Udipi Cafe's traditional Indian ingredients and recipes form the basis of its expansive menu of flavorful vegetarian delights. Serenade taste sensors with appetizers such as a delectable potato-cauliflower duet of aloo gobi ($8.50) or the broad tasting board of the assorted sampler platter ($7.95). Dry and spicy chickpeas swim in a pond of piquant curry sauce in the chana masala curry ($8.50), which pairs pleasantly with a side of paratha bread ($1.95). Indo-Chinese specialties transport diners to the northern climes of the subcontinent with flavor combinations such as vegetable hakka noodles ($7.95), and dinner specials fill traditional platters with offerings such as the royal madras special thali and royal south indian thali ($13.50 each).
Grills and stockpots sizzle as Carniceria El Tio #2's chefs imbue seven types of meat—ranging from familiar grilled chicken to exotic beef tongue—with zesty Mexican spices. Each morsel barely gets a chance to discuss grill politics with its meaty brethren before it slides into a soft corn taco, a hefty burrito, or a towering torta sandwich crowned with cilantro, cheese, and avocado. On weekends, the kitchen begets an array of hard-to-find Mexican specialties, such as pozole brimming with pork and hominy or menudo, a savory tripe soup.
Long hailed for a mastery of ham far beyond the skills of mere mortal meat cookers, the meat mavens at HoneyBaked Ham invite you to put their newly honed turkey skills to the test with today's Groupon: a whole roasted turkey breast for $12 (an up to $25 value). Get your moist turkey breast unadulterated, or let the HoneyBaked masters finish your bird with crackling sweet glaze, which may or may not be cooled by having volunteer glaze-pixies fan it with their wings. Call one of HoneyBaked's participating locations (found here and in the sidebar to the right) to reserve your order, and pick up your juicy bird.
The New York Butcher Shoppe's high-quality meats star in the filet meal, which consists of two 8-ounce certified Angus beef choice filets, two locked and loaded baked potatoes, a bag of spring mix, and a French baguette. The shop's butcher buffs use beef from the country’s very best Angus programs and skillfully wield steak-shaped cookie cutters to produce well-marbled, tender, and consistent muscle patties cut to each customer’s order.
On a 6-acre farm in rural Georgia, Bella Cucina owner Alisa Barry and her team of chefs cook produce from their organic garden into small batches of artisanal sauces, spreads, and olive oils. Their "unbelievably delicious" artichoke-lemon pesto earned a spot on Oprah’s O List in 2004, and Atlanta: 365 Days, 365 Thing To Do calls the full roster of sauces "mouthwatering."
But the food is only one part of Barry’s mission to empower gourmands. She also stocks shelves with dozens of Italian cookbooks that brim with slow-food recipes and designs a line of ceramic cookware that respond to junk food by defensively sealing their lids.