Don't forget the chips and salsa at this delicious gem! Bob's Taco Station is a spot serving tasty Mexican fare.
Bring your favorite beverages with you to Bob's Taco Station and create your own drink and meal pairings.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this restaurant — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Stay connected at no cost thanks to Bob's Taco Station's wifi.
It doesn't get much more laid-back than Bob's Taco Station, so dress for comfort when you come.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Catering services are also available.
Drivers will embrace the parking lot located next door to Bob's Taco Station.
Bob's Taco Station's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Major credit cards — including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted.
Breakfast fare is rated highest at the restaurant, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
If you have had a long and hard day, swing by Bob's Taco Station and enjoy a Mexican meal in a laid back environment.
Bob's Taco Station features traditional and innovative Mexican eats, so visit the restaurant today and give your taste buds a fiesta.
Dive into a Mexican fiesta at Buena Vista Mexican Restaurant, a casual Mexican restaurant.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Buena Vista Mexican Restaurant.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Parents appreciate this restaurant's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Buena Vista Mexican Restaurant's tasty dishes at your next party.
Don't fret! Parking options are readily available near Buena Vista Mexican Restaurant.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Buena Vista Mexican Restaurant also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
For great Mexican food in a casual setting, look no further than Buena Vista Mexican Restaurant.
When you need a quick and tasty lunch or dinner, make your way over to the highly-rated Buena Vista Mexican Restaurant for a tasty Mexican meal.
Hankering for a side of fries? Try the grub at Herradura Restaurant, a tasty restaurant serving American-style fare.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
Herradura Restaurant's outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.
A relatively loud restaurant, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
Casual dining at its best, Herradura Restaurant customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
Herradura Restaurant can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Parking is provided in a nearby lot, so diners can easily walk to and from their cars.
Want top-notch taste for less than top-dollar prices? Herradura Restaurant s mid-range cuisine is sure to satisfy on both fronts, where pennies stretch into perfectly seasoned platters.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Herradura Restaurant, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
For lunch or dinner, make plans to try Herradura Restaurant.
When you need an American restaurant that is sure to impress, come to the highly-rated Herradura Restaurant.
You won't be disappointed at The Jay Cafe in Needville, where well-prepared eats and delicious drinks rule the menu.
Got kids? No problem at The Jay Cafe! This restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
The Jay Cafe caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
For no extra charge, utilize The Jay Cafe's free wifi.
Perfect for an after-work outing, The Jay Cafe won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
This restaurant accommodates your schedule. Pick it up yourself or have it delivered to your door.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have The Jay Cafe cater for you.
At The Jay Cafe, you can park quickly and safely in a lot next door.
The Jay Cafe makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
The grub at The Jay Cafe is also a downright bargain — most people can chow down for less than $15.
Head on over to The Jay Cafe first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — The Jay Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
If warm tortillas and chips 'n salsa is your idea of a good time, Gringo's Mexican Kitchen should be right up your Mexican-food-eating alley. Rave reviews are the norm here, so come ready to eat.
Got kids? No problem at Gringo's Mexican Kitchen! This restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Gringo's Mexican Kitchen's outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.
Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the restaurant is rather noisy.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Driving to Gringo's Mexican Kitchen? Check out the nearby parking selections and park with ease.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
Sample some of the highest rated Mexican dishes around when you stop in for a meal at Gringo's Mexican Kitchen.
If you're looking for an easygoing dinner, Mexican at Gringo's Mexican Kitchen is the place to be.
A delicious Mexican dish is waiting for you at Gringo's Mexican Kitchen, so stop by today and enjoy a yummy meal.
For fast food in Rosenberg's Timberlane Addition neighborhood, check out the burger menu at Jack In The Box.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
Wear what you like when you dine at Jack In The Box — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Jack In The Box as well.
Or, take your grub to go.
At Jack In The Box, drivers will appreciate the ample parking options in the area.
At Jack In The Box, guests can save their cash and indulge all at the same time
food here is high in taste and low in cost.
Whether you're hungry first thing in the morning or prefer to eat a little later, Jack In The Box is conveniently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
No need to sweat your schedule — the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
When a juicy burger is calling your name, stop by Jack In The Box and pick one up for lunch or dinner.
When you don't have time to make lunch or dinner, swing by Jack In The Box and grab a quick bite.
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.