Today's rich and milky Groupon is bursting with the flavor of $20 worth of cheese and its accompaniments for $10 at Taste Artisan Cheese & Gourmet Shop. Taste Artisan is a full-flavored cheese store with nearly 100 varieties of specially selected handcrafted cheeses from around the world. In addition to cheese, Taste stocks an eclectic array of gourmet cheese-friends such as rare spices, imported oils, aged balsamico, rustic pates, foie gras, and duck and truffle mousses. Click here to discuss Groupon the Cat.
If you’re ready to indulge in a carbohydrate-heavy dinner, make sure your meal is made from the freshest and best ingredients. Assenti’s Pasta in Little Italy promises exactly that, while throwing one family’s dedication into the mix as well. Founded by mother Adriana Assenti, today her sons Luigi and Roberto continue the tradition. Local chefs load up on their fresh pastas and raviolis while savvy home chefs can choose from a rack laden with freshly rolled pastas, while oils and other ingredients fill surrounding shelves. A cooler case is packed with over a dozen sauces and sage butter, and a take-out menu waits at the counter where the staff happily answers questions and will patiently circle the cooking times for your selected pasta.
The Mona Lisa Italian Deli and Restaurant sits in a low, white building on a corner along the northern swath of San Diego’s Little Italy. The entrance is adorned with the smiling visage of Leonardo Da Vinci’s muse, and many other versions grace the walls of the restaurant alongside vintage photographs of the Brunetto family, who owns the shop. If a relaxed, sit-down meal isn’t possible, a generous selection of daily eats are available from the adjoining quick-serve deli space. DIY chefs will be inspired by the variety of pastas, sauces, oils, fresh ingredients and beverages that fill the deli from floor to ceiling, while those dining in can expect wood-paneled walls, simple tables and long bench seating that runs along a far wall.
According to Zagat, the portions of breakfast plates at Broken Yolk Cafe can be "obscene"—although one could also consider them generous. Sometimes, these sizes are even considered a challenge. In 2010, Man Vs. Food's Adam Richman paid the restaurant a visit to tackle its infamous Iron Man Special: a 12-egg omelet, topped with chili and piled onto a 15-inch pizza pan.
Opened in 1979, Broken Yolk has spent decades fine-tuning its southwestern recipes—many enigmatically named for people such as "Betty" and "Tony G". Alongside steaming breakfast burritos and griddled buttermilk pancakes, the menu features nearly 20 omelets stuffed with fresh ingredients such as beef chorizo, avocado, and mushroom sauce. Shredded hash-browns are crafted from fresh potatoes, and the salsa is handmade each day. Until its official closing time at 3 p.m., Broken Yolk also serves sandwiches and half-pound Angus burgers. The local chain's six locations each feature their own private banquet room and secret underground passage to one of the other restaurants.
By picking fish caught from the Chesapeake Bay, the Pacific, and the tropics, Edge of the Ranch, formerly known as Nugent’s Firegrille, gives its menu the depth and variety it needs to reflect classic American culinary sensibilities without growing stale or predictable. The chef mixes up the menu with choices such as line-caught swordfish, organic-fed salmon, and baked Maine lobster. Edge of the Ranch supports sustainable-fishing methods while offering guests the healthiest seafood possible. Alongside the fresh fish, the staff also fire grills Angus steaks—such as filet mignon and flat iron—and all of the eatery’s fare can be paired with draft beers, signature martinis, fine wines, and sea shanties.
Since 1979, Horizon Foods has been delivering flash-frozen and pre-portioned dinner entrees directly to front doors. Each item arrives fully prepped to heat and eat, individually wrapped, and fully trimmed and de-boned as needed. Select from proteins such as antibiotic-free chicken fingers ($76 for 48 two-ounce portions), divers scallops ($99 for 36 two-ounce portions), and buffalo burgers ($89 for 20 five-ounce portions) for grilling, searing, or using as an aesthetic metaphor in a diorama about 19th-century westward expansion. Pre-rolled, pre-cut, and pre-stuffed eggplant rolatini ($84 for 24 3.5-ounce portions) makes a palatable, pre-sized main dish for herbivores and herbivoyeurs alike.