Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Salerno's have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this pizzeria has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this pizzeria, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Salerno's' outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.
At Salerno's, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
The dress code at Salerno's is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
That's right! Salerno's will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Parking is made simple at Salerno's, a local restaurant with nearby street and lot parking options.
Eat your way through the day at Salerno's — diners can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner here.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Salerno's. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Salerno's for a tasty pizza pie.
Don't feel like dressing up for dinner? No problem. Salerno's' pizza is baked with top-notch ratings, so you can be sure to love your meal.
For hot pizza and a cool atmosphere, be sure to stop in at Salerno's.
When you order pizza from Salerno's, you'll maximize any evening for sure.
Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Original Italian Pizza and Restaurant have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
Gluten-free and low-fat eaters will enjoy the menu at Original Italian Pizza and Restaurant.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this pizzeria's drink list.
This pizzeria is great for families with kids.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Original Italian Pizza and Restaurant cater for you.
You can also grab your grub to go.
We don't expect you to keep driving around the block to find metered parking. We've got some space for you here.
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 Original Italian Pizza and Restaurant.
High-quality pizza is waiting for you at Original Italian Pizza and Restaurant, so find out what all the fuss is about and get your hands on a cheesy slice of deliciousness.
Why not keep it casual tonight? Head on over to Original Italian Pizza and Restaurant, where you can enjoy a delicious variety of pizza and a casual, care-free atmosphere.
So round up the whole family and head on over to Original Italian Pizza and Restaurant for a tasty pizza pie.
Come to Applebee's for a sandwich and side — this eatery serves American cuisine everyone will love.
Applebee's' chefs have carefully created a menu filled with flavorful and healthy eats.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Applebee's' gorgeous patio.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on Applebee's' complimentary wifi.
Your large group can all sit together at Applebee's.
Between the music and the crowds, Applebee's' noise levels can be intense.
Dress is typically casual at Applebee's, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the guests at your next shindig.
Forget the hassle of street parking and head to Applebee's for easy access to parking lots.
Taste the greatness Applebee's is serving up with meals around $30.
If a trip to the ATM isn't on the agenda, visitors have the convenience of paying by major credit card.
Applebee's dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
Don't put it off any longer, and give Applebee's a try.
BLT, club, veggie, and more...Macado's serves sandwiches in Farmville's Farmville neighborhood.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Macado's.
For comfortable outdoor service, Macado's sets up a seasonal patio.
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at Macado's, you can surf the web and get some work done.
Take note that the restaurant can get a bit loud, so vocal cords and eardrums should be in tip-top shape.
Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Macado's also offers catering.
Patrons can park in a lot near Macado's or take advantage of the generous street parking.
Cyclists are in luck. Macado's provides bike parking.
You'll like your bill almost as much as your meal at Macado's, with meals usually costing less than $15.
From classic sandwiches to signature sandwiches, Macado's has it all. Head on over today for a great lunch or dinner.
For true American comfort food, head to Bistro On Main for a sandwich or side of fries.
At Bistro On Main, you can find a large selection of both gluten-free and vegan eats.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Bistro On Main has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Bistro On Main's laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
Can't get enough of Bistro On Main's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
Drivers will be happy to know that Bistro On Main is located near many street and lot parking options.
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Convenience is essential at Bistro On Main, and food is served from morning until night.
The friendly staff at Bistro On Main are ready and waiting to cook and serve your favorite American meal.
Visit Ruby Tuesday and indulge in some good old-fashioned American cuisine.
The menu at Ruby Tuesday is loaded with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this restaurant.
Swing by after work for happy hour, featuring a wide range of discounted drinks and appetizers.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Ruby Tuesday, known for its laid-back ambience.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
Parking is accessible and not far from the restaurant.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Ruby Tuesday.
Your bill at Ruby Tuesday will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!
For a dish just like mom made, you'll definitely want to stop by Ruby Tuesday's tasty restaurant.
Swing by Ruby Tuesday today and enjoy a delicious American meal in a casual setting.
If you're seeking a highly-rated American restaurant in the area, look no further than Ruby Tuesday.
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.