Game Day at Martino's Sports Bar & Grille is no laughing matter—well, unless your team is winning. The Dublin bar takes its sports seriously, broadcasting everything from football to tennis on TVs viewable from every table. The menu of classic pub food similarly doesn't mess around, with massive sandwiches and pizzas crafted from a secret crust recipe. And that's to say nothing of the wide selection of beers on tap, without which a sports bar would simply be a stranger's living room.
With one hour of bowling and shoe rental for up to six people per day from June 1 to August 31, Ten Pin's summer package lets you finally put yourself through the white-knuckled bowling training montage you've been secretly planning ever since your crushing defeat at your nine-year-old nephew's birthday party. With regular bowling rates ranging from $25 to $27 per hour, plus $3.95 for shoe rentals per person, a dedicated pin-pummeler could easily stretch this Groupon beyond its projected value.
When Basil Restaurant opened in 2009, the Columbus Dispatch reported on owner Rhome Ruanphae's inspiration: his mother’s string of successful Thai restaurants—beginning with Thai Village in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood—that she ran with her husband while he was growing up. Rhome borrowed his mother’s culinary mastery for Basil, which teleports taste buds to Thailand with a menu of authentic Southeast Asian cuisine. Chefs gather rice or egg noodles to lay the foundation for many entrees, such as specialty kee mow, a soft or crispy maelstrom of rice noodles with thai basil, tomatoes, and bell peppers. The menu also features a rainbow of curries, soups, salads, and appetizers to keep ravenous diners from eating their napkins.
The seasoned confines of a former antique shop welcome diners to Basil Restaurant, decked out with bare brick and a retro advertisement for ice painted on the back wall. As a glittering chandelier casts light on colorful curries, wine-dark panels of varnished wood gaze at diners from the wall, and exposed lengths of ductwork add a neoindustrial aesthetic without the overkill of steam-powered dessert trays or austere Orwellian maitre d's.
Red Bar Sushi's talented chefs grace tables with servings of fresh seafood and Japanese fare. Standard rolls, such as the veggie-stuffed garden roll ($5.25) satisfy appetites for sushi-bar favorites, and specialty rolls tempt palates with kitchen creations that include the eel and tuna buckeye roll ($9.95), celebrating the ancient sushi traditions of the Midwest. Delicate six-piece servings of sashimi clothe taste buds in the mouthwatering flavors of snapper ($10.95), salmon ($11.95), or a chef's selection of thin-sliced treats ($25). In addition to dishing out snugly wrapped rolls of sushi and tasty morsels of sashimi, Red Bar plates appetizing two-piece portions of nigiri ($3.95–$5.95), ambrosial nibbles of fish that lazily beckon to diners from a comfy day-bed of rice.
Mozaik’s menu of elegantly prepared small plates careens taste buds through a tour of Asian, southwestern, and Italian flavors. The raspberry pecan salad drenches pecans, roma tomatoes, blue cheese, and dried cranberries in a tangy raspberry dressing. Fingers revel in an array of grilled naan flatbreads, such as pollo e pomodoro, which is festooned with homemade tomato jam, grilled chicken, and asparagus, or the mediterranean, which recruits a choir of hummus, feta cheese, green peppers, and kalamata olives to tap out flavorful tunes against tone-deaf molars. Average-size forks lance a selection of 12 small plates, including the NY Strip Tease, which nestles slices of char-grilled meat into a trove of truffles fries and parmesan cheese. Artistic chefs meticulously hand roll a rainbow of cabbage and carrots into the vegetarian-friendly spring rolls and masterfully craft the Voodoo shrimp plate out of Cajun seared shrimp soaked in a vat of Voodoo beer-tomato sauce paired with homemade cornbread.
Uninitiated Indian foodies can enter the chambers of Taj Mahal's bountiful menu of flavorful fare with a safe yet savory sampling of garlic naan ($3.50) paired with a plate of deep-fried cutlets packed with mashed potatoes and veggies peppered in spicy herbs ($5). Main plates will satisfy carnivores and vegetarians alike, with options ranging from boldly spiced chicken vindaloo pinched with lemon and vinegar ($15) to navrattan curry, which features nine garden-fresh friends hanging out in a simmering pool of yogurt, cashews, cream, and butter ($13). No matter the dish, you get to choose how much you'd like the chef to spice it up; specify whether you'd like it mild, medium, sporty, spicy, really spicy, or "Shiva's sweat," which requires you to sign a waiver first.