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).
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.
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.
Souvlaki entertains a menu of Mediterranean wraps and salads bitten with classic American flavors. Diners unravel the spanakopita ($4.25) cloaked in spinach and feta like the words of a hungry oracle. Comic-book-hero-approved super subs slathered in homemade greek dressing range from the vegetarian ($4.25 for 8") to the philly cheesesteak ($6 for 8"). For a more cuddly dish, the Souvlaki pita wrap ($4.25) embraces marinated pork, and the original greek salad snuggles with feta, greek olives, and pepperoncinis in greek dressing ($4.25). Patrons can also preside over the cultural marriage of a baked pita pizza witnessed by marinara and mozzarella and crashed by a horde of toppings. Post-meal, diners can savor a wedge of sweet, spiced baklava ($1.75) on Henderson Lawn or use it to barter with birds for the power of flight.
Cafe de Bangkok's chefs re-create homestyle Thai dishes on a menu blossoming with fragrant herbs and spices fresh to order. Aromas of lemongrass rise from Cafe de Bangkok Tom Yum noodles, whose spicy broth mingles the textures of ground pork and seafood with crisp bean sprouts and tender rice noodles ($11.89). Nimble hands prepare thick, marinated Bangkok pork chops with garlic and mushrooms before splashing the dish with house-blended soy sauce ($12.89), and spice ruby-red coconut curries with eight different spices ($9.89). Thai basil dominates plates of jasmine rice festooned with bell peppers, tomatoes, and medallions of meat in the basil rice wok ($9.89), whereas the peanut prevails over chicken and broccoli rama ($9.89) by blanketing their contours in rich sauce before fitting them with monocles and top hats.
With live music downstairs, a casual eatery upstairs, and a craft-beer store next door, The Cellar Restaurant is an entertainment triple threat. Along with bottles from the 6-Pak Store, which stocks a wide variety of Virginia craft beers, The Cellar's diners tipple back brews from an immense beer list of domestic and imported beers on tap and by the bottle. Local bands provide live music, “usually jazz or blues, which is great for a calm, quiet night,” according to the Collegiate Times. And cooks deliver a menu of casual, Greek-influenced fare, including a spanakopita appetizer, pizza festooned with feta, and an oven-baked gyro sub.