Taste buds can easily turn into viciously passive-aggressive taste frenemies without proper attention. Keep your tongue from gossiping behind your back with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of fresh soups and healthy café fare at Liquid Lunch, valid at three area locations.
The culinary brainchild of Fred and Michele Bialek, Liquid Lunch serves up soupy eats that have garnered accolades from Connecticut magazine in its Best of Connecticut features for 2009 and 2010. The menu boasts 10 or more soup varieties made fresh daily ($3.75/8 oz. to $12/32 oz.), including six mainstays such as hearty chicken noodle, sweet tomato basil, and classic french onion. Solid-sustenance seekers can take their pick from the eatery's array of sandwiches, including the Venice—featuring grilled portobello swathed with pesto ($6.49)—and the Martha’s Vineyard, packed with mozzarella, grilled chicken, cranberry sauce, and caramelized onions on a searsucker bun ($6.49). Fresh salads, such as the pear- and walnut-festooned Waldorf ($7.99), deliver healthy mouthfuls, and breakfast sandwiches ($2.25–$2.75), available at the Research Drive location, jump-start mornings.
Having already earned back-to-back spots on Connecticut Magazine's Best of Connecticut in 2009 and 2010, Liquid Lunch keeps bellies full and spoons out of the unemployment line with a slurp-worthy twist on midday meals. Culinary Institute of America graduate and owner Fred Bialek and his wife, Michele, were inspired to open the first Liquid Lunch in 2004, when they'd grown tired of lunchtime standards such as pizza, burgers, and lightly salted printouts of old PowerPoint presentations.
Today, at Liquid Lunch's still-growing roster of locations, a rotating lineup of gourmet soups cascades across the menu alongside six staple soups, including vegetarian lentil and split pea with ham. For an extra crunch, diners can plunge fork-first into salads, or explore healthy Sammiches, which escort taste buds around the globe with names influenced by their ingredients and spear-pickles engraved with necessary passport information.