Food & Drink in Framingham Center

$25 for $40 Worth of Hearty American Food at BEER WORKS

BEER WORKS

Multiple Locations

Brewery, bar & eatery serves hearty American classics such as provolone-topped burgers, baby-back ribs, and fried chicken sandwiches

$40 $25

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$15 for $30 Worth of Asian Fusion Cuisine at Gourmet Garden Restaurant

Gourmet Garden Restaurant

Hingham

Gluten-free and diet-conscious Asian fusion dishes flavored with fresh produce and herbs rather than MSG

$30 $15

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American Meal for Two or Four at Pantry Restaurant (Up to 51% Off)

Pantry Restaurant

The VERVE-Crowne Plaza Hotel

Americana in the form of a bacon burger made of scallops, 10 oz. aged striploin, and grilled salmon with risotto verde and lemon crema

$71 $35

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$13 for $24 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at Frozen Yogurt Innovations

Frozen Yogurt Innovations

Cochituate

Self-serve machines churn out rotating flavors of gourmet frozen yogurt pumped up with calcium, probiotics, and live cultures

$24 $13

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$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Food and Drinks at Sudbury Coffee Works ($20 Value)

Sudbury Coffee Works

Sudbury

Rich, imported coffees roasted on site, including more than 50 custom flavor blends, paired with fresh pastries, soups, and sandwiches

$5 $3

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One or Two Dozen Cake Pops or Two Vouchers for Coffee and Baked Goods at Stella's Custom Cakes (Up to 50% Off)

Stella's Custom Cakes

Stella's Custom Cakes

Flavors ranging from a strawberry cake with vanilla buttercream frosting and a lemon curd filling to a marble cake with coconut buttercream

$42 $21

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Hibachi Dinner for Two at Saga Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi Bar (47% Value)

Saga Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

Foxborough

Veggies, chicken, seafood, and steak prepared at a tabletop grill, plus teriyaki dinners and more than two dozen sushi rolls

$30 $16

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$20 for Two Groupons, Each Good for One Large Pizza with Up to Seven Toppings at Papa John's (Up to $43.64 Value)

Papa John's

Multiple Locations

Hand-tossed thin- or original-crust pizzas with thick cloaks of sauce made from California-grown tomatoes and up to seven toppings

$21.82 $10

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Beer- or Wine-Making Supplies, or Beer- or Wine-Making Class for One or Two at Strange Brew (Up to 51% Off)

Strange Brew

Marlborough

Stock up on malt, barley, or other brewing essentials, or take a class on the basics of making your own batches of beer or wine

$30 $11

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Four Cups of Frozen Yogurt with Toppings at Yowza Yogurt Paradise (46% Off)

Yowza Yogurt Paradise

Northborough

From the merchant: Four healthy bowls of fro-yo; toppings included

$26 $14

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Sushi and Asian Cuisine at Sake Hana Asian Cuisine & Sushi Bar (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Sake Hana Asian Cuisine & Sushi Bar

Westborough

Chefs sear steak hibachi-style and fashion lobster and spicy snow crab into specialty rolls; local ingredients are used whenever possible

$30 $15

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$20 for $40 Worth of Italian and Persian Dinner Cuisine for Two or More at Sorentos Italian Gourmet

Sorentos Italian Gourmet

Marlborough

Italian and Persian flavors infuse beef kebabs, gourmet pizzas, and salmon with caramelized onions and almonds in wine sauce

$40 $20

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Mediterranean Cuisine at Zem Han Mediterranean Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Zem Han Mediterranean Restaurant

Northborough

Kebabs of thyme-marinated beef, fall-off-the-bone lamb shanks, housemade baklava, and other Mediterranean specialties

$30 $15

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Asian Cuisine at Tenka Asian Bistro in Westborough (Up to Half Off). Two Options Available.

Tenka Asian Bistro

Tenka Asian Bistro

Chefs sizzle meats and veggies at tableside hibachi grills or craft fresh sushi and sashimi at a sushi bar

$40 $20

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$12 for $25 Worth of Sandwiches, Salads, and Barbecue at Express Gourmet

Express Gourmet

Wellesley Hills

Gourmet sandwiches made with roast beef, marinated chicken, and garlic-roasted mushrooms, plus home-smoked barbecue meats

$25 $12

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Comfort Food at Me & D's Diner (Up to 55% Off). Three Options Available.

Me & D's Diner

Wells

From-scratch, homestyle dishes such as corned-beef hash, clam chowder, burgers, and omelets at a spacious, family-friendly restaurant

$20 $11

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Seven-Course French-Japanese Tasting Dinner for Two or Four at AKA Bistro (Up to 45% Off)

AKA Bistro

Lincoln

Pairs share a chef’s selection of four artistically plated sashimi courses, two French dishes such as mussels or beef tartare, and dessert

$180 $99

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Dinner for Two or Brunch at Harvest Cafe (Up to 50% Off)

Harvest Cafe

Hudson

Butternut squash ravioli with amaretto cream, baked mac ‘n’ cheese, and salmon benedict with mimosas round out the menu of comfort food

$30 $15

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Dinner for Two or More or Four or More at Link Café & Bar (50% Off)

Link Café & Bar

Sheraton Needham Hotel

Refined American cuisine such as fig and goat cheese flatbreads paired with wines that earned high scores from Wine Spectator

$50 $25

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One or Two 12" Pizzas or One-Year Around the World Pizza Membership at Foodee's (Up to 57% Off)

Foodee's

Milford

One-year memberships get you a pizza per month inspired by different regions, such as the greek pizza, taco pizza, and reuben pizza

$18.59 $8

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$16 for a Light Afternoon Tea for Two at Tea Leaf ($32 Value)

The Tea Leaf

Historic Downtown Waltham, MA

Guests chat and linger over a pot of tea, accompanied by warm scones and a selection of sweets at this cozy, Victorian-style tea shop

$32 $16

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$7 for $15 Worth of Southern-Style Barbecue at Blue Ribbon BBQ

Blue Ribbon BBQ

Multiple Locations

Slow-roasted Southern-style meats dubbed Best of Boston by Boston magazine in 2011 embrace the flavors of hickory and oak hardwoods

$15 $7

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$12 for $20 Worth of Greek Cuisine at Farm Grill Rotisserie

Farm Grill Rotisserie

Newton

Casual restaurant serves authentic Greek kabobs, gyros, meats and many cold appetizers

$20 $12

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Shabu-Shabu Cuisine for Two, or Japanese Cuisine for Two or Four at Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse (50% Off)

Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse

Newton

Shabu-shabu consists of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled and served with dipping sauces; also try the sushi and hibachi dinners

$40 $22

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Two Dozen Assorted Gluten Free and Nut Free Mini Cupcakes at cupcakes on centreLLC (43% Off)

Cupcakes On Centre

Newton

Two-dozen gluten free and nut free mini cupcakes

$30 $17

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Custom Baked Goods or Frozen Yogurt at Sweet Tart (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Sweet Tart

Commonwealth

Bakers whip up custom cakes, cupcakes, and cake pops for a variety of occasions; yogurt options include 10 rotating flavors and 100 toppings

$30 $15

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$12 for $20 Worth of Mexican Food at Ixtapa Mexican Grill and Cantina. Three Options Available.

Ixtapa Mexican

Multiple Locations

Mole sauce tops pan-seared chicken, and tropical tidbits such as mango and avocado grace fish tacos and other dishes

$20 $12

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Italian Food at Waterboro House of Pizza (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Waterboro House of Pizza

Waterboro

Pizzas made from scratch, pastas, and parmesan subs

$40 $22

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Italian-American Food for Two or More on Weekday or Weekend at The Talk (Up to 50% Off)

The Talk

Downtown Watertown

Diners feast on housemade pasta, steak, and seafood, served in elegant dining area with a steel-doored bank vault for private parties

$50 $25

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Italian Meal for Two or Four with Appetizers and Entrees at BonCaldo Restaurant (Up to 43% Off)

BonCaldo Restaurant

Norwood

Wood-fired cuisine from all 20 regions of Italy, served in an opulent, yet cozy dining room

$53 $30

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Mediterranean Food at Ani Take Out. Three Options Available.

Ani Take Out

Ani Take Out

Mediterranean menu features lamb, falafel, and eggplant-pomegranate salad topped with walnuts, molasses, and cumin

$25.98 $16.50

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50% Off Pub Fare at Cole's Tavern in Franklin

Cole's Tavern

Franklin Town

Guests enjoy burgers, sandwiches, and salads while lounging at the bar, in the dining room, or on an outdoor deck with courtyard views

$30 $15

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Hibachi and/Or Sushi Dinner for Two at Ruyi Restaurant (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Ruyi Restaurant

ruyi restaurant

Hand-rolled sushi, Japanese teriyaki, and marinated chicken, steak, or lamb seared at tableside grills

$50 $30

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$25 for $40 Worth of American Cuisine at Bella Luna Restaurant & Milky Way Lounge

Bella Luna Restaurant & Milky Way Lounge

Jamaica Plain

Chefs craft gourmet pizzas and entrees, including top sirloin filet, chicken piccata, homemade meatballs, butternut squash & pumpkin ravioli

$40 $25

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Pub Food for Two or Four at Coolidge Corner Clubhouse (Up to 50% Off)

Coolidge Corner Clubhouse

Coolidge Corner

25 screens show pro and college teams’ triumphs while guests dine on hearty burgers, inventive wraps, barbecue, and southwestern cuisine

$20 $11

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Tea Tasting for Two or Four at The Cozy Tea Cart (50% Off)

The Cozy Tea Cart

Brookline

Tea-tasting session allows two or four people to sample a variety of teas

$40 $20

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Hookah, Snacks, and Drinks at Sheesha Lounge (Up to 62% Off). Four Options Available.

Sheesha Lounge

Allston

35 flavors of tobacco, plus sweet snacks such as cheesecake and baklava

$40 $22

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Breakfast or Dinner Crepes with Drinks for Two or Four at Paris Creperie

Paris Creperie

Coolidge Corner

Sweet and savory crepes prepared in the Parisian tradition pair with smoothies, Nutella chocolate drinks, and leaf teas

$33.50 $24.79

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$14 for $25 Worth of Tex-Mex Cuisine at Patron's and Sunset Grill and Tap

Patron's and Sunset Grill and Tap

Multiple Locations

Adjacent restaurants have something for everyone, from juicy burgers to spicy tacos

$25 $14

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Sushi for Lunch or Dinner, or $15 for $25 Worth of Carryout at Sushi Station

Sushi Station

Mission Hill

Rolls with ingredients such as spicy tuna, smoked salmon, and sweet potato; specialties include Manhattan maki, salmon pop, and Red Sox roll

$20 $12

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Three-Course Mexican Meal for Two at Acitrón Cocina Mexicana (36% Off)

Acitrón Cocina Mexicana

Boston

Mexican recipes inlcude Chiles Ancho De Camaron which is Ancho pepper, jumbo shrimp and goat cheese topped with a creamy chipotle sauce

$70 $45

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Brunch or Dinner at Zocalo Mexican Bistro (Up to 40% Off)

Zocalo Mexican Bistro

Arlington

Enjoy a weekend brunch of pulled-pork tortas or scrambled eggs and chorizo, or grab steak fajitas and crispy avocado sticks for dinner

$25 $15

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$8 for $15 Worth of Bagels — Bagelville Arlington

Bagelville Arlington

Arlington

From the merchant: Great breakfast deals to jumpstart your day!! Bagels fresh baked everyday www.bagelvilleonline.com

$15 $8

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$17 for $30 Worth of Chinese and Japanese Food at Fusion Taste

Fusion Taste

Arlington Center

Menu blends Chinese and Japanese specialties, from black-pepper beef to sushi

$30 $17

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American Cuisine for Dinner for Two or Four at Lafayette House Restaurant (Up to 45% Off)

Lafayette House Restaurant

Foxborough

Lafayette House Restaurant established in 1784 offers handcut filet, fresh seafood, and house specialties in a cozy, colonial atmosphere

$50 $29

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$13.99 for an Ethiopian Dinner for Two with Two Entrees at Basha Cafe (Up to $27.98 Value)

Basha Cafe

Neighborhood Nine

Dig into classic Ethiopian eats, such as minced beef seasoned with hot chili powder and herbed butter and collard greens in a mild sauce

$27.98 $13.99

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$29 for $49.99 Worth of French and Cambodian Cuisine at The Elephant Walk

The Elephant Walk

Porter Square

Amuse your taste buds with a mix of dishes, such as flat-iron steak in red-wine beef jus and peanut-topped chicken sautéed with lemongrass

$49.99 $29

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Seasonal New American Cuisine for Two or More at Nubar (42% Off)

NuBar

West Cambridge

Chefs use in-season, local ingredients when possible to create dishes such as duck confit flatbread and burgers made with Gold Angus Beef

$50 $29

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$15 for $25 Worth of Japanese Food at Shabu & Mein

Shabu & Mein

Cambridge

Tabletop stoves let diners cook their own shabu shabu hot pot meals and ramen or let cooks do the cooking for shumai, gyoza, and ramen

$25 $15

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Indian Meal for Two or Four at Passage to India (Up to 58% Off)

Passage To India

Porter Square

For 25 years, this Indian restaurant has embraced millennia-old techniques to craft classic northern and southern Indian cuisine

$51.86 $22

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Sushi and Asian Fusion Dinner for Two or Four at O Sushi Restaurant & Bar (Up to 35% Off)

O Sushi Restaurant & Bar

Cambridge

Appetizers such as sake-steamed mussels precede dragon and california rolls in a "Boston Globe"–lauded restaurant in Harvard Square

$40 $29

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$17.52 for Six Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Indian Cuisine at Chutneys ($30 Total Value)

Chutneys

Multiple Locations

Innovative Indian fast food made to order with plenty of vegetarian options; naninis, rice bowls, and paratha wraps

$5 $2.92

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Brazilian Barbecue Dinner for Two or Four Adults at Midwest Grill (50% Off). Two Locations Available.

Midwest Grill

Multiple Locations

Waiters rotate around tables with unlimited servings of beef sirloin, brazilian sausage, and lamb at the churrascaria

$30 $15

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Gourmet Asian Cuisine for Dine-In or Takeout at Moksa (50% Off)

Moksa

Cambridgeport

Gourmet pan-Asian cuisine ranging from spicy sushi rolls to veggie teriyaki and steamed bao

$40 $20

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Dinner with Appetizers, Soup, and Sushi at Takemura Japanese Restaurant (Up to 51% Off). Three Options Available.

Takemura Japanese Restaurant

Harvard Square

Sushi chefs craft everything fresh; original rolls include the deep-fried pumpkin roll and the grilled-salmon roll

$42.85 $21

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Dine-In or Takeout Sushi and Shabu-Shabu at Akai Ryu Shabu Sushi (Up to 53% Off)

Akai Ryu Shabu Sushi

Cambridge

Creative sushi rolls or shabu-shabu meals where diners can poach ribeye, seafood, and eight types of mushrooms in flavorful broths

$45 $21

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$22 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Mexican Soul Food at Beantown Taqueria ($40 Value)

Beantown Taqueria

Cambridge

Chile relleno with egg-battered poblano pepper, tacos with hand-made tortillas and cilantro, and deep-fried chimichangas

$10 $5.50

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Pizza and Soda at Pizzigando Cafe (Up to 49% Off). Three Options Available.

Pizzigando Cafe

Sharon

Customizable pizzas arrive laden with traditional or inventive toppings alongside two-liters of soda

$31.45 $17

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Chinese Food, Japanese Food, and Hibachi at Gourmet Garden (Up to 43% Off)

Gourmet Garden

Stoughton

Hormone- and antibiotic-free chicken, organic veggies, and gluten-free options, plus sushi and hibachi served with healthy akai rice

$30 $17

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Three-Course New Year's Eve Dinner for Two or Party Admission at East End Grille (Up to 48% Off)

East End Grille

Somerville

Ring in the new year with a dinner for two that includes dancing, champagne toast, and courses like squash ravioli and mussels with frites

$69.57 $39

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$15 for $30 Worth of Seafood and Steak at Mount Vernon Restaurant 

Mount Vernon Restaurant

East Somerville

Restaurant opened in 1935 serves fresh seafood, steaks, sandwiches, and local brews among fireplaces and exposed wood beams

$30 $15

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Seven-Course Gourmet Tasting Dinner for Two, Four, or Six at Bergamot

Bergamot

Ward Two

Chef Keith Pooler creates a seven-course tasting menu for each table every night using seasonal and local ingredients; makes a great gift

$150 $85

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Nepalese Cuisine at Yak & Yeti Restaurant (Up to 42% Off). Three Options Available.

Yak & Yeti Restaurant

Powder House

Chicken momo, masala dosa, and vegetarian entrees made with low-fat and low-cholesterol ingredients

$30 $18

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$11 for $20 Worth of Mexican Food for Lunch or Dinner at El Potro

El Potro

Multiple Locations

Festive eatery serves sizzling fajitas, fish and pork tacos, steaks, and chicken enchiladas alongside live mariachi band on weekends

$20 $11

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Caribbean Food for Dine-In or Takeout at Some 'Ting Nice Caribbean Restaurant (Up to 48% Off)

Some 'Ting Nice Caribbean Restaurant

Somerville

The menu of pan-Caribbean cuisine encompasses zesty stews, jerk shrimp, curries, and sides of plantains and roti

$25 $13

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Dinner for Two or Four at Cantina La Mexicana (50% Off)

Cantina La Mexicana

Union Square

Enchiladas, chilaquiles, and combination plates with entrees such as grilled shrimp and chicken in homemade mole sauce

$30 $15

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Homemade from Scratch Italian Food for Lunch or Dinner at Cafe Piazza Dolce (44% Off)

Cafe Piazza Dolce

Winchester Town Center

At trattoria with traditional roots, fresh pasta made to order alongside wood-fired pizza and seafood at dinner; gourmet paninis for lunch

$40 $25

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Diner Cuisine at Corner Lunch (40%). Two Options Available.

Corner Lunch

South Worcester

Menu includes blueberry french toast, bacon, waffles with powdered sugar, onion rings, cheeseburgers, and omelets with a side of potatoes

$20 $12

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Italian Cuisine at Viva Bene Ristorante (Up to 53% Off). Two Options Available.

Viva Bene Ristorante

Viva Bene

Chefs cook Italian and Mediterranean specialties such as seafood fra diavolo, filet mignon in cognac-dijon demi-glace, and gourmet pizzas

$50 $25

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Hookah at Electric Haze (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Electric Haze

Worcester

Hookah in flavors such as include kiwi, jasmine, chocolate mint, peach, and watermelon

$30 $15

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$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Smoothies and Juices at Nu Cafe ($20 Value)

Nu Cafe

Worcester

Neighborhood cafe serves fresh smoothies, juices & coffee drinks with free Wi-Fi; craft beer, wine, & made-to-order food served after 5 p.m.

$5 $3

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Seafood Dinner or All-You-Can-Eat Chicken Dinner for Two or Four at Suney's Pub & Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Suney's Pub & Restaurant

Park Avenue and Chandler Street

Dig into fried appetizers before entrees such as baked haddock, scallops, or spaghetti; all-you-can-eat chicken dinner with pasta and salad

$42.85 $22

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Mexican Dinner, or Four Groupons, Each Good for an All-You-Can-Eat Taco Lunch at Mezcal Cantina (Up to 55% Off)

Mezcal Tequila Cantina

Worcester

Flavorful dinners featuring specialty dishes such as chile rellenos and mole chicken, or all-you-can-eat tacos from the lunchtime bar

$10.99 $5

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Prix Fixe Upscale American Meal for Two or Four at People's Kitchen and Citizen Wine Bar (Up to 43% Off)

People's Kitchen and Citizen Wine Bar

Central Business District

Wine pairs with upscale American eats including sweet-pea soup with pork belly, seared cod with lobster butter, and stuffed sole

$70 $40

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American-Fusion Dinner for Two or Four at Ritual (50% Off)

Ritual

Ritual

Creative steak, seafood, and pasta dishes are served in an exposed brick dining room aglow in red light

$50 $25

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Dine-In Indian Food for Two or Four at Zaika Taste of India (Up to 50% Off)

Zaika Taste of India

Medford

Mango lassees wash down appetizers of samosas or chicken kabobs and entrees such as chicken biryani with garlic naan

$20 $12

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Italian Cuisine at Pastalina's Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Pastalina's Restaurant

Medford

Flavorful dishes from southern Italy’s Avellino region include pasta, chicken cacciatore, and veal saltimbocca

$50 $25

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$15 for 3 Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Hamburgers & More at Stack-a Burger ($30 Value)

Stack-a Burger

Burlington Mall

Chefs grill fresh burgers and all-beef hot dogs and ladle on toppings such as baked beans and sauerkraut

$10 $5

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Puerto Rican Cuisine at Vejigantes Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Vejigantes

South End

Cordon Bleu–trained chef’s authentic Puerto Rican dishes attract notable guests such as David Ortiz and Elizabeth Warren

$30 $15

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Ken's Steak House is an improbable success story. Ken and Florence Hanna opened the Lakeside Cafe in 1935, the throes of the Great Depression. Bite by bite, they built a loyal base of customers (who always just called the eatery "Ken's"), and after five years, the restaurant took up residence in a small diner on Route 9, then known as Starvation Alley.

But Ken dreamed of a day when the grimly named strip would flourish. Today, it's known as the "Golden Mile"—and Ken's Steak House itself has mushroomed. The kitchen still serves the salad dressing recipes created by Florence Hanna—now a national line of salad dressings—and Ken's son, Timothy, and his wife are in charge.

Chefs broil and fire-grill prime cuts of steak, marinating the chateaubriand's center cut roast tenderloin in a reduction of port wine, or infusing the 8-ounce filet mignon with the earthy smoked notes of the warm cedar planks it's served on. Seafood options nestle up against their turf counterparts, including bacon-wrapped scallops, a full pound of lobster stuffed with crab and shrimp, and pistachio-crusted Atlantic salmon. Chicken and pasta dishes round out the menu, and diners discover Italian influences and plenty of seafood-pasta plates. The rustic wood paneling harkens back to Ken's Steak House's roots, and the upscale fare and soft light cast from chandeliers make the spot an ideal choice for an anniversary dinner or a piñata's last meal.

95 Worcester Road
Framingham,
MA
US

When The Melting Pot originally opened in 1975 just outside Orlando, diners had just three options: swiss-cheese fondue, beef fondue, or chocolate fondue. The restaurant first expanded four years later, when an enterprising waiter at the initial location opened up a new outpost in Tallahassee. Today, the company?now owned by that original waiter, Mark Johnston, and his brothers Mike and Bob?reigns as the premier fondue, wine, and drink restaurant, stretching across the U.S., Mexico, and Canada with more than 140 restaurants and plans to expand to Saudi Arabia and Dubai. The restaurant's menu has also expanded, and patrons can now select from six varieties of hot dipping cheese fondues paired with salads, entrees, and their signature chocolate fondue.

On a given night, groups of viscous-dip-loving foodies gather around tables to nosh on cheese-fondue appetizers and various salads while cooking a variety of steaks and seafood in a choice of one of three flavored broth or traditional oil styles. Birthday revelers and romance seekers cap decadent evenings sharing the chocolate desserts that have defined The Melting Pot for decades.

92 Worcester Rd.
Framingham,
MA
US

“It’s the next best thing to having Greek friends who put a spit in the yard come Easter,” proclaims The Improper Bostonian of Aegean Restaurant. The glowing review should come as no surprise—for one thing, Aegean’s founders Nicholas and Toula Ntasios hail from Greece, and for another, they've been working at it for nearly three decades. In 1972, the pair left their small village to chase after success in America. Their gamble paid off in 1980 when they opened the first Aegean Restaurant. As locals discovered the strip-mall eatery, a spot as deceivingly nondescript as a fortune cookie that contains the president’s phone number, business went from sparse to thriving. In the three decades since, Nicholas and Toula (eventually joined by sons Arthur and Chris) have drawn customers not with glitzy marketing campaigns, but with authentic, personalized food. The Improper Bostonian deems their braised lamb “especially worth the trip,” but Mediterranean influences shine through most in seafood dishes, such as the charcoal-grilled, lemon-kissed swordfish steak.

257 Cochituate Rd
Framingham,
MA
US

The staff at Tropical Café patrol the restaurant’s perimeter constantly, spears in hand. They’re not on guard duty, though. Rather, they’re servers, carving off portions of freshly roasted Brazilian barbecue. They stop at every table, offering their savory cargo to diners who have flipped their personal dining card green side up, indicating that they might be in danger of consuming plant matter from the extensive salad bar if more meat does not arrive soon.

The taste of culture doesn’t stop at the barbecue, however. Tropical Café fills weekends with live musical performances of South American and Brazilian folk music. Wednesday evenings are devoted to karaoke, the classic contest made more interesting by participants who sing with mouthfuls of meat.

85 Hollis St.
Framingham,
MA
US

Guadalajara, nestled in the state of Jalisco, was the birthplace of many of the flavors used in Mexican food. Those influences shine through in the recipes at Taqueria Mexico, where the chefs draw on family recipes brought by over from the inventive city. The dishes have helped earn the eatery very good to excellent ratings on Zagat.

As at any good taqueria, the gorditas, tacos, tortas, and burritos can be stuffed with a wide range of meats and veggies. Carnitas, pork traditionally slow cooked with green chilies, is nearly as tender as steamed beef al vapor. Lengua, or beef tongue, is also a time-tested taqueria meat. And like the dependents section of a scarecrow’s taxes, the eatery’s quesadillas brim with squash.

250 Worcester Rd
Framingham,
MA
US

Embracing the regional Asian flavors and French influences that characterize so much of Vietnamese cuisine, Pho Dakao presents diners with comfort foods inspired by recipes from half a world away. Those deep roots are evident in the crispy spring rolls, the steamed bass with ginger and scallions, and the bowls of fragrant pho in which rare steak or vegetables are equally powerful. The recipes' French influences pop up from dish to dish, most notably in the rice powder crepe stuffed with shrimp, pork, and bean sprouts. Cocktails here conspire to complement the food, and frosty beers and wines from Europe, South America, and the famous chardonnay-spewing geysers of California are also on the list.

101 Concord Street
Framingham,
MA
US

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