Break from the rapid beating of seasonal gingerbread batters and take refuge in a European-style café that has a variety of Thanksgiving meal-ending stomach-pleasers. For $8, today's Groupon gets you $16 worth of freshly baked bakery bites at Jay WaLe’s Bakery-Bistro, named 2009’s Best Bakery by The Pitch, and, unlike most bakeries, it's not also the headquarters of a cookie-gang.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Inside Jaskki's Tobacco Café, violet patterned fabric stretches between the ceiling corners and the floor, and vivid orange walls reflect sunlight from massive picture windows. Inside this exotic-looking surround, groups of friends settle around bulbous hookahs to inhale smoke perfumed with more than a hundred flavors, such as mango, fig, or vanilla latte. Alternatively, Jaskki's signature blends combine tobacco flavors with different liquids in the pipe's base, yielding combinations such as the blueberry burst, which joins blueberry and vanilla tobaccos with a base of fruit punch. Visitors lounging on fuchsia couches can also sip café drinks that include hot chai tea, espresso drinks, and hot chocolate. The 30,000-square-foot space is more than a lounge, however. Like its sister store, Main Street Tobacco,, it's also a smoking emporium. Visitors can browse more than 50 different hookah models and more than 300 tobacco flavors or pick out a poetry-reciting caterpillar to match their living room's color scheme.
True to their eatery's name, the family behind Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant focuses not only on curating a hearty menu of classic Mexican favorites and custom pizzas, but on creating a friendly atmosphere. Affable servers descend from the restaurant's velcro walls to stop at tables to deliver traditional or deep-fried burritos bundled with beef, pork, chicken, or turkey. Chefs refer to old family recipes to build enchiladas, tostadas, and guacamole or hand the reigns to customers so they can choose toppings such as pineapple, jalapeños, or sausage to assemble signature pizzas.
An eclectic marriage between modern fare and saloon-style ambience, R Bar & Restaurant combines Americana tradition with award-winning recipes and innovative cocktails. Alex Pope, awarded by The Pitch as the best chef in Kansas City-2010 concocted a robust dinner menu of hearty dishes such as the house-made bratwurst and cheddar cheese, packed in fried mustard bread, smoked beet and pine syrup ($10). The braised turkey pot pie hogties a traditional favorite with brie, black truffles, celery root, grapes and truffle sauce ($19), and carb-toting cowpoke stock their 10-gallon GladWare with smoked egg noodles adorned with sweet potatoes, ricotta, walnuts, sage and brown butter ($17). Bend an elbow at R Bar’s bar, which has been voted one of Esquire's best bars in America, with a cocktail menu of potent, old-time favorites such as the Mule, a blend of Sobieski vodka, fresh lime juice, and ginger beer served in a copper mug ($8.50), and the Prescription Julip infused with rye whiskey, cognac, gum syrup, and sugar with a zing of mint ($11).
In the long, narrow dining room of the historic Majestic Restaurant, one wouldn't have a hard time imagining the spirited saloon that once resided there. Behind the restored 19th-century bar and under a pressed-tin ceiling, barkeeps shake, stir, and pour classic craft cocktails alongside more than 100 types of whiskey. Downstairs, a speakeasy-style jazz club features live performances nearly every night of the week, which are best enjoyed while wearing Prohibition-era garb such as top hats filled with beer. Both the main dining room and downstairs club serve a full dinner menu of tender steaks, cold-water lobster tails, and classically prepared Scottish salmon.