Food & Drink in Birmingham

$10 for a Punch Card Valid for Four $5 Visits Toward Sweets at Schakolad Birmingham Chocolate ($20 Total Value)

Schakolad Birmingham Chocolate

Birmingham

$20 $10

Sweets include artisan chocolate bars, ganache truffles, cake pops, macarons, and scoops of gelato

$15 for $30 Worth of Victorian or Traditional High Tea at Victorian Tea Parlor

Victorian Tea Parlor

Downtown Berkley

$30 $15

Pots of tea served with tea sandwiches, soups, and sweets in a Victorian-themed atmosphere

Irish Pub Food and Drinks at Dooley's Tavern (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Dooley's Tavern

Downtown Clawson

$20 $10

Pair a pint of Guinness with a corned beef sandwich or sample from the whiskey menu at this charming Irish sports bar

$16 for Two Groupons, Each Valid for $15 Worth of Greek Food at Red Olive Restaurant ($30 Value)

Red Olive Restaurant

Multiple Locations

$15 $8

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Helpings of falafel, grape leaves, and hummus precede gyros, spinach pie, lamb shanks, and deli sandwiches

$29 for $50 Worth of Seasonal Fare at Northern Lakes Seafood Company

Northern Lakes Seafood

Troy

$50 $29

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Chefs use fresh ingredients to prepare steak, chicken, house-made pasta, and fish; dishes pair with selections from a large wine list

$18 for $30 Worth of Pizza and Other Menu Items at Shield's Pizza

Shield's Pizza

Multiple Locations

$30 $18

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Award-winning deep-dish pizzas made with fresh dough and toppings according to the same recipe for more than 70 years

$15.75 for $30 Worth of Japanese and Korean Food for Dinner at Tomo

Tomo

Troy

$30 $15.75

Authentic Japanese food and specialty sushi rolls, such as the Empire roll with shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, avocado, and eel sauce

$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Elevated Cafe Fare at Tasty Cooking (Up to $30 Value)

Tasty Cooking

Troy

$10 $5

Fresh turkey clubs and Italian subs make it easy to grab a quick meal; daily specials are often creative, from grilled chicken to meatnalls

Lebanese Food for Dinner or Lunch at Lebanese Grill –Troy (Up to 52% Off)

Lebanese Grill

Troy

$12 $6

Middle Eastern eatery dishes up traditional vegetarian and meaty Lebanese dishes, from grape leaves to steak kebabs

$12 for $20 Worth of Whole Wings, Fried Chicken, Catfish, and Homestyle Sides at Nu Wave Fish & Chicken

Nu Wave Fish & Chicken

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

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Chefs prepare whole wings, crispy fried chicken, catfish and shrimp, and traditional Southern sides like okra, mac n' cheese, and cole slaw

$15 for Three Groupons, Each Worth $10 for Ice Cream and Cakes at Baskin-Robbins ($30 Total Value)

Baskin-Robbins

Multiple Locations

$10 $5

Classic Baskin-Robbins flavors fill cups or cones or serve as a chilly base for brownie sundaes and banana royales

Casual Fine Dining Cuisine at Sweet Lorraine's Cafe & Bar (Up to 43% Off). Two Options Available.

Sweet Lorraine's Cafe & Bar

Southfield

$30 $17

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Casual fine dining cuisine ranges from five-spice calamari to avocado crab cake BLTs to pecan-crusted chicken breast

Vegetarian Soul Food at Southern Nosh (Up to 53% Off)

Southern Nosh

Southfield

$30 $16

Vegetarian soul food ranging from jerk grilled protein to beefless burgers paired with sides such as honey-glazed carrots and collard greens

$10 for a Punch Card for Soup, Salads, and Sandwiches at Soup Dive ($20 Value)

Soup Dive

Southfield

$20 $10

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Soup, salads, and sandwiches freshly prepared from low-fat, low-carb, and low-sodium recipes

$12 for $20 Worth of Korean and Japanese Food at New Seoul Garden

New Seoul Garden

New Seoul Garden Restaurant

$20 $12

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Seafood and meat dishes inspired by Korea and Japan, including sushi, barbecue, and hot pots prepared tableside

Sushi and Korean Barbecue for Two or Four at Sushi-N-Grill (Up to 47% Off)

Sushi-N-Grill

Southfield

$30 $16

Guests cook meats like marinated short ribs and beef brisket on table-top grills or dig into specialty sushi rolls and classic Korean dishes

Burger Meal with Fries and Beer for Two or Four at 7 Bar & Grill (45% Off) 

7 Bar & Grill

Southfield

$22 $13

Half-pound Angus burgers topped with classic fixings complement french fries and pints of draft beer

$12 for $20 Worth of Soul Food at Beans & Cornbread in Southfield

Beans & Cornbread

Southfield

$20 $12

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Hour Magazine- and TripAdvisor-praised soul food, including catfish, barbecued ribs & meat loaf served up with down-home sides

Two General Admission or VIP Tickets to Bacon Bash on September 6 (Up to 37% Off)

Bacon Bash

Royal Oak Farmers Market

$125.20 $79

More than 20 local restaurants and sweets boutiques incorporate bacon into main dishes, sides, and even desserts

Appetizers and Drinks for Two or Four at Cantina Diablo's. Four Options Available.

Cantina Diablo's

Downtown Royal Oak

$24 $15

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Texas beef and Gulf of Mexico seafood pair up in Tex-Mex recipes that include blue corn tamales, avocado eggrolls, and fried tomatillos

Indian Cuisine for Dine-In or Carry-Out at Moti Mahal (Up to 45% Off). Three Options Available.

Moti Mahal

Downtown Royal Oak

$22 $12

Seasoned chef serves up Indian and Pakistani classics for herbivores and carnivores within an elegant eatery

Jamaican Cuisine at Jamaican Paradise (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Jamaican Paradise

Oak Park

$20 $11.50

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Exotic Jamaican fare includes fried plantains, fresh seafood, jerk chicken, goat curry, and oxtails

Organic Vegan Chocolate and Gummy Candies at Inspiration Candies (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Inspiration Candies

Oak Park

$20 $10

Organic vegan caramel bites, peanut-butter bites, and gluten-free gummy bears, among others

$11 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Ice Cream at Nice Modern Creamery ($20 Value)

Nice Modern Creamery

Inside Biggby Coffee building

$5 $2.75

Ice cream made with liquid nitrogen in a charming, rustic shop featuring reclaimed wood, turquoise walls, and vintage milk cans for seating

Children’s Birthday Party for 10 or 20 at Fuddruckers (Up to 55% Off)

Fuddruckers

Bloomfield Hills

$99.90 $49

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Partygoers dig into kids' meals with burgers, fries, soda, and a cookie and then hit the arcade for racing games and Ms. Pac-Man

$11 for $20 Toward Healthy Café Cuisine at BetterHealth Market. Four Locations Available.

BetterHealth Market

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

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Wellness emporium’s café serves quarter-pound grass-fed beef burgers, healthy vegan reubens, chicken clubs, and raw juices and smoothies

$15 for Three Vouchers, Each Good for $10 Off Your Bill at Buckner's: A Dessert Cafe ($30 Value)

Buckner's: A Dessert Cafe

Pontiac Commercial Historic District

$10 $5

Cheesecake, pie, and cupcakes crafted by bakers in Metro Detroit; scoops of Ashby's ice cream

ComedySportz Improv Show at Michigan Actors Studio (Up to 41% Off)

ComedySportz

Michigan Actors Studio

$17 $10

Game-based comedy show pits teams of improvising funny folk against one another in a contest of light-footed joke making

Three-Day or Five-Day Juice Cleanse or $15 for Three $10 Groupons for Food and Drink at Organico Juice Bar & Cafe

Organico Juice Bar & Cafe

Downtown Ferndale

$10 $5

Healthy, tasty juices for cleanses or snacks; menu also includes organic juices, smoothies, and soups

$18 for Two Boxes of Chocolate Peanut Butter or Chocolate Almond Butter Bars from Love Bites ($36 Value)

Love Bites

Ferndale

$36 $18

Protein-rich snack bars are made with only six ingredients, including real peanut or almond butter, dark chocolate, cinnamon, and yogurt

Pan-Asian Cuisine for Dine-In or Takeout at Inyo Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Inyo Restaurant

Inyo

$50 $30

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Omakase chef crafts innovative entrees with seasonal ingredients and seafood.

International Cuisine for Two or Four at Christine’s Cuisine in Ferndale (45% Off)

Christine's Cuisine

Ferndale

$20 $11

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Rachael Ray’s pick for best pierogies in Michigan, organic ground salisbury steak, and pork tenderloin topped with blue cheese

$15 for $30 Worth of Pub Food and Drinks at The House of Shamrocks

The House of Shamrocks

Hazel Park

$30 $15

Cooks prepare classic American pub food such as half-pound Angus beef burgers, corned-beef sandwiches, and deep-fried pickles

Lunch, Dinner, or Carryout at Mezza Mediterranean Grille (Up to 45% Off)

Mezza Mediterranean Grille

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

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Casual eatery serves flavorful specialties from France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and the Middle East

Japanese and Korean Cuisine at Soho (Up to 47% Off)

Soho

Rochester

$30 $16

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Delicately crafted sushi rolls and Korean beef bulgogi headline a menu of contemporary Asian cuisine

Casual American Food and Drinks for Two or Four at The Hills Bar & Grille (Up to 42% Off)

The Hills Bar & Grille

Rochester

$40 $25

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Comfort foods from pizza and pasta to burgers and ribs served in an expansive space with three patios and HD projection screens

Dine-In Lebanese Cuisine for Two or Four or Takeout at Lebanese Grill (Up to 45% Off)

Lebanese Grill

Rochester Hills

$20 $12

Classic Lebanese and Mediterranean dishes, including shawarmas, satoush, garlic sauces, hummus, and chicken kebab

Asian Food and Drinks at Shogun Japanese and Chinese Bistro (Up to 43% Off). Two Options Available.

Shogun Japanese and Chinese Bistro

Multiple Locations

$30 $17

Sushi rolls filled with shrimp tempura or spicy tuna gather on plates while tableside griddles sizzle with hibachi-style beef and seafood

$16 for $30 Worth of Sushi and Japanese Food for Dinner at Ninja Sushi

Ninja Sushi

West Bloomfield

$30 $16

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Sushi rolls with grilled unagi and fresh fish, as well as Japanese entrees such as beef teriyaki and seafood tempura

African and Caribbean Meal for Two or Four at Kola Restaurant & Ultra Lounge (Up to 51% Off)

Kola Restaurant & Ultra Lounge

Farmington Hills

$39 $19

African and Caribbean recipes create traditional vegetable soups, jerk chicken rice dishes, and meat pie with seasoned beef

$22 for $40 Worth of Sushi, Japanese Cuisine, and Drinks at Yotsuba

Yotsuba

Multiple Locations

$40 $22

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Organic seaweed wraps sushi rolls sprinkled in housemade low-sodium soy sauce; lightly fried shrimp- and vegetable-tempura dinners

$10 for a Punch Card Good for $20 Worth of Slimmery Low-Calorie Frozen Soft Serve at Bulk Food

Bulk Food

West Bloomfield Plaza

$20 $10

Enjoy three types of Slimmery low-calorie and fat-free frozen soft serve sprinkled with a choice of fruit and candy toppings

Five-Course Prix Fixe Russian Dinner for Two or Four at The Fiddler (Up to 46% Off)

The Fiddler

West Bloomfield

$69.80 $43

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Home-cooked Russian meal including borscht, perogies, and a choice of lamb chops, pozharski cutlets, or chicken tabaka

Breakfast or Lunch at Recipes (50% Off)

Recipes

Farmington Hills

$16 $8

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Grab breakfast or lunch at a restaurant where sticky buns, Spanish omelets, and turkey clubs meet pad thai and other Asian specialties

$10 for $20 Worth of New York–Style Brick-Oven Pizza at The Bronx Deli

The Bronx Deli

Farmington

$20 $10

New York–style pizza baked in a brick oven with toppings such as bacon, sauerkraut, mushrooms, peppers, artichokes, and salami

$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Classic Diner Food at Col's Place ($30 Total Value)

Col's Place

Farmington

$10 $5

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Breakfast omelets, skillets, and pancakes served all day long, as well as burgers, coney island dogs, and classic American diner dishes

$6 for $10 Worth of Gourmet Cheesecake at Peteets Famous Cheesecakes

Peteet's Famous Cheesecakes

West Bloomfield Township

$10 $6

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Home of the two-layer cheesecake, the shop serves up creamy desserts that are certified kosher, with gluten- and sugar-free cakes available

Dinner for Two or Four at Ciccarelli's 22 Sports Bar (Up to 54% Off)

Ciccarelli's 22 Sports Bar

Auburn Hills

$61 $29

Sports bar owned by a Hall-of-Fame hockey player slings Angus burgers, creative pizzas, and signature sauce-slathered chicken tenders

$29.99 for $60 Worth of Steaks, Chops, and Seafood for Dinner at Lelli's

Lelli's

Auburn Hills

$60 $29.99

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At this Northern Italian steak house, open since 1939, skilled chefs present steak-house fare in a dining room with cherry-wood furnishings

Mexican Food at Forest Mexican Cantina (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Forest Mexican Cantina

Lake Orion

$20 $10

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The menu here seems to go on forever with delicate seafood dishes, giant molcajete entrees, and classics like tacos and enchiladas

Mediterranean Food for Two or Four or for Carryout at Maroosh Mediterranean Bistro (Up to 45% Off)

Maroosh Mediterranean Bistro

Sterling Heights

$20 $12

Charbroiled meats and fresh vegetarian stews highlight a menu filled with traditional Mediterranean and Middle Eastern recipes

$16 for $30 Worth of Hibachi, Sushi, and Drinks at Ichiban Japanese Bistro

Ichiban Japanese Bistro

Sterling Heights

$30 $16

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Around a hibachi table, at the sushi bar, or nestled in booths, diners sample fresh fish or Japanese-style meats, from katsu to tempura

$12 for $20 Worth of Brick-Oven Pizza and Italian Food at Georgio's Pizza & Pasta

Georgio's Pizza & Pasta

Downtown Rochester

$20 $12

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Chefs mix and hand toss fresh dough, toping it with mozzarella, ricotta, steak, chicken, and olives before sliding it into a brick oven

$25 for a Chinese Dinner for Two at Ganbei Chinese Restaurant + Bar (Up to $44 Value)

Ganbei Chinese Restaurant + Bar

Rochester

$44 $25

Good times fueled by simple Chinese cuisine and innovative cocktails

Beer Flights for Two or Beer and Pub Food for Lunch or Dinner at Falling Down Beer Company (Up to 50% Off)

Falling Down Beer Company

Southwest Warren

$20 $10

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Craft beer such as blonde ales and IPAs pairs with pub grub made from local ingredients such as Wigley's corn beef reubens

$10 for $20 Worth of Michigan-Grown Produce, Products, and Plants at Kutchey Family Market

Kutchey Family Market

Southwest Warren

$20 $10

More than 180 years ago the Kutcheys established their farm, where family members still sell local vegetables, flowers, and jellies

$8 for $16 Worth of Pizza, or Family Combo at Sopranos Pizzeria

Sopranos Pizzeria

Warren

$16 $8

Regular, deep-dish, and gluten-free pizza crusts topped with fresh meats and veggies

Sub Meal for Two or Party Platter for Up to Nine at Subway (Up to 41% Off)

Subway

Multiple Locations

$18.78 $11

Freshly baked bread holds tasty ingredients such as meatballs, turkey breast, provolone cheese, and vegetables

$11 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Treats at Dairy Queen/Orange Julius ($20 Total Value)

Dairy Queen / Orange Julius

Southeast Warren

$5 $2.75

Classic outpost dishes out soft serve decorated with candy, cookies, or fruit, and thick, creamy fruit smoothies

Indian Cuisine at Royal Bengal (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Royal Bengal Indian Cuisine

Southeast Warren

$20 $11

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Traditional Indian cuisine including palak paneer and lamb vindaloo made with fresh vegetables and housemade cheese

One or Three Groupons, Each Good for One Dozen Donuts at Detroit Donuts (Up to 46% Off)

Detroit Donuts

Warren

$12 $7

Fresh-baked, handcrafted donuts in flavors like red velvet, peanut butter and jelly, and toasted coconut

Carryout or Dinner and Drinks for Two or Four at 59 West Entertainment Complex (Up to 56% Off)

59 West

Downtown Highland

$30 $19

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Twists on classic food, such as pesto mozzarella sticks and steaks with house Jack Daniel's sauce, precede half-hour rounds of pool

Casual American Dinner and Drinks for Two or Four or Lunch at The ComeBack Inn (Up to 50% Off)

The ComeBack Inn

Downtown Highland

$53.97 $29

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Wings, sandwiches, pastas, and pizzas with homemade sauce, alongside weekly trivia, entertainment, and summer car shows

Popcorn, Cotton Candy, and Snack-Machine Rentals from Detroit Popcorn Company (Up to 50% Off)

Detroit Popcorn Company

Redford Township

$25 $13

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Since 1923, Detroit Popcorn Company has been dishing out gourmet popcorn, cotton candy, and other snack-time favorites

$12 for $20 Worth of Asian Tapas and Drinks at Flame Asian Tapas Bar & Grill

Flame Asian Tapas Bar & Grill

Rossford / Perrysburg

$20 $12

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Chefs prepare tapas-size Asian inspired dishes such as pork egg rolls and panko-fried calamari

$40 for an Intro Michigan Wine Class for Two at MBTB Tasting Room ($80 Value). Two Dates Available.

Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room

Shelby Township

$80 $40

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Tasting guides introduce participants to six boutique Michigan wines, pairing them with Michigan cheese and organic chocolates

$12 for $20 Worth of Pizza and Burgers at What Up Dough Pizzeria

What Up Dough Pizzeria

Shelby Township

$20 $12

Pizzas topped with a mix of 15+ toppings, Angus burgers with stuffings ranging from french fries to a special three-cheese blend, and wings

$22 for Two Groupons, Each Good for Pizza, Soda, and Breadsticks from Papa John's (Up to $42.98 Value)

Papa John's

Macomb

$21.49 $11

Hand-tossed pizzas slathered with sauce made from vine-ripened, California-grown tomatoes

Tapas for Two or Four or More at The Metropolitan Cafe (45% Off)

The Metropolitan Cafe

Utica

$20 $11

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International menu has both small plates and entrees, such as chorizo-stuffed dates and sweet chili-glazed salmon; live music on weekends

Contemporary American Dinner for Two or Four at Filippa’s Wine Barrel (Up to 45% Off)

Filippa's Wine Barrel

Utica

$70 $42

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American eatery serves a seafood-centric menu of coconut shrimp, lobster-potato pierogies, and citrus whitefish

Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern Food at Sahara Restaurant Bar & Grill (Up to 51% Off). Three Options Available.

Sahara Restaurant Bar & Grill

Shelby Twp

$30 $15

Enjoy food that spans the Mediterranean oeuvre, from kabobs to fresh tabbouleh and spinach pies

American Food for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner at Savory Grill (50% Off). Three Options Available.

Savory Grill

Utica

$16 $8

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Blueberry pancakes, omelets, steaks, salads, and sandwiches; soups, dressings, and sauces from scratch with no MSG or trans fats

One or Two Three-Packs of Fresh Baking Mixes at Great Harvest Bread (46% Off)

Great Harvest Bread

Shelby

$23.97 $13

Independent bakers craft packs of baking mixes, including milled whole-grain flour, cookie mix, pancake mix, and cranberry-almond oatmeal

One Dozen Cookies or One 15" Cookie Cake at Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip (Up to 40% Off)

Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip - Twelve Oaks Mall and Partridge Creek Mall

Multiple Locations

$17.99 $11

Delight in dessert with a fresh-baked batch of iconic Nestlé Toll House cookies or a customizable cookie cake

Upscale Grill Food and Drinks for Two or Four at Mynt Novi (Up to 50% Off)

Mynt Novi

Novi

$30 $15

Burgers, margherita flatbread pizza, and sea scallop ceviche alongside martinis, mojitos, and Old Fashioneds

Hibachi Dinner or Lunch on a Weekday or Weekend at Wasabi Hibachi Steakhouse (50% Off)

Wasabi Hibachi Steakhouse

Novi

$40 $20

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Chefs cook right in front of diners at this Hibachi restaurant in Novi, which serves Japanese comfort food, such as teriyaki filet mignon

$11 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Fro-Yo at YoBerry Frozen Yogurt ($20 Total Value)

YoBerry Frozen Yogurt

Novi

$5 $2.75

Vast selection of frozen yogurt flavors including pistachio, salted caramel, and apple pie loaded with fresh toppings

Diner Food at Denny's (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.  

Denny's

Multiple Locations

$15 $9

Pancakes, skillets, burgers, and more served all day

One or Three Groupons for $23 Worth of Indian Cuisine at Mirchi Indian Cuisine (43% Off)

Mirchi Indian Cuisine

Novi

$23 $13

South and North Indian, Tamil, and Indo-Chinese curries, dosas, biryanis, and tandoori dishes

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A mermaid basks in the warm glow of track lighting, reaching to embrace a starfish as onlookers point and stare. This maritime beauty lives on a large mural inside Northern Lakes Seafood Company. She’s just one way the restaurant celebrates the ocean’s many wonders. Fresh fish and shellfish arrive daily from Boston, Hawaii, Florida, and the Great Lakes each day, landing in the kitchen, where chefs broil, grill, and sauté them and drizzle on gourmet sauces such as beurre blanc and béarnaise. To ensure that the fish is fresher than a mint-flavored iceberg, the chefs revise the menu each day, highlighting the newest catch available. In the lounge, guests can sip signature martinis and explore an oyster bar brimming with specimens from the East and West Coasts. The dining room teems with elegant decor such as ornate chandeliers, old-fashioned ceiling tiles, and burgundy carpet that matches the cabernets in the eatery’s wine library, which has won an award from Wine Spectator. In addition to helming more than six restaurants, The Epicurean Group, Northern Lakes Seafood Company’s parent company, has launched a wellness program that helps local organizations prepare nutritious, organic meals filled with fresh ingredients. To do so, they’ve partnered with Dr. Heather Annatoyn Dickson, a physician who specializes in wellness and longevity.

39495 Woodward Ave
Bloomfield Hills,
MI
US

Once inside Barrio Tacos and Tequila, one is immediately struck by the smoky blues and warm blooms of color that fill the space. Frosted panes of azure glass line one side of the restaurant, and vibrant murals overtake the other walls—the ones that aren't stacked with shelves of tequila bottles, anyway. Orange lights from above branch into glowing tendrils, studding the navy ceiling with miniature suns and illuminating the mortar and pestle on each table. These points of color are akin to the sparks of flavor inside the menu: pleasantly surprising and, in the words of the Detroit News, "bright and well-balanced."

Executive chef Ryan Porter is the brain behind Barrio’s inventive recipes. As a teenager, Ryan cooked for his family every night, honing the creativity that would lead him through American-, Asian-, Italian-, and finally Mexican-themed kitchens. Today, he looks in all cardinal directions for culinary inspiration, fashioning platters in the style of Oaxaca and Acapulco, among other regions. He stuffs tortillas with nine types of taco fillings, including housemade chorizo. On the side, scoops of chili-dusted sweet corn transport guests to Mexico without forcing them to throw out the giant bottle of shampoo they keep hidden under their shirt.

203 Hamilton Row
Birmingham,
MI
US

Tim Castañeda's culinary education began at his family's dinner table. Nourished by the fresh salsas and flavorful meats, Tim developed a deep appreciation for and understanding of the traditional flavors of Mexican cuisine. After cooking in his family's restaurants during his youth, Tim continued to perfect his recipes and spice blends in Mexican eateries throughout the country. He brings his years of experience to Zumba Mexican Grille, where he whips up freshly made tacos, burritos, and quesadillas reminiscent of the authentic dishes of his childhood.

Named for the Spanish slang word for "energy," Zumba bustles with color and zest—from its shiny stainless-steel counters and rainbows of wooden chairs to the skirt steak, red-chili pork, and fresh vegetables sizzling on its grills. When customers walk in, their first step is to pick meats, toppings, and black, pinto, or magic beans. Then the servers behind the counter begin building Mexican specialties—including the burritos, named the city's best by Real Detroit Weekly. After receiving their orders, guests stroll over to the fresh salsa bar, where six different housemade varieties in various spice levels await them.

163 W Maple Rd
Birmingham,
MI
US

Chen Chow Brasserie's executive chef experimented with gigs as a musician and pro BMX rider before he discovered the culinary arts. After settling on this new career path, he wrangled a team of like-minded chefs to help craft a menu of inventive Asian-inspired cuisine, including miso-infused Chilean sea bass with crispy udon noodles and togarashi-blackened steak fillet. They also craft sushi rolls loaded with exotic ingredients such as forbidden black rice and brûléed salmon, and they occasionally hand over the reins to local celebrities, who design limited-edition maki rolls for charity. In addition to these eclectic morsels, the restaurant curates a collection of rare teas and sakes.

These Asian-fusion meals populate tables in a modern, ornately decorated dining room. Here, a recessed ceiling anchors scroll-shaped lighting fixtures that cast their silhouettes across a backlit wall. Circular booths facilitate hassle-free conversations or games of four-way patty-cake.

260 N Old Woodward Ave
Birmingham,
MI
US

Owners Tina and Kevin Yancey didn't start their marriage with the idea of running a bakery. Kevin, a business owner, and Tina, a corporate employee, were simply fans of their local Great Harvest franchise and the freshly baked breads the staffers forged from scratch each day. With the couple's natural love for cooking and entertaining, they quickly realized the fulfillment they would gain from opening their own Great Harvest bakery. In 2007, they found that fulfillment by unveiling their very first location in Las Vegas.

Though far from the glitter of the Strip, the Yanceys' Birmingham location still bakes pillowy breads with the same techniques as the original Great Harvest that impressed them years ago. Everything from sweet scones and cookies to 10 types of flavorful bread are made completely from scratch with whole-grain flour the company mills itself and baked in an oven fueled by the company's fire-breathing staff members. The menu transforms from month to month, giving new and veteran customers alike new treats to taste throughout the year.

1137 S Adams Rd
Birmingham,
MI
US

Picture a pub so packed with soccer fans that the ones lucky enough to have seats at the big, wooden bar can barely cheer without thwacking the people on all sides of them, and you’ll have some idea of what Dick O’ Dow's was like during the last World Cup. While such sporting events of such importance come only once every four years, the pub manages to maintain the fun-loving—and authentically Irish—atmosphere day in and out, in particular by enlisting live musical acts to perform as guests gulp pints of Guinness and solemnly discuss the latest Fun Street Journal. Even the party room suggests Old-World Ireland, with its stone fireplace, climbing ivy, and color palette of rich reds and browns. Here and in the main bar area, visitors feed on a full menu of traditional Irish fare, such as shepherd’s pie, irish stew, chicken pot pie, and bangers 'n' mash.

160 W Maple Rd
Birmingham,
MI
US