Portland Pie Co Hq's piping pizza is just as hot as its ratings, and customers call this tasty spot one of the best around.
Cheesy pizza is not the only menu item that will make your mouth water — the pizzeria is known for its pasta, too.
Searching for gluten-free goodness? Come to Portland Pie Co Hq and taste it for yourself.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this pizzeria just as much as mom and dad.
Getting online is easy with Portland Pie Co Hq's free and convenient wifi.
Come in or stay home. This pizzeria's pickup and delivery options have you covered.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at Portland Pie Co Hq running under $30 per person.
Wake up early to catch a bite of Portland Pie Co Hq's breakfast, or swing by later for some tasty lunch or 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 Portland Pie Co Hq.
High-quality pizza is waiting for you at Portland Pie Co Hq, so find out what all the fuss is about and get your hands on a cheesy slice of deliciousness.
For hot pizza and a cool atmosphere, be sure to stop in at Portland Pie Co Hq.
Next time you're looking to indulge in America's favorite dish, call the team at Portland Pie Co Hq to help you out.
Enjoy finger-licking barbecue year-round at Famous Dave's in Scarborough.
Parents appreciate this restaurant's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
For comfortable outdoor service, Famous Dave's sets up a seasonal patio.
Hop online in no time using Famous Dave's' free wifi.
The restaurant is on the noisier end, which is something to keep in mind when planning intimate get-togethers.
Throwing a big party? Count on Famous Dave's to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
Worried about finding parking? Don't fret! Famous Dave's is located near plenty of options.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
Your tab at Famous Dave's will usually run to about $30 per guest.
Patrons can choose to charge their bill, as Famous Dave's welcomes the use of most major credit cards.
Head on over to Famous Dave's first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Famous Dave's is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
You may end up with sticky fingers, but you'll treasure the delicious barbecue at Famous Dave's.
Make sure your next meal is a good one. Get your barbecue on at Famous Dave's.
Make it a marinara night at Italian eatery Anjon's Italian Restaurant.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant just as much as their parents do.
Anjon's Italian Restaurant caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
The restaurant accepts reservations, so you can get around the busy crowd.
At Anjon's Italian Restaurant, business casual is the norm, so save your suit and tie for another day.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Anjon's Italian Restaurant prides itself in its delicious catering.
At Anjon's Italian Restaurant, diners can make use of the valet service or a parking lot next door.
Commute by bike to Anjon's Italian Restaurant and find easy bike parking.
Anjon's Italian Restaurant is creating dishes any foodie will love at around $30.
No cash? Use any major credit card and work on reeling in those rewards.
Dinner is the real yum factor here, though breakfast bites and lunch are also featured.
Give your dining routine the Italian boot! Try the fabulously authentic dishes at Anjon's Italian Restaurant today.
Hankering for a side of fries? Try the grub at Landmark, a tasty restaurant serving American-style fare.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Eat out with the little ones at this restaurant, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
A private room is available for reservation at Landmark for those nights when you take the whole gang out to celebrate.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Landmark's beautiful outdoor seating area.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Bring the Landmark's great food to your place.
Landmark provides easy access to an adjacent lot.
Landmark's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
If a trip to the ATM isn't on the agenda, visitors have the convenience of paying by major credit card.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
Stop putting off the best meal of your year and come into Landmark's restaurant for some good old American favorites!
The premier destination for appetizing fast food and tasty seafood, Salty Bay in Scarborough is one of the area's top-rated restaurants. It's a popular restaurant for visitors that want an awesome meal.
There's not really a recommended attire, so feel free to dress comfortably.
At some point, everyone should try the haddock or the fried clams, since they're both sure to make an impression. In terms of the restaurant itself, if you're looking for the perfect spot for a get-together between family or friends, it's been reviewed as a great local option for both big groups and families with kids. If you're in a hurry, you can always take advantage of the convenient take-out offerings.
A reputable option for both lunch and dinner in Scarborough, a visit to Salty Bay is definitely worthwhile. Don't worry about trying to find a spot on the street, as visitors to the restaurant do have access to a private parking lot nearby.
A bachelor’s degree in international language has lent Chaba Thai Cuisine & Sushi's owner, Lawan Seelawongsayree, an advanced understanding of human communication. However, at her restaurant—which she opened in 2004 and where she perpetuates family recipes passed through generations—Lawan speaks to her customers through her cuisine: a language primal yet international and sophisticated all at the same time.
Spicy, sweet, bitter, and citrusy flavors collide in dishes that hold true to Thai tradition while playfully thumbing their noses at stodgy conventions such as chewing. Curry dishes marry sweet coconut milk with spicy red-chili paste, a combination sewn with coriander and cumin threads in the massaman version. With every guest’s meal, Lawan aspires for a dining experience rich with sanuk, a term that denotes fun and pleasure at the table without forcing guests to sculpt mashed potatoes into Bobcat Goldthwait.
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.