Swing by Lighthouse Pizza in Tybee Island for your next meal.
For healthy meals with a twist, head to Lighthouse Pizza.
Be sure to complete your meal at this restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
Bring the whole clan to this restaurant — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Your large group can all sit together at Lighthouse Pizza.
Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, Lighthouse Pizza is a great summer destination.
The dress code at Lighthouse Pizza is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
Lighthouse Pizza will also bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
This restaurant accommodates your schedule. Pick it up yourself or have it delivered to your door.
Lighthouse Pizza's diners can park in a nearby lot or on the street.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
Appease your inner-foodie without spending a fortune when you swing by Lighthouse Pizza for one of many flavorful (and inexpensive) dishes.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Lighthouse Pizza also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
Fresh fare can be found at The Crab Shack, where patrons seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
Dieters beware — The Crab Shack does not offer low-fat cuisine.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — The Crab Shack has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Take the kids along too — The Crab Shack is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Don't miss out on the private room at The Crab Shack — you'll want to reserve the space the next time you and your whole crew need a place to celebrate together.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on The Crab Shack's gorgeous patio.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Drivers will find quick and easy parking just around the corner from The Crab Shack.
The Crab Shack offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Expect your bill at The Crab Shack to come in at around $30 per person.
Save the cash for another day and pay by major credit card at The Crab Shack.
Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
For an entree that scores high on the taste test, try one of the many options available at Fannies On The Beach in Tybee Island.
Fannies On The Beach 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.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Fannies On The Beach's outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.
Fannies On The Beach's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
At Fannies On The Beach, diners should plan to park on the street.
For those who travel by bike, Fannies On The Beach offers bike racks for diners.
If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at Fannies On The Beach.
At Fannies On The Beach, you can pay with any major credit card.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Fannies On The Beach — swing by for your favorite meal.
For a mouthwatering meal you're sure to love, Spanky's Beachside in Tybee Island is the place to be.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Families will feel right at home at this restaurant with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Spanky's Beachside is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Spanky's Beachside's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Spanky's Beachside offers catering.
Drivers will embrace the number of street and lot parking choices close to Spanky's Beachside.
For those who travel by bike, Spanky's Beachside offers bike racks for diners.
Prices at Spanky's Beachside are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal.
The restaurant's got you covered whether you're hungry for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but die-hard fans always opt for an evening meal.
For top-rated Mexican fare that customers rave about, head to Tybee Island Social Club for a meal packed with bold flavor.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
Wifi is on the house at Tybee Island Social Club, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Tybee Island Social Club.
Take your pet pooch along when you visit Tybee Island Social Club — dogs are more than welcome to join their humans at the restaurant.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Drivers can find parking right by the restaurant, so don't forget your car keys.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Tybee Island Social Club.
Sample some of the highest rated Mexican dishes around when you stop in for a meal at Tybee Island Social Club.
Spice up your every day with delicious Mexican food at Tybee Island Social Club.
Everyone around town knows there's simply no better Mexican restaurant around than Tybee Island Social Club.
CoCo's Sunset Grille in Tybee Island offers flavorful eats and tasty desserts.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
CoCo's Sunset Grille caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
Al fresco eating options are also available at CoCo's Sunset Grille, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
Perfect for an after-work outing, CoCo's Sunset Grille won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
A nearby parking lot is readily available for CoCo's Sunset Grille's diners.
CoCo's Sunset Grille offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
CoCo's Sunset Grille is creating dishes any foodie will love at around $30.
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.