J's Restaurant and Lounge is serving up American favorites with a tasty tweak.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
J's Restaurant and Lounge's happy hour is filled with food and beverage deals.
At J's Restaurant and Lounge, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
J's Restaurant and Lounge offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of J's Restaurant and Lounge to your next party or event.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Street parking is available, or, on busy nights, a nearby lot is another option for drivers.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, J's Restaurant and Lounge is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
J's Restaurant and Lounge happily accepts all major credit cards as a form of payment.
The restaurant is known for its showstopper brunch, but they also offer lunch and dinner.
The friendly staff at J's Restaurant and Lounge are ready and waiting to cook and serve your favorite American meal.
So enjoy a casual lunch or dinner at J's Restaurant and Lounge and indulge in some America-inspired cuisine.
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at J's Restaurant and Lounge is all about.
For that can't-get-enough Mexican flavor, check out La Sierra Mexican Grill, where five-star dishes are just over the counter.
La Sierra Mexican Grill serves food that not only tastes great, but is low in fat and gluten-free.
This restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At La Sierra Mexican Grill, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at La Sierra Mexican Grill.
La Sierra Mexican Grill offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
La Sierra Mexican Grill's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
La Sierra Mexican Grill prides itself in its delicious catering.
This restaurant lets you stop by or stay home for your food.
Score parking in the lot adjacent to La Sierra Mexican Grill, a local restaurant.
For those who travel by bike, La Sierra Mexican Grill offers bike racks for diners.
Payment is simple and all major credit cards are accepted.
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to La Sierra Mexican Grill since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Experience the flavorful traditions of Mexican cooking at the highly-rated La Sierra Mexican Grill.
So when you have a craving for some tacos or other authentic Mexican dishes, make your way over to La Sierra Mexican Grill.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Abby's Pizza Inn of Newberg — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this pizzeria.
Eating requires the perfect environment. This pizzeria's pickup and delivery options let you choose where you want to dine.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Abby's Pizza Inn of Newberg for their catering services.
Pull into one of the many parking spaces nearby if you choose to drive to the pizzeria.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Dine in for dinner to see what the pizzeria is all about, or feel free to swing by for breakfast or lunch.
Night owls and early risers alike will appreciate that the pizzeria is open 24 hours a day.
So come taste the pizza at Abby's Pizza Inn of Newberg for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
If you can't get enough pizza, be sure to try the pies at Abby's Pizza Inn of Newberg, which earn ratings too hot to handle.
Find your happy place as you relax in the casual atmosphere and munch on delicious pizza at Abby's Pizza Inn of Newberg.
So head on over to Abby's Pizza Inn of Newberg and order a pizza filled with all of your favorite yummy toppings.
For an entree that scores high on the taste test, try one of the many options available at The Dundee Bistro in Dundee.
Those with dietary restrictions
such as vegan, low-fat and gluten-free
will enjoy the menu at The Dundee Bistro.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
Eat out with the little ones at this restaurant, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
Sometimes it's hard to find space for everyone in your party, but The Dundee Bistro makes it easy. Book your room today.
During the summer months, don't miss out on The Dundee Bistro's outdoor patio seating.
Comfort is prioritized at The Dundee Bistro, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Impress the visitors at your next gathering by calling in The Dundee Bistro for catering.
At The Dundee Bistro, diners can easily find street parking or parking in a nearby lot.
The Dundee Bistro is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Meals at The Dundee Bistro are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
Wake up early to catch a bite of The Dundee Bistro's breakfast, or swing by later for some tasty lunch or dinner.
Fill up on fries and other comfort food at The Painted Lady, a savory spot for American cuisine.
Keep your diet in check at The Painted Lady, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat menu items.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on The Painted Lady's outdoor patio.
Save your formal dress for another occasion — a nice top is the perfect fit for The Painted Lady's business casual code.
Sidle into a space on the street or park your vehicle in the adjacent lot.
With an average price of around $50, The Painted Lady is perfect for a special celebration.
At The Painted Lady, you can pay with any major credit card.
The restaurant is open from morning through evening, but the dinner menu serves the tastiest reviews.
So when you need to cure your hunger craving, visit The Painted Lady and treat yourself to a tasty American dish.
If you're seeking a highly-rated American restaurant in the area, look no further than The Painted Lady.
Build your own burger at Recipe-A Neighborhood Kitchen — this restaurant serves all-American food.
Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at Recipe-A Neighborhood Kitchen.
Free wifi is available as well.
Recipe-A Neighborhood Kitchen is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Canine companions are invited to tag along to Recipe-A Neighborhood Kitchen as well.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the visitors at your next shindig.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Recipe-A Neighborhood Kitchen.
Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at Recipe-A Neighborhood Kitchen running under $30 per person.
The best American dishes are cooked up by the great crew at Recipe-A Neighborhood Kitchen, and they're waiting to serve you!
Swing by Recipe-A Neighborhood Kitchen 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 Recipe-A Neighborhood Kitchen.
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.