For innovative Mexican cuisine, head to Cocina 214
A Contemporary Mexican Kitchen and Bar in Winter Park.
A Contemporary Mexican Kitchen and Bar also offers dishes without gluten, so that every stomach can find something to satisfy.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Eat out with the little ones at this restaurant, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
A Contemporary Mexican Kitchen and Bar is ready to make any occasion a special one with a great space and thoughtful food.
Get online gratis thanks to Cocina 214
A Contemporary Mexican Kitchen and Bar's complimentary wifi.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Cocina 214
A Contemporary Mexican Kitchen and Bar's beautiful outdoor seating area.
Bring your furry friend to the restaurant — Cocina 214
A Contemporary Mexican Kitchen and Bar allows dogs to dine, too.
Wear what you like when you dine at Cocina 214
A Contemporary Mexican Kitchen and Bar — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
Prefer to dine from the comfort of your own couch? Swing by this restaurant for carryout, or have them come to you with delivery.
Parking is not an option at Cocina 214
A Contemporary Mexican Kitchen and Bar, a restaurant near parking lots, street parking and valet services.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Cocina 214
A Contemporary Mexican Kitchen and Bar.
Want top-notch taste for less than top-dollar prices? Cocina 214
A Contemporary Mexican Kitchen and Bar s mid-range cuisine is sure to satisfy on both fronts, where pennies stretch into perfectly seasoned platters.
Night owls will be happy to hear that the restaurant is best known for their evening menu, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
When you're craving beans, rice, salsa, and some great-tasting guacamole, Cocina 214
A Contemporary Mexican Kitchen and Bar knows how to step up its Mexican dishes.
When you treat yourself to a flavorful Mexican dish from Cocina 214
A Contemporary Mexican Kitchen and Bar, you will leave feeling satisfied and full.
As its multi-star ratings show, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar serves the best in all things beef, making this lip-smacking steakhouse hard to match.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar serves food that not only tastes great, but is low in fat and gluten-free.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Check out the brews and bites at happy hour, and kick back without spending a fortune.
Take a great restaurant, add perfect party food and a fun group of people, and get a night for the ages at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.
Eat outdoors Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
People tend to swarm the restaurant on Fridays and Saturdays, so be sure to reserve space for your party ahead of time.
No need to dress to the nines here — Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar's policy is business casual, so guests can dine in comfort.
For the tastes of Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Valet parking is available at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar's N Orlando Ave address, so make sure to bring along a little extra for tip.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
So get your steak on at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and treat yourself to a delicious menu loaded with the very best ratings.
When you are in the mood for an exceptional steak, make your way over to the highly-rated Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.
Score your next slice at Boardwalk Pizza — this joint has pizza-lovers dishing out cream of the crop reviews.
If you're looking for a mean slice or a piping plate of pasta, the pizzeria is home to a generous number of offerings.
Boardwalk Pizza features a wide variety of flavorful low-fat and gluten-free eats.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this pizzeria won't disappoint.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this pizzeria — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
At Boardwalk Pizza, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
For no extra charge, utilize Boardwalk Pizza's free wifi.
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at Boardwalk Pizza and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
Feel free to bring your lil' tail-wagger with you — this pizzeria is a pet-friendly place.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at Boardwalk Pizza — attire is casual.
Grab your meal to go at this pizzeria if you're in a hurry — or better yet, have them bring it to you through their delivery service!
Boardwalk Pizza provides easy access to an adjacent lot.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the pizzeria.
Short on cash? No problem. Boardwalk Pizza happily accepts all major credit cards.
So come taste the pizza at Boardwalk Pizza for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
So bring your appetite to Boardwalk Pizza. This no-muss, no-fuss pizza joint comes with rave reviews.
So head over to Boardwalk Pizza, where you can sit down to a delicious pizza in a relaxed, casual setting.
After learning about Boardwalk Pizza, you definitely just found your new pizza place.
For cultured Turkish cuisine cooked to perfection, swing by Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine.
Quit fat and gluten at Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine, where low-fat fare and G-free offerings are the norm.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
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.
Making it through another workweek call for a drink at Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
If you plan to hit the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to fend off the crowds by calling ahead for a reservation.
Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine goes easy on the dress code — business casual is expected, so no need to squeeze into your finest attire.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Throwing a big party? Count on Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
We understand parking is expensive. That's why we've got a parking lot for you. Spend your money on our delicious food and drink.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine.
For a decently-priced meal that s not too fancy, Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine hits the nail on the head.
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 available at Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine — swing by for your favorite meal.
So go out of your box this weekend and try some mouthwatering Turkish fare at Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine.
For a heartwarming helping of spaghetti and meatballs, Rocco's Italian Grille is a great place to wine and dine your sweetie with top-rated Italian.
This restaurant guests can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Bigger groups gravitate toward Rocco's Italian Grille, which offers a private section for your next get-together or celebration.
Rocco's Italian Grille's happy hour is filled with food and beverage deals.
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at Rocco's Italian Grille and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at Rocco's Italian Grille — attire is casual.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
You can also serve food from Rocco's Italian Grille at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
Going out can be expensive. That's why we have our own free parking lot, so you spend your money on more fun things.
Travel by bike to Rocco's Italian Grille and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Rocco's Italian Grille knows how to put a smile on your face
the fairly-priced fare is easy on your taste buds as well as your wallet.
At Rocco's Italian Grille, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
The restaurant is open from morning through evening, but the dinner menu serves the tastiest reviews.
So plan your next date night at Rocco's Italian Grille, where you'll enjoy incredible Italian cooking in a richly romantic setting.
For a lovely Italian night out, look no further than Rocco's Italian Grille.
Isn't it time you tried Rocco's Italian Grille's great Italian place to satisfy your cheese cravings?
Perfectly-plated pad thai and scrumptious satay more than justify the stellar ratings awarded to Orchid Thai Restaurant.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this restaurant, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Free wireless Internet is also available at Orchid Thai Restaurant, so bring your tablet or laptop along.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
Orchid Thai Restaurant is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Save a seat for man's best friend — this is a dog-friendly restaurant.
You'll find most people wearing their favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as casual dining is Orchid Thai Restaurant's style.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
Choose wisely. Wait at home for delivery or come into this restaurant for carryout.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Orchid Thai Restaurant.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
Orchid Thai Restaurant s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
Treat yourself to breakfast, lunch, and dinner all in one place
the restaurant offers three main meals a day, though dinner is the real winner.
If you're searching for the best of the best in Thai cuisine, Orchid Thai Restaurant is your spot.
So spice up your lunch or dinner today with some great Thai food from the highly-rated Orchid Thai Restaurant.
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.