Pop over to Pasquale's Pizza and Pasta House for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Foods you can't live without fill the menu here — tasty pizza and flavorful pasta are the pizzeria's big-ticket items.
The menu also includes a number of vegan items.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this pizzeria has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Parents appreciate this pizzeria's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Pasquale's Pizza and Pasta House.
Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, Pasquale's Pizza and Pasta House is a great summer destination.
You won't find a suit in here! Business casual dress is the norm at Pasquale's Pizza and Pasta House.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Pasquale's Pizza and Pasta House cater for you.
Enjoy mind-blowing dishes in the peace and quiet of your own home with delivery or takeout from Pasquale's Pizza and Pasta House.
Patrons will love the number of street and lot parking options close to Pasquale's Pizza and Pasta House.
Pasquale's Pizza and Pasta House offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
At Pasquale's Pizza and Pasta House, you can quickly and safely pay with any major credit card.
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 Pasquale's Pizza and Pasta House.
Pizza lovers can't get enough of Pasquale's Pizza and Pasta House where the ratings are as hot as the pies, so come on down for a quick slice or two.
So grab a group of friends and head to Pasquale's Pizza and Pasta House, where you can relax in a casual setting while enjoying a delicious, handmade pizza.
So gather up your friends and family and head on over to Pasquale's Pizza and Pasta House for a night filled with pizza and fun.
Chow down on all of your pub favorites at Old Bag of Nails Pub.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Take advantage of great beer and tasty bites when you stop by for happy hour.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Old Bag of Nails Pub.
Musical groups perform live at Old Bag of Nails Pub, so tables can perk up with some tunes.
The after-work crowd can fill the place up, so be sure to take advantage of reservations at Old Bag of Nails Pub.
Old Bag of Nails Pub's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the visitors at your next shindig.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
If preferred, guests can leave their vehicles in a nearby lot, though space is available on the street as well.
Old Bag of Nails Pub offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
A meal at Old Bag of Nails Pub will typically set you back about $30.
Paying with your major credit card is one payment option at Old Bag of Nails Pub.
AM, midday, and PM meals are served at the restaurant, but supper takes the cake for best in show.
When you want to relax and grab a quick bite to eat, come munch on some pub fare at Old Bag of Nails Pub.
For a quick slice of mouthwatering pizza, visit Classic Pizza.
No need for those with special dietary needs to miss out on Classic Pizza — the pizzeria has plenty of low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free items on the menu.
With this pizzeria's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Home to one of the happiest happy hours, pop in after work for great drinks and good company.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Classic Pizza.
Classic Pizza is well-known for being able to seat large parties.
With the booming music and energetic crowds, this pizzeria can get downright loud.
The pizzeria can get full to bursting on a busy Friday or Saturday night, so the safest bet is to call ahead for a reservation.
Dress is typically casual at Classic Pizza, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Classic Pizza as well.
Just let this pizzeria know how you want it. You can have the food delivered or carried out yourself.
Our customers come for our delicious food. They stay in our free parking.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Classic Pizza.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Classic Pizza offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
There's nothing tastier than a casual pie on a Friday night, so make plans to go to Classic Pizza this weekend.
When you need a good meal in a flash, grab a pizza from the highly-rated Classic Pizza.
Grab some friends and head on over to Westerville's Jimmy V's Grill and Pub for great pub grub.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
At this restaurant, kids of all ages are welcome.
Head to Jimmy V's Grill and Pub for a happy hour that aims to please.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Jimmy V's Grill and Pub's free wifi hotspot.
Jimmy V's Grill and Pub is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Be sure to check out Jimmy V's Grill and Pub's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
Tap your foot to Jimmy V's Grill and Pub's tunes — live performances are often showcased here.
The restaurant fills up on the weekends, so keep that in mind before heading out.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Jimmy V's Grill and Pub is come-as-you-are.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the visitors at your next shindig.
Jimmy V's Grill and Pub's diners can safely park on the street, as well as in a nearby lot.
Jimmy V's Grill and Pub is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Thrifty diners will love the reasonable prices here as well, with a meal usually costing less than $15.
So when you're in the mood for some tasty pub food, make your way over to Jimmy V's Grill and Pub.
For a mouthwatering meal you're sure to love, Mudflats Bar and Grill in Galena is the place to be.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so diners can start the night off right.
Got kids? No problem at Mudflats Bar and Grill! This restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Happy hour at Mudflats Bar and Grill is filled with deals and steals.
Mudflats Bar and Grill is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
Skip long waits and head to Mudflats Bar and Grill with your large group for easy seating.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
The restaurant features live music and a dance floor, so you can kick up your heels and step to the rhythm.
If you're heading out on a Friday or Saturday, keep in mind that the restaurant gets busy.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at Mudflats Bar and Grill — attire is casual.
Mudflats Bar and Grill prides itself in its delicious catering.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Street parking is provided for those dining at the restaurant's Columbus St location.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Mudflats Bar and Grill.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Mudflats Bar and Grill will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
All major credit cards are accepted.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Mudflats Bar and Grill serves up all three meals.
In the mood for a juicy burger and a pile of fries? You'll love McDonald's.
For a healthier dining option, try one of the many vegan, low-fat, or gluten-free dishes at McDonald's.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at McDonald's.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on McDonald's' complimentary wifi.
Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the restaurant is rather noisy.
Casual dining at its best, McDonald's customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
Can't get enough of McDonald's' tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Drivers will find quick and easy parking just around the corner from McDonald's.
The breakfast menu at the restaurant draws rave reviews, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
Swing by the restaurant at literally any hour — it's open 24 hours a day.
Meat lovers can't get enough of McDonald's' juicy burgers, so find your way to McDonald's when you're in the mood for a quick bite to eat.
Save yourself hours in meal prep time by trusting the team at McDonald's' A+ fast food place!
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.