Forgoing dinner is a risky move that may result in stomach growls, sleep eating, and hallucinatory midnight conversations with Kevin Bacon and Jon Hamm in the bathroom. Take a bite out of potential night terrors with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of contemporary American dinner fare at Midtown Grille.
Midtown Grille serves up Chef Scott James's inspired dinner menu of fresh regional fare, handcrafted daily from produce grown in the fertile North Carolina soil. Dig into dinner by splitting an order of the house-made chorizo served with fresh asparagus, a fried local egg, and sauce romesco ($8), or opt for grilled romaine hearts served with caesar dressing and a black-olive crostini ($8) if you'd like to keep your meal as light at a globetrotting eccentric's hot air balloon. The eatery's entrees hail from land, air, and sea, ensuring that even the pickiest dates or digestive systems will find something they like.
Espresso-and-ancho-chili-rubbed strip steak, served with charred tomatoes, asparagus frites, and a cabernet cabrales butter ($29), and pepita (pumpkin seed)-crusted mahi mahi, with spring peas, curried potato, and white shrimp ($24), sate meat seekers. House-made black-truffle fettuccine, tossed with fresh arugula and extra virgin olive oil ($15), and the eatery's fresh, house-made bread appeal to herbivores. Decadent desserts, such as the du monde apple beignets topped with caramel cream cheese ($8), sweetly extend meals. The dining room's understated yet modern décor and a cozy outdoor patio inspire guests to linger over long suppers while flirtatiously discussing favorite vacation spots or brands of tires.
At Midtown Grille, bowl-shaped chandeliers cast a warm glow over the dining room dressed in crisp white linens with cream walls. The elegant environs compete with equally elegantly plated seafood and locally snagged seasonal veggies. The kitchen enhances his succulent cuts of swordfish and short ribs with house-made pastas and sophisticated flourishes such as blue-cheese crema, pinot-soaked raisins, or miniature monocles that can be enjoyed in the dining room or on the restaurant's patio, weather permitting.