Fresh fare can be found at Chases on the Beach, where visitors seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
Keep your diet in check at Chases on the Beach, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat menu items.
The drink list at Chases on the Beach has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Gather the whole family for a trip to Chases on the Beach — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Unwind on a budget, and enjoy happy hour's low-cost beers and simple eats.
Plan your next big gathering at Chases on the Beach — patrons will appreciate the spacious interior, and there's even a private room for special occasions.
Chases on the Beach provides seasonal outdoor seating — be sure to grab a chair before it's too late.
Amp up your evening with some music — live bands or a DJ often perform here.
Chases on the Beach features live DJs that are sure to amp up your evening.
Musical diners frequently perform here, so patrons can enjoy live tunes with their food.
Crowds tend to pack the place on weekends, so call ahead to reserve a table.
Wear what you like when you dine at Chases on the Beach — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
You can also grab your food to go.
Impress the patrons at your next gathering by calling in Chases on the Beach for catering.
Parking is not an option at Chases on the Beach, a restaurant near parking lots, street parking and valet services.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Chases on the Beach.
Chases on the Beach accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards.
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to Chases on the Beach since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Start with the calamari and save room for the fresh catch at New Smyrna Beach's Norwood's Restaurant-Wine Shop — this New Smyrna Beach seafood spot has quite the selection.
With G-free dishes and fare that's low in fat, you won't feel guilty about dining out at Norwood's Restaurant-Wine Shop.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
This restaurant is great for families with kids.
There's no need to cram the whole gang into a booth — with the private room at Norwood's Restaurant-Wine Shop, you'll find a wonderful option for big groups looking for a place to celebrate.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Norwood's Restaurant-Wine Shop has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Not to be overlooked is Norwood's Restaurant-Wine Shop's no-charge wifi.
Save your formal dress for another occasion — a nice top is the perfect fit for Norwood's Restaurant-Wine Shop's business casual code.
Norwood's Restaurant-Wine Shop will also bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
Norwood's Restaurant-Wine Shop is conveniently close to a parking lot.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Norwood's Restaurant-Wine Shop.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Norwood's Restaurant-Wine Shop's moderately priced fare.
Major credit cards are accepted, so you can save yourself a trip to the ATM.
Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
There are plenty of fish in the sea at Norwood's Restaurant-Wine Shop. Head on over today and check out the latest menu offerings.
Start with the calamari and save room for the fresh catch at New Smyrna Beach's Boston's Fish House — this New Smyrna Beach seafood spot has quite the selection.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? Boston's Fish House has you covered on both fronts.
This restaurant guests can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on Boston's Fish House's outdoor patio.
At Boston's Fish House, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
This restaurant's most sought after items include New England Steamer Clams, Fried Trio Platter, Veggie Trio Platter, Fried Calamari Rings, and Homemade Sherried Lobster Bisque.
Casual dining at its best, Boston's Fish House customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
Bring the Boston's Fish House's great food to your place.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Parking is plentiful — there is a nearby lot and garage made available to diners.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Boston's Fish House.
The average check at Boston's Fish House will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
Patrons can choose to charge their bill, as Boston's Fish House welcomes the use of most major credit cards.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on Boston's Fish House's menu — you can stop by whenever the moment's right for you.
When you have seafood on your mind, make your way over to Boston's Fish House and give into your craving.
Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by Touch of Italy Restaurant's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
Toast your evening out at this pizzeria with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this pizzeria.
Enjoy wifi here free of cost.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Touch of Italy Restaurant.
Spruce up your look...but not too much! Touch of Italy Restaurant's style is business casual, so formal wear should be left on the hanger.
Don't want to go out tonight but still want great food? Order takeout or delivery from this pizzeria.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Touch of Italy Restaurant also offers catering.
Touch of Italy Restaurant is centrally located near many parking lot options.
At Touch of Italy Restaurant, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Touch of Italy Restaurant's moderately priced fare.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Touch of Italy Restaurant's pizza say it is the absolute best.
Just because Touch of Italy Restaurant is quick and easy doesn't make it any less tasty. For some of the most highly-rated pizza in town, swing on by today.
So head over to Touch of Italy Restaurant, where you can sit down to a delicious pizza in a relaxed, casual setting.
When you are in the mood for a delicious, mouthwatering pizza, pay Touch of Italy Restaurant a visit.
Visit Hidden Treasure Rum Bar and Grill On Ponce Inlet for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Ponce Inlet's Pons Grant.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
Take the kids along too — this restaurant is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Make sure to check out Hidden Treasure Rum Bar and Grill On Ponce Inlet's happy hour for a great way to decompress from the workday.
Open air seating is ready for diners at Hidden Treasure Rum Bar and Grill On Ponce Inlet when the weather is warm.
Free wifi is available as well.
Pump up your night with performances from Hidden Treasure Rum Bar and Grill On Ponce Inlet's live DJs.
Those hoping to avoid the weekend rush will do best visiting the restaurant during the week.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
We're not like any other place. We've prepared parking onsite for you.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
The menu at Hidden Treasure Rum Bar and Grill On Ponce Inlet is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
At Hidden Treasure Rum Bar and Grill On Ponce Inlet, you can quickly and safely pay with any major credit card.
Hidden Treasure Rum Bar and Grill On Ponce Inlet is a great place to go for lunch or dinner, so make your way over to the restaurant today and munch on an American classic.
So enjoy a casual lunch or dinner at Hidden Treasure Rum Bar and Grill On Ponce Inlet and indulge in some America-inspired cuisine.
Snack on tasty pub fare at Toni and Joe's Cocktail Lounge, a local favorite.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Free wifi is available as well.
Seating is readily available at Toni and Joe's Cocktail Lounge for those with large parties.
Sit outside at Toni and Joe's Cocktail Lounge and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
Tap your foot to Toni and Joe's Cocktail Lounge's tunes — live performances are often showcased here.
The noise level can often drown out conversation, so make sure your party is prepared to speak up.
Four-legged friends are welcome at the restaurant.
Interested in eating out over the weekend? Keep in mind that the restaurant gets swamped on Fridays and Saturdays, and service may take longer than expected.
Throw on your favorite T-shirt and head out the door — dining at Toni and Joe's Cocktail Lounge is all about comfort.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Parking is available at an adjacent lot.
At Toni and Joe's Cocktail Lounge, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Make sure your wallet is stocked with green, as Toni and Joe's Cocktail Lounge only takes cash.
Toni and Joe's Cocktail Lounge has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
Stop waiting to order that burger you're craving and come into Toni and Joe's Cocktail Lounge for some terrific pub food.
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.