Water junkies can get their gulp on with a swig from East Cafe.
Feeling bold and creative? Dress up your next meal with some unique and tasty seasonings and spices from here.
Feeling hungry? Your favorite healthy and light snacks are waiting for you at East Cafe.
Impromptu barbecues are welcome here due to the available and excellent A+ meats.
Ready, set, fish! For heart-healthy fare, super fresh seafood is readily available.
Planning your meals for the week? Don't forget to pick up a loaf of freshly-baked bread from East Cafe.
Health-conscious eaters will love cooking with the fresh produce available here.
For that bowl of crunchy goodness, cereal is a winner for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
Soup and other canned items are important to have on hand when you're not feeling well. Stock up today.
The drinks available here are a great way to restore your body's natural balance, so start sipping.
Yogurt, cheese, milk? Do some or all of these sound great to you? Be a dairy fan and purchase some dairy products. They will keep you happy and healthy.
The exquisite coffees and teas from here are great for an after-dinner beverage or a pick-me-up during your workday.
When you have a long and hard day at work, a frozen meal from here makes for a perfect dinner solution.
Here you can find a large number of high-quality staples, such as tasty and healthy oil and vinegar options.
Switch up your weekly pasta routine with a new and exciting pasta recipe. Grab some noodles from East Cafe and get cooking.
Pop one of these TV dinners into the microwave, and you'll be ready to relax in front of the TV.
If you like to use the oven, you're going to want to pick up some sweet ingredients in your next masterpiece. They adds that extra bit of flavor that makes your food delicious!
With available parking nearby, East Cafe is easily accessible by car.
Cuisine Type: Italian food and pizza
Most popular offering: New York–style pizza
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Number of Tables: 11–25
Outdoor Seating: No
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Our homemade sauce and meatballs are one-of-a-kind family recipes.
Q&A with Garry and Wendy, Working Owners
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
We have a family-friendly menu with typical Italian entrees and homemade recipes that nobody else offers. Our sauce is cooked for a minimum of five hours, and our meatballs are untouchable. We offer appetizers, salads, New York–style pizza, heroes, entrees, and homemade deserts such as tiramisu and New York–style cheesecake. Don't forget the espresso.
What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?
Our very own G's Ooey Gooey: your choice of meatballs, chicken, pork, or sausage cut up into bite-size pieces mixed with our special homemade sauce and Grande-brand mozzarella cheese baked in the oven. That mixture is then put on a hero roll—which is made in-house—and covered with more sauce and Grande mozzarella cheese, and baked again in the oven.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We use the best ingredients money can buy and don't skimp on quality. We put our heart and soul into our food, so it may take a bit longer to cook and may cost a few cents more than others, but we are confident you won't find food that tastes better anywhere else in Palm Bay.
Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Fired Up's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Fired Up stocks its menu with lovable pizzas and hearty pastas that are sure to hook anyone's palate.
Fill up on healthy eats at Fired Up, a local restaurant.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this pizzeria's extensive drink list.
At this pizzeria, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at Fired Up.
Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at Fired Up.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Fired Up.
For those who prefer to dress down for dinner, Fired Up's low-key style is the perfect match.
Catering services are also available.
Grab your meal to go at this pizzeria if you're in a hurry — or better yet, have them bring it to you through their delivery service!
Fired Up is located in a prime area for those who wish to park in lots.
Fired Up offers various parking options, including bike parking.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as Fired Up serves three meals a day.
If pizza is your all-time favorite, it's important to find a pie that's worth your while. With star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings, there's no better way to spend your time than eating some 'za at Fired Up.
For a casual meal that is highly-rated, look no further than Fired Up's pizza.
Why not keep it casual tonight? Head on over to Fired Up, where you can enjoy a delicious variety of pizza and a casual, care-free atmosphere.
Fired Up serves up hot and fresh pizzas, so head on over today and enjoy a tasty slice of paradise.
Enjoy finger-licking barbecue year-round at The Broken Barrel Tavern in Palm Bay.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
From cheap drinks to good eats, The Broken Barrel Tavern's happy hour is a steal.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Gather up your group of friends and head to The Broken Barrel Tavern, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Enjoy live music with your food and drinks at The Broken Barrel Tavern as well.
A tad noisy, the restaurant is well-suited for those who don't mind a little extra hustle and bustle.
If crowds aren't your thing, it's best to visit The Broken Barrel Tavern during the slower weekday hours.
The Broken Barrel Tavern welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
The Broken Barrel Tavern prides itself in its delicious catering.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
The free parking lot next door is a steal for those dining at The Broken Barrel Tavern.
The Broken Barrel Tavern's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
A visit to The Broken Barrel Tavern will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule.
The best barbecue in town awaits at The Broken Barrel Tavern — don't delay.
So kick back and enjoy some low-key barbecue. It doesn't get much better than The Broken Barrel Tavern.
Visit Sand on the Beach for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Melbourne Beach's Melbourne Beach.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant just as much as their parents do.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Sand on the Beach with their complimentary wifi.
Your large group can all sit together at Sand on the Beach.
Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on Sand on the Beach's outdoor patio.
Take advantage of the lenient pup policy, and bring your four-legged friend to the restaurant.
Sand on the Beach's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
Sand on the Beach is located near a parking lot, which many diners take advantage of.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
Enjoy a night out on the town at Sand on the Beach and score food and beverage deals and steals.
Payment is simple and all major credit cards are accepted.
The breakfast menu at the restaurant draws rave reviews, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
Indulge in all of your favorite American classics with a trip to the definitive standard in town at Sand on the Beach.
Sand on the Beach serves up a variety of American eats in a casual setting. Swing by today and munch on some of your favorite dishes.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Wagon Wheel Pizza — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
Wagon Wheel Pizza is a local, healthy restaurant that caters to those with dietary needs, especially those with gluten-free sensitivities.
Eat out with the little ones at this pizzeria, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Wagon Wheel Pizza is ultra casual.
Wagon Wheel Pizza will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Wagon Wheel Pizza is located near endless parking options, allowing diners to find quick and easy parking.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Wagon Wheel Pizza.
Convenience is essential at Wagon Wheel Pizza, and food is served from morning until night.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Wagon Wheel Pizza is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
When pizza's on the mind, there's no going back. For quick pies that no one can stop talking about, get the best of the best at Wagon Wheel Pizza.
If you've had a long and hard week, come visit Wagon Wheel Pizza and enjoy a pizza in a casual atmosphere.
So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Wagon Wheel Pizza and enjoy a slice of yummy pizza pie.
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.