Pizzaiola in North Babylon does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
This pizzeria also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this pizzeria.
Pizzaiola is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Volume at this pizzeria can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard.
Reserve a table ahead of time and avoid the lines.
You won't find a T-shirt in sight here — Pizzaiola is formal dining at its best.
This pizzeria will deliver their delicious dishes right to your door, or you can stop in and pick up some great takeout.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the diners at your next shindig.
The free parking lot next door is a steal for those dining at Pizzaiola.
For those who travel by bike, Pizzaiola offers bike racks for diners.
Our meals typically run under $15. At Pizzaiola, your wallet will stay as rich as our food.
Three meals a day are served at Pizzaiola, so you can choose to start your day or end your evening here.
So come taste the pizza at Pizzaiola for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
Find out how many slices you can eat! Pizzaiola's pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
For mouthwatering pizza in a casual setting, look no further than the highly-rated Pizzaiola.
After learning about Pizzaiola, you definitely just found your new pizza place.
For wings with a ton of zest, North Babylon's Buffalo Wild Wings has got you covered.
Keep your diet in check at Buffalo Wild Wings, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat menu items.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this restaurant with its kid-friendly fare.
Swing by after work for happy hour, featuring a wide range of discounted drinks and appetizers.
At Buffalo Wild Wings, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
A tad noisy, the restaurant is well-suited for those who don't mind a little extra hustle and bustle.
The restaurant's "rush" is all weekend long, so diners should be prepared to wait for a table.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Buffalo Wild Wings for their catering services.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
If you've got the car, then we've got parking for you.
Buffalo Wild Wings offers safe bike parking outside.
Buffalo Wild Wings may cost you a little bit more than some spots, but this deliciousness is fairly-priced (and well worth the few extra bucks).
If you're short on cash, take care of business with one of many major credit cards.
The wings at Buffalo Wild Wings will help you appreciate the spice of life.
Load up on toppings or opt for a simple slice of cheese at Mangia Pizza, North Babylon's classic pizza venue.
Guess what? Mangia Pizza serves food that's free of gluten and low in fat, so everyone can find something that tastes and feels great.
A good time will be had by all if you book your next event at Mangia Pizza.
Not to be overlooked is Mangia Pizza's no-charge wifi.
If dinner and a movie are on the agenda, reservations are recommended for a timely night out.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Mangia Pizza won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Mangia Pizza also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
This pizzeria offers convenient carryout and delivery, so diners aren't limited to the pizzeria space.
Those driving to Mangia Pizza can choose to find street parking or leave their vehicle in the nearby lot.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Mangia Pizza is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
With a pizza from Mangia Pizza, you'll truly maximize your night's amount of fun.
The best flavors of Italy await you at Mangia Pizza, so try them out today.
Swing by Applebee's in North Babylon for your next meal.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this restaurant.
Don't miss the happy hour food and drink specials, where a great bargain is always in sight.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Applebee's' free wifi hotspot.
At Applebee's, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
A weeknight crowd is often present — the restaurant doesn't take reservations — so keep that in mind when planning your evening.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Applebee's' laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
Applebee's will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Or, take your grub to go.
Complimentary parking is provided in the lot next to Applebee's.
Applebee's offers safe bike parking outside.
Menu items at Applebee's tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to Applebee's since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For chow mein that's sure to impress, Imperial Orchid
serves top-rated fare.
Score low-fat and gluten-free eats at Imperial Orchid.
Bring the whole clan to this restaurant — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating.
Keep it casual at Imperial Orchid — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Imperial Orchid will ensure that it is delicious.
We understand parking is expensive. That's why we've got a parking lot for you. Spend your money on our delicious food and drink.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the restaurant.
Head on over to Imperial Orchid first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Imperial Orchid is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For an upscale take on traditional Chinese cuisine, look no further than Imperial Orchid.
All the sweet and spicy flavors of Chinese cuisine await you at Imperial Orchid.
For fast food in North Babylon's North Babylon neighborhood, check out the burger menu at McDonald's.
Sometimes there really is something for everyone, and not just something, something delicious. Come to McDonald's for food that is gluten-free, low-fat, and even vegan.
McDonald's is a great location to host a group dinner.
Can't get enough of McDonald's' tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
The restaurant is located near a free parking lot, making it a prime parking spot for diners.
McDonald's makes it their goal to serve food that is both delicious and affordable.
Chow down on breakfast, lunch, or dinner fare at McDonald's — they're open for all three meals.
Whether you're a party animal or an early riser, the restaurant will be open to serve you 24 hours a day.
So when you're pressed for time or just want a really great burger, enjoy a quick meal at McDonald's.
When you're in a rush, stop by McDonald's and enjoy a quick and easy solution for lunch or dinner.
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.