Restaurants in Freedom Park

Gnocchi Hands-On Cooking Class with Three Sauces and Wine Pairings for One or Two at Dolce Ristorante (Up to 46% Off)

Dolce Ristorante

Dilworth

Students learn how to create homemade gnocchi, paired with delectable sauce and piquant wine

$120 $69

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Thai Cuisine and Sushi at Deejai Thai Restaurant (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Deejai Thai Restaurant

Eastover

Chef cooks Thai specialties using time-tested family recipes and creates specialty sushi rolls in a chic, sunny eatery

$40 $22

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$18 for $30 Worth of Chinese Food and Sushi at Ginbu 401

Ginbu 401

Myers Park

Chinese-food classics, along with more than 60 types of sushi rolls

$30 $18

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$18 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Crepes & Café Food at Crispy Crêpe ($30 Total Value)

Crispy Crepe

The South End

Bistro-style menu showcases sweet and savory crepes filled with fresh fruit or meats and cheeses, gourmet sandwiches, and Liège waffles

$15 $9

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Catering Boxes or American Food at Bedder, Bedder and Moore (Up to 50% Off). Five Options Available.

Bedder Bedder & Moore - South Tryon

Charlotte

Have a productive meeting or a well-appointed event with catered sandwiches or salads; dining-in menu includes burgers and deli-style food

$45.29 $25

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Bagels, Soups, and Sandwiches at City Deli & Bagel Company (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

City Deli & Bagel Company

Elizabeth

In addition to fresh bagels sold to go or by the dozen, this restaurant serves a variety of soups and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch

$10 $5.50

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Upscale Comfort Food for Lunch or Dinner at City Tavern (40% Off)

City Tavern

Multiple Locations

Starters such as firecracker popcorn shrimp and fried green tomatoes accompany certified Angus beef and seared scallops

$20 $12

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$15 for $30 Worth of Sushi and Pan-Asian Cuisine for Dinner at Fujo Bistro

Fujo Bistro

Second Ward

Asian-fusion cuisine showcases specialty sushi alongside classic Chinese dishes

$30 $15

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$20 for $40 Worth of Cajun Food at Cajun Queen

Cajun Queen

Elizabeth

Garlic and butter sautéed with crawfish, new york strip seared until blackened, and platter of fried oysters and scallops

$40 $20

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$30 for $40 Worth of Sushi and Japanese Food at Red Ginger

Red Ginger

Uptown

Japanese steakhouse with classic hibachi entrees, like filet mignon, and specialty sushi, with ingredients such as BBQ eel

$40 $30

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$18 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $16 Worth of Burgers and Hot Dogs at Chubz Famous Chiliburgers ($32 Total Value)

Chubz Famous Chiliburgers

Charlotte

Eatery serves homemade chili on top of 100% grass-fed Angus patties, hot dogs, and cheese fries

$16 $9

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Barbecue and Southern Traditional for Lunch or Dinner at Whisky River (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Whisky River

Epicentre

Meaty signature burgers, wings in 12 types of sauce, artisan flatbreads, and Southern BBQ platters with Carolina beef brisket & pulled pork

$20 $11

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$12 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Vietnamese Food at Pho Plus Restaurant ($20 Value)

Pho Plus Restaurant

Uptown Charlotte

Pho noodle soup with chicken, rare beef, meatballs, and brisket, plus rice and vermicelli dishes

$10 $6

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Premium Takeout Pack or Dine-In Eastern Barbecue and Sides at Bill Spoon's BBQ

Bill Spoon's BBQ

Charlotte

Zagat award-winning restaurant relies on family recipes for its slow-cooked pork, fresh hushpuppies, and housemade banana pudding

$20 $11

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Southern Food for Dine-In or Takeout at Mert’s Heart and Soul (Up to 45% Off)

Mert’s Heart and Soul

Uptown

Famous, fluffy cornbread accompanies entrees such as fried catfish, salmon cakes with remoulade sauce, and red beans and rice

$20 $11

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Sandwiches, Sweets, and Bread at Local Loaf Bakery & Restaurant (Up to 51% Off). Three Options Available.

Local Loaf Bakery & Restaurant at 7th Street Public Market

First Ward

Enjoy sandwiches made with homemade, artisanal breads; or mix together cookies and seven-layer bars in a sweets platter

$46 $23

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Locally Sourced Pizzas, Salads, and Sandwiches for Dinner for Two at Pure Pizza (50% Off)

Pure Pizza

7th Street Market

Farm-to-fork pizzeria tops its sprouted wheat dough with local veggies, smoked salmon, and pulled pork from inside 7th Street Public Market

$20 $10

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$16 for $30 Worth of Pizza, Pasta, and Serbian Food at Intermezzo Pizzeria and Cafe

Intermezzo Pizzeria and Cafe

Intermezzo Cafe & Pizzeria

Authentic Serbian entrees of eggplant musaka served alongside hand-tossed pizzas topped with wood-grilled mushrooms or housemade mozzarella

$30 $16

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Upscale Bar Food for Two, Four, or Take-Out at Joe Hooper's Neighborhood Pub (Up to 54% Off)

Joe Hooper's Neighborhood Pub

Plaza-Midwood

Roadhouse sports bar serves up classic American eats such as jumbo wings, burgers, and blackened beef brisket

$24 $11

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$15 for $30 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Open Kitchen

Open Kitchen

Wesley Heights

Chefs craft Italian dishes such as italian sausage steak, eggplant parmigiana, and chicken barcelona

$30 $15

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$11 for $18 or $18 for $30 Worth of Seafood, Tacos, and Southern-Asian Fusion Cuisine at Krazy Fish

Krazy Fish

Plaza Midwood

Fish-themed joint serves fusion of Southern, Asian, and Latin fare, from seafood tacos to red thai curry

$30 $18

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Coffee Drinks or Tea and Baked Goods for Two or Four at FABO (42% Off)

FABO

FABO

Fresh coffee, espresso drinks, tea, cookies, and scones, served in an eclectic setting decorated with vibrant works by local artists

$13.70 $8

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Ethiopian Food at Queen Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant & Hookah Lounge (50% Off)

Queen Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant & Hookah Lounge

Plaza Central

Using spongy injera, diners scoop up mouthfuls of spicy slow-cooked lamb or chickpeas with curry and onions

$40 $20

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$12 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of American Food at Big City Grill (Up to 40% Off)

Big City Grill

Charlotte

Fast food classics like cheeseburgers are on the same menu as the BLT and the tuna pita

$10 $6

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Diner Food for Dine-In or Takeout at Park 51 Cafe (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

Park 51 Cafe

Hwy 51 - Park Road

Southern-style diner specialties, include french toast, biscuits and gravy, burgers, gyros, and oven-baked pasta

$10 $6

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Persian Food at Kabob House (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Kabob House

East Forest

Kebabs including beef, lamb tips, and charbroiled salmon, shrimp; eggplant topped with cream of whey, chicken breast in pomegranate sauce

$30 $15

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Chinese Food for Lunch or Dinner at Great Wall of China South (50% Off)

Great Wall of China South

McAlpine

Chinese restaurant with classics such as egg rolls, sesame beef, chicken fried rice, and shrimp lo mein

$16 $8

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$10 for $20 Worth of Family-Style Italian Cuisine at Buca di Beppo

Buca di Beppo

Pineville

Gather family and friends for unique Italian-American dishes that include Cheesy Bread Florentine, Veal Parmigiana, and Baked Ziti

$20 $10

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Asian Food for Two or Four or More at Mr. Wok Mini Cafe (40% Off)

Mr. Wok Mini Cafe

Charlotte

Chefs combine Chinese and Japanese influences to create tasty fusion dishes

$20 $12

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Peruvian Food at Machu Picchu Peruvian Cuisine - Seafood Grill & Bar (Up to 45% Off). Three Options Available.

Peruvian Food at Machu Picchu Peruvian Cuisine - Seafood Grill & Bar

Pineville

Ceviche, rotisserie chicken, fried fish with beans and rice, and crab with shrimp and rice

$20 $11

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Hibachi and Sushi at Tsuki House Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Tsuki House Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar

Whiteoak

Specialty sushi rolls come wrapped in seaweed, cucumber, and soybean paper; Japanese entrees include seafood teriyaki and chicken katsu

$30 $15

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American Comfort Food for Dine-In or Takeout at Crown Point Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Crown Point Restaurant

East Forest

American comfort food such as homemade chicken and dumplings made from scratch daily with local, farm-fresh ingredients

$15 $7.50

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$19 for Barbecue-Sauce Sampler with Five 16-ounce Bottles at Chicken Magnificent ($42 Value)

Chicken Magnificent

Back Creek Church Road

Sauces include a signature chicken marinade, a sweet-and-spicy sauce for veggies, and a blend of wheat, corn, and spices for breading

$42 $19

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Sushi and Hibachi-Style Japanese Cuisine at Fujimi Sushi and Japanese Steak House (Up to 44% Off)

Fujimi Sushi and Japanese Steak House

Matthews

Chefs sear filet mignon and lobster tails on a hibachi grill and roll sushi with fatty tuna, salmon, and scallops

$25 $14

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Mexican Food at Monterrey Mexican Restaurant (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Monterrey Mexican Restaurant

Charlotte

Casual eatery serves up Mexican food favorites like burritos, fajitas, and tacos

$20 $12

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Two or Three Groupons for $15 Worth of Pizza at Pie Five Pizza Company (Up to 47% Off)

Pie Five Pizza Company

Matthews

Pizza cooks create made-to-order pizzas with toppings like bacon, black olives, and grilled chicken; pies cook in five minutes or less

$15 $8

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2 or 5 Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Bagels and Sandwiches at Bagel Bin & Deli in Ballantyne (40% Off)

Bagel Bin & Deli

Cedar Walk Shopping Center

Housemade bagels in flavors such as hawaiian, chocolate chip, onion, and spinach; Boar's Head meat such as corned beef or honey-glazed ham

$10 $6

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$15 for $25 Worth of Seafood — Riverview Raw Bar & Chill

Riverview Raw Bar & Chill

Charlotte

Enjoy our new menu and spectacular views in one of Charlotte’s redone landmarks

$25 $15

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Dinner for Two or Chinese Cuisine for Four or More at Sizzling Wok Restaurant (53% Off)

Sizzling Wok Restaurant

Mint Hill

Crispy crab rangoon and silky egg drop soup set the tone for meals of chicken lo mein, orange chicken, and tender mongolian beef

$20 $9.50

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$13 for $20 Worth of Japanese Food at Sake Express

Sake Express

San Carlos

Sushi plus classic Japanese hibachi options, including chicken, steak, vegetables, and a wealth of seafood cooked on a flat-top grill

$20 $13

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Tapas and Martinis for Two or Four at Baxter Social House (45% Off)

Baxter Social House

Fort Mill

Tapas such as ham croquettes and steak sliders served with refreshing martinis

$44 $24

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$10 for $20 Worth of American Food at Eastfield Bar & Grill

Eastfield Bar & Grill

Highland Creek

Entrees such as the Three Alarm burger—an Angus beef patty topped with jalapeño-smoked bacon, habanero hot sauce, and spicy relish

$20 $10

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$13 for $20 Worth of Japanese Food at Sake Express

Sake Express

Mount Holly

Sushi plus classic Japanese hibachi options, including chicken, steak, vegetables, and a wealth of seafood cooked on a flat-top grill

$20 $13

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Japanese Cuisine at Tsunami Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Tsunami Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

Concord

Combination steak and seafood dinners, hibachi meals, and maki rolls and sashimi

$30 $18

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Food and Drink for Two or Four at Cafe Bliss (40% Off)

Cafe Bliss

Waxhaw

Cafe serves comfort food classics like Belgian waffles, gourmet specialty sandwiches, chicken salad croissants; desserts & espresso drinks

$20 $12

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$17 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Food at The Corkscrew ($30 Value)

The Corkscrew

Birkdale Village

Light menu offers small bites with cheese, mixed nuts, and olives

$15 $8.50

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Mexican Food from Buds Mexican Food (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Buds Mexican Food

Rock Hill

Mexican eatery serves tacos, burritos, quesadillas, fajitas, and enchiladas alongside drink specials

$20 $11

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Thai Cuisine at Thai House (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Thai House

Gastonia

Handmade teakwood accents adorn the walls of a Thai eatery where the owners cook curries, noodles, and rice reminiscent of their native land

$24 $12

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Sushi and Japanese Hibachi Cuisine for Dine-In or Takeout at Kobe Hero Japanese Steak and Sushi Bar (44% Off)

Kobe Hero Japanese Steak and Sushi Bar

Cornelius

Teppan chefs cook seafood, meat, and veggies on 16 hibachi grills, while a large sushi bar offers up sushi

$25 $14

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$12 for $20 Worth of North Indian Dinner at Sangam Indian Cuisine

Sangam Indian Cuisine

Cornelius

Indian dishes such as chicken tikka masala, lamb rogan josh, and paneer makhani

$20 $12

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Up to 50% Off Dine-In or Takeout at The Soda Shop in Davidson

The Soda Shop

Davidson

Those who crave nostalgia can enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner inside a historic diner that mirrors '50s-style malt shops

$14 $7

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Two or Four Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Mexican Food at Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant (Up to 55% Off)

Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant

Gastonia

Steak tampiqueña, mole chicken enchiladas, carnitas de res, chicken milanesa, fajitas, chalupas, tacos, tamales, and chimichangas

$10 $4.50

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Sandwich and Cookies for Two or Four at HoneyBaked Ham (50% Off)

The HoneyBaked Ham Company

Concord

Sandwiches stacked with HoneyBaked ham, smoked turkey, roast beef, homestyle chicken salad, fresh vegetables on bakery fresh breads

$15.56 $7.75

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$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Food and Drink at Bus Stop Soda Shop ($20 value)

Bus Stop Soda Shop

Monroe

Staffers hand-dip ice cream and dish up banana splits along with hot dogs, nachos, and lemonade inside a 70s-themed soda shop

$10 $5.50

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$15 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Barbecue for Carry-Out at Lavell's BBQ and Catering ($30 Value)

Lavell's BBQ and Catering

Kannapolis

Barbecue classics such as chicken, ribs, and wings appear along side inventive items such as the Soul Roll, a Southern take on the egg roll

$15 $7

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Japanese Cuisine for Two or Four at TK Sushi (Half Off)

TK Sushi

Mooresville

Friendly staff serves sushi and other Japanese cuisine including hibachi steak entrees and spicy shrimp

$20 $10

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$12 for $20 Worth of Italian Food for Two at Italy Cafe

Italy Cafe

Mooresville

Chefs treat guests to rich, flavorful Italian cuisine, from toasty paninis and subs, to bubbling pizzas and sauce-laden pastas

$20 $12

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Sushi and Japanese Cuisine at Tokyo Japanese Seafood & Steakhouse (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Tokyo Japanese Seafood & Steakhouse

Mooresville

Hibachi steaks, tokyo shrimp kabobs, and sushi rolls fashioned from fresh seafood and vegetables

$40 $20

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Dinner for Two or Family Dinner for Pick-Up or Delivery at Turn 4 Pizza (Up to 51% Off)

Turn 4 Pizza

Mooresville

Hand-tossed pizzas decked in toppings such as barbecue sauce, chicken, bacon, mozzarella, cheddar, and onions

$28.48 $14

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Pan-Asian Cuisine at Kyjo’s Japanese, Thai, and Sushi Bar (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

Kyjo’s Japanese, Thai and Sushi Bar

Troutman

Chicken and steak sizzle on hibachis as chefs roll sushi and mix multicolored curries with meat and bamboo strips

$20 $11

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Two Entrees and One Sushi Roll, or $11 for $20 Worth of Japanese Food at Katana Japanese Fusion

Katana Japanese Fusion

Salisbury

Sushi chefs build traditional and specialty rolls using fresh ingredients; combo plates include paired proteins

$38 $17

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$11 for $20 Worth of Small Plates at MGLounge

MGLounge

Salisbury

Menu rotates every few weeks, and might include options such as mahi fish tacos or salted caramel ice cream with bourbon bacon topping

$20 $11

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Two, Three, or Four Classic Sandwiches or at HoneyBaked Ham (Up to 48% Off)

HoneyBaked Ham

Multiple Locations

Cured hams hardwood-smoked for 24+ hours, served on sandwiches with cookies and beverages

$8.97 $5

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$10 for $20 Worth of Hibachi or Sushi at Kimono Japanese Restaurant

Kimono Japanese Restaurant

Salisbury

Chefs create specialty sushi rolls and hibachi meals of seafood or chicken paired with veggies and rice

$20 $10

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Upscale American Lunch or Dinner for Two or More at Youssef 242 (40% Off)

Youssef 242

Hickory

Prime filet mignon with edamame succotash for dinner and parma ham and fig jam on wood-fired pizzas for lunch

$30 $18

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Casual Italian Fare and Drinks at Mario's Pizza (37% Off). Two Options Available.

Mario's Pizza

Multiple Locations

Cooks at each locale follow family recipes, brought over from Italy, to craft fresh tomato sauce, authentic dough, pastas, and sandwiches

$30 $19

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$16 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Food at La Botana Mexican Restaurant ($30 Total Value)

La Botana Mexican Restaurant

Winston-Salem

Mexican eatery voted Best Mexican Food by readers of “Winston-Salem Journal” crafts regional plates of sizzling fajitas and veggie tortas

$15 $8

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Pool and Pizza for 2 or 4, or Pool and Sandwiches for 2 at Break Time Billiards & Sports Bar (Up to 61% Off)

Break Time Billiards & Sports Bar

Winston-Salem

Groups get two hours of pool time with great food and drinks in an upscale billiard room and sports bar

$46.73 $20

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$14 for $30 Worth of Pizzeria Fare, Valid Sunday Through Thursday at Brixx Wood Fired Pizza

Brixx Wood Fired Pizza

Winston-Salem

Freshly made dough crisps in a brick oven, absorbing flavor from an all-wood fire

$30 $14

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Upscale Southern Food at Southern Sisters Restaurant & Grille (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Southern Sisters Restaurant & Grille

Thomasville

Eatery's owner uses her family's influences to craft a menu filled with upscale Southern fare with a twist

$20 $12

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$12 for $20 Worth of Italian Dinner Cuisine at BLL Rotisserie Factory

BLL Rotisserie Factory

Winston-Salem

Crowd-pleasing Italian dishes such as New York–style pizzas topped with basil and mozzarella or calzones stuffed with rotisserie chicken

$20 $12

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$11 for $20 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Vincenzo's

Vincenzo's

Mount Tabor

Hearty Italian American cuisine shares cozy tables with Old-World standbys such as baked lasagna & eggplant parmigiana

$20 $11

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Pizza, Hoagies, and Salads at Mellow Mushroom Spartanburg (Up to 54% Off). Three Options Available.

Mellow Mushroom Spartanburg

Spartanburg

Made from dough with natural spring water, pizzas and calzones emerge from stone hearths

$20 $12

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Southern Diner Food at Old Richmond Grill (47% Off). Two Options Available.

Old Richmond Grill

Old Richmond

Barbecue ribs, cheese burgers, hot dogs, and fried chicken sandwiches and lunch specials available daily

$15 $8

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Murder-Mystery Show for 2, 4, or 8 with Wine at Theatre Rowe Productions Murder Mystery Theatre (Up to 50% Off)

Theatre Rowe Productions Murder Mystery Theatre

Multiple Locations

Watch and sip as a rookie homicide detective fights to find the killer hidden in a pack of oddball auction attendees

$64 $32

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American Food at Chickadees Diner (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Chickadees Diner

Northwest Columbia

Diners can enjoy breakfast dishes, such as chicken and waffles, and sip bottomless mimosas all day at a cozy diner with 20th-century decor

$22 $13

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Brunch or Steak-House Dinner for Two or Four at Bistro 135 (Up to 52% Off)

Bistro 135

High Point

Locals and hotel guests alike can enjoy 12-oz. new york strips, grilled Atlantic salmon, or grilled portobello sandwiches

$39.90 $19

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Southern-Inspired Cuisine at Emerywood Fine Foods (Up to 43% Off). Two Options Available.

Emerywood Fine Foods

High Point

Upscale Southern favorites include tiger shrimp and grits in white wine cream sauce, lobster mac and cheese, and buttermilk fried chicken

$30 $17

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Afternoon Tea for 2 or 4, or Mother-Daughter Tea Party for 12 at Hampton's at J.H. Adams Inn (Up to 55% Off)

Hampton's at J.H. Adams Inn

High Point

Elegant interior of Italian Renaissance–style mansion serves as backdrop for afternoon tea with light snacks

$31 $15

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Cylindrical lights cast artful shadows on golden walls while amber drapes evoke waterfalls of pure honey. Patrons just entering The Wine Loft's warm, glowing lounge find seats on a wall-length leather sofa and begin eyeing neighboring feasts of small plates. Shareable boards are scattered with Italian antipasto, charcuterie, and Mediterranean accouterments, all begging companionship from more than 40 wines by the glass. "I also have 100 wines by the bottle," the waitress says, seeing the customers scanning the bar. She drops two menus and cocktail napkins onto the black-lacquered table. Each item's description flickers against lit tea candles. Jazz music gives the room a velvety pulse. "We'll have the Japanese pumpkin ravioli and shrimp and blue-cheese pastries,” says one of the diners. “And as for all these wines, I think we'll need a few more minutes."

2201 Charlotte Drive
Charlotte,
NC
US

Inspired by the culinary traditions of Latin America, the chefs of Pio Pio put their own spin on centuries-old recipes that hail from Peru, Colombia, and Spain. The indisputable highlight is the tender, fall-off-the-bone chicken, which the chefs roast on a rotisserie and brush with a spicy Peruvian sauce before serving it alongside fries, plantains, or traditional yucca. The menu also features a handful of coastal seafood dishes and hearty steaks.

1408 East Boulevard
Charlotte,
NC
US

An acronym for Fabulous Art Buying Opportunity, FABO began as just that: an art store. It still is today, only along with art, the Park Road shop quenches thirst and quiets hunger, too. Inside, artwork from nearly 60 local artists?including paintings, photographs, jewelery, and pottery?sprawls across blue-gray and wine-colored walls. Visitors kick back in this funky atmosphere to sip on coffee, espresso, and even a carefully selected roster of wines and beers, some from local breweries. When stomachs begin to rumble, guests can also munch on muffins, bagels, and other bakery treats made to eat while on the move or during a secret detour from a nearby marathon.

2820 Selwyn Ave
Charlotte,
NC
US

The epicurean engineers at The Original Italian Pie slather homemade sauce across gourmet pizzas, which beckon hungry stomachs from a mouthwatering menu stocked with salads, pastas and sandwiches. A meaty triumvirate of pepperoni, italian sausage, and ground beef joins forces with a bevy of fresh veggies to invigorate combo pies, and modest margherita masterpieces enjoy simpler existences with sliced tomatoes, fresh basil, and mozzarella. A garden of more than 25 toppings, including canadian bacon, herbed ricotta, and jalapeños ($0.95–$2.75 each), endows customers with more choices than an edible Choose Your Own Adventure novel at the create-your-own pizza or calzone station. Unlike their circular counterparts, a selection of salads, pastas and entrees, such as seared tuna salad ($9.95), spinach lasagna ($10.95) and chicken parmesan ($11.95), provide a purpose for utensils, keeping hand-jealous forks from throwing themselves off the table.

1608 East Blvd
Charlotte,
NC
US

The owners of JJ's Red Hots built their eatery as an homage to time-honored stands in hot-dog meccas such as Chicago and Buffalo. A retro-style neon sign beckons diners to the low-slung building, where sausages, chili, and hot dogs transport tongues to a bygone era when food was always made by hand. Martin's potato rolls cradle Sahlen’s smokehouse hot dogs, which can be dressed with toppings such as house-cured bacon, sweet chili sauce, and borracho beans. The Chicago-style dog wears a crown of sport peppers, deli mustard, and celery salt, declaring its supremacy over the Windy City without welding a throne to the top of the Willis Tower. To stay true to the idea of handmade food, the chefs craft their own salmon and chicken sausage and bratwurst and squeeze fresh fruitades every day.

The interior of the JJ's puts a modern spin on nostalgic decor. Black-and-white photos of those classic hot-dog stands line a crimson wall, lit from above by a chandelier constructed from a defunct set of drums. Diners can also sit on the rooftop patio, where umbrellas protect them from the glare of the sun, for whom a good hot dog is always just out of reach.

1514 East Blvd
Charlotte,
NC
US

Lebowski's Neighborhood Grill is a family-run operation. Founders Kirk Weaver and his daughters, Jessica and Amelia, opened it in early 2009. As natives of Buffalo, New York, they import hometown mainstays such as wings, haddock, and beef on 'weck—a roast-beef sandwich served on a Kaiser-like roll with kosher salt and caraway. They feature eight beers on tap and supplement this collection with more than 70 craft and imported brews. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., they hold two happy hours Monday–Friday, once in the early evening, and again between 10 p.m. and midnight.

1524 East Blvd
Charlotte,
NC
US