A staple in every household, cereal is sure to please every palate in the family.
Planning a movie night? Stock up on all of your favorite snacks and munch and crunch all night long.
Planning a barbecue? Check out the selection of meat inventory here and go home with a range of tender meats.
When you need a little more flavor in your life, spruce up your daily meals with some spices and seasonings from here.
All the supplies you need to make a craveworthy dessert are here.
Don't wait for things like rice to cook when you don't have to. The great selection of frozen food here helps you speed up the cooking time for any number of different foods.
Catch all your omega-3 fatty acids! Fish are delicious and nutritious, so start planning your next seafood platter.
If milk is your go-to beverage, you'll love the dairy products available here (great for strengthening your bones and teeth).
People can't get enough of the drinks here that take refreshment to the max.
This fresh produce here is so tasty it will change the way we think about healthy eating.
Skip the hassle of baking your own bread and pick up a freshly-baked loaf from Our Place Cafe.
With a bottle of water in hand, it's easy to refresh and refuel. Grab a couple drinks from Our Place Cafe and stay on the go all the time.
When you need your coffee or tea fix, the selections from Our Place Cafe will certainly come in hand.
Dive into dinner and a movie without dirtying a single dish! A frozen meal will make things super simple seven days a week.
Everyone knows that home-cooking beans can take literally almost forever. Save yourself the time and effort by picking up some from the amazing canned food selection at Our Place Cafe.
Whether you're dressing a salad or cooking up a storm, oil and vinegar are essential kitchen items, so make sure you have an ample amount on hand.
From freshly baked pastas to packaged noodles, Our Place Cafe has all of your pasta necessities.
You'll be happy to know there are amazing parking options in the area.
Wine and dine at Hilltop Bistro and Bar in Monroe.
Low-fat is not a term Hilltop Bistro and Bar throws around but delicious is!
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
Parents, bring your kids along to Hilltop Bistro and Bar, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Head on over to Hilltop Bistro and Bar for weekday and weekend happy hour.
Skip long waits and head to Hilltop Bistro and Bar with your large group for easy seating.
Tap into the free wireless Internet at Hilltop Bistro and Bar.
Sound levels can reach upper decibel levels at the restaurant, so sensitive ears beware!
The restaurant can fill to capacity on the weekends, so don't forget to call ahead to reserve your table.
No need to be formal, business casual will pass.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Hilltop Bistro and Bar offers catering.
If time is of the essence, Hilltop Bistro and Bar's take-out option may be a better fit.
Forget the hassle of street parking and head to Hilltop Bistro and Bar for easy access to parking lots.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Hilltop Bistro and Bar.
Stop by for three square meals a day — Hilltop Bistro and Bar serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
It's always a party at El Vallarta, where the Mexican dishes are so incredibly tasty fans have a hard time containing their excitement (just read the chain of five-star reviews!).
Drinks are also on the menu here, so diners can start the night off right.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this restaurant, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at El Vallarta and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
Between the music and the crowds, El Vallarta's noise levels can be intense.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
With meters and potential tickets, you'll thank us for our onsite parking!
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at El Vallarta.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — El Vallarta serves up all three meals.
For the highest rated Mexican food around, make El Vallarta your first stop.
Come enjoy a casual night out with your friends and some Mexican cuisine at El Vallarta.
When you need a quick and tasty lunch or dinner, make your way over to the highly-rated El Vallarta for a tasty Mexican meal.
For familiar food you're sure to love, head to Chili's for American-style cuisine.
Chili's is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
At Chili's, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
Good luck spotting a suit and tie at Chili's — casually-dressed diners are the norm here.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Chili's to your next party or event.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Chili's is located near endless parking options, allowing diners to find quick and easy parking.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
Meals at Chili's are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
For a dish just like mom made, you'll definitely want to stop by Chili's' tasty restaurant.
When you need an American restaurant that is sure to impress, come to the highly-rated Chili's.
Cuisine Type: Ice Cream, milkshakes, and fun food
Most popular offering: Milkshakes
Number of Tables: 5–10
Outdoor Seating: No
Parking: Free street parking
Q&A with Rick Pann, Owner
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
We have good prices and fun food.
Décor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your décor inform or reflect your culinary practice?
We have a beach theme with bright 70s colors. Come sit it the Volkswagen bus and play foosball or air hockey. You can also bring your talent and show it off on our stage.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
Our Volkswagen bus sits just inside the front door and is filled with costume clothes.
Get your fill of first-class tacos, tamales, enchiladas, and more at Monterrey Mexican Restaurant, an excellent Mexican spot revered by fans as one of the best.
Bring the whole family to this restaurant, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at Monterrey Mexican Restaurant.
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.
Monterrey Mexican Restaurant offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Come experience an amazing array of Mexican dishes when you try the highly-rated Monterrey Mexican Restaurant.
So amp up your lunch hour and head over to Monterrey Mexican Restaurant for a casual Mexican meal.
Monterrey Mexican Restaurant serves up a variety of Mexican eats, so head on over today and indulge in some of your favorites.
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.