low-fat are not one in the same, but this place serves them both.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Take the kids along too — this restaurant is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at Texas Roadhouse, you can surf the web and get some work done.
A relatively loud restaurant, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
Take it nice and easy at Texas Roadhouse, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Texas Roadhouse cater for you.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
The free parking lot next door is a steal for those dining at Texas Roadhouse.
Texas Roadhouse is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Texas Roadhouse knows how to put a smile on your face
the fairly-priced fare is easy on your taste buds as well as your wallet.
Conveniently serving three main meals a day, the restaurant is a great place to eat at any time of day, but is best known for its evening menu.
So head on over to Texas Roadhouse for a juicy cut served right to perfection.
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.