If warm tortillas and chips 'n salsa is your idea of a good time, Hot Tamale Mexican Grille should be right up your Mexican-food-eating alley. Rave reviews are the norm here, so come ready to eat.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
Eat out with the little ones at this restaurant, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
Take your meal to the next level on the patio at Hot Tamale Mexican Grille.
Hot Tamale Mexican Grille is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Hot Tamale Mexican Grille will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Drivers can take advantage of the parking lot near Hot Tamale Mexican Grille and save time on hunting for a parking spot.
Taste the greatness Hot Tamale Mexican Grille is serving up with meals around $30.
Easily charge your payment using one of many major credit card options.
For the highest rated Mexican food around, make Hot Tamale Mexican Grille your first stop.
So swing by Hot Tamale Mexican Grille to get a bite out of your favorite Mexican dish.
When you are ready to taste the latest flavor trends of Mexico, make your way over to Hot Tamale Mexican Grille.
Seymour Pizza Palace's piping pizza is just as hot as its ratings, and customers call this tasty spot one of the best around.
Both low-fat and gluten-free options are available here.
Eat out with the little ones at this pizzeria, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
Call ahead for reservations to ensure your table is waiting for you when you arrive.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this pizzeria.
Seymour Pizza Palace has easy parking nearby for diners who wish to drive.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the pizzeria.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Seymour Pizza Palace. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Seymour Pizza Palace for a tasty pizza pie.
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 Seymour Pizza Palace.
So when you need a pizza without the stress, Seymour Pizza Palace has your back!
You won't want to go anywhere else for a superlative piece of pizza than to Seymour Pizza Palace's great restaurant.
Head to China House Restaurant in Seymour and take a culinary trip to the Far East, where fine Chinese cuisine is readily available.
The gluten-free and low-fat fare at China House Restaurant will leave you happy and full.
It's best to call ahead for a table as the restaurant can get packed.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up China House Restaurant for their catering services.
Take your vehicle to dinner
nearby parking is plentiful and will not pose a problem for drivers looking to dine.
Want top-notch taste for less than top-dollar prices? China House Restaurant s mid-range cuisine is sure to satisfy on both fronts, where pennies stretch into perfectly seasoned platters.
Whether you're hungry first thing in the morning or prefer to eat a little later, China House Restaurant is conveniently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Looking to send your taste buds on a delicious trip to China? Head on over the cuisine at China House Restaurant.
Lakehouse Restaurant is serving up American favorites with a tasty tweak.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Lakehouse Restaurant to grab a spot on the patio.
Free wifi is available as well.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating.
You can also grab your food to go.
Lakehouse Restaurant is surrounded by endless parking options.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes Lakehouse Restaurant has to offer.
There's a classic American dish waiting to be made for you at Lakehouse Restaurant.
So when you just need a place to go, Lakehouse Restaurant is the perfect restaurant serving up American classics in Seymour.
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at Lakehouse Restaurant is all about.
Mama Mia Restaurant and Pizzeria in Seymour does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at Mama Mia Restaurant and Pizzeria. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
Business casual dress, tasty food, and a classic atmosphere make this a great place for any occasion.
Don't fret! Parking options are readily available near Mama Mia Restaurant and Pizzeria.
With prices so great and food so delicious, you'll be coming back weekly, even nightly.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Mama Mia Restaurant and Pizzeria is at the top of the list.
When you're craving pizza, make your way over to Mama Mia Restaurant and Pizzeria and load up a pizza with all of your favorite toppings.
Grilled, seasoned, and served to perfection, Seymour's Valley Burger Shack is a prime burger joint located in the city's Seymour district.
Seating is readily available at Valley Burger Shack for those with large parties.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Valley Burger Shack.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
Patrons can park in a lot near Valley Burger Shack or take advantage of the generous street parking.
A dinner that is yummy and affordable is the standard at Valley Burger Shack.
Whether you're in the mood for AM eggs, a midday salad, or an evening entree, Valley Burger Shack provides service throughout the day.
The menu at Valley Burger Shack is filled with creative burger options, so head on over today and treat yourself to a tasty meal that will leave you full for hours.
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.