When artfully prepared, familiar foods can cause a pleasant surprise, like finding a puppy beneath one's pillow. Throw your day a culinary curveball with this Groupon.
$20 for $40 Worth of Contemporary American Cuisine
Dine from a menu of inventive American dishes such as spicy merguez lamb meatballs ($7.50), grilled globe artichoke with avocado aioli ($9), and herb-roasted Amish chicken with mashed sweet potato and Mexican chorizo ($16.50)
The Chew Chew
The Chew Chew’s chef and owner, Scott Zimmer, may be too young to have experienced the height of America’s railroad boom, but that doesn’t stop him from feeling nostalgic for it. Zimmer has turned that nostalgia into something interesting, outfitting his restaurant with antique rail menus and ancient photos of trains. He invites guests aboard his culinary express, treating them to American-inspired dishes such as Colorado lamb chops, chipotle-barbecue chicken flatbreads, and center-cut filet mignon steaks with lump crab. The space embraces natural light with floor-to-ceiling windows that provide the illusion of an al fresco dining experience and let anxious guests keep a lookout for actual runaway trains.