Food & Drink in Big Lake

Three Groupons, Each Good for $16 Worth of Diner Food at Denny's in Otsego (Up to 44% Off)

Denny's

Otsego

Family-owned diner with hundreds of options, from build-your-own breakfasts & burgers to signature coffee and hand-scooped shakes

$16 $9

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Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Deli and Diner Food at Olde Main Eatery ($30 Total Value)

Olde Main Eatery

Elk River

Classic American diner and deli serves up hearty omelets, light wraps, and hot sandwiches

$15 $7.50

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American Food at Fireside Grill & Pub (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Fireside Grill & Pub

Rogers

Cozy pub serves housemade food from scratch using locally sourced ingredients, such as dry rub wings, alongside 18 rotating tap beers

$30 $18

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$22 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of American Fare at Buffalo Bar and Grill ($40 Value)

Buffalo Bar and Grill

Buffalo

Pork sandwich paired with coleslaw, southwest chicken wrap crowned with spicy ranch dressing & quarter-pound burger topped with bacon

$20 $11

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Winery Tour and Tasting for Two or Four at Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery (Up to 53% Off)

Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery

Kingston

Get a behind-the-scenes take on the winemaking process with a vineyard tour followed by a tasting of Hungarian- and Austrian-style wines

$52 $25

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$12.50 for Two Dozen Donuts at Café Donuts ($20 Value)

Cafe Donuts

Multiple Locations

Chefs cook up 40 flavors of donuts, filling their shop’s display cases with varieties such as glazed, boston cream, red velvet, and coconut

$20 $12.50

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$15 for $30 Worth of Hibachi Food and Drinks at Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji

Maple Grove

Stationed at tabletop hibachi grills, chefs grill lobster, steak & vegetables to order while diners watch

$30 $15

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Buy $100 in Gift Cards, Get an Additional $25 Gift Card at Malone's Bar & Grill

Malone's Bar & Grill

Maple Grove

Gift cards to restaurant specializing in steaks, ribs, and burgers

$125 $100

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Chicago Style Pizza, Sandwiches, and Italian Food at Frankie's Pizza (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

Frankie's Chicago Style Pizza

Maple Grove

For its 26th anniversary, eatery specializing in Chicago-style deep-dish pizza revamped its space and its menu

$30 $16

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$22 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $18 Worth of Barbecue at Z's Smokin' Bonez ($36 Total Value)

Z's Smokin' Bonez

Brooklyn Park - Maple Grove

Eatery serves smoked pork, pulled chicken, and beef brisket with sides like smoked mac & cheese, bacon potato salad, and jalapeño cornbread

$18 $11

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New Years Eve Special Event Featuring Kristin Anderson with Dinner for One or Two (Up to 50% Off)

New Years Eve Special Event featuring Kristin Anderson

Comedy at the Courtyards

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A standup comic (and auctioneer) spins tart tales of motherhood and relationships at a New Year’s party with dinner, dancing, and champagne

$60 $30

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Appetizers and Drinks for Two or Four or Coffee or Wine at The Bean Coffee & Wine Cafe (Up to 54% Off)

The Bean Coffee & Wine Cafe

Andover

Various imported wines, specialty beers, or microbrews; appetizers made with local ingredients

$40.95 $19

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$28.98 for Three Groupons, Each Good for One Family-Size, Three-Topping Pizza at Majestic Pizza (Up to $60.96 Value)

Majestic Pizza

Andover

Three 16-inch pizzas crafted from dough and sauce made fresh daily with traditional and gourmet ingredients, such as shrimp and white sauce

$20.32 $9.66

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$12 for $24 Worth of New Orleans Creole Cuisine at NOLA Bistro & Bar

NOLA Bistro & Bar

Osseo / Maple Grove

Meals kick off with alligator bites before moving on to entrees of crawfish étouffée, andouille jambalaya, blackened catfish, and poboys

$24 $12

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$27 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of Loose-Meat Sandwiches and Diner Food at Maid-Rite ($60 Total Value)

Maid-Rite

St. Cloud

Quick-serve diner treats including the signature loose-meat beef sandwich, salads, and shakes

$20 $9

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Mexican Food for Two or Four at D&L Taco Gringo (44% Off)

D&L Taco Gringo

Clearwater

House-made black bean-and-corn salsa dresses tacos, chicken tostadas, and Mexican pizza

$19.60 $11

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Barbecue and Pub Food for Dine-In or Takeout at Smokey's Pub n' Grill (Up to 50% Off)

Smokey's Pub N' Grill

Wyoming

House-made barbecue, burgers, and local and craft beers

$30 $15

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$22 for $40 Worth of Japanese Cuisine for Two or More at Sakana Sushi & Hibachi

Sakana Sushi & Hibachi

Robbinsdale - Crystal - New Hope

Spicy tuna and avocado, yellowtail, and mango tuna rolls highlight extensive sushi lineup

$40 $22

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Three $10 Groupons or a Hot Dog Party for Up to 10 Kids at Uncle Franky's (Up to 50% Off)

Uncle Franky's

Plymouth

Hot dogs, Philly cheesesteaks, hot corned beef, burgers, and hand-cut french fries

$10 $5

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$22 for $40 Worth of Sushi and Hibachi Food at Osaka Sushi and Hibachi

Osaka Sushi and Hibachi

Multiple Locations

Teppanyaki chefs entertain diners while cooking filet mignon and lobster; sushi chefs stuff rolls with shrimp tempura, eel, and mango

$40 $22

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$25 for $50 Worth of Hibachi Food at Osaka Sushi and Hibachi Steakhouse

Osaka Sushi and Hibachi Steakhouse - Coon Rapids

Coon Rapids

Nimble-handed chefs cook traditional Japanese dishes before diners' eyes, sending up aromas of filet mignon, scallops, and hibachi noodles

$50 $25

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Buffalo Wings and Beer or Fondue and Wine for Two at Eichten's Market & Cafe (46% Off)

Eichten's Market & Cafe

Shafer

Couples enjoy beer or wine along with buffalo wings or homemade cheese fondue featuring gouda from the Eichten family farm

$20.39 $11

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Coffee, Food, Wine and Beer at Mountain Mudd Espresso Cafe (Up to 52% Off). Two Options Available.

Mountain Mudd Espresso Cafe, Beer and Wine

New Hope (across from YMCA)

Coffee and espresso served with pastries, desserts, wraps, and appetizers; variety of wine and beer options

$20 $10

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Three Groupons, Each Good for $8 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at Yogurt Sundae (Up to $24 Value)

Yogurt Sundae

Multiple Locations

Self-serve frozen yogurt flavors include cherry almond cookie, pink lemonade sorbet, and sugar-free Tahitian vanilla; more than 50 toppings

$8 $4.50

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$12 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Fro-Yo at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt ($20 Total Value)

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

Blaine

Nearly 70 rotating flavors of frozen yogurt, ready to be sprinkled with any combination of dozens of toppings

$10 $6

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$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Ice Cream at Big Dipper Ice Cream Shop ($30 Value)

Big Dipper Ice Cream Shop

Blaine

Handmade ice cream in more than 40 fruit- and candy-inspired flavors, such as Almond Joy, banana, and strawberry cheesecake

$10 $5

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3, 6, or 12 Months of Wine of the Month Club from MGM Wine and Spirits (Up to 61% Off)

MGM Wine and Spirits

Golden Valley

Wine of the month club is the easiest way to taste and learn about new wines, all hand selected by wine experts

$120 $59

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Deli Sandwiches and Drinks for Two or Four at Mort's Delicatessen (Up to 58% Off)

Mort's Delicatessen

Robbinsdale - Crystal - New Hope

Classic and specialty sandwiches stack fresh deli meats onto a variety of breads

$45.98 $20

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Latin Dining for Two or Four at El Tequila Mexican Grill & Bar ( 47% Off). Two Options Available.

El Tequila Mexican Grill & Bar

Columbia Heights

Traditional Mexican and Ecuadorian dishes, fajitas, enchiladas, and shrimp ceviche

$30 $16

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$27 for $50 Worth of Food and Drinks at Lord Fletcher's Old Lake Lodge

Lord Fletcher's Old Lake Lodge

Spring Park

Upscale-casual cuisine in a comfortable lake lodge setting, featuring an array of new menu items to please anyone’s palate

$50 $27

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Meal for Two or Four at Cocoa Loco (Up to 49% Off)

Cocoa Loco

Minnetonka

Salmon salads, reubens, and burgers made with chili, hot sauce, fried eggs, and brisket are accompanied by fountain drinks

$28.48 $15

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Bread, Cupcakes, Pastries, and Cakes at Wuollet Bakery (Up to50% Off). Two Options Available.

Wuollet Bakery

Multiple Locations

Descendants of the original owner bake an international selection of fresh breads and decorate custom cakes in a decades-old bakery

$30 $15

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Burgers and Drinks for Two or Four at Wild Boar Restaurant ($32.96 Off)

Wild Boar Restaurant

Minnetonka - Hopkins

Sandwiches and juicy hamburgers fuel romps on a mechanical bull and dancing on weekends; choose from house wine, beer, and well drinks

$34.48 $18

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Ice Cream for Two or Four at Cold Stone Creamery (Up to 58% Off)

Cold Stone Creamery

Multiple Locations

Mix-ins blend with fresh-churned ice cream to create unique flavor combinations

$16.92 $8

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Sushi Dinner at Aji Japanese Restaurant (Up to 42% Off)

Aji Japanese Restaurant

Minnetonka - Hopkins

Chefs tuck colorful medleys of specialty seafood inside sushi rolls, sear steaks on hibachi grills, and balance the flavors with house wine

$40 $25

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$24 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $16 Worth of Beer and Liquor at Ace Spirits ($48 Total Value)

Ace Spirits

Minnetonka - Hopkins

Craft Beer and Whiskey boutique carries a vast selection of whiskey, bourbon, and all other spirits, as well as beer for every budget

$16 $8

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$15 for $30 Worth of Japanese Cuisine at Raku Sushi & Lounge

Raku Sushi & Lounge

St. Louis Park

Upscale Asian-fusion cuisine in futuristically decorated restaurant

$30 $15

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$15 for $30 Worth of Handcrafted Chocolate at Laketown Chocolates

Laketown Chocolates

Waconia

This small chocolate factory produces a range of hand-crafted treats, including salty caramels, chunky bars, and peanut-butter cups

$30 $15

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$8 for $16 Worth of Diner Food for Breakfast and Lunch at 50th Street Cafe

50th Street Cafe

50th Street Cafe

Classic diner serves organic, free-trade coffee alongside omelets, pancakes, bacon, and burgers

$16 $8

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"Show X" on Monday Nights at HUGE Improv Theater, Through December 29 (Up to 53% Off)

"Show X"

Huge Improv Theater

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Weekly show features veteran players in long-form improv performances

$29.78 $14

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$32 for $60 Worth of Sustainable Italian Food and Drinks at The Butcher Block Restaurant

The Butcher Block Restaurant

Northeast Minneapolis

Grass-fed, organic, and sustainable meats dominate authentic Italian menu in items such as pan-roasted duck breast and veal-liver marsala

$60 $32

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Pub Food and Beer Flights at Chatterbox Pub (50% Off). Three Options Available.

Chatterbox Pub

Multiple Locations

Lobster grilled cheese, gourmet burgers & hops-infused cheese curds pair with craft beers, ciders & wines amid vintage video & board games

$50 $26

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Indian Cuisine and Drinks at Copper Pot Indian Grill (Up to 43% Off)

Copper Pot Indian Grill

Lumber Exchange Building

Cuisine includes prawns, tandoori chicken, coconut lamb saag, roti, and saag paneer with fresh spinach and homemade cheese

$30 $17

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$8 for $16 Worth of Creative Brunch Food at Uptown Diner

Uptown Diner

East Isles

A creative menu spans both breakfast and lunch in the form of pineapple upside-down pancakes and cashew-chicken-salad sandwiches

$16 $8

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$21 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of Diner Food at The Malt Shop ($36 Total Value)

The Malt Shop

Lynnhurst

Family-friendly restaurant’s classic menu includes third-pound burgers, housemade soups and salad dressings, and thick malts and shakes

$12 $7

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Japanese Food and Sushi for Dinner at Haiku Japanese Bistro (43% Off). Two Options Available.

Haiku Japanese Bistro

University

Dinkytown eatery serves up classic noodle, teriyaki, and hibachi entrees, plus sushi rolls drizzled with wasabi mayo

$30 $17

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$27 for $50 Worth of Steaks and Seafood at Vic's Dining

Vic's Dining

St. Anthony Main

Guests enjoy views of riverfront while dining on Maryland-style crab cakes, flatbreads, new york strip steaks, burgers, and sandwiches

$50 $27

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$20 for $40 Worth of Locally Sourced Cuisine at SIX15

The SIX15 Room

Downtown Minneapolis

Globally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients, such as Mexican pizza topped with chorizo and caramelized onion sauce

$40 $20

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$12 for $20 Worth of Healthy and Organic Food for Dinner at Tao Natural and Organic Foods Cafe

Tao Natural and Organic Foods Cafe

Uptown Minneapolis

The chefs here reach for seasonal, nutritious ingredients as they plate up casual vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free eats

$20 $12

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Sandwiches and Salads at The Simple Sandwich (50% Off). Two Options Available.

The Simple Sandwich

Downtown West

Custom salads, hot sandwiches, soups, and breakfast are made from a choice of five breads, six meats, and locally sourced ingredients

$12 $6

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$26.50 for Neapolitan Pizza for Two with Wine or Beer, Valid Monday–Thurs, at Pizza Nea (Up to $43 Value)

Pizza Nea

Nicollet Island

Red or white Neapolitan-style pizzas baked in a stone-fired oven and served with craft beers or wine

$43 $26.50

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Four-Course Lobster Bake for Two with Wine at Stella’s Fish Cafe (Up to 50% Off)

Stella's Fish Cafe

Uptown

Enjoy lobster bisque and raspberry pear salad before cracking into whole Maine lobsters and slices of flourless raspberry chocolate torte

$179 $89

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Pizzeria Cuisine for Delivery or Carryout at Parkway Pizza (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Parkway Pizza

PARKWAY NE

Eatery offers food such as hoagies, pasta, pizza, and apps like pesto garlic toast; valid for free delivery within 10 minutes from store

$20 $12

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Dinner and Wine for Two or Four at Kiku Bistro (50% Off)

Kiku Bistro

Uptown

Pan-Asian entrees such as organic beef with orange peel and plum sauce or scallops with black bean sauce, paired with pours of house wine

$51.90 $26

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Breakfast or Dinner for Two at Basil's Restaurant (Up to 47% Off)

Basil's Restaurant

Minneapolis

Chefs craft upscale American fare in a casual dining room located on the third floor of the Marquette Hotel

$130 $69

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$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Food at Sal's on Fifth ($20 Value)

Sal's on Fifth

Downtown West

Huge New York-style slices or whole pies in flavors like loaded baked potato and philly cheesesteak, plus burgers, strombolis, and gyros

$10 $5.50

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$11 for $20 Worth of Pizza and Italian Food at Parkway Pizza

Parkway Pizza

Parkway Pizza

Hot wings, baked penne layered with pepperoni, sausage hoagies, and pizzas loaded with your choice of nearly 30 toppings

$20 $11

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Burgers and American Pub Fare at eagleBOLTbar (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

eagleBOLTbar

Downtown East

Gay pub and restaurant dishes out classic burgers, sandwiches, appetizers, and drinks in eclectic atmosphere

$24 $12

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Cuban-Style Cuisine at El Burrito Cubano (50% Off). Two Options Available.

El Burrito Cubano

El Burrito Cubano

Diners customize Cuban-style burritos and sandwiches with colorful add-ons such as pickles, jalapeños, and pico de gallo

$10 $5

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$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Ice Cream and More at Edina Creamery

Edina Creamery

Minneapolis

Waffle cones, milk shakes, and sundaes made with more than 50 flavors of homemade ice cream such as espresso love; Vietnamese sandwiches

$10 $5

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Pub Fare or Burgers and Beer for Four at Miller's Corner Bar and Grill (Up to 71% Off)

Miller's Corner Bar

Columbia Heights

Burgers made from third-pound patties pair with a glass of Blue Moon, Coors Light, or other draft beer

$25 $8

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Hibachi Meal for Two or Four or Sushi Meal for Two with Wine or Beer at Wasabi Fusion Restaurant (Up to 47% Off)

Wasabi Fusion Restaurant

Minneapolis

Chefs flip chicken, steak, shrimp, rice, and veggies on a hibachi grill; sushi meal includes rolls, nigiri, and sashimi alongside edamame

$64 $34

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$22 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of Food at Emily's Lebanese Deli ($40 Total Value)

Emily's Lebanese Deli

St. Anthony West

38-year-old restaurant featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

$20 $11

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Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

Professional improv actors invite diners to participate in an interactive whodunit as they enjoy a three-course meal

$60 $29

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Asian-Fusion Cuisine and Drinks at Chin Dian Café (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available

Chin Dian Cafe

Como

Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, and Malaysian flavors combine in chicken with dried chilies and shrimp with rice noodles

$20 $10

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Farm-to-Table Dinner for Two or Four at Signature Cafe (Up to 44% Off). Groupon Reservation Required.

Signature Cafe

Signature Cafe

Every week is a new experience at this restaurant, which routinely alters its menus to incorporate local, sustainably produced ingredients

$55 $31

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Specialty Pizza and Drinks for Two or Four at W XYZ Bar at Aloft Minneapolis (50% Off)

W XYZ Bar at Aloft Minneapolis

Aloft Hotel

Bartenders spin out creative cocktails made with house-infused liquors to pair with a crab cake salad or a gourmet pizza

$40 $20

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$10 for $20 Worth of Café Beverages and Snacks at Defiant Tattoo and Caffeine Bar

Defiant Tattoo and Caffeine Bar

Minneapolis

Coffee shop attached to a tattoo parlor serves fair-trade, locally roasted B+W Specialty Coffee drinks, baked treats, and pizza from Heggies

$20 $10

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$10 for $20 Worth of Ecuadorian and Colombian Cuisine at La Colonia Restaurant

La Colonia Restaurant

Windom Park

Regional South American specialties such as goat stew with fried sweet plantains, arroz con pollo, and pan-fried rainbow trout

$20 $10

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Japanese Cuisine for Two or Four at Mango Factory (46% Off)

Mango Factory

Minneapolis

Japanese food including shrimp tempura, beef teriyaki, and Zodiac-themed sushi rolls

$28 $15

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Lunch for Two or Six-Course Chef's Table Dinner with Wine for Up to Eight at Icehouse (Up to 50% Off)

Icehouse

Whittier

Beer-battered cod, cheese ravioli, and lobster BLTs served at lunch; six-course Chef’s Table dinner with specialty entrees paired with wine

$30 $17

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$26 for $50 or $52 for $100 Worth of Hibachi Dinner at Sushi X

Sushi X

Minneapolis

Eatery dishes out hibachi cuisine with proteins like chicken and scallops, speciality sushi rolls, tempura, and pork katsu

$50 $26

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Upscale Pub Food for Two or Four at Krona Bar and Grill (Up to 50% Off)

Krona Bar and Grill

Downtown West

Burgers, flatbread pizzas, steaks, and other classic pub dishes served in an upscale setting with a roaring fireplace and hardwood accents

$30 $16

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Drinks and Small Food Plates at The Tangiers (63% Off)

The Tangiers

Minneapolis

Gourmet bistro-style fare includes flatbreads, small plates like tacos and a hummus platter, and inventive cocktails

$50 $19

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$29 for $50 Worth of Upscale American Cuisine for Two or More at restaurant Max

restaurant Max

Downtown West

Upscale renditions of American classics, such as chicken pot pie and grilled rib eye

$50 $29

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Weekend Brunch for Two or Four, or $20 for $40 Worth of Lunch or Dinner at Devil's Advocate

Devil's Advocate

Downtown West

Duck and prosciutto on toast, biscuits and gravy, or toffee french toast for brunch; bacon burgers, falafel, and crab balls for lunch/dinner

$42 $20

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Authentic Mexican Lunch or Dinner at El Nuevo Rodeo Restaurante (50% Off)

El Nuevo Rodeo Restaurant

Longfellow

Sturdy wooden tables prop up plate after plate of authentic, regional Mexican food under warm light of rustic lanterns

$24 $12

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Pizza or Pasta & Drinks for 2 or $12 for 2 Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of Lunch at Jakeeno's Pizza & Pasta

Jakeeno's Pizza & Pasta

Minneapolis

Cheesy pizzas topped with tomatoes, peppers, or pineapple or Italian-style pastas pair with glasses refreshing beer or robust wines

$12 $6

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$13 for $25 Worth of Italian Food at Sweet Taste of Italy

Sweet Taste of Italy

Multiple Locations

Chefs make bread and sauces fresh daily to create a menu of Italian favorites with an American twist

$25 $13

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The ruleta wheel at Pancho Villa Mexican Restaurant sends tablefuls of friends into a frenzy when one of the bunch is chosen to take a spin. Landing on the right space in this wheel can grant the entire table free drinks from a selection of specialty margaritas and cocktails. This is just one of the ways the staff amps up the festive atmosphere in the restaurant—there's also karaoke every night Thursday through Sunday. And thanks to the flat screen televisions, patrons can keep an eye on their favorite teams as they face off with rivals or trade secrets for keeping their shoelaces tied.

Patrons come as much for the atmosphere as they do for the menu of chicken flautas, cheese enchiladas, shrimp chimichangas, pork ribs, and other traditional Mexican cuisine. When the weather's nice they can dine outside, where umbrellas protect their entrees from the sun's sticky fingers. Regular lunch specials and the Monticello location's lunch buffet make midday dining even more enticing.

100 W 7th St.
Monticello,
MN
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When Maynard's Restaurant opened its first location on the shores of Lake Minnetonka in 1998, it was a melding of the nostalgic and the modern. Sure, it was an old-fashioned diner, but one that added a gourmet flair to its American casual cuisine done right. It features an approachable menu with generous portions and plenty of variety for those repeat visits, from a pot-roast French dip to a butternut squash ravioli swimming in cranberry cream sauce. In 2005, a second branch opened in Rogers with equally comforting ambience, swapping out the lakeside locale for a cabin-esque dining room lit by a roaring fireplace.

21415 136th Avenue
Rogers,
MN
US

When Travis Dickey opened the first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in 1941, the menu offered beef brisket, pit hams, barbecue beans, potato chips, drinks, and that’s all. By focusing on perfecting the flavors of a few dishes, Travis was able to increase quality, and, ultimately, customers. Patrons were so enamored of the food that the restaurant eventually expanded into a nationwide franchise, allowing Americans all over to wear badges made of barbecue sauce. Over the past 70 years, Dickey’s has been passed on to Travis’s sons, but not much else has changed—the quality meats are still seasoned and smoked on site, and except for the addition of spicy cheddar sausage in 2011, the menu remains the same. Regional meats ensure that the most succulent Texas-style chopped beef brisket, old-recipe polish sausage, and fall-off-the-bone pork ribs make it to tabletops. Sides such as mac 'n' cheese and green beans with bacon continue to enhance feasts with an extra punch of homestyle tastiness. Each meal comes complete with complimentary ice cream, soft rolls, and dill pickles.

14165 James Rd
Rogers,
MN
US

It started with a single store, opened in Fridley, Minnesota in 1964. But Dick Kempe's pizza proved too tasty for one outpost, and Chanticlear Pizza eventually spread to 14 locations in the following years. And although Dick no longer owns the pizzerias, his uncompromising standards for quality pies remain in place. Fresh dough is mixed up and hand-tossed daily. Vegetables are chopped each morning. Instead of adding sugar to their sauce, the chefs rely on the tomatoes' natural, charm school-perfected sweetness. And the from-scratch foundation is always topped with house-shredded, 100% Wisconsin mozzarella cheese.

Once the dough and sauce are ready, Chanticlear Pizza's chefs continue the process by loading them with meats and veggies. The selection of toppings range from shrimp and bacon pieces to a secret-recipe pickle blend. A splash of spicy, bourbon-tinged molasses or chunky salsa can add additional pizzazz to pizzas. Beyond circular eats, polygonal dishes as pastas, calzones, and sides of buffalo wings and garlic toast populate the menu.

19328 Highway 169
Elk River,
MN
US

From humble beginnings as a single donut shop in Lakewood, California, in 1953, Denny's has grown into a nationwide destination for classic American diner food served around the clock. Today, just shy of 1,800 locations thrive across the nation, serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner at any time that guests feel a hunger for good food. Family owned and operated, Denny's of Otsego's friendly and attentive staff serves up a menu of more than 100 options, including build-your-own breakfasts and burgers and fried fish for an all-you-can-eat meal on Fridays.

9020 Quaday Ave NE
Elk River,
MN
US

Originally opened as the Top Hat Drive-In in 1953, Sonic has grown into a burger-franchise mecca that today operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic specializes in made-to-order American classics—including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and marshmallow Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast, as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades.

Sonic’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: Best Value Menu, Best Milk Shake, and Best Drive-Thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through their program Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.

229 Carson Ave
Elk River,
MN
US