Since the flavors of chicken salad, Italian sausage, Philly cheese steaks, and chicken-fried Philly Oreos never stray far from the basic flavors of their protein bases, your mouth can get bored very quickly. Today's Groupon will give it a nice change of pace: for $5, you get $10 worth of meatless, milkless, and guiltless deliciousness to go from Zizi's, a vegan eatery that serves healthy and flavorful American favorites and ethnic cuisine from its Gold Hill Pavilion storefront. This Groupon is good for take-out only.
When you first walk into Krazy Fish, it?s apparent that the restaurant?s staff has had some fun with its moniker. Murals of giant sea creatures colorize the walls, and mannequins swim in green-tinsel seaweed and reefs of faux-pearl necklaces. But, like Charlotte magazine says, ?as soon as you?re sipping the restaurant?s hibiscus honey ginger tea, and agua fresca or digging into the tender, citrus-flavored ceviche appetizer.
Krazy Fish?s eclectic menu teems with fresh seafood, southern-inspired comfort fare, and bowls of Asian noodles. The kitchen staff infuses pan-seared swai with spicy wasabi and sprinkles with cilantro grown in the backyard garden. Seven types of salsas enliven the tacos, including the tropical pineapple salsa. Krazy Fish also offers three TVs for game watching, a wide selection of beer, wine, and mixed drinks, and is available for private events.
Each dish at Thai Herb Authentic Thai Cuisine incorporates dozens of fresh ingredients, creating taste profiles that are complex and painstakingly balanced. The chefs adhere to age-old techniques to create such harmonious blends, whether it's by complementing sweet basil with spicy peppers or by brightening the flavors of rich red curry with tropical mango and fresh coconut milk. It takes nearly a full day to craft each curry dish on the menu, meaning that diners should refrain from talking about sports-games outcomes until the chefs can visit their DVRs.
Firestorm Cafe & Books is a staff-owned cooperative with a thoughtfully assembled menu comprised of organic and locally sourced vegan and vegetarian fare, tea, and coffee. Tempeh gyros fuel chew machines with grilled tempeh and veggies in tzatziki sauce on hot pita bread ($6.50), and the Pacific curry wrap mellows appetites with fresh vegetables and fruit that, like most advanced board-riders, surf on waves of creamy curry dressing ($5.90). Layered with maple-baked tofu, tomato, spinach, and thin-sliced red onion, the maple barbecue panini ($7.90) equips palates for the looming army of signature world-conquering cupcakes ($2.20) and daily baked double-chocolate brownies ($2.20). The café's organic teas and coffees—concocted from ethically traded Counter Culture Coffee beans—tidily conclude meals and accompany readings from the bookstore's collection of independently published novels, treatises, and important refrigerator notes.
Anyone unsure of how Tap's Pourhouse and Eatery got its name need only glance at the bar area. More than 60 taps, ranging from such classics as Guinness and Sam Adams to craft brews including North Coast PranQster Belgian and Stone IPA, line the custom wood bar. Customers can perch there on a barstool or sidle up to a dining table to pair their brews with plates of jumbo wings or bacon cheddar burgers. Wherever their position, diners will have a plentiful view of the big game—more than 30 TVs line the restaurant's walls, displaying a full spread of the night's sporting events. Tap's also features a brunch and lunch menu, along with unusual kid's meals that include chopped chicken salads and 4-ounce hangar steaks.