A modern take on the classic movie-going experience, ShowPlace Icon Theatre takes the legwork out of dinner and a movie by pairing comfortable sophisticated theaters with upscale, on-location dining, and advanced reserved seating. With digital cinema projectors capable of displaying 35 trillion colors and premium digital surround-sound systems, each stadium-seated auditorium is equipped to showcase buzz-worthy films exactly as the director, assistant director, second-assistant director, and second second-assistant director intended. Patrons to the theater pick their viewing spots ahead of time, eliminating the usual frenzied, darkened search for ideal seating and guaranteeing guests find seats together.
Aura's culinary crew pulls together Italian and international flavors to craft their menu's cosmopolitan offerings of pasta, meat, and seafood. A full cast of pasta creations includes the linguine pescatore ($12), which nestles calamari and shrimp into noodles that patrons can then cross-stitch into a convenient bib. Baked pizza dough cloaks a gyro wrap ($8), and beer-battered onion rings form an edible foundation for an 8-ounce house steak ($16). For honey-mustard chicken ($10), chefs blanket tender breast in layers of potato, broccoli, and bacon, drizzle on a honey-mustard sauce, and bake their culinary masterpiece inside of a clay oven. Patrons break from dinner conversations to treat their palates to the flavors of domestic and imported wines, such as a glass-full of Canaletto pinot noir ($6) imported from Italy's vast sub-surface grape mines.
The Independent is a locally owned dining and cocktail destination boasting one of the happiest happy hours around. From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day, city dwellers gather in the restaurant's chic yet casual confines to mingle over impressive daily specials, including $5 select appetizers, $5 specialty martinis, and $3 select draft beers and house wines. Pair a frothy Bells’ Two Hearted Ale tap brew ($3) with a classic Margherita pizza ($5), or wash down a chipotle-tinged plate of onion rings ($5) with a glass of crisp chardonnay ($3).
Inside a restaurant whose vibrant purple awnings help diners spot it from afar, cooks concoct 75 different dishes derived from the "roof of the world." Artwork-laden walls surround the tables and cushioned chairs in the dining area, where patrons enjoy home-cooked items ranging from Tibetan-style dumplings made with lean chopped beef to batter-fried sesame chicken. The restaurant's separate bar area provides patrons with a place where they can grab a drink, watch TV, and practice thumb-wrestling moves with others.
At Seven The Steakhouse, chefs prepare succulent steaks, seafood, and pastas amid the restaurant's dark wood tables, high ceilings, and flickering fireplace. Sourced exclusively from 1881 Omaha Hereford beef cattle, tender steaks and fillets share a menu with cuts of pan-seared salmon and Maryland jumbo crab cakes. A reviewer for Gayot compliments the “effortlessly charming servers,” whose muscles bulge from carrying 24-ounce porterhouses and decadent desserts sweeter than a cotton-candy statue of Mother Theresa. The restaurant will be donating 40% of the proceeds from this Groupon to help send the Minnesota Thunder U14 boys' soccer team on a educational workshop in Brazil.
Part dance club, part sports bar, 508's two-level venue features contemporary American cuisine and plenty of space to catch the game or cut rugs into parallelograms on the dance floor downstairs. An extensive menu features starters such as hand-cut fries ($6) and asparagus flat bread ($8.95), while heartier fare includes a 12 oz. NY strip steak topped with roasted garlic and herb butter ($19.95). Gourmet sandwiches include the earthy portabella ($8.25), which melds the hearty mushroom with herbed cream cheese, butternut squash, and the savory envy of other, less handsome fungi. Irrigate your stomach soil with a pint from the extensive beer list or wet your whistling epiglottis with a specialty martini.