No one's ever told the hibachi chefs at Kumo Japanese Steak House & Sushi not to play with their food, and that's a good thing. As diners cluster around the hot grill at the center of their tables, the chefs put on a show, flipping morsels of meat and seafood into the air and onto plates with the same kind of dexterity a surgeon demonstrates while playing Operation. The sushi chefs are equally skilled, turning out beautiful rolls inspired by freshly caught local fish. Diners enjoy these dishes at tables made from glistening granite and set atop glittering floor tiles and beneath modern, geometric lights.
In 1977, Sam and Zlata Savich opened their first storefront, where they showcased pastries from their native Yugoslavia alongside international delicacies picked up throughout their baking careers. These days, Sam and Zlata's pastry legacy continues to rise with an expanded menu that now features full breakfast and lunch alongside poppyseed danishes, Eastern European cookies known as kalochis, individual cheesecakes, and fudge brownies. They also make fresh bread by hand every day—without any preservatives—before transforming slices of their rustic sourdough or banana bread into pillowy servings of French Toast for breakfast or a mid-marathon snack.
Gallagher's gives Irish and American bar sensibilities a single pillow on which to rest their heads. As steam from a Guinness-infused shepherd's pie rises above the wood-paneled walls, it disappears against smoky gray paint, resurfacing for a moment against the colorful movement of wall-mounted flat-screen TVs. The pet-friendly pub inspires human tail wagging with American-style burgers and sandwiches layered with steak, corned beef, and whitefish. After chewing through flatbread pizza, patrons can retreat to the outdoor patio for brews under the shadow of an umbrella or whiskey cocktails under the soft curls of clown wigs.
The 35 flavors of wing sauces at Hurricane Grill & Wings don't just show up on the house's lauded boneless and jumbo buffalo wings. They also add a splash of flavor to a diverse range of dishes on their menu, from the grilled mahi-mahi made with an ancho-chile-lime sauce to the barbecue-bacon cheeseburger made with mango-barbecue sauce. This adds a touch of uniqueness to every dish, with most dishes coming in a choice of a complementary sauces. Chefs pair their dishes with a full list of domestic and craft beers, which cool the fire of the spicy sauces.
The confectionists at Oly's Ice Cream and Coffee scoop chilly servings of more than 30 flavors of Ice Cream Club treats and a host of Stefano's Gelato creations. Hot coffee and cappuccinos brewed with Kaña Cuban Coffee beans play the role of the delicious sidekick to the eatery's frozen fare, creating the best mixture of hot and cold since Mount Vesuvius spewed hot lava onto bobsledding courses during the last ice age. Ice-cream flavors such as birthday cake, chocolate peanut butter, and cookie dough quell cravings for saccharine goodness, whereas creamy banana-caramel-praline gelato can satisfy sugary hankerings in a low-fat form.
Cool Hand Luc's handcrafted line-up of vegan-friendly and classic ice creams seduces taste buds without the use of preservatives, artificial colors, or mean-spirited limericks about sorbet. An extensive topping bar, featuring handmade hot fudge, stands ready to adorn the ever-rotating organic flavors, and a menu of baked vegan treats and fair-trade coffee stands ready to suit the dietary needs of the scoop-averse. Treat tongues to a double-dip of vegan chocolate ice cream ($3.25), or warm up your caffeine tank with a 16oz. mocha ($3.50), or tea latte ($3). Today's deal allows frosty dreamers to purchase up to three Groupons, which can arm you with enough scoop-able power to win the undying adoration of everyone around you for at least three days.