Hideaway Grill serves tasty American-style cuisine.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this restaurant has kid-friendly food and seating.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Hideaway Grill.
Hideaway Grill is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Hideaway Grill offers catering.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Hideaway Grill.
Hideaway Grill may cost you a little bit more than some spots, but this deliciousness is fairly-priced (and well worth the few extra bucks).
At Hideaway Grill, you can quickly and safely pay with any major credit card.
The restaurant's got you covered whether you're hungry for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but die-hard fans always opt for an evening meal.
When American food comes to mind, Hideaway Grill should be your first choice.
There's no doubt about it. A satisfying meal can always be found at Hideaway Grill.
For highly-rated American cuisine, look no further than Hideaway Grill.
Visit Deerwood Clubhouse Restaurant and indulge in some good old-fashioned American cuisine.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at Deerwood Clubhouse Restaurant. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Deerwood Clubhouse Restaurant can seat both large and small groups.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Deerwood Clubhouse Restaurant — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Deerwood Clubhouse Restaurant to your next party or event.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Hitting the mid-range mark, Deerwood Clubhouse Restaurant s prices are perfectly reasonable for food that goes above and beyond.
Deerwood Clubhouse Restaurant accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Deerwood Clubhouse Restaurant serves up all three meals.
Isn't it time you indulged in the old classics of American food? Stop by Deerwood Clubhouse Restaurant to have a bite of deliciousness.
Find the perfect pairing for your next sandwich at Grapevine — this shop thrives on fine meat and fresh bread.
Grapevine serves up endless healthy meal options.
This restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Grapevine.
Eat outdoors Grapevine (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
Grapevine is a great location to host a group dinner.
Grapevine goes easy on the dress code — business casual is expected, so no need to squeeze into your finest attire.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Grapevine to your next party or event.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Parking is available at an adjacent lot.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Grapevine, so plan your budget accordingly.
The restaurant is open from morning through evening, but the dinner menu serves the tastiest reviews.
So put a spin on your regular lunch routine with a delicious sandwich from Grapevine.
Just-right juicy steaks are the norm at Texas Roadhouse, a five-star worthy, fan-favorite steakhouse.
Texas Roadhouse knows how to make gluten-free and low-fat fare taste great, so stop by for a healthy (and flavorful) bite.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the restaurant is rather noisy.
Great food is best enjoyed comfortably, so Texas Roadhouse encourages less-than-fancy attire.
Texas Roadhouse prides itself in its delicious catering.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Score free parking at the lot adjacent to Texas Roadhouse.
Texas Roadhouse offers safe bike parking outside.
A typical meal at Texas Roadhouse will set you back less than $30.
So get your steak on at Texas Roadhouse and treat yourself to a delicious menu loaded with the very best ratings.
For juicy steaks you just can't find anywhere else, be sure to check out Texas Roadhouse.
North Tonawanda's Olympia Family Restaurant's classic Greek dishes will take you back to the old world.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? Olympia Family Restaurant has you covered on both fronts.
This restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
Not to be overlooked is Olympia Family Restaurant's no-charge wifi.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Olympia Family Restaurant.
Fed up with difficult parking? At Olympia Family Restaurant, you will find easy nearby parking and good eats.
Olympia Family Restaurant's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as Olympia Family Restaurant serves three meals a day.
So next time you're in the mood for some delicious Greek cuisine, be sure to stop by Olympia Family Restaurant.
For bar nibbles and pub food par excellence, Witter's Sports Bar and Grill is a top pick.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Witter's Sports Bar and Grill can seat both large and small groups.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Witter's Sports Bar and Grill's wifi.
Decibels can approach upper limits at this restaurant, so it's best to leave quiet conversation for another time.
It tends to get especially busy on weekends, so be sure to call ahead and make a reservation.
Catering from Witter's Sports Bar and Grill will take your party to the next level.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
You can leave your car curbside with nearby street parking.
Whether you're hungry first thing in the morning or prefer to eat a little later, Witter's Sports Bar and Grill is conveniently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So when you want some amazing food to complement your drinks, Witter's Sports Bar and Grill will be there for you.
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.