At Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, you can enjoy a classic American burger or sandwich.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
At Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Eat outdoors Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
The restaurant is on the noisier end, which is something to keep in mind when planning intimate get-togethers.
Avoid playing the waiting game and call ahead for a table.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, which embraces a casual vibe.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery.
Free parking is available for patrons who dine at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery.
If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery.
All major credit cards are accepted.
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Lunch and dinner are easy as pie (and you might as well get a slice) at the delicious Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery.
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery serves up a variety of American eats in a casual setting. Swing by today and munch on some of your favorite dishes.
Whether it's a hoppy IPA or a dark stout that you're craving, quench your thirst (and fill your belly with gourmet pub fare) at Warrenville's Two Brothers Brewing Company.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
Parents appreciate this restaurant's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
Skip long waits and head to Two Brothers Brewing Company with your large group for easy seating.
Open air seating is ready for diners at Two Brothers Brewing Company when the weather is warm.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
Reservations are offered, so call ahead to lock down your table.
Two Brothers Brewing Company honors a business casual dress code, so formal wear can be left behind.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Two Brothers Brewing Company.
Commute by bike to Two Brothers Brewing Company and find easy bike parking.
A typical meal at Two Brothers Brewing Company will set you back less than $30.
So swing by Two Brothers Brewing Company next time you want quality fare, better beer, and a low-key atmosphere. You'll feel right at home.
Rediscover your favorite American meals at Two Brothers Brewing Company.
Make your way over to Two Brothers Brewing Company and enjoy a delicious American meal in a laid back setting.
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated Two Brothers Brewing Company.
With so many favorite beers to choose from, Two Brothers Brewing Company will make you feel like the gang's all there in Warrenville.
Swing by California Pizza Kitchen and enjoy a quick slice of pizza.
You'll find a delicious selection of pizzas and pastas.
Whether rocking a gluten-free lifestyle or looking for something low-fat, this place will serve you just what you need.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this pizzeria's drink list.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this pizzeria, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Wifi is on the house at California Pizza Kitchen, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
Don't get stuck waiting for a table — the pizzeria accepts reservations.
The dress code is strictly casual at California Pizza Kitchen, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable).
You can also grab your grub to go.
California Pizza Kitchen will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Prices at California Pizza Kitchen are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal.
Find your sweet (or savory) spot at California Pizza Kitchen, where you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
So grab a group of friends and head to California Pizza Kitchen, where you can relax in a casual setting while enjoying a delicious, handmade pizza.
When you need a quick dinner option for the whole family, stop by California Pizza Kitchen and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza.
Find fresh meat and cheese at Potbelly Sandwich Works, a go-to deli that's sure to impress.
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.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Potbelly Sandwich Works has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Don't be the last one waiting! Reserve a seat so you can eat when you're ready.
Don't sacrifice comfort for style — Potbelly Sandwich Works' dress code is business casual, so guests can look and feel great.
Grab your meal to go at this restaurant if you're in a hurry — or better yet, have them bring it to you through their delivery service!
Can't get enough of Potbelly Sandwich Works' tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Parking has never been easier at Potbelly Sandwich Works, a restaurant located near a variety of parking selections.
Potbelly Sandwich Works is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Find your sweet (or savory) spot at Potbelly Sandwich Works, where you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
For a fresh sandwich from a great deli, Potbelly Sandwich Works is definitely the play to go.
Spicy hot ratings heat up the food at Masala, so those with a passion for Indian fare should head on over for a tasty meal.
This restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this restaurant, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Call ahead for reservations to ensure your table is waiting for you when you arrive.
Business casual attire is acceptable, so guests can let go of the "dress to impress" standard.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Masala also offers catering.
For convenience, diners can park in a neighboring lot.
Cyclists are in luck. Masala provides bike parking.
A mid-priced establishment, Masala offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.
For a quick and easy payment solution at Masala, pay by major credit card.
So if you're an advocate of Indian cuisine, make sure to try the top-rated menu at Masala.
What are you waiting for? Stop by Masala today and indulge in some tasty Indian eats.
When he cofounded his first sandwich shop in 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca planned to use his profits to pay his way through medical school. But the combination of quality ingredients and friendly service at the shop—then called Pete's Subway—proved so popular that nine years later, he and his partner found themselves in charge of 16 locations across Connecticut, and Fred left behind his doctoring plans for a career in business.
Today, Subway restaurants number more than 34,000 around the world—almost as many shops as there are sightings of Elvis buying cold cuts. At each location, staffers pile sliced ham, marinara-slathered meatballs, and other fillings into halved loaves of bread before customizing handhelds with tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and other healthy toppings plucked from chilled containers behind the counter. Salads free crisp veggies from bread's overprotective embrace, and crunchy baked chips or apple slices accompany entrees to tables. Subway's website also facilitates health-conscious eating by listing each item's nutrition information and fastest mile time online.
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.