Within Studio Movie Grill's expansive auditoriums, towering screens enrapture audiences seated in plush leather recliners and at dining tables. As the familiar celebrity faces in blockbuster and cult-classic features deliver Oscar-worthy lines, sneakily quiet waiters deliver meals from a full menu decorated with more than 100 items, including gourmet pizzas, smoked ribs, and cocktails infused with the spirit of Daniel Day-Lewis. Bartenders at the lobby bar dole out glasses of premium liquors, wines, and draft beer before and after shows.
Thick branches of 140-year-old oak trees stretch above Live Oak Bar and Grill, shrouding its wooden outdoor patio in a gentle blanket of leafy shade. The patio stands behind the restaurant itself, a home built in 1876 that is still decorated with photos of its original occupants and recent shots of their poltergeists.
And while the building itself is steep in century old history, the grill's cooks prefer to use ingredients whose age doesn’t match Live Oak's historic surrounds. Instead, they source fresh, natural ingredients from local farms to create their homestyle versions of classic bar dishes, from half-pound burgers to fish tacos smothered with jalapeno ranch dressing. Feasts unfold amidst rounds of billiards, sports flashing on flat-screen TVs, and weekly karaoke, while outside, live musicians occasionally take to the stage to serenade diners.
Demeris Bar-B-Q slathers meats and fingers with a plethora of tasty barbecue-sauce-laden menu items. Serve a family or a family of squirrels with the barbecue dinner, which pairs one, two, or three sauce-smothered servings of beef, sausage, chicken, ribs, chicken breast, or jalapeño sausage with a choice of two sides ($10.25+). A half-pound patty naps between comfy layers of cheddar cheese, bacon, an onion ring, and a sourdough bun inside the Hoffy burger ($6.95–$8.45, at the Shepherd Drive and Northwest Mall locations only), and butter, sour cream, cheese, and chives shower a hearty baked potato ($4.45). Escort a saucy selection with a side of jalapeño corn, barbecue baked beans, or seasoned green beans ($1.70 each). The mississippi-mud ice-cream pie helps patrons cool down their spice-slathered taste buds without sky diving with their mouths open ($4.60).
The Brisket House allows meataholics and barbecaddicts to satisfy smoky cravings with a menu of meaty favorites, all smoked with a combination of oak and pecan. Tear into the restaurant's signature "Brisket House Special," with your choice of meat (house sausage, hot sausage, brisket, pork ribs, turkey, or chicken) alongside a slab of cheddar cheese, a whole pickle, onion, and bread. Orders come in sizes of six ounces ($7.50 for one meat), eight ounces ($9 for choice of up to two meats), and one pound ($18 for choice of up to four meats). Guests can back the stomach truck right up to the counter and order smoked meat by the pound—1/3 pound ($4.50), 1/2 pound ($6.50), or one pound of juicy, flavor-dripping slow-fired goodness ($12). For people who want to rain sides on the meaty parade, The Brisket House slings up half-pints ($2.50–$2.75), full pints ($4.50–$4.95), or quarts ($6.95–$7.50) of appetizing accompaniments, with a three-meat plate ($11.50) and choice of two sides.
Today's Groupon gets you $20 worth of Italian food for $10 at Nick's Place, a cozy sports café with a fully stocked bar and great pizza. With football-friendly fare including mozzarella sticks, buffalo wings, pizza, calamari, cheese fries, stuffed mushrooms, and cheese balls molded to look exactly like Herschel Walker's pecs, Nick's Place is the perfect spot to sit back and enjoy the game. This Groupon is good for colossal amounts of perfectly seasoned homemade Italian food.