Restaurants in Wisconsin

Sandwiches and Soups at Cheesemelt Cafe (50% Off). Three Options Available.

Cheesemelt Cafe

Multiple Locations

Grilled cheese sandwiches topped with gourmet ingredients such as roasted turkey and shaved prosciutto

$8 $4

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Pub Food and Drinks for Two or Four During Lunch at Richard Craniums (Up to 57% Off)

Richard Craniums

Tank Park

Food includes wings, cheese curds, and fish 'n' chips; beers from Hamm's, Ace Cider, and Leinenkugel

$15 $7

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$9 for $15 Worth of Tex-Mex Food — Houston's Bar & Grill- Houston's Corner Bar

Houstons Bar & Grill

Washington

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$15 $9

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$11 for $20 Worth of Cheeseburgers, Salads, and Local Beers at The Spot on Sunset

The Spot on Sunset

Waukesha

Locals love the Friday fish fry at this neighborhood eatery that serves up burgers, salads, and a selection of local brews

$20 $11

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Mexican Food for Two or Four at Hermana's Cafe, Cantina and Catering (Up to 54% Off)

Hermana's Cafe, Cantina and Catering

Oshkosh

Authentic Oaxacan-style dishes like burritos and chimichangas, plus made-from-scratch baked goods and more than 30 types of margaritas

$25 $12

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$10 for $20 Worth of Pub Food and Drinks at Kokopelli's Pub & Grub

Kokopelli's Pub & Grub

West Allis

Pan-seared catfish, fish tacos, and hand-formed burgers made with never-frozen beef

$20 $10

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Casual American Food for Two or Four at Backstage Bar & Grill (Up to 50% Off)

Backstage Bar & Grill

Fond du Lac

Comforting and casual American meals, such as half-pound burgers with fries, gooey grilled cheese sandwiches, and chicken-bacon-ranch wraps

$20 $11

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$12 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $8 Worth of Sub Sandwiches and Soups at The Sub Station ($24 Value)

The Sub Station

New Berlin

Classic submarine sandwiches are made-to-order with your choice of protein and any combination of up to 15 toppings

$8 $4

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$10 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of American Food at Dinky Diner ($20 Value)

Dinky Diner

Newbold

Tiny diner serves familiar plates of food, such as biscuits and gravy, reuben sandwiches, and omelets

$10 $5

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$15 for Pizza and Drinks for Two at Sluggo's (Up to $28.99 Value)

Sluggo's

Brookfield

Cold mixed drinks, Spotted Cow beer, and pizzas with sausage, green olives, jalapeños, and other toppings

$28.99 $15

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$10 for $20 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Casa Di Giorgio

Casa Di Giorgio

Casa di Giorgio

Authentic Italian pasta, pizzas, and specialties pair with fine wines amid chandeliers and vibrant oil paintings

$20 $10

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Feast for Takeout or Delivery, or $10 for $20 Worth of Pizza, Wings, & More at Michaleno's Pizzeria

Michaleno's Pizzeria

Inside Paradise Plaza

Family run pizzeria makes double-crust stuffed pizzas and specialty pies, such as gyro pizza, along with wings and fried fish buckets

$20 $10

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Pizzas and Subs at Gruzy's Italian Beef House & Pub (50% Off)

Gruzy's Italian Beef House & Pub

Minong

Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas and hearty sandwiches served in a causal pub setting near Lake Pokegama

$20 $10

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Classic American Comfort Food for One, Two, or Four at Country Express Family Restaurant (55% Off)

Country Express Family Restaurant

Bellevue

Feast on classic American dishes such as steaks, burgers, and hand-dipped milkshakes

$10 $4.50

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Italian Food for Two or Four at Barbiere’s Italian Inn (Up to 54% Off)

Barbiere’s Italian Inn

South Milwaukee

Italian food including customizable pizzas and housemade garlic bread

$24 $12

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$11 for $20 Worth of Pizza at Scotty's Pizza & Chicken

Scotty's Pizza & Chicken

Marshfield

Build your own pizza or opt for a specialty pie such as the Drunken Chicken with mozzarella and barbecue sauce, or the BLT pizza

$20 $11

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$69 for a Four-Course Wine and Steak Dinner at Sheridan's Restaurant ($118 Value)

Sheridan's Restaurant

Cudahy

Diners sup on steak, dessert, and wine in historic boutique hotel dating back to 1911

$118 $69

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$15 for $30 Worth of Country-Style Food at The Old Feed Mill in Mazomanie

The Old Feed Mill

Mazomanie

Chefs craft upscale homestyle eats such as strudels and pot roast inside a century-old mill that grinds fresh, organic bread flour

$30 $15

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Buffet for Two or Four at Doxbee's Banquet & Buffet (Up to 58% Off)

Doxbee's Banquet & Buffet

Seymour

Sunday brunch buffet offsets Wednesday’s broasted-chicken, spaghetti, and taco dinner and Friday’s barbecue-ribs and seafood dinner

$26 $11

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Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 or $20 Worth of American Food at Third Street Diner (Up to 50% Off)

Third Street Diner

Menasha

Homestyle comfort fare is made to order at this family-owned diner

$10 $5.50

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American Cuisine at Buckys Lakeside Pub (Up to 69% Off)

Buckys Lakeside Pub & Grill

Okauchee Lake

Pub and grill with 14 flat-screen televisions that broadcast every professional football game on Sundays; its deck overlooks Okauchee Lake

$38.40 $17

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Sandwiches, 1/3-Pound Burgers, or Wraps with Beer for Two or Four at Bo's 'N Mine (46% Off)

Bo's 'N Mine

River Falls

Burgers made with Pierce County meat in nine varieties, including the Packer Backer bacon burger and the Jerk Burger covered in jerk spices

$35.40 $19

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Up to 50% Off Mexican Cuisine — Casa Tequila Restaurant and Bar Valid Sunday, Monday 11 AM - 10 PM

Casa Tequila Restaurant and Bar

Multiple Locations

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$20 $10

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$11 for $20 Worth of American Fare, Drinks, and Bowling For Two at Shenanigans in Sherwood

Shenanigans

Sherwood

Eatery next to bowling alley serves up hearty steaks, seafood & chicken entrees, as well as Sunday brunch; six regulation-size bowling lanes

$20 $11

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Classic American Diner Food at Tabbert's Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Tabbert's Restaurant

Rosendale

Family diner serves all-day breakfast including thick-cut french toast, along with fried Wisconsin cheese, burgers, and brick-oven pizzas

$20 $11

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$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Burgers, Fries, and Shakes at Plovers Drive Thru ($20 Value)

Plovers Drive Thru

Plover

All-American menu consists of juicy burgers, chicken sandwiches, crisp fries, fried pickles, and handmade shakes

$10 $5.50

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Pub Food and Drinks for Two or Four or More or Takeout at Pumphouse Sports Bar & Grille (50% Off)

Pumphouse Sports Bar & Grille

Baraboo

Juicy burgers crowned with cheese curds and bacon, brick-oven pizzas topped with taco fixings, and deep-fried Wisconsin mozzarella

$30 $15

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Pub Food at The Hairy Lemon Irish Pub (50% Off). Two Options Available.

The Hairy Lemon Irish Pub

Richfield

Hearty pub favorites at this laid-back eatery include Cowboy burgers with barbecue sauce and onion rings, chicken wings, and cheese nuggets

$22 $11

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Performance and Dinner and Dessert for Two, Four, or Eight at Memories Dinner Theater (Up to 49% Off)

Memories Dinner Theater

Port Washington

Actors perform comedies, dramas, and musicals; guests enjoy dinner before the start of the show

$66 $40

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Four or Eight Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Large Drinks at Badger Bros Coffee (Up to 50% Off)

Badger Bros Coffee

Platteville

Tea, smoothies, italian sodas, and lemonade join a variety of coffee-based drinks, including the Rabid Badger!, a high-caf, flavored latte

$5 $2.75

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$11 for $20 Worth of Mexican Food and Drinks at Senor Tomas

Senor Tomas

Senor Tomas

Eclectic family recipes of enchiladas and guava-glazed tilapia served amid decor inspired by Frida Kahlo

$20 $11

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Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of American Food at Chefo's Pancake House (Up to 50% Off)

Chefo's Pancake House

Kimberly

Chefs serve up classic breakfasts such as belgian waffles and cinnamon-apple pancakes, and a lunch menu of sandwiches, wraps, and salads

$5 $2.50

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$5.99 for a Large One-Topping Pizza from Papa Murphy's ($11 Value)

Papa Murphy's

Delavan

Take ‘N’ Bake pizzas with fresh dough topped with ingredients in customized or pre-selected combos

$11 $5.99

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Seasonal New American Dinner for Two at Tess (Up to 46% Off). Two Options Available.

Tess

East Side

Chefs procure ingredients from local farmers for entrees such as pan-seared beef tenderloin

$50 $27

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$17 for $30 Worth of Crepes — Liquid

Liquid

Madison

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$30 $17

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One, Two, or Four Pizza and Pitcher Packages at Keggers (Up to 56% Off)

Keggers

Green Bay

Guests enjoy hot pizzas while sipping on a pitcher of draft brews

$32 $14

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Steaks, Seafood, and Old World Specialties at Eric's Porter - Haus (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Eric's Porter - Haus

Waukesha

Cooks sizzle up a variety of steak cuts, seafood, Old World classics inside a historic 1848 mansion

$40 $20

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$18 for $36 Worth of Mexican Fare and Drinks for Two at Hermanas Cafe in Oshkosh

Hermanas Cafe

Oshkosh

Diners construct festive Mexican meals from home-cooked entrees such as burritos and tostadas and more than 30 flavors of margaritas.

$36 $18

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Sandwich or Pizza Meal with Gellato for Two or Four at Mancino's Pizza & Grinders (Up to 49% Off)

Mancino's Pizza & Grinders

Multiple Locations

Sandwiches from meatball subs to Cuban grinders; pizzas decorated with gyro meat, feta, and other adventurous toppings

$21.48 $11

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Sushi at Bonsai Sushi and Asian Cuisine (Up to 40% Off)

Bonsai Sushi and Asian Cuisine

De Pere

Dine on sushi eclectic in looks and in flavor, with an emphasis on presentation and ingredients like caramelized onions and pico de gallo

$25 $15

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Burger Meal with Fries and Beer for Two or Four at Lakeside Pub and Grill (46% Off)

Lakeside Pub and Grill

Cudahy

Half-pound patties can be topped with bacon, ham, a fried egg, portobello cap, and assortment of cheeses such as provolone or cheddar

$26 $14

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Pub Food at Ras' on Main (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Ras' on Main

Hammond

Comfort food populates the menu at this family-friendly pub, where customers can follow up their meals with a competitive game of cornhole

$30 $15

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Appetizers and Wine for Two or Four at The Port Hotel Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

The Port Hotel Restaurant

Port Washington

Hotel overlooking downtown Port Washington and Lake Michigan serves groups of two or four appetizer platters with bottles of wine

$64.95 $35

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Steakhouse Food for Two or Four at Village Limits Supper Club (Up to 45% Off)

Village Limits Supper Club

Little Chute

Hearty entrees from broasted chicken to barbecue ribs served in a casual dining room with a full bar

$20 $11

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$20 for $40 Worth of German Food and Drinks at Karl Ratzsch’s

Karl Ratzsch's

Juneau Town

Chefs ladle pan gravy across crackling pork shank, roast duck, and Wiener schnitzel under wooden ceiling beams and antique beer steins

$40 $20

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$11 for $20 Worth of Pub Food at The Side Door Grill and Tap

The Side Door Grill and Tap

State-Langdon

Chefs use local ingredients to create a menu of pub food such as burgers, sandwiches, and flatbread pizzas paired with craft beers

$20 $11

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Pizza, Appetizers, and Beer for Two or Four at at Glass Nickel Pizza Co. (Up to 53% Off)

Glass Nickel Pizza Co.

416 DOUSMAN STREET

Specialty pizzas such as the Fetalicious complemented by a choice of appetizer and local craft beer

$33.70 $16

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Two or Four Entrees at George's Gaslight Inn (Up to 47% Off

George's Gaslight Inn

Oshkosh

Cooks grill hand-cut steaks, broil sea scallops, and bake pans of lasagna with made-from-scratch sauce

$30 $17

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Pub Food and Drinks at The Lodge (Up to 45% Off). Three Options Available.

The Lodge

Cudahy

Wisconsin sports fan's dream bar features half-pound burgers, local brews on draft, and live broadcasts of local games

$20 $11

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Two Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of Comfort Food for Two at Kim's Place (Up to Half Off)

Kim's Place

Combined Locks

Comfort food such as Genuine Broaster chicken and fish with hearty sides such as mashed potatoes and potato wedges

$20 $10

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American Cuisine at On The Clock Bar & Grill (50% Off). Four Options Available.

On The Clock Bar & Grill

Milwaukee

Twelve signature half-pound Angus burgers, four types of mac and cheese, and build-your-own pizzas; Friday fish fry and a gluten-free menu

$30 $15

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$21 for $40 Worth of Neapolitan Cuisine at Naples 15

Naples 15

Old Market Place

Chef from Naples, Italy, offers cuisine such as fresh scallops, shrimp, and mussels over linguine and ziti with a three-meat ragu sauce

$40 $21

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$16 for Two Craft Beers and Two Sandwiches or Flatbreads at The Landing on Layton (Up to $31.90 Value)

The Landing on Layton

St. Francis

Between games of pinball, foosball, or trivia, patrons gulp craft beers and munch on burgers and flatbreads

$31.90 $16

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Serbian Food at Old Town Serbian Gourmet Restaurant (Up to 58% Off). Three Options Available. 

Old Town Serbian Gourmet Restaurant

Milwaukee

Serbian food such as stuffed peppers slowly cooked in a light tomato sauce and serbian stews are served with dumplings

$30 $15

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Fast Food at Big Deal Burgers & Custard (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Big Deal Burgers & Custard

West Allis

Before it hits the grill, each burger is made with meat and buns from local purveyors; housemade custards are another claim to fame

$20 $11

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Two Large Pizzas or Pizza, Sandwiches, and Appetizers for Dine-In or Takeout from Tarantino (Up to 57% Off)

Tarantino

Fairview

Shrimp and black olive specialty pizza highlights a menu of pizzas, pasta, hot sandwiches, and appetizers

$31 $14

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Casual American Food and Drinks for Two or Four at Sandbar Sports Pub (50% Off)

Sandbar Sports Pub

Pewaukee

Classic American dishes such as mushroom-and-swiss burgers, beer-battered cod, turkey-bacon wraps, and vegetarian pizzas

$20 $10

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$20 for $40 Worth of Spanish Food for Dinner at España Tapas House

España Tapas House

Kilbourn Town

Cured meats, goat cheese baked in a roasted tomato-basil sauce, and braised short ribs; five types of sangria

$40 $20

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Medium or Extra-Large Thin Crust Pizza Meal with Garlic Bread Sticks and Soda from Pizzeria Scotty (43% Off)

Pizzeria Scotty

West View

Carryout or delivery thin crust pizzas served with deep-fried garlic bread sticks and soda

$19.18 $11

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Barbecue Dinner for Two or Four at Ashley's Que (Up to 50% Off)

Ashley's Que

Walker's Point

Laid-back eatery cooks up comfort food such as beef short ribs, deep-fried catfish, and twice-baked potatoes

$30 $15

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Thai Cuisine at Thai Lotus (Up to Half Off). Two Options Available.

Thai Lotus

Silver City

Traditional thai noodles, curries, and stir-fries, along with Chinese favorites and Vietnamese-style pho soups

$20 $11

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$15 for $30 Worth of Steak-House Cuisine at Ward’s House of Prime

Ward’s House of Prime

Juneau Town

Featured on the Travel Channel for its enormous slabs of prime rib, served alongside veal, seafood, and pasta plates

$30 $15

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American Dinner with Wine or Beer for Two or Four at The Hotch Spot (Up to 52% Off)

The Hotch Spot

Lower East Side

Options include california and barbecue burgers and pizza and portobello philly subs accompanied by beer or wine

$42 $21

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Indian and Pakistani Food for Two or Four, or $18 for $30 Worth of Take-Out or Delivery from Kabana Grill

Kabana Grill

Airport West

Chefs prepare slow-cooked meats, vegetarian curries, and hearty rice entrees with Pakistani and Indian flavors

$30 $15

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$18 for Two Groupons, Each Good for Two Drinks and Pub Chips at The Irish Pub (Up to $38 Value)

The Irish Pub

Historic Third Ward

Riverside Irish pub serves myriad tap brews including Blue Moon and Guinness, plus hand-cut fries with malt vinegar and garlic mayo

$19 $9

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$7.50 for $15 Worth of American Food and Drinks for Two or More at Bigg's Roadhouse

Bigg's Roadhouse

Wauwatosa

Black Angus burgers, thin-crust pizzas, and rotisserie chicken in a roadside pub with 12 televisions

$15 $7.50

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Thai Carryout or Catering at Mai Thai Restaurant (Up to 62% Off). Three Options Available.

Mai Thai Restaurant

Lower East Side

Classic Thai dishes such as curry, fried rice, and pad thai, made according to diners' preferred levels of spice; custom catering available

$30 $18

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Thai Cuisine for Two or Four at Mai Thai Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Mai Thai Restaurant

Lower East Side

Classic Thai dishes such as curry, fried rice, and pud thai, made according to diners' preferred levels of spice

$30 $15

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Brunch for Two or Four with Bottomless Mimosas or $30 Worth of Pub Fare at Upper 90 Sports Pub (Up to 51% Off)

Upper 90 Sports Pub

Kilbourn Town

Inside century-old Schlitz saloon, bartenders pour craft brews as guests sup on twists of gastropub food that incorporate local brands

$70 $35

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Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

The Rock Bottom Brewery

Interactive dinnertime murder mystery that stars professional actors tests diners’ sleuthing skills throughout a multicourse meal

$60 $29

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$11 for $20 Worth of Mexican Food and Drinks at Taco Amigo

Taco Amigo

Taco Amigo

Classic Mexican spices and sauces decorate servings of cactus, seafood, and steak, all sautéed or wrapped in tortillas

$20 $11

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Fresh Stuffed Pitas for Dine-In, Carryout, or Delivery from Pita Pit (Up to 40% Off)

Pita Pit

East Side

Pitas stuffed with meat, veggies, and breakfast fixings and topped with sauces

$20 $12

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Pub Food at Showtime Sports Bar (Up to 57% Off)

Showtime Sports Bar

Timmerman West

Five-star kitchen open til 1am daily; home of UFC Welter Weight champ Anthony Showtime Pettis, with UFC and MMA pay-per-view fights

$35 $15

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$11 for $20 Worth of Mexican Food and Drinks at La Perla

La Perla

Walker's Point

Margaritas, shrimp fajitas, taco salad, and mexican pizza served in a colorful dining room centered on a mechanical chili pepper

$20 $11

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In 1999, Dave Sobelman was serving burgers and pitchers of beer to blue collar workers in the rough and rugged Menomonee Valley. With the checks he cashed on weekends from the humble factory workers he began ordering some of the finest ingredients for this burgers - locally baked country-butter rolls and the best beef available.

Then one day, Dave walked out of his burger bar and saw a newspaper stand for the Shepherd Express. The cover story highlighted the Top 5 "Pub Grub" locations in Milwaukee and Dave's did not make the list. This omission was a turning point in Sobelman's history.

After seeing the article, Dave called the author of the story and invited him over for a burger. The local writer came into Sobelman's the next day and sat at the bar, ordered a PLAIN burger, and a beer. That very next week, Dave Sobelman had his own feature article on the front page of the Shepherd Express praising the burgers at Sobelman's Pub and Grill as the absolute best in Milwaukee.

Dave became wild with the possibility of fame after seeing his name and acclaimed burger in print. So with the help of this wife - Melanie - Dave began placing his energies into continuously providing the most quality ingredients and best tasting menu he could create for the public - and of course this menu included drinks. Dave's location is after all, a storied Schlitz tavern.

It's really not what's inside the glass that makes Sobelman's Pub and Grill's signature bloody mary stand out. The drink, or "Bloody Masterpiece" as it's affectionally called (not to be confused with the "Baconado" or "Crown Mary"), arrives with 13 garnishes. Brussels sprouts, celery, sausage, cheese, and even a cheeseburger slider stick out of the drink like an edible bouquet. The creative drink has garnered many fans, not to mention a feature on Good Morning America.

That slider garnish serves as an introduction to Sobelman's menu. The husband-and-wife team will proudly tell you that they have always had the best burgers in Milwaukee, and they back up the claim with a 2013 Readers’ Choice Award from Milwaukee Magazine and three other local Best Burger Awards in the last 3 plus years. Each Certified Prime Black Angus patty is sandwiched between a fresh baked country-butter roll and rests beneath toppings such as homemade chili, diced jalapeño, or The Piggyback's pork belly, which comes drizzled in bourbon sauce. These burgers have often been imitated around the city, but never duplicated. Aside from burgers, the cooks craft chicken cordon bleu sandwiches and host a Friday fish fry with beer-battered cod.

Despite the creativity shown on the menu, Sobelman's Pub and Grill's original location on St. Paul Avenue has a timeless element. The Sobelmans make great use of their building and they've kept original Schlitz tavern elements such as beer-barrel tables and strict adherence to the law of gravity in the revived Menomonee Valley neighborhood. Simply put, Sobelman's Pub and Grill is Classic Milwaukee.

1721 West Canal Street
Milwaukee,
WI
US

Behind State Street Brats' charming Old-World half-timbered façade, a convivial bar-and-grill atmosphere welcomes visitors to lively feastings of pub fare. With a special focus on sausages and cheesy meals, the menu celebrates the best-loved staples of Midwestern cuisine. Chefs serve up brats two traditional ways, with the Sheboygan-style white brat soaked in beer and red brats split open and grilled for a smoky flavor. Patrons can customize their orders at the condiment bar by slathering on a wide selection of toppings, such as tomatoes and sauerkraut, and picking the best flavor from a spread of local mustards, including Koops, Silver Spring, and Mustard Girl.

A two-time finalist for Madison Magazine’s Best Sports Bar, with a gold in 2011 and silver in 2012, State Street Brats relishes the company of happy regulars and avid sports fans there to catch games on the bar’s 25 TVs. Extensive cable and digital subscriptions keep crowds entertained with professional football and baseball or collegiate action. Four evenings a week, the second floor comes to life with a live DJ and a packed dance floor. Bartenders also keep fans on their toes with themed specials, such as Flip Night Tuesday, where patrons can flip a coin to determine how much their drinks cost.

603 State St
Madison,
WI
US

While working at a national pizza chain, Scott Gittrich looked at the palette of ingredients around him and wondered why pizza seemed so limited. Then in 1991 he got his chance to experiment. He opened the first Toppers Pizza, combining a fun, party-fueling atmosphere with edible concoctions that topped housemade dough with unexpected delicacies such as mac ‘n' cheese and a deconstructed gyro. More than 19 house specialty pies make use of freshly kneaded dough, transporting classic recipes and unheard-of combinations to get people excited about pizza again. And the people respond, enjoying the treats as much as Scott himself, who once went 60 days eating at least one meal a day from Toppers.

Today Toppers Pizza stretches across the country, peppering the Midwest and reaching to the East Coast. Along with pizzas, the cooks oven-toast their grinder sandwiches, which are built on artisanal french bread and stuffed with ingredients such as chipotle chicken and italian sausage. Signature Topperstix—breadsticks adorned with cheese, garlic butter, and toppings such as bacon and pepperoni—accompany pizza orders, silencing rumbling bellies until the early morning.

131 S Military Ave
Green Bay,
WI
US

Twisted Cuisine swirls together gourmet flavors from across the nation in a rotating roster of seasonal eats. Drop in during meridial hours for a lunch order of pulled pork with the Super Trooper (braised pork shoulder with house-made barbecue sauce served on a split-top bun topped with coleslaw, $8) or a build-your-own-burger bonanza—one angus beef ($8.50), buffalo ($9), turkey ($8), or veggie ($8) patty on a bagel, split-top bun, or English muffin with choice of sauces and a bevy of optional, additional toppings such as bacon, avocado, and various cheeses (toppings 50¢ each). Alternately, shun the sun and pop in for dinner, beginning with jalapeño heart attack shrimp ($8.50), stuffed with jalapeno cream cheese, wrapped in bacon, and deep-fried to seal in their Neptunian juices. Experience the exotic with pan-seared kangaroo cutlets ($18), or take on a more domestic delight with St. Louis-style wild boar ribs slow-smoked and finished with a session on the grill ($19.50).

7546 Sheridan Rd
Kenosha,
WI
US

The faint melody of blues music and the aroma of smoking meat drifts out of the imposing white brick façade of the former American Bank & Trust building. It can inspire the occasional double take from passersby who don't know that the opulent space is now occupied by Gerald’s Smokehouse. Inside, where bank tellers once counted cash, there's now a meat smoker that roasts ribs.

Restaurateur Gerald Bester has striven to preserve the building's old-fashioned bits of grandeur. The former deposit slip column has been upended into a long table, and the bank vault serves as the centerpiece of the dining room and as a time-out room for fussy dining companions. Sunlight pours through the service window at the end of the bar. Mr. Bester has also updated the space by transforming the second floor into a VIP lounge furnished with flat-screen TVs, leather couches, and an outside smoking patio.

Mr. Bester, who has a background in entertainment and promotions, strives to lure in international musicians, comedians, and poets to the restaurant’s stage. “I knew from an early age I wanted to be an entrepreneur," he says. "Comedy, bands—I just wanted it all in one location, with good food and good drinks.”

In contrast to the oft-elaborate décor, Mr. Bester keeps the food casual, offering southern-style barbecue. His chefs smoke ribs atop beds of apple-pecan and hickory wood and serve the meat alongside heaping sides of fried green tomatoes and collard greens.

1501 Washington Ave
Racine,
WI
US

Owners Brian Glassel and Tim Nicholson eventually teamed up to bring Glass Nickel Pizza Co. to fruition in 1997 after spending their teenage years working around the nostalgic aromas of baking pizzas in Wisconsin eateries. They met while working in the same pizzeria and shared a passion for gourmet pies, so they spent a year planning and dreaming. Then they gathered a small but dedicated team to flip the saucy dough and accommodate patrons with first-class customer service, including the provision of tall glasses brimming with cold beer. Their dedication to this modus operandi helped the restaurant to bloom into a statewide fixture with several locations throughout Wisconsin.

While keeping pizza the star of the menu, Brian and Tim augmented it by adding battered-fish baskets, meaty lasagnas, stacked sandwiches, and crispy chicken. Committed to quality, the duo uses house-made sauce and dough, as well as Boar’s Head deli meats. With an equal commitment to their community, they help to support various nonprofit organizations and keep all their restaurants green through the use of ovens that shut off when not in use, energy-efficient appliances, LED lighting, and cars that run on used vegetable oil and time-travel only when absolutely necessary.

2120 W College Ave
Appleton,
WI
US