The drinks available here are a great way to restore your body's natural balance, so start sipping.
For that bowl of crunchy goodness, cereal is a winner for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
Sip on the caffeinated treats offered by Corner Cafe's impressive coffee and tea connection.
At Corner Cafe, you can find a large selection of canned food items and other tasty meal items.
Produce like this is not just nutritious...it's delicious, too!
Take a dive and swim away with some succulent fish. It's a great source of protein for your next meal!
If you're a lover of all things dairy, help yourself to some great products at Corner Cafe for all your protein and calcium needs.
Take your cooking up a level of flavor when you choose from their wide selection of seasonings and spices.
Next time you're in a rush, check out the amazing TV dinners available here to get you going out the door.
For cool, refreshing H20, Corner Cafe's got you covered.
Bread at Corner Cafe is absolutely delicious.
If you're looking for an alternative to everyday cooking, the frozen bites here are a great way to go.
This fixing adds that little something extra to any baked good, so include it in all of your favorite recipes.
A little here, a little there, you can never have enough vinegar and oil. Used in almost every recipe, these liquids will come in handy.
Bring out your Italian side in the kitchen and create a yummy pasta dish with some noodles from Corner Cafe.
Impromptu barbecues are welcome here due to the available and excellent A+ meats.
Going on a road trip or heading to the office? Easy to take anywhere, this snack will hold you over between any meal.
If you are visiting Corner Cafe, you can take advantage of the nearby parking options during your stay.
Double E's founders, brothers Kevin and Shannon, wanted to build more than a restaurant—they wanted to create a community hub where families could dine together or pop in for a quick treat. Given this vision, its no surprise to see the wives of the brothers scooping out ice-cream sundaes or sister Carol in the back cooking up famous cherry and chocolate fried pies created by her father, Papa Joe.Their hearty menu includes classic offerings such as meaty burgers, pulled-pork sandwiches, and chicken philly cheesesteaks. The cooks also get creative and heap inventive toppings such as crunchy Fritos and bacon onto deep-fried hot dogs. And those who wander in on Friday nights can treat themselves to what is perhaps Double E's most famous offering—heaps of golden-fried, American farm-raised catfish.
But beyond the plethora of tasty meal options, Double E's menu also comes with a challenge: if a guest finishes their 1.5-pound burger—topped with all the fixings—and 1.5 pounds of fries in less than 30 minutes, it's on the house. And for those who still have room after their all-American meal, staffers at the ice-cream bar concoct tempting banana splits and other frozen treats topped with whipped cream, cherries, or shrunken snowman heads.
For casual cuisine that everyone will enjoy, stop by El Charo Mexican Restaurant for a Mexican-style menu.
Is it healthy? Yes. Is it gluten-free? Yes. What are you waiting for? Come to El Charo Mexican Restaurant.
Families will feel right at home at this restaurant with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Stay connected at no cost thanks to El Charo Mexican Restaurant's wifi.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? El Charo Mexican Restaurant also offers catering.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
El Charo Mexican Restaurant is located near endless parking possibilities, allowing drivers to park with ease.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
For a fun evening out, El Charo Mexican Restaurant 's Mexican food will have you begging for more!
For delicious Mexico-inspired cuisine, make your way over to the highly-rated El Charo Mexican Restaurant.
Take a table at Savannah Grille in Lake Ozark and look forward to your next meal.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this restaurant.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Savannah Grille has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Enjoy the vibe here with a business casual dress code.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Parking is provided in a nearby lot, so diners can easily walk to and from their cars.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Savannah Grille is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
Three meals a day are served at Savannah Grille, so you can choose to start your day or end your evening here.
Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Godfathers Pizza have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
Godfathers Pizza features a wide variety of flavorful low-fat and gluten-free eats.
Godfathers Pizza has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
For those who prefer to dress down for dinner, Godfathers Pizza's low-key style is the perfect match.
Can't stay long? Not a problem with the pizzeria's take-out and delivery options.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Godfathers Pizza also offers catering.
With a parking lot adjacent to Godfathers Pizza, you won't get stuck circling the block.
For talk-of-the-town pizza, Godfathers Pizza is your pizzeria. Stop by for a slice or two and judge the ratings for yourself.
No matter what type of pizza you are craving, Godfathers Pizza has you covered.
Enjoy finger-licking barbecue year-round at Burnt Ends BBQ in Lake Ozark.
Your large group can all sit together at Burnt Ends BBQ.
Crowds are boisterous at the restaurant and the music is blaring, so get ready for a very loud night out.
Wear what you like when you dine at Burnt Ends BBQ — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Burnt Ends BBQ also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Drivers should plan to park on the street when dining at Burnt Ends BBQ's Bagnell Dam Blvd residence.
Burnt Ends BBQ is creating dishes any foodie will love at around $30.
Burnt Ends BBQ serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
Ribs, steak, or chicken — Burnt Ends BBQ has your barbecue needs covered.
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.