Ben & Jerry's came from humble beginnings?in 1978, its eponymous founders served ice cream out of a renovated Burlington gas station, and delivered pints of their now-classic flavors to grocery stores out of the back of Ben's VW Squareback wagon. Today, its myriad shops dispense cups, cones, shakes, and smoothies brimming with a variety of quirky flavors, including Phish Food and Cherry Garcia, named for famous revolutionary Cherry Garcia. Ben & Jerry's also offers Greek frozen yogurt in flavors such as banana peanut butter, raspberry fudge chunk, and blueberry vanilla graham. The duo is famous for their social responsibility, which is evident in their community activism and in their use of fair-trade products, such as cage-free eggs and sustainable, growth-hormone-free dairy.
When you order a gyro at Souvlaki, don't pronounce the "g." The menu very pointedly prefers the European pronunciation of the dish, a pita stuffed with spiced meat, onions, and housemade cucumber sauce. Everything else has a pretty straightforward pronunciation, including chicken-salad wraps and philly cheese steaks. There's souvlaki too, of course?another traditional Greek dish of marinated pork tenderloin nestled into a pita. No matter what you order, as you eat you can watch TV, play an arcade game, or just admire the staffers' rock-band-themed T-shirts.
Curry is a major player in the kitchen at India Garden Restaurant, but it's not the powdered curry that you'll find in a grocery store. Here, "curry" means zesty vindaloo and tikka masala sauces freshly blended and spiced to each guest's preference. These sauces typically dress plates of lamb, shrimp, and chicken roasted in a clay tandoor oven, but the menu isn't totally meat-centric. India Garden's chefs also craft vegetarian dishes so spicy that each could start a fire; as a precautionary measure, pair yours with an imported Indian beer.
Bull & Bones Brewhaus & Grill, one part brewery, one part sports bar, and one part upscale dining room, serves handcrafted microbrews and a menu of burgers, steaks, and sandwiches. Saddle up in front of 1 of 20 HDTVs with a Pub burger, which hugs wood-fire-grilled Angus beef with a kaiser roll (an $8.99 value), or a Black and Blue burger, a chargrilled patty topped with crumbled blue cheese (a $9.29 value). While holding a bunned beauty, diners can consider pours from Bull and Bones own line of brews (not covered by this Groupon), including the Maroon Effect brown ale, a finalist at the 2010 Microfestivus event. Bull & Bones toes the line between classic sports bar and brewpub, complementing the bevy of HDTVs and seven Diamond pool tables with exposed air ducts, boldly colored walls, a bounty of indoor and outdoor seating, and a 10-barrel microbrewery that's only visible while wearing 3-D glasses.
Elderberry’s, voted Platinum for both smoothies and milkshakes by Roanoker magazine, busies blenders with fresh and healthy ingredients to create its award-winning beverages, and a crisp collection of wraps, salads, and soups silences audible appetites. The menu of suave solutions showcases juices joined in flavorful matrimony, such as the Elderberry, a fruity fusion of raspberry and cranberry juices, strawberries, elderberries, and orange sherbet ($4.59); the raspberry-packed Really Raspberry ($4.59); or the Not Actually Raspberry, a handful of red paint balls mixed with a pair of Faberge eggs. Desserty drinks implant pep in energy-deficient steps with the coffee-based Perkilator ($4.89), or swaddle exposed sweet teeth in silky sips of the Chocolate Peanutter ($4.89).
Cafe de Bangkok's chefs stand at sizzling woks, following Thai recipes step by step while surrounded by the mouthwatering scents of basil and lemongrass. Diners can sample tom yum noodles studded with a variety of meats, such as ground pork, shrimp, fish balls, and fish cakes, or opt for rice-based dishes, such as the tropical rice wok with egg, pineapple, and raisins that spell out "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." The eatery also warms tables with simmering bowls of red curry, peanut-infused massaman curry, and jade curry loaded with bell peppers and greens beans. A Wall of Flame immortalizes the names of those who have braved the challenge of devouring 15 Thai-hot chicken wings in seven minutes. According to Collegiate Times writer Matt Borysewicz, “The wings were hotter than hell but were incredibly delicious; containing a distinctive Thai flavor, setting them apart from the usual buffalo wings served around Blacksburg.”