Famous Gyro George's food-slinging chefs follow the cooking instructions listed on a menu that has dishes for every meal of the day. Sate egg cravings with a big breakfast platter of two eggs, two big pancakes, and four pieces of sausage ($6.99), or partake in lunch-focused fare with a famous philly gyro, which collects grilled mushroom, onions, and swiss cheese and stores them in the welcoming folds of a homemade pita ($6.99). A double-cheeseburger-deluxe combo slams two hamburger patties with lettuce, onion, tomato, and cheese, and balances the plate with fresh-cut fries and a fountain drink ($5.99). Dine post-dusk at one of George's 24-hour restaurants, which are open 24 hours a day in honor of Mark McGwire's age in 1988. Click here to view each location's hours.
Mr. Wonderful's veteran chefs batter and fry a menu's worth of soul fare, including crisp chicken and fish. A variety of chicken and waffle meals ($6.99–$12.99) star boneless or bone-in poultry, drizzled in a signature glaze that underscores the duo's complementary tastes, textures, and zodiac signs. Satisfy seafood hankerings with a shrimp po boy slathered in tangy sauce ($5.99) or a fried-catfish dinner accompanied by a duo of hearty sides, such as candied yams, slow-cooked greens, and creamy mac 'n' cheese ($10.99). A choice of more than 10 stuffed baked potatoes ($4.99–$11.99) transforms the humdrum spud into a tableside celebrity, and the restaurant's family meals ($8.99–$69) supply clans with the energy to tackle overdue tasks such as cleaning the basement or sewing matching sweater vests by hand.
For more than 90 years, the skilled chefs at Herold’s Salads have crafted vegetable-strewn pastas and hearty potato salads alongside a host of creamy dips. Fling creamy spinach dip ($4.65 for 12 oz.) onto a cracker with a flick of the wrist to practice for a game of darts with Popeye, or bury tortilla chips under a blanket of black-bean-and-corn salsa ($4.65). Lemon spring pasta salad ($3.50) spurns winter with a tricolor crop of rotini dusted in lemon marinade plus a speckled garden of peppers and sliced mushrooms. Patrons can sculpt a spud-studded mountain range out of rocky mountain potato salad ($2.25) or crabwalk into an order of Neptune’s seafood salad ($6). In addition to 12-ounce portions, the majority of Herold’s salads and dips are available in bulk, filling 2- and 5-pound tubs or under-utilized kiddie pools.
Bat-A-Rama's seven batting cages, which spit out softballs or baseballs, are designed to let the hitter pick the speed and height of the pitches based on skill level. Each $1 token forces the machines to throw 15 pitches, providing ample opportunity to practice swinging for the fences, hitting behind a runner, or catching moving balls in plastic grocery bags. Three of the seven cages spew both hardball and slow softball pitches, and one speedily whips out softballs sans arc. Though not included in this Groupon, Bat-A-Rama makes old-fashioned ice cream on-site.
Early every morning, the chefs of Joey’s Restaurant peruse Cleveland’s markets for the freshest vegetables and meats to incorporate into marinara-oozing lasagna, sherry-sautéed scampi, or Sicilian-style pizza. Chefs adhere to authentic family recipes that have been in use for more than 30 years, starting with fresh batches of homemade noodles that soak in sauces such as marinara, alfredo, or garlic butter. Servers set down dishes on red-checkered tables, organizing the plates family-style so each guest can sample and share dishes without having to compete for bites in a fierce game of musical chairs, and the exposed brick in the dining room adds a romantic air to a night on the town.
Organic Energy Restaurant and Power Juice Cafe's staff ousts hunger pangs with a menu of custom plates featuring organic meat, fruits, and vegetarian options. Diners construct their own whole-wheat wraps and paninis ($8.50), or populate the grainy landscape of a rice bowl ($6.50), which allows protein, veggies and beans, cheese, and sauce to coexist free from the unwieldy post-office lines of most civilizations. Entrees abound with grain-fed prime rib or marinated tofu, carrots, red peppers, and artichokes, and condiments such as peanut sauce, balsamic vinaigrette, or basil pesto.
The chefs at Saffron Patch skillfully wield 38 different herbs and spices to curate a menu of authentic Indian dishes made to order. Tandoori chicken halves ($11) arrive fresh from piping hot tandoor ovens or backpacks left too long in the sun, presenting delicate flavors to awaiting tongues. Taste buds visit with boneless chunks of succulent chicken sautéed with bell peppers and onions in the chicken tikka masala ($14), or take in the lamb korma's creamy cashew gravy served in a clay pot ($17). Shrimp biryani ($14) smoothly mixes almonds, raisins, veggies, and rice with a specialty house sauce as flaky paratha bread ($3) mops up leftover flavors and tears of joy.