$25 for Upscale Food and Drinks at Marina Grog & Galley ($50 Value)

Lake Lotawana

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They say eating at a good restaurant can make you feel like a king, but historically kings always had to eat in their castles and probably alone. Feel better than royalty with this Groupon.

The Deal

  • $25 for upscale food and drinks ($50 Value)
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Marina Grog and Galley

"A computer can't understand a handshake," says Jack Schwindler, explaining why he retired after 32 years as a food broker. He missed the face-to-face aspect of the business, which diminished as technology swiftly advanced. So when he and his wife found a defunct marina on Lake Lotawana, where Jack spent his childhood, he found his calling. In 1993, Jack and his wife opened Marina Grog & Galley, and now, Jack says, "I'm shaking hands again."

Marina Grog and Galley is run by a tight-knit crew of longtime employees, including servers who have worked there since 1996. Their menu boasts dry-aged steaks from a local purveyor and fresh fish flown in from Hawaii three times a week. The smell of steaks searing over mesquite charcoal drifts out to the front driveway, creating an aroma that attracts passersby and envious traveling steak peddlers. Other specialties include baby-back ribs crafted from a recipe Jack penned when he was 21 years old, and a range of fried, boiled, and stuffed shrimp.

Every night, Jack visits with guests at the tables arranged around the dining room, which look out at the lake or a 1,500-gallon saltwater tank that houses a 48-foot living reef. Leather seats in cobalt blue comfort backs, and stone fireplaces warm the stone walls and light wood around the restaurant. Outdoor tables along the water seat up to 150 people, and on-deck fireplaces keep diners comfortable. "Something happens every night in the restaurant business," says Jack, and he doesn't want to miss a minute of it.

In a Nutshell

Restaurant helmed by a Lake Lotawana native serves dry-aged steaks and fresh fish flown in from Hawaii, ideal for holiday meals

The Fine Print

Expires Mar 30th, 2014. Limit 2 per person. Limit 1 per table, 2 for tables of 4 or more. Must purchase 2 entrees per Groupon. Reservations required. Not valid on 2/14 or 2/15. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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