The Founding Fathers held their initial meetings in a neighborhood tavern, which explains why the Declaration of Independence's first draft had a long, rambling subsection devoted to how powdered wigs are a natural icebreaker. Revolt against the tyranny of boredom with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of casual American fare at Public eat+drink in North Adams, Massachusetts.
Upscale ingredients such as pancetta and aioli imbue Public eat+drink's menu of casual American fare with a gourmet touch. Beneath exposed-brick walls bedecked in brightly colored artwork, friends’ forks share small plates such as tempura-battered red onion rings ($5.95) or baked brie with apples and walnuts ($8.95). Rubbed with herbs and cooked under a brick, the cornish hen entree sails to tables with a helping of roasted root vegetables ($15.95), and fish ‘n’ chips dip into a side of house tartar aioli ($10.95). And, like a self-portrait made from Easy Mac, a blend of pancetta and smoked gouda elevates mac ‘n’ cheese from comfort fare to high art ($13.95). Although alcohol is not included with today’s Groupon, Public eat+drink also pours an extensive list of craft beers and signature cocktails.