Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by Pellegrino's Trattoria's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
This pizzeria's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This pizzeria serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Pellegrino's Trattoria.
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Pellegrino's Trattoria.
Dress is typically casual at Pellegrino's Trattoria, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
If time is of the essence, this pizzeria's take-out option may be a better fit.
Pellegrino's Trattoria will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
If you're driving, be sure to take advantage of the nearby lot.
Pellegrino's Trattoria offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Pellegrino's Trattoria knows how to put a smile on your face
the fairly-priced fare is easy on your taste buds as well as your wallet.
At Pellegrino's Trattoria, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Pellegrino's Trattoria since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When melted cheese and quality crust is all you can think about, it may be time for a hot slice or two. Experience pizza at its best when you order a pie from top-rated Pellegrino's Trattoria.
For a low-key yet delicious pizza experience, people can't stop talking about the pies at Pellegrino's Trattoria. Swing by for a quick bite next time pizza's on the agenda.
Don't stress over planning a fancy dinner. Keep it fun and casual with a fresh, handmade pizza from Pellegrino's Trattoria.
When you're craving pizza, make your way over to Pellegrino's Trattoria and load up a pizza with all of your favorite toppings.
Take your Thai cuisine with a fill of first-rate reviews when you dine at Chopstix Thai Restaurant.
Indulge in a creative, healthy and low-fat meal at Chopstix Thai Restaurant.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this restaurant's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Parties of any size can easily be seated at Chopstix Thai Restaurant.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Chopstix Thai Restaurant as well.
With parking onsite, it's easier to get straight to our delicious food.
Chopstix Thai Restaurant offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Chopstix Thai Restaurant has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
For Thai fare like never before, get your fill of top-rated deliciousness at Chopstix Thai Restaurant.
When pad thai is on the mind, get comfortable with the highly-rated fare at casual Chopstix Thai Restaurant.
Make it easy with Thai food at Chopstix Thai Restaurant.
Order up your favorite Thai creation at Chopstix Thai Restaurant. You won't be disappointed.
Buon appetito! Eat your heart out at Mezzaluna, where the freshest, five-star fare will fill any Italian appetite.
Mezzaluna is making food that is not just healthy but also makes your taste buds happy.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
This restaurant is great for families with kids.
Parties of any size can easily be seated at Mezzaluna.
Comfort is prioritized at Mezzaluna, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
You can also serve food from Mezzaluna at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
Drivers will find quick and easy parking just around the corner from Mezzaluna.
Mezzaluna s moderately-priced platters and top-notch taste bring foodies back to Mezzaluna time and time again.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Mezzaluna also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
For a lovely Italian night out, look no further than Mezzaluna.
So sit down to a fine Italian meal at Mezzaluna, where you can experience all the best flavors of Italy without a plane ticket.
Mexican-food cravings are easily satisfied at Mi Pueblo — this popular Concord spot puts a fresh, five-star spin on run-of-the-mill beans and cheese.
At Mi Pueblo, you can enjoy healthy and flavorful menu items.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Free wifi is available as well.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Mi Pueblo's patio.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Mi Pueblo offers catering.
Get in and out of the car quickly with no-hassle parking located all around the restaurant.
Mi Pueblo is making the best of both worlds happen: creating food that is full of flavor and affordable!
Convenience is essential at Mi Pueblo, and food is served from morning until night.
So come to Mi Pueblo, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican fare.
So come on over to Mi Pueblo to get a taste of their delicious Mexican classics.
So when you're stomach starts growling, satisfy your hunger with a delicious Mexican-style dish from Mi Pueblo.
Jay Bee's is serving up American favorites with a tasty tweak.
The healthy meal options at Jay Bee's are bold, colorful and filled with flavor.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Dine under the sun (or stars) at Jay Bee's with their charming outdoor seating.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Jay Bee's will ensure that it is delicious.
Drivers can access the parking lot next door.
Commute by bike to Jay Bee's and find easy bike parking.
If you're short on cash, take care of business with one of many major credit cards.
Three meals a day are served at Jay Bee's, so you can choose to start your day or end your evening here.
A hearty salad, juicy burger, or classic chicken — all of your favorite American dishes will be made fresh when you head to Jay Bee's.
So when you just need a place to go, Jay Bee's is the perfect restaurant serving up American classics in Statesville.
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at Jay Bee's is all about.
Find all your favorite cuts of beef cooked to perfection at Outback Steakhouse — this steakhouse didn't earn rave reviews for nothing.
Healthy and gluten-free eaters will embrace the food choices at Outback Steakhouse.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Outback Steakhouse is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
It doesn't get much more laid-back than Outback Steakhouse, so dress for comfort when you come.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Can't get enough of Outback Steakhouse's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Patrons are provided with sufficient parking nearby.
It will typically cost you about $30 to enjoy a meal at Outback Steakhouse.
For that extra special sizzle, it doesn't get much better than an all-star steak dinner at Outback Steakhouse.
Steak-lovers rejoice! Getting the juiciest, most flavorful steaks in town is easy when you stop in for a meal at Outback Steakhouse.
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.