Food & Drink in Acton

Oktoberfest Visit for Two or Four at Nashoba Valley Ski Area on September 5, 6, or 7 (50% Off)

Oktoberfest

Nashoba Valley Ski Area

$10 $5

Traditional Oktoberfest features German brews, Oompah bands, Bavarian fare and entertainment, carnival rides, and Saturday night fireworks

$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Food and Drinks at Sudbury Coffee Works ($20 Value)

Sudbury Coffee Works

Sudbury

$5 $3

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Rich, imported coffees roasted on site, including more than 50 custom flavor blends, paired with fresh pastries, soups, and sandwiches

$25 for $45 Worth of Italian Food at Rufina's 

Rufina's

Chelmsford

$45 $25

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Handcrafted Italian dishes such as four-cheese ravioli and veal marsala served amidst romantic lighting

Dinner for Two or $11 for $20 Worth of Brunch at Harvest Cafe

Harvest Cafe

Hudson

$39.85 $19.99

Butternut squash ravioli with amaretto cream, baked mac 'n' cheese, and salmon benedict with mimosas round out the menu of comfort food

$12 for $20 Worth of Mexican Food at Ixtapa Mexican Grill & Cantina

Ixtapa Mexican Grill & Cantina

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

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Sauce-smothered burritos and enchiladas add to a menu of authentic Mexican cuisine whose recipes hail from Guadalajara

Hibachi and/Or Sushi Dinner for Two at Ruyi Restaurant (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Ruyi Restaurant

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$50 $30

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Hand-rolled sushi, Japanese teriyaki, and marinated chicken, steak, or lamb seared at tableside grills

$20 for $40 Worth of Italian and Persian Dinner Cuisine for Two or More at Sorentos Italian Gourmet

Sorentos Italian Gourmet

Marlborough

$40 $20

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Italian and Persian flavors infuse beef kebabs, gourmet pizzas, and salmon with caramelized onions and almonds in wine sauce

$20 for Two Groupons, Each Good for One Large Pizza with Up to Seven Toppings at Papa John's (Up to $43.64 Value)

Papa John's

Multiple Locations

$21.82 $10

Hand-tossed thin- or original-crust pizzas with thick cloaks of sauce made from California-grown tomatoes and up to seven toppings

Beer- or Wine-Making Supplies, or Beer- or Wine-Making Class for One or Two at Strange Brew (Up to 51% Off)

Strange Brew

Marlborough

$30 $15

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Stock up on malt, barley, or other brewing essentials, or take a class on the basics of making your own batches of beer or wine

Sushi and Asian Cuisine at Sake Hana Asian Cuisine & Sushi Bar (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Sake Hana Asian Cuisine & Sushi Bar

Westborough

$30 $15

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Chefs sear steak hibachi-style and fashion lobster and spicy snow crab into specialty rolls; local ingredients are used whenever possible

One or Two Dozen Cupcakes or Two Vouchers for Coffee and Baked Goods at Stella's Custom Cakes (Up to 50% Off)

Stella's Custom Cakes

Stella's Custom Cakes

$18 $9

Flavors ranging from a strawberry cake with vanilla buttercream frosting and a lemon curd filling to a marble cake with coconut buttercream

$15 for 3 Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Hamburgers & More at Stack-a Burger ($30 Value)

Stack-a Burger

Burlington Mall

$10 $5

Chefs grill fresh burgers and all-beef hot dogs and ladle on toppings such as baked beans and sauerkraut

Frozen Yogurt, Smoothies, Peets Coffee, or Personal Pizza at Fruitberry Frozen Yogurt & i-Pizza Cafe (50% Off.)

Fruitberry Frozen Yogurt & i-Pizza Cafe

Crossroads Plaza

$5 $2.50

Yogurt comes in 16 flavors and more than 50 toppings, whereas pizzas are made in front of you and come with a choice of organic crust

Sushi and Pan-Asian Dinner Food at Sushi Box (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Sushi Box

Waltham

$30 $15

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Eatery praised by the Boston Phoenix cooks up Korean-style beef ribs, pad thai, and specialty sushi rolls

Authentic Mexican Cuisine for Two or Four at Oscar’s Pinatas (Up to 53% Off)

Oscar's Pinatas

Tewksbury

$35 $17

Chefs sizzle ranchero-style ribs or seafood chimichanga with shrimp and scallops

Italian Dinner or Lunch at Caffe il Cipresso (50% Off). Three Options Available.

Caffe Il Cipresso

Tyngsboro

$30 $15

Classics such as chicken cacciatore and shrimp scampi, as well as sandwiches, including a Tuscan chicken sandwich with basil pesto mayo

$12 for $25 Worth of Sushi and Chinese Cuisine for Dine-In at Feng Shui

Feng Shui

Tyngsborough

$25 $12

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Diners enjoy a variety of tasty and quality Japanese and Chinese dishes with modern touches within this gem in a nondescript strip mall

Italian Dinner or Takeout at Arcenia Cucina Rustica (Up to 42% Off)

Arcenia Cucina Rustica

Downtown Woburn

$50 $29

The menu includes chicken marsala, veal parmigiana, and homemade fettuccine pasta tossed with bolognese sauce, as well as wood-fired pizzas

All-You-Can-Eat Dinner for Two or Four at Brazilian Steak House (37% Off)

Brazilian Steak House

North Woburn

$61.97 $39

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All-you-can-eat steakhouse features tender cuts of Brazilian sausage, lamb, beef sirloin, and an extensive salad bar

Brazilian Rodizio Dinner for Two or Four at Tropical Café (Up to 52% Off)

Tropical Café

Framingham

$59.98 $29

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Roving servers dish all-you-can-eat plates of Brazilian spit-roasted barbecue paired with sides from the sprawling salad bar

$20 for $40 Worth of Vietnamese Food at Pho Dakao

Pho Dakao

Framingham

$40 $20

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Vermicelli plates, spring rolls, and sizzling Mongolian beef are just a few of the hallmarks on this authentic Vietnamese menu

$15 for $30 Worth of Asian Fusion Cuisine at Gourmet Garden Restaurant

Gourmet Garden Restaurant

Hingham

$30 $15

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Gluten-free and diet-conscious Asian fusion dishes flavored with fresh produce and herbs rather than MSG

Brazilian and American Dinner for Two or Four at Extravaganza Brazilian American Pizza & Bar (Half Off)

Extravaganza Brazilian American Pizza & Bar

Framingham

$30 $15

American and Brazilian-style entrees, burgers, and specialty pizzas, whose toppings include calabresa sausage and malagueta pepper

One Dozen Regular or Flavored Buttercream Cupcakes or One Six-Inch Cake at Sugar Coated Bakery (Up to 46% Off)

Sugar Coated Bakery

Dracut

$30 $17

Bakers prep custom cakes, cupcakes, and pastries for birthdays or special occasions

American Food at Blue Angus Cafe (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Blue Angus Cafe

Dracut

$35 $20

Premium Angus beef burgers and homemade onion rings made fresh daily, along with menu packed with fresh seafood, wraps, and sandwiches

Pizzeria Cuisine or Family Dinner with Two Large Pizzas, Two Salads, and Two Garlic Breads at Deli Max (Up to 53% Off)

Deli Max

Natick

$10 $5

New York–style pizzas come topped with steak tips, banana peppers, scallions,

American Meal for Two or Four at Pantry Restaurant (Up to 45% Off)

Pantry Restaurant

The VERVE-Crowne Plaza Hotel

$71 $39

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Americana in the form of a bacon burger made of scallops, 10 oz. aged striploin, and grilled salmon with risotto verde and lemon crema

$15 for $30 Worth of Chinese and Japanese Food at Fusion Taste

Fusion Taste

Arlington Center

$30 $15

Menu blends Chinese and Japanese specialties, from black-pepper beef to sushi

$17 for $30 Worth of Sushi, Noodle Dishes, and Hibachi Food at Edamame Japanese Restaurant

Edamame Japanese Restaurant

Watertown

$30 $17

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Chefs build unique sushi and sashimi dishes as hibache chefs put on dazzling culinary side-shows

$30 for $50 Worth of Italian American Dinner for Two or More at The Talk. Two Options Available.

The Talk Restaurant

Downtown Watertown

$50 $30

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Chef Billy Holt prepares housemade pasta, steak, and seafood served in elegant dining area with black-and-white photos

Italian Food for Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner at Cafe Piazza Dolce (44% Off)

Cafe Piazza Dolce

Winchester Town Center

$40 $25

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Chef presses fresh pastas, hand tosses wood-fired pizza & grills salmon for dinner & serves brunch dishes such as gourmet paninis

Shabu-Shabu Cuisine for Two or Four, or Japanese Cuisine for Four or More at Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse (50% Off)

Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse

Newton

$40 $22

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Shabu-shabu consists of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled and served with dipping sauces; also try the sushi and hibachi dinners

Italian Cuisine at Pastalina's Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Pastalina's Restaurant

Medford

$50 $25

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Flavorful dishes from southern Italy's Avellino region include pasta, chicken cacciatore, and veal saltimbocca

Dinner for Two or More or Four or More at Link Café & Bar (50% Off)

Link Café & Bar

Sheraton Needham Hotel

$50 $25

Refined American cuisine such as fig and goat cheese flatbreads paired with wines that earned high scores from Wine Spectator

Brazilian Cuisine for Dine-In or Takeout from Comeketo Restaurant & Sandwichshop (40% Off)

Comeketo Restaurant & Sandwichshop

Comeketo Restaurant & Sandwich Shop

$5 $3

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Brazilian-style sandwiches and burgers including the Copacabana sandwich with mild smoked sausage and onions

Dozen Signature Cupcakes, Children's Birthday Party, or Ladies' or Men's Night Out at Shancakes (Up to 50% Off)

Shancakes

Leominster

$34 $18

Savor signature cupcakes or children or adults enjoy an event filled with cake decorating

Mexican Dinner for Two, Four, or Six with Appetizers and Dessert at Mezcal Tequila Cantina (Up to 52% Off)

Mezcal Tequila Cantina

Leominster

$62.50 $34

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Classic tacos, burritos, and quesadillas with unique ingredients such as barbecued duck, Asian beef, and cumin crema

Pizzeria Fare at Piccolino's Restaurant (Half Off). Three Options Available.

Piccolino's Restaurant

Shirley

$20 $10

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Pizza, grinders, authentic Italian dishes, along with steaks & seafood, served in a family sports bar; live music on Thursdays & Saturdays

Hot Dogs and Hand-Cut Fries at Elvis's Hot Dog Palace (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Elvis's Hot Dog Palace

Leominster

$10 $5.50

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Named after the owner's pup, the eatery grills up a variety of hot dogs

$20 for $40 Worth of Upscale Italian Dinner Fare for Two or More at Ristorante Pavarotti in Reading

Ristorante Pavarotti

Reading

$40 $20

Veal and seafood simmered in delicate wine sauces served in Italian eatery with large wine list

Beer- or Wine-Making Class with Equipment, or Bartending Class at The Wine Shop of Reading (Up to 61% Off)

The Wine Shop of Reading

Reading

$200 $99

The best student-made wine and beer will be sold at local stores

Authentic Swiss Style Baked Goods at swissbäkers (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

swissbäkers

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

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Swiss-style baked goods include Berliners, the original pretzel rolls, authentic croissants, Choco Weggli and more.

ComedySportz Boston at Davis Square Theatre, August 8-November 29 (Up to 50% Off)

ComedySportz Boston

Davis Square Theatre

$30 $15

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Two comedy teams compete against each other with improvised games called by a referee during family-friendly shows

American Cuisine for Two or Four at East End Grille (47% Off)

East End Grille

Somerville

$30 $16

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This joint offers locally sourced ingredients to create food like sweet chili shrimp flatbread, barbecue pulled pork, and steak tips

Indian Meal for Two or Four at Diva Indian Bistro (Up to 63% Off)

Diva Indian Bistro

Davis Square

$67 $27

Samosas packed with minced lamb and spices precede lamb curry, chicken dosas, dishes baked in clay tandoor oven, and vegetarian entrees

The Dinner Detective Murder-Mystery Dinner with Commemorative Mug at Holiday Inn Boston Bunker Hill (Up to 40% Off)

The Dinner Detective

Holiday Inn Boston Bunker Hill

$98.17 $59

Amateur sleuths dig into delectable four-course meals while trying to solve a mysterious murder perpetuated by disguised actors

Dinner with Appetizers, Soup, and Sushi at Takemura Japanese Restaurant (Up to 51% Off). Three Options Available.

Takemura Japanese Restaurant

Harvard Square

$42.85 $21

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Sushi chefs craft everything fresh; original rolls include the deep-fried pumpkin roll and the grilled-salmon roll

Four-Course Dessert-Tasting Menu for Two or Four at Finale Desserterie (Up to 52% Off)

Finale Desserterie

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

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Chocolate-dipped strawberries start off a sojourn through such desserts as apple a la mode and a chocolate plate

Tacos, Enchiladas, and Margaritas at José's Mexican Restaurant (Up to 51% Off)

José's Mexican Restaurant

Cambridge

$35 $17

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Classic Mexican dishes include a kaleidoscope of tacos, tamales made by the chef's mother, and specialty margaritas

$15 for $25 Worth of Japanese Food at Shabu & Mein

Shabu & Mein

Cambridge

$25 $15

Tabletop stoves let diners cook their own shabu shabu hot pot meals and ramen or let cooks do the cooking for shumai, gyoza, and ramen

Indian Meal for Two or Four at Passage to India (Up to 52% Off)

Passage To India

Porter Square

$51.86 $25

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For 25 years, this Indian restaurant has embraced millennia-old techniques to craft classic northern and southern Indian cuisine

$22 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Mexican Soul Food at Beantown Taqueria ($40 Value)

Beantown Taqueria

Cambridge

$10 $5.50

Chile relleno with egg-battered poblano pepper, tacos with hand-made tortillas and cilantro, and deep-fried chimichangas

Sushi and Asian Fusion Dinner for Two or Four at O Sushi Restaurant & Bar (Up to 35% Off)

O Sushi Restaurant & Bar

Cambridge

$40 $29

Appetizers such as sake-steamed mussels precede dragon and california rolls in a "Boston Globe"–lauded restaurant in Harvard Square

Brazilian Barbecue Dinner for Two or Four Adults at Midwest Grill (50% Off). Two Locations Available.

Midwest Grill

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

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Waiters rotate around tables with unlimited servings of beef sirloin, brazilian sausage, and lamb at the churrascaria

Italian and Portuguese Cuisine at Porto Bello Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Porto Bello Restaurant

Wakefield

$50 $25

Sea scallops and shrimp with housemade pesto, hand-breaded veal parmesan, and Portuguese seafood stew with clams, calamari, and mussels

American Pub Food for Two or Four at Lakeside Bar and Grill (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Lakeside Bar and Grill

Wakefield

$10 $5

Omelets and pancakes start the day before chefs craft barbecue chicken sandwiches and fish and chips for dinner

American Pub Cuisine at Sports, Steaks & Spirits (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Sports, Steaks & Spirits

North Reading

$40 $21

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Refined sports bar with 60 plasma televisions, including small screens at every booth

Anderson Comedy Presents The Gas at Great Scott (Up to 55% Off)

Anderson Comedy Presents The Gas

Great Scott

$10 $5

Friday-night comedy shows host standup by local comedians

Tea Tasting for Two or Four at The Cozy Tea Cart (50% Off)

The Cozy Tea Cart

Brookline

$40 $20

Tea-tasting session allows two or four people to sample a variety of teas

Hookah, Snacks, and Drinks at Sheesha Lounge (Up to 56% Off). Four Options Available.

Sheesha Lounge

Allston

$40 $25

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35 flavors of tobacco, plus sweet snacks such as cheesecake and baklava

Breakfast or Dinner Crepes with Drinks for Two or Four at Paris Creperie

Paris Creperie

Coolidge Corner

$33.50 $24.79

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Sweet and savory crepes prepared in the Parisian tradition pair with smoothies, Nutella chocolate drinks, and leaf teas

$16 for $30 Worth of Asian Fusion Food for Two or More at Gari Japanese Fusion Restaurant

Gari Japanese Fusion Restaurant

Coolidge Corner

$30 $16

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At a fusion restaurant under new management as of June 2013, chefs whip up signature sushi rolls and pour Thai sauce over angel hair pasta

$15 for $25 Worth of Tex-Mex Cuisine at Patron's and Sunset Grill and Tap

Patron's and Sunset Grill and Tap

Multiple Locations

$25 $15

Adjacent restaurants have something for everyone, from juicy burgers to spicy tacos

Thai Cuisine at Bamboo Thai Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Bamboo Thai Restaurant

Commonwealth

$30 $16.50

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Specialty dishes such as crispy tamarind duck or barbecued cornish hen with sticky rice and papaya salad; sake and beer

$12 for Drinks and Treats at Maplewood Coffee Shop & Ice Cream ($20 Value)

Maplewood Coffee Shop & Ice Cream

Maplewood

$5 $3

Ice cream parlor and bakery serves up a variety of pasties, muffins, freshly brewed cofffee, and sandwiches

Indian Food for Dine-In or Takeout at Cafe India (Up to Half Off)

Cafe India

Downtown Nashua

$30 $15

Chefs combine ancient and modern Indian approaches to create a unique culinary experience with the exotic flavors of India

Mexican Food for Dinner at The Fat Cactus (Half Off). Three Options Available.

The Fat Cactus

Lynnfield

$40 $20

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Self-described Mexicali cantina dishes up classics including fajitas and tacos, as well as nontraditional Mexican cuisine such as steak tips

$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream at I Love Milkshakes ($30 Total Value)

I Love Milkshakes

West Everett

$10 $5

Custom milkshakes and desserts blend frozen yogurt or ice cream with a variety of fruits or candy; smoothies, coffee, and self-serve waffles

$20 for $40 Worth of American Cuisine at Bella Luna Restaurant & Milky Way Lounge

Bella Luna & The Milky Way Lounge

Jamaica Plain

$40 $20

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Chefs craft gourmet pizzas and hearty entrees, including fresh cut steak, adobo chicken, homemade meatballs, and spring risotto

New American Dinner for Two or Four at Masona Grill (Up to 43% Off)

Masona Grill

West Roxbury Center

$78 $49

New American cuisine with an international flair, such as semolina-crusted calamari with pickled hot peppers, arugula, and plum tomato sauce

$12 for $21 Worth of Pub Food for Two at Legends Grille & Sports Bar

Legends Grille & Sports Bar

Fitchburg

$21 $12

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Bar and grill serves classic pub food, including loaded nachos, pulled-pork sandwiches, steak tips, burgers, and chicken fingers

$20 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of Mexican Food at Ixtapa Mexican Grill and Cantina ($40 Total Value)

Ixtapa Mexican Grill and Cantina

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

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Pan-seared chicken wallows in mole sauce, and tropical tidbits such as mango and avocado grace fish tacos and other dishes

$75 for Four-Course Sunset Dinner for Two at Charles River Bistro ($150 Value)

Charles River Bistro

Boston

$150 $75

Enjoy a four course meal of new American cuisine such as pan seared norwegian salmon and native lamb sirloin

Ballpark Concessions for Up to Two or Four from Boston Event Specialists Outside of Fenway Park (50% Off)

Boston Event Specialists Outside of Fenway Park

Intersection of Yawkey Way and Van Ness

$20 $10

Find these food-cart concessions at every home Red Sox game

$15 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Pub Cuisine at SideBar Food and Spirits ($30 Total Value)

SideBar Food and Spirits

Downtown

$15 $7.50

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Downtown pub with TVs, arcade games, and a jukebox dishes out food such as burgers, wings, sandwiches, and brick-oven pizza

$33 for the Boston Beerathon for Two on Saturday, September 6 ($65.28 Value)

Boston Beerathon

Multiple Locations

$65.28 $33

Beerathon event with 26 featured stops includes live entertainment

"Bye Bye Liver" for Two at Hennessy's on August 1–September 26 (Up to Half Off)

"Bye Bye Liver"

Hennessy's

$40 $20

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A troupe performs an interactive comedy show inspired by drinking, barhopping, and male-female relations

$18.99 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of Pizza at Scissors and Pie ($36 Total Value)

Scissors and Pie

Back Bay

$12 $6.33

Roman-style pizza hand-cut from square slices and priced by weight

2-Hour Dinner Cruise Sunday–Wednesday, or 3-Hour Dinner Cruise Thursday-Saturday from Odyssey Cruises (40% Off)

Odyssey Cruises

Boston

$112.53 $68

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The Odyssey I glides across Boston Harbor during elegant evening cruises, complete with a three-course meal and live music

Select Local Merchants

Italian immigrants Frank and Mary Napoli began a new life in America in 1898 when they purchased 40 acres of land to harvest vegetables, poultry, and eggs. With their three sons in tow, the Napolis began a pushcart delivery business that evolved into a produce stand dubbed Idylwilde. Nearly 90 years later, that small-town stand has blossomed into a booming grocery business run by a third generation of Napoli brothers. Together, the trio designed the current store, which was built in 1985 from 100 tons of ash and pine and includes a Dutch barn and greenhouse.

From beneath the wood rafters and high ceilings of Idylwilde's store, carts of fresh, seasonal produce such as cape cod cranberries, english peas, and squash glisten under the lights. The deli houses the farm's own freshly made turkey burgers and daily delivered Scottish salmon, as well as Creekstone Farms Black Angus beef and Boar's Head meats. In the bakery, fresh-baked breads and jumbo cookies fill the air with the sweet scent of the hearth. Joining Idylwilde's proprietary stash of goods are items from other well-known vendors, such as Hogan Brothers coffee and Silver Cloud Estates spices, as well as special dietary foods including gluten-free breads. The market also carries an extensive stock of craft beer and wines ready for pairing with gourmet New England cheeses from their enviable pantry.

366 Central St
Acton,
MA
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Boredom meets its demise at Acton Bowladrome, a multifaceted complex owned by a family that has been entertaining other families for more than 40 years. There, 16 synthetic candlepin-bowling lanes speed balls toward rattling glory as friends, leagues, and parties rack up high scores. Away from the smashing pins, the Bowladrome's onsite, ‘50s-style restaurant, Burgerdrome, takes taste buds on a ride through time with burgers, shakes, pizzas, and views of the alley from its polished counter, bright-red booths, and checkered floor. Those vintage vibes continue into the arcade, filled with titles such as Guitar Hero and Bed Monsters, and the Retrocade, where gamers swap quarters for classic-game play and the chance to beat the Fonz’s high scores.

257 Main St.
Acton,
MA
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The chefs at Savoring Indian Cuisine have a couple different tricks for imparting every dish with a burst of flavor. The first involves their spices, which they grind in-house before sprinkling them onto coal-roasted eggplants and various flavored naans. The second's in their tandoor oven, which gives meat a smoky flavor and a light, juicy texture. This makes the resulting cuts of lamb, chicken, and salmon perfect for the house kebabs. The chefs don't only craft meat entrees, however. They also have a full menu of vegetarian entrees, which showcase vegetables like the invite list to a scarecrow's retirement party.

155 Main St
Maynard,
MA
US

Vincenzo's Ristorante & Bistro's owners understand that people have different tastes, or sometimes just feel like a different experience. So, they decided to split their space in two. In the ristorante, they ferry fine Italian cuisine to candlelit, white-linened tables. In the bistro, they serve deliberately more casual fare as live singer-songwriters ply their trade at the piano with jazz and blues standards.

1200 Main St
Concord,
MA
US

Aromas of sizzling shellfish, spiced tomatoes, juicy steaks, and roasted fruits waft through the sleek modern interiors of Serafina, where chefs craft seasonal Italian dishes with a focus on the Tuscan style. At the raw bar, staffers serve dozens of oysters, jumbo shrimp, and littleneck clams on the half shell. In the dining room, servers ferry complex gourmet dishes whose ingredients complement one another. They serve Italian seafood stew, Tuscan-style sirloin steak, long island duck breast, and pizzas topped with roast pears and figs or barbecue chicken. It’s food that has been praised by reviewers from such publications as the Boston Globe and the Concord Journal.

Behind the bar, floor-to-ceiling wine racks house more than 60 wines from regions throughout Italy and the United States, as well as Chile, Argentina, and New Zealand. The sounds of general merriment are accompanied by regular live piano, bass, or sax in jazz and contemporary styles.

195 Sudbury Rd
Concord,
MA
US

When Nashoba Valley Ski opened in 1964, its lack of modern equipment meant that most of the time guests just had to hope for a good snowfall. In the decades since, however, the resort has gained mastery over the winter landscape. Snow-blowers spray their glittery clouds onto 17 trails ranging from beginner to expert, where skiers and snowboarders carve around sharp turns, navigate shaded glades, and look for fresh tracks left by wild Thoreaus. Four high-speed lifts run from the lodge and restaurant to the top of these slopes, and provide easy access to the mountain's two terrain parks. Suited to riders of varying experience levels, both parks encourage air-catching with features such as large boxes and rails. Recognizing that not all visitors enjoy strapping boards to their feet, Nashoba Valley Ski offers another kind of winter-time fun: a tubing park spread across 18 grooved lanes and serviced by four tow lifts.

79 Power Rd
Westford,
MA
US

Acton Scene