Food & Drink in Marblehead

Fresh Seafood and Upscale Comfort Food for Two or Four at Victoria Station & Vic's Boathouse (40% Off)

Victoria Station & Vic's Boathouse

Downtown Salem

Bacon-wrapped scallops prelude slow-roasted Angue prime rib, barbecue beef ribs, or lobster mac and cheese

$50 $30

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Comfort Food at Brothers Taverna (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Brothers Taverna

Downtown Salem

At restaurant formerly known as Brothers Deli, diners nosh on international breakfast specials or fresh seafood, burgers, and pasta dishes

$47.97 $26

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$22 for $40 Worth of Fine Mexican Cuisine for Dinner at Cilantro

Cilantro

Downtown Salem

Head chef folds fresh ingredients into jumbo shrimp covered with bacon & mexican meatballs stuffed with cheese

$40 $22

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Gourmet Pizza at Flying Saucer Pizza Company (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Flying Saucer Pizza Company

Downtown Salem

After making the dough each morning, pizza pros hand stretch the dough before topping it was fresh, seasonal ingredients

$30 $16.50

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$16 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $16 Worth of Burgers at Cheeburger Cheeburger ($32 Total Value)

Cheeburger Cheeburger

Swampscott

Diners create their own individual burger from host of fresh ingredients including patties made from Angus beef, turkey, salmon, and veggies

$16 $8

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$15 for $30 Worth of Vietnamese Food at Nguyen's Vietnamese Cuisine & Sushi Bar

Nguyen's Vietnamese Cuisine & Sushi Bar

Swampscott

Barbecue pork with vermicelli noodles, pho soup, and wagyu beef burger made with Vietnamese spices

$30 $15

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$14 for Five $5 Groupons Toward Frozen Yogurt at Zinga! Frozen Yogurt ($25 Total Value). Choose from Four Locations.

Zinga! Frozen Yogurt

Multiple Locations

Choose from 12 ever-changing flavors of frozen yogurt, sorbet, gelato, frozen custard & italian ice to pair with dozens of toppings & sauces

$5 $2.80

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$15 for $30 Worth of Japanese Cuisine at Maki Sushi Bar. Two Options Available.

Maki Sushi Bar

Peabody Town Center

Rolls of tempura lobster, mango, and asparagus drizzled with white sauce and kabayaki glaze top tables along with seafood martinis

$30 $15

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$12 for a 4-Visit Punch Card For $5 Worth of Frozen Yogurt Per Visit at Frotopia Yogurt ($20 Value)

Frotopia Yogurt

Peabody - Route 114

More than 16 flavors of self-serve yogurt and 50 toppings, as well as baked goods and smoothies

$20 $12

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$21.99 for $40 Worth of Organic Food and Drinks at Organic Garden Cafe

Organic Garden Cafe

Beverly

Harvest bowls, hot soups, rice, quinoa, and black bean dishes, and other gourmet raw and organic fare including smoothies and juices

$40 $21.99

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$45 for Locally Sourced New American Cuisine for Two at The Wild Horse (Up to $84 Value)

The Wild Horse

Beverly

Grilled pot roast, wild sockeye salmon with lemon pesto, and slow-roasted pork shoulder with kale highlight menu of American eats

$84 $45

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Italian Dinner Cuisine at Trattoria Bella Mia (Up to 58% Off). Two Options Available.

Trattoria Bella Mia

Beverly

Authentic Italian fare and live music at bistro on historic Cabot Street

$30 $16

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Barbecue for Dine-In, Take-Out, or Catering at The American BBQ (40% Off)

The American BBQ

Multiple Locations

Cooks dry-rub & slow-cook pulled pork, beef brisket & pulled chicken before piling meats or veggie burgers into sandwiches or onto plates

$30 $18

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$14 for $25 Worth of Tex-Mex Food — Rio Bravo Tex Mex Restaurant

Rio Bravo Tex Mex Restaurant

Danvers

From the merchant: The perfect night out for two at an authentic new restaurant

$25 $14

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$25 for $50 Worth of Mediterranean Food at Ithaki Mediterranean Cuisine

Ithaki Mediterranean Cuisine

Ipswich

Baked-to-order moussaka, small-plate falafel, and steamed mussels share menu space with lamb burgers and a raw bar

$50 $25

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$6 for $10 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt 

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

Saugus- Augustine's Plaza

Nearly 70 rotating flavors of frozen yogurt, ready to be sprinkled with any combination of dozens of toppings

$10 $6

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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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Mexican Food for Dinner at The Fat Cactus (50% Off). Three Options Available.

The Fat Cactus

Lynnfield

Self-described Mexicali cantina dishes up classics including fajitas and tacos, as well as nontraditional Mexican cuisine such as steak tips

$40 $20

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$25 for $40 Worth of Teppanyaki Fare at Bisuteki Japanese Steak House

Bisuteki Japanese Steak House

West Revere

Chefs trained in teppanyaki exhibition cooking prepare meals of filet mignon, salmon, lobster, and more as diners watch

$40 $25

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Italian-American Dinner of Salads and Entrees for Two or Four at Sebastian's on Broadway (Up to 46% Off)

Sebastian's on Broadway

Revere

Pastas, seafood, and steak made with local ingredients and set to live cabaret performers every Thursday night

$60 $35

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Thai Food at Maekha Thai (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Maekha Thai

West Revere

Eatery dishes out authentic Thai cuisine such as tom yum soup, ginger chicken, basil fried rice, pad thai, and panang curry with scallops

$20 $11

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Fresh, House-Made Diner Food for Two or Four During Breakfast or Lunch at Revere Center Café (50% Off)

Revere Center Café

Bell Circle Plaza at Revere

Diner serves made-to-order comfort food, such as grilled cheese with bacon and Irish eggs benedict with corn beef hash

$20 $10

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Italian and Portuguese Cuisine at Porto Bello Restaurant (Up to 70% Off). Two Options Available.

Porto Bello Restaurant

Wakefield

Sea scallops and shrimp with housemade pesto, hand-breaded veal parmesan, and Portuguese seafood stew with clams, calamari, and mussels

$50 $15

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Pizza for Takeout or Delivery, Valid Sunday–Thursday or Friday–Saturday from John's Pizza (50% Off)

John's Pizza

Across from the ELC

Hand-tossed pies topped with freshly shredded cheese, a family-recipe sauce, and toppings such as buffalo chicken, shrimp, or eggplant

$20 $10

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$12 for Drinks and Treats at Maplewood Coffee Shop & Ice Cream ($20 Value)

Maplewood Coffee Shop & Ice Cream

Maplewood

Ice cream parlor and bakery serves up a variety of pasties, muffins, freshly brewed cofffee, and sandwiches

$5 $3

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Southern Catering for 10 or 20, or Pickup of Four or Eight Southern Entrees from Madear's Cucina (Up to 56% Off)

Madear's Cucina

Malden

At service named for a beloved grandmother, a native of Baton Rouge cooks up Southern favorites like po’ boys, jambalaya, and fried chicken

$350 $160

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$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream at I Love Milkshakes ($30 Total Value)

I Love Milkshakes

West Everett

Custom milkshakes and desserts blend frozen yogurt or ice cream with a variety of fruits or candy; smoothies, coffee, and self-serve waffles

$10 $5

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$25 for $40 Worth of Upscale Italian Dinner Fare for Two or More at Ristorante Pavarotti in Reading

Ristorante Pavarotti

Reading

Veal and seafood simmered in delicate wine sauces served in Italian eatery with large wine list

$40 $25

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American Pub Cuisine at Sports, Steaks & Spirits (Up to 54% Off). Two Options Available.

Sports, Steaks & Spirits

North Reading

Refined sports bar with 60 plasma televisions, including small screens at every booth

$40 $20

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Locally Sourced Dinner for Two or Four, Including Appetizers and Entrees, at Dog Bar Grill (Up to 38% Off)

Dog Bar Grill

Gloucester

Locally sourced meat, seafood, and produce are highlighted in a menu that features wings, fish 'n' chips, and vegetarian and vegan dishes

$63 $39

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Appetizers and Souvenir Glasses with Optional Brewery Tour at Cape Ann Brewing Co. Tour (Up to 40% Off)

Cape Ann Brewing Co.

Gloucester

Enjoy an appetizer such as mussels sauteed in ale and sip cold pints of Fisherman’s Brew; optional brewery tours are available

$20 $14

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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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Seafood Meals or Chowders with Fish & Chips or Fish Tacos for Two or Four from Lobster Express (Up to 48% Off)

Lobster Express

Hull

Enjoy seafood meals composed of chowder with a choice of fried fish and chips or fish tacos, or sample a range of seafood dishes

$10 $7

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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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Standup for Two at Nick's Comedy Stop (Up to 52% Off)

Nick's Comedy Stop

Nick's Comedy Stop

National headliners seen on Comedy Central and late night TV bring laughs to standup venue that once hosted young Seinfeld and Leno

$45.70 $22

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Southern Cuisine at Savvor Restaurant & Lounge (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Savvor Restaurant & Lounge

Downtown - Leather District

Eatery dishes out southern and Caribbean small plates such as shrimp & grits, fried catfish, cornish hen & waffles, and macaroni and cheese

$25 $15

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$15 for $30 Worth of Modern Asian Cuisine for Two or More at Roka

Roka

Lower Roxbury

A mix of Chinese and Japanese dishes and sushi favorites pair with unique cocktails that take their inspiration from around the world

$30 $15

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$20 for $40 Worth of Thai Dinner Food at Bamboo Thai Restaurant

Bamboo Thai Restaurant

Commonwealth

Five variations on pad thai, as well as house specialties such as crispy tamarind duck, Thai barbecue chicken, and pan-seared chili salmon

$40 $20

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Indian Meal for Two or Four at Bukhara Indian Bistro (Up to 53% Off)

Bukhara Indian Bistro

Jamaica Hills - Pond

Menu of northern and southern Indian cuisine with tandoori chicken, lamb-stuffed dosas, and curries

$57 $28

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Indian Meal with Appetizers and Naan for Two or Four at Mela (Up to 56% Off)

Mela

South End

Enlisting a traditional tandoor oven, housemade cheese, and Indian spices, chefs whip up classic Indian staples with varying spice levels

$71 $32

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$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Pizza, Paninis, and Roll-Ups at Angora Café ($30 Value)

Angora Café

Coolidge Corner

Cooks at European-style café focus on Mediterranean and Italian flavors in dishes such as hummus-filled roll-ups and meatball-topped pizzas

$10 $5

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Distillery Tour for Two or Four of Bully Boy Distillers (Up to 56% Off)

Bully Boy Distillery

Boston

Tours travel past mash tanks & copper stills to see how the distillery produces rum, vodka & whiskey

$40 $20

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Frozen Yogurt or Smoothies at FroyoWorld (Up to 47% Off)

FroyoWorld

Allston

Rotating menu of 16 frozen yogurts infused with live and active cultures; smoothies made to order with fresh fruit, ice & signature fro-yo

$6 $3.25

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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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Italian Cuisine at Filippo Ristorante (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Filippo Ristorante

North End

Owners who spend part of the year in Sulmona, Italy, treat taste buds to the region’s cuisine, including pasta, seafood, and veal dishes

$35 $20

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Caribbean Food at Nu Flav Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Nu Flav Restaurant

Franklin Field South

Fried pork or goat with plantains, rice and beans with stewed chicken, fried chicken, and burgers

$24 $14

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Pizza and American Food at Pan Roma Pizza (Up to 60% Off). Six Options Available.

Pan Roma Pizza

Coolidge Corner

Pizzas topped in ingredients such as Buffalo chicken; philly steak; sauteed mushrooms and grilled chicken; or barbecue pulled pork

$25 $10

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$8 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Tea, Smoothies and Shaved Snow at Tealosophy ($20 Value)

Tealosophy

Allston

The quaint cafe serves milk tea, green tea, and black tea in addition to smoothies and shaved snow

$5 $2

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One, Two, Four, or Ten Admissions to a Boston Bar Crawl from Barcrawlin.com (Up to 80% Off)

Barcrawlin.com

Scollay Square

Drink craft beer and cocktails at four to five bars while dressed according to a playful theme

$49 $19

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$24 for Prix-Fixe Dinner for Two at Typhoon Asian Bistro (Up to a $48 Value)

Typhoon Asian Bistro

Typhoon Asian Bistro

Three-course prix fixe dinners highlight entrees and desserts such as coconut curry dishes, Saigon-inspired clay pot chicken, and tiramisu

$48 $24

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Turkish Cuisine at Saray Restaurant (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Saray Restaurant

Coolidge Corner

Lamb, seafood, and vegetarian entrees come together in Turkish menu of kebabs, salads, and soups; full menu is valid for lunch option

$30 $15

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Pub Food at The Red Hat (40% Off). Two Options Available.

The Red Hat

West End

Wings, fish ‘n’ chips, and burgers in a century-old establishment with a colorful history

$50 $30

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$75 for Two Gift Cards Good for $50 Each Worth of Italian Cuisine at Paolos Trattoria ($100 Value)

Paolos Trattoria

Charlestown

Intimate trattoria serves up brick-oven pizzas and traditional Italian dishes such as veal milanese

$100 $75

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$14 for Five Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at FroZenYo ($25 Total Value)

FroZenYo

Downtown

From the merchant: 16 rotating self-serve flavors; two dairy-free and two sugar-free options; 30+ toppings with free hot fudge and caramel

$5 $2.80

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Authentic Italian Cuisine at Nico Ristorante (Up to 42% Off). Two Options Available.

Nico Ristorante

North End

Local, seasonal ingredients hand-crafted into plates of arancini in a san marzano tomato sauce, housemade gnocchi, and veal parmesan

$60 $35

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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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Wine Tasting, Vineyard and Winery Tour, and Glasses for Two or Four at Jewell Towne Vineyards (Up to 56% Off)

Jewell Towne Vineyards

South Hampton

Guests pair white, red, and ice wines with cheeses in addition to taking a vineyard tour and learning more about the wine-making process

$36 $18

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Casual Cuisine for Two or More at 15 Walnut (53% Off)

15 Walnut

Hamilton

Menu full of items made using seasonal ingredients includes wood-fired items, burgers, sushi, and more; suitable for family dinners & dates

$30 $14

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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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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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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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$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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Against the rolling whitecaps of Devereux Beach sits Lime Rickey's, a beachfront eatery overlooking the 2,400 sailboats bobbing beside Marblehead's renowned harbor. It's an idyllic vista that encompasses everything lovely about New England's seaside culture, including the food. Lime Rickey's chefs pack ocean-fresh lobster into hearty rolls, fry clams, shrimp, and scallops, and press marinated pork, ham, and cheese into cubano paninis. Cocktails clink to the tune of live musicians, who serenade diners on the wraparound deck and deftly ignore the cries of seagulls shouting for "Freebird."

105 Ocean Ave
Marblehead,
MA
US

Manhattan Sandwich Company concocts a menu of tasty New York–style deli fare, including specialty sandwiches, soups, and salads. Noontime noshers can calm down rumbling bellies with a specialty sandwich, such as Mickey's #7, a pile of turkey, coleslaw, and melted swiss cheese topped off with a splash of russian dressing ($7.09). Or, stride inside the deli and insist that you must have either liberty or the herbivore-friendly Central Park veggie melt, a smattering of veggies and cheeses that also happen to be drenched in russian dressing ($6.49).

1 Bessom St
Marblehead,
MA
US

Anthony Conelisee, Hungry Betty’s executive chef, comes from a tradition of restaurateurs: his family has opened several restaurants on the Cape. He himself honed his cooking skills overseas, learning from some of the top chefs of Ireland and Italy and running a London bar in the early 2000s. Today, he brings that experience to bear in crafting Hungry Betty’s new menu of bar-and-grill fare with fine dining twists—one of the changes to come along with the restaurant’s recent change in ownership. Alongside classics such as meat loaf and fish and chips you’ll find more creative offerings such as seared scallops served with mushroom ravioli and egg rolls stuffed with shaved steak and salami.

The restaurant has a fun, family-friendly vibe. Kids (11 or younger) eat free on Tuesdays, and the décor is open and casual with five TVs and a well of windows looking out from the second level of the Village Plaza. You can check out Hungry Betty’s event calendar to see what’s going on each day, but some ongoing events include Wednesday trivia, Friday night karaoke, and live music on Saturdays.

165 Pleasant St, Village Plaza
Marblehead,
MA
US

Upon entering Yannalfo's, the warm orange walls of the dining room and the clinking of glassware at the gleaming wooden bar compete for sensory attention. But neither can hold guests' attention once the scents of savory Italian sauces and baking seafood emanate from the kitchen. They start off making the basics with a touch of flair, from pasta strewn with freshly made meatballs and ravioli in a sauce made from simmering wild mushrooms and cream. But from there, they tackle more complicated, nuanced dishes. They toss five types of seafood in a zesty red clam sauce and make desserts from sweet seasonal ingredients such as berries or big tax return documents. For their signature dish, the Pappardelle alla Yannalfo's, they combine the best of which features sea with shrimp with portobello mushrooms in a vodka tomato cream sauce over pappardelle pasta.

152 Washington Street
Marblehead,
MA
US

Today, Victoria Station & Vic's Boathouse in Salem is unique?but it wasn't always. In 1970, inspired by the landmark Victoria Station in London, three Cornell Hotel School graduates created a restaurant with English touches, such as a bright-red phone booth and authentic train cars they'd turned into dining cars. They opened up in San Francisco, and the business grew. By the 1980s, there were almost 100 Victoria Station locations in the United States and around the world. Johnny Cash did a stint as their spokesman.

But the company filed for bankruptcy in 1986. Its rise and fall is documented in Tom Blake's book Prime Rib and Boxcars: Whatever Happened to Victoria Station? The waterfront Salem location was 99th and final location to open, and it's the only one left.

Today, the restaurant has gone in its own direction, drawing inspiration from both the restaurant's past and its current surroundings. Classic New England cuisine and old steak-house favorites mingle comfortably on the menu. The chefs coat haddock in a seasoned cracker crust to bake and serve with chardonnay and fresh lemon juice, and the slow-roasted prime rib that made the original restaurant famous still has a place on the menu. Diners can also order up house favorites, such as lobster mac 'n' cheese with five-cheese b?chamel sauce and cornbread shallot crumbs, or they can opt for an Angus burger. The menu has earned the restaurant scores of accolades, including Best Waterfront Dining, Northshore Magazine, 2011?2013.

Vic's Boathouse, a bar and lounge at Victoria Station, opened in 2010 and has already earned the honor of Best Bar, North of 2012, according to Boston Magazine. Inside, diners can request a local or craft brew, order a martini, or pick from the pub menu. The bar hosts nightly live entertainment, including open-mic sessions, live musicians, and karaoke, which makes for lively evenings without the expense of hiring a DJ for family dinner.

86 Wharf St
Salem,
MA
US

One might leave Red Lulu Cocina & Tequila Bar, which was named this year's best new restaurant north of Boston by Boston Magazine, with some sense of the broad scope of Mexican cuisine, geography, and culture. That epiphany might come from the selection of 180 tequilas, which slip down in shots, release bell peals of clicking ice in glasses, or blend with lime in thick margaritas rimmed with salt. The tantalizing menu also parades traditional Mexican ingredients, though they are tangled into surprising configurations.

Red chandeliers glow, bringing to life the colors of chipotle peppers on plates at plush black booth seating, all beneath red wallpaper. In the tequila lounge, ample couches create a circle around red, candlelit tables for resting a glass of sangria or a mojito muddled with strawberries or cucumber. A row of inset shadowboxes displays the colorful lucha libre masks typically used in overblown battles and attempts to go out in public without being recognized as Kevin Bacon.

94 Lafayette St
Salem,
MA
US

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