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Stay healthy on the regular with the produce available here. It's super fresh and can be used with any meal.
Craft a flavorful meal with some of their gourmet seasonings and spices.
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The bread baked at Great American Foods gets rave reviews, so taste it yourself today.
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For patrons' convenience, nearby parking is readily available.
Pietro's Neigborhood Pizzeria and Cafe does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
Grab the kids when you head to this pizzeria — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Patio tables and chairs are ready for Pietro's Neigborhood Pizzeria and Cafe diners who prefer their meals al fresco.
Your large group can all sit together at Pietro's Neigborhood Pizzeria and Cafe.
Folks tend to dress down at Pietro's Neigborhood Pizzeria and Cafe, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the pizzeria.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This pizzeria knows it's carryout.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Pietro's Neigborhood Pizzeria and Cafe also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Pietro's Neigborhood Pizzeria and Cafe.
Commute by bike to Pietro's Neigborhood Pizzeria and Cafe and find easy bike parking.
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For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Pietro's Neigborhood Pizzeria and Cafe is at the top of the list.
When pizza's on the mind, there's no going back. For quick pies that no one can stop talking about, get the best of the best at Pietro's Neigborhood Pizzeria and Cafe.
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After learning about Pietro's Neigborhood Pizzeria and Cafe, you definitely just found your new pizza place.
Go beyond just beans and rice at Papacita's Mexican Restaurant, and fill up on Mexican food that delivers a star-studded performance (according to fans' out-of-this-world, lip-smacking reviews).
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this restaurant.
Weather permitting, come enjoy a wonderful meal outside at Papacita's Mexican Restaurant.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Papacita's Mexican Restaurant.
A relatively loud restaurant, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
Papacita's Mexican Restaurant honors a business casual dress code, so formal wear can be left behind.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Papacita's Mexican Restaurant's tasty dishes at your next party.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
Papacita's Mexican Restaurant offers multiple street parking options nearby for diners.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
For the area's highest rated Mexican cuisine, be sure to check out Papacita's Mexican Restaurant.
If you're looking for a delicious taco or burrito, you'd definitely be wise to head to Papacita's Mexican Restaurant.
So gather up your friends and family and head to Papacita's Mexican Restaurant for a tasty and flavorful Mexican meal.
Goung Zhou in Longview offers a unique blend of Asian flavors and spices.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Parents, bring your kids along to this restaurant, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Make it a VIP party and book a private room at Goung Zhou today!
Wifi is on the house at Goung Zhou, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
Don't sacrifice comfort for style — Goung Zhou's dress code is business casual, so guests can look and feel great.
Call Goung Zhou for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
Score parking in the lot adjacent to Goung Zhou, a local restaurant.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
Deep pockets not required! Goung Zhou takes pride in its over-the-top flavor and just-right prices.
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 grab a fork or some chopsticks and dive into the fare at Goung Zhou for a true fusion of Asian cultures.
At trendy Goung Zhou, there's no need to narrow down your favorite cuisine. This Asian fusion awesomeness gives you a little taste of everything.
Score your next slice at Pizza King — this joint has pizza-lovers dishing out cream of the crop reviews.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Pizza King.
This pizzeria guests can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This pizzeria serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
At Pizza King, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Drivers can find parking right by the pizzeria, so don't forget your car keys.
Pizza King offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
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 Pizza King.
Don't feel like dressing up for dinner? No problem. Pizza King's pizza is baked with top-notch ratings, so you can be sure to love your meal.
Pizza King cooks up great, casual pizzas just how you want them: delicious and scrumptious.
So load up a few pizzas with your favorite toppings at Pizza King and enjoy a night munching away with your friends.
Good luck finding better beef elsewhere — Leon's Lounge grills their sirloin with just the right amount of sizzle, and fans often hand out five-star reviews to this top-rated steakhouse.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
Leon's Lounge is a prime location to dine with a group.
The restaurant has ample room for dancing, and patrons can be seen jamming out on the floor.
A relatively loud restaurant, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
Weekend diners, beware! The restaurant is busiest on Friday and Saturday, so getting seated will take some time.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
Worried about finding parking? Don't fret! Leon's Lounge is located near plenty of options.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Leon's Lounge.
Leon's Lounge knows how to put a smile on your face
the fairly-priced fare is easy on your taste buds as well as your wallet.
So when you're looking for the perfect blend of flavor and familiarity, the star-studded fare at Leon's Lounge is sure to hit the spot.
When you are in the mood for an exceptional steak, make your way over to the highly-rated Leon's Lounge.
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.