Go beyond bland rice and beans at this laid-back Tex-Mex venue — On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina serves flavorful fare that can pack a punch.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Take the kids along too — this restaurant is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
The private room at On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina is an excellent option when you're heading out with a big group for a night of celebration.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina's wifi.
You won't find a suit in here! Business casual dress is the norm at On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina.
Throwing a big party? Count on On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
You can also grab your food to go.
Parking is easily accessible.
At On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina, you can ease your appetite and please your pocketbook
the menu offers a selection of mid-priced, budget-friendly meals.
So for some delicious south of the border flavor in a casual setting, you can't beat On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina.
For Tex Mex that will take your palette to the next level, call On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina.
So amp up your lunch hour and head over to On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina for a casual Mexican meal.
On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina serves up a variety of Mexican eats, so head on over today and indulge in some of your favorites.
Lovebirds flock to Cal's Wood-Fired Grill and Bar for Italian cuisine.
Both low-fat and gluten-free menu items are offered at Cal's Wood-Fired Grill and Bar.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — Cal's Wood-Fired Grill and Bar has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
With its kid-friendly vibe, Cal's Wood-Fired Grill and Bar is a great spot for families to chow down.
Cal's Wood-Fired Grill and Bar is known for its happy hour, which includes food and beverages.
Have a big celebration coming up? Consider the private room at Cal's Wood-Fired Grill and Bar, perfect for large groups of revelers.
Be sure to call for a reservation if the restaurant is part of your weekend plans — it can get crowded on Fridays and Saturdays.
It doesn't get much more laid-back than Cal's Wood-Fired Grill and Bar, so dress for comfort when you come.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Cal's Wood-Fired Grill and Bar as well.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from Cal's Wood-Fired Grill and Bar.
At Cal's Wood-Fired Grill and Bar, you can find nearby options for both street and lot parking.
A meal at Cal's Wood-Fired Grill and Bar will typically set you back about $30.
At Cal's Wood-Fired Grill and Bar, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
Find all of your favorite traditional American dishes in one place at Lattitude.
Gluten-free dishes with fresh flavors await you at Lattitude.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Lattitude with their complimentary wifi.
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Lattitude.
The restaurant accepts reservations, so it's simple to snag a table in advance.
At Lattitude, business casual is the norm, so save your suit and tie for another day.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Lattitude to your next party or event.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Drivers can enjoy the luxury of valet parking or park in a lot nearby Lattitude.
If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at Lattitude.
Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
For a meal truly worth eating, the place to go is definitely Lattitude who serves up the mouthwatering best food in town.
Lattitude has been highly-rated by restaurant-goers, so stop by today and see what the hype is about.
So switch up your normal lunch routine and stop by Lattitude for a trendy American dish.
Big tastes abound at Carrabba's Italian Grill, and Italian-fare enthusiasts can't stop talking about the five-star menu.
Foods you can't live without fill the menu here — tasty pizza and flavorful pasta are the restaurant's big-ticket items.
This place will leave you feeling satisfied no matter what kind of dietary needs you have.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
Take the kids along too — this restaurant is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Carrabba's Italian Grill for a group meal.
Reserve a table in advance and get seated when you're ready.
At Carrabba's Italian Grill, "dress to impress" is a thing of the past, and jeans are the new norm.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Carrabba's Italian Grill for their catering services.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
Carrabba's Italian Grill is located near endless free parking options.
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Carrabba's Italian Grill's Italian food gets the highest price; come taste why!
Feeling some delicious pasta or savory prosciutto tonight? Stop in at Carrabba's Italian Grill.
Visit IHOP for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of West Springfield's West Springfield Town.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at IHOP. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this restaurant with its kid-friendly fare.
IHOP tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
For the tastes of IHOP from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Drivers will embrace the parking lot located next door to IHOP.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
If you don't want a night that will cost you an arm and a leg but you do want a delicious meal, come to IHOP.
The breakfast dishes at the restaurant really bring the crowds in, though lunch and dinner are also served.
Rediscover your favorite American meals at IHOP.
For a casual American classic, IHOP will serve you up a delicious meal in West Springfield.
For an exceptional menu of American food that is highly-rated by all who try it, call IHOP today.
Take a break from the office and enjoy a tasty sandwich with a side of chips at Hofbrauhaus.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
At this restaurant, kids of all ages are welcome.
Warm weather brings out Hofbrauhaus' highly coveted patio seating.
Seating is readily available at Hofbrauhaus for those with large parties.
Crowds tend to pack the place on weekends, so call ahead to reserve a table.
Spruce up your look...but not too much! Hofbrauhaus' style is business casual, so formal wear should be left on the hanger.
Impress the patrons at your next gathering by calling in Hofbrauhaus for catering.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
Patrons can park in a lot near Hofbrauhaus or take advantage of the generous street parking.
Hofbrauhaus is a little bit on the pricey side, so save it for a special night out.
Night owls will be happy to hear that the restaurant is best known for their evening menu, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
From classic sandwiches to signature sandwiches, Hofbrauhaus has it all. Head on over today for a great lunch or dinner.
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.