Load up a pizza with all of your favorite toppings at Andrews' Tonys Famous Pizza of Andrews.
Whether rocking a gluten-free lifestyle or looking for something low-fat, this place will serve you just what you need.
This pizzeria guests can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Tonys Famous Pizza of Andrews prides itself in its delicious catering.
If time is of the essence, this pizzeria's take-out option may be a better fit.
Easy parking is accessible for Tonys Famous Pizza of Andrews' diners.
Whether you're in the mood for AM eggs, a midday salad, or an evening entree, Tonys Famous Pizza of Andrews provides service throughout the day.
When you don't feel like cooking dinner, pay Tonys Famous Pizza of Andrews a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza pie.
Fill up on homemade pasta and fresh bread at Antonio's Restaurant.
Whether you have a large or small group, Antonio's Restaurant can accommodate both.
It doesn't get much more laid-back than Antonio's Restaurant, so dress for comfort when you come.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Antonio's Restaurant for their catering services.
Find a space on the street or park in the lot not far from the restaurant.
Get ready to discover the colorful, flavorful world of Italian cooking at Antonio's Restaurant.
Pick up some of your favorites from El Mariachi in West Columbia and enjoy a fun night of grilling out.
Cereal doesn't have to be just for kids. If you are looking for a quick, easy, and tasty breakfast to get out the door, pick some up today.
When you need a quick meal after a long day of work, a TV dinner from here is sure to fill you up in a jiffy.
Stay refreshed no matter where you are! Water is available at El Mariachi.
In case of emergency, you should always have some canned food on hand. Browse the selection of items at El Mariachi and stock up today.
El Mariachi can hook you up with the latest coffee and tea beverages.
If pasta is what you're in the mood for, swing by El Mariachi and pick up some fresh noodles.
Not only is fish great for your heart, but it also packs a punch in the flavor department, so get to grilling!
Here you can find a large number of high-quality staples, such as tasty and healthy oil and vinegar options.
You won't be able to tell the difference with the frozen foods available here for your cuisine convenience.
Don't get enough dairy in your diet? Dairy products from this store are sure to deliver all the nutrients you need.
For breads, cookies, cakes, and pies that will blow your mind, are couple extra sweet ingredients are kitchen must-haves.
Feeling hungry? Make your breakfast, lunch, or dinner even better with some great seasonings and spices from here.
Produce like this is not just nutritious...it's delicious, too!
You'll want to taste the exquisite meats available at this location.
When you body needs hydration most, grab some drinks off the shelf.
For all your fruit and veggie needs, this store has you covered.
Pick up a loaf of freshly-baked bread from El Mariachi and create that tasty sandwich you've been craving all day.
If you're planning out your weekly meals, you will appreciate the assortment of snacks at El Mariachi.
Parking is accessible and not far from the store.
Remember when you need groceries in West Columbia, don't go just anywhere, head to El Mariachi's premier location.
Visit Bogarts for some true American comfort food.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Happy hour at Bogarts is filled with deals and steals.
Access the Internet free of charge via Bogarts' complimentary wifi.
Your large group can all sit together at Bogarts.
Take advantage of the restaurant's open space and tap into your inner dancer.
Reserve your table ahead of time if you're heading over to the restaurant on a Friday and Saturday — it can get quite crowded during the weekend.
For those who prefer to dress down for dinner, Bogarts' low-key style is the perfect match.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Bogarts for their catering services.
For the nights you just want to stay in and cozy up, order in great takeout or delivery from this restaurant.
Whether you are looking for street or lot parking, Bogarts is close to both.
Bogarts' diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Your tab at Bogarts will generally run you about $30 per person.
At Bogarts, you can pay with any major credit card.
Bogarts dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
The next time you're craving a burger and fries, Bogarts is the place for you.
Bogarts has been highly-rated by restaurant-goers, so stop by today and see what the hype is about.
For classic barbecue, head to Maurice's Gourmet Barbeque in West Columbia's West Columbia district.
Gluten-free and low-fat are not one in the same, but this place serves them both.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Maurice's Gourmet Barbeque can seat both large and small groups.
No need to dress to the nines here — Maurice's Gourmet Barbeque's policy is business casual, so guests can dine in comfort.
You might have thought your order was a tough decision, but you still have one more. Delivery or carryout?
Can't get enough of Maurice's Gourmet Barbeque's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Pull into one of the many parking spaces nearby if you choose to drive to the restaurant.
Pig out on affordable fare that tastes like a million bucks
Maurice's Gourmet Barbeque serves top-notch dishes that dazzle diners without the extra dollars.
Maurice's Gourmet Barbeque offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
Maurice's Gourmet Barbeque, a delicious answer to the question, "Where are we going for dinner?".
Mind-blowing barbecue awaits you at Maurice's Gourmet Barbeque, so head on over for a quick and casual bite to eat.
Al's Upstairs Italian Restaurant is serving you great Italian cuisine in an atmosphere you'll love.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? Al's Upstairs Italian Restaurant has you covered on both fronts.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so diners can start the night off right.
Book a room at Al's Upstairs Italian Restaurant so the only you have to worry about is what great dish you're going to order.
Business casual attire is acceptable, so guests can let go of the "dress to impress" standard.
Throwing a big party? Count on Al's Upstairs Italian Restaurant to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
At Al's Upstairs Italian Restaurant, you can park your car in seconds with the nearby street and lot parking options.
Cyclists are in luck. Al's Upstairs Italian Restaurant provides bike parking.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
If you're short on cash, take care of business with one of many major credit cards.
Featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant's evening menu is rated top-of-the-line.
If you're craving a taste of Italy, come on over to Al's Upstairs Italian Restaurant and check out the flavorful menu options.
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.