Taste of Groupon 2015

BY: Editors | Jan 14, 2015
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Every day Groupon offers unique dining experiences at thousands of restaurants across North America. We celebrate all spectrums of the food landscape. This includes the restaurants of groundbreaking chefs who push the culinary envelope, as well as the corner eateries where mom-and-pops safeguard tradition and family recipes. Our taste buds don't like to be bored. And neither should yours. Below, check out the dining experiences we're most excited about:

Tulsi | New York, NY

Tulsi Highlights

At a glance: Coastal Indian cuisine at a Michelin-starred Midtown restaurant Time called "the best Indian restaurant outside India."

Tulsi dining room

Why it's so great: The menu, designed by "the Yo-Yo Ma of the tandoor", Hemant Mathur, is now in the hands of Michelin vet Eric McCarthy. McCarthy has introduced dishes inspired by India's coastal regions, while still preparing some of Mathur's trademark entrees. The Groupon is for a three-course prix fixe dinner, which pairs can enjoy at one of the restaurant's beautifully curtained-off tables.

Graham Elliot Bistro | Chicago, IL

GEB Highlights

At a glance: Multiple James Beard Award-nominee and MasterChef judge Graham Elliot relies on seasonal ingredients to create unexpected dishes.

Graham Elliot Interior

Why it's so great: Elliot, who calls the kitchen "the last bastion of rebellion", embraces a punk-rock outlook on cooking that empowers him to change his menus on a whim. This approach is fostered by a fondness for seasonal ingredients and seafood. A lover of raw fish, Elliot always features market-fresh selections at his raw bar. Read our interview with Graham Elliot here.

Valentino | Santa Monica, CA

Valentino

At a glance: One of the premier Italian restaurants outside of Italy, founded by Piero Selvaggio in 1972. In addition to the Michelin stars they earned in 2008 and 2009 (the only years Michelin honored Los Angeles restaurants), Valentino has also accrued 12 James Beard Award nominations and two wins.

Valentino Wine Cellar

Why it's so great: The wine cellar. Wine Spectator called it "the greatest wine cellar of them all," and has granted Valentino their prestigious Grand Award every year since 1981. The cellar has included as many as 130,000 bottles from 2,800 different labels, which means you might find anything from a less than $50 varietal to a $25,000 bottle of Brunello Biondi-Santi Riserva from 1891.

FIG & OLIVE | New York, NY

FIG   OLIVE Highlights

At a glance: French restaurateur looks to the Riviera and the Mediterranean to inspire the menu at this Meatpacking-District gem. 

FIG   OLIVE interior

Why it's so great: After an olive-oil tasting, guests explore a menu inspired by restaurateur Laurent Halasz's time in the Mediterranean and the Riviera. Executive Chef Pascal Lorange, who has cooked for President Obama, the Clintons, and the Princess of Monaco, prepares these seasonally influenced meals for sharing at a community table carved from white marble. 

Other featured restaurants:

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The 40/40 Club (New York, NY)
Acacia (Long Island, NY)
Boom Burger (North Jersey)
The Bronx Brewery (New York, NY)
Coney Island Pizza (North Jersey)
Dish N' Dat (Hartford, CT)
Fatty Crab (New York, NY)
Just Janice (North Jersey)
Lidia's Italy (Pittsburgh, PA)
Pace's Steakhouse (Long Island, NY)
Taste of Mediterranean (North Jersey)
Twist and Smash'd Sports (Long Island, NY)
Wintzell's Oyster House (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Blanc Burgers + Bottles (Kansas City, MO)
The Breadbasket (Wichita, KS)
Club Lago (Chicago, IL)
Flood's Bar & Grille (Detroit, MI)
Gaslight Grill (Kansas City, MO)
Hiro 88 (Omaha, NE)
Hubbard Inn (Chicago, IL)
JoDeans Steakhouse and Lounge (Sioux Falls, SD)
JTK Cuisine & Cocktails (Lincoln, NE)
Lick the Spoon (Sioux Falls, SD)
Mike Shannon's Steaks and Seafood (St. Louis, MO)
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt (Columbia, MO)
Osaka Japanese Steakhouse (Fox Cities, WI)
Pug Dog's Diner (Rockford, IL)
Sam & Gabe's Italian Bistro (Des Moines, IA)
Timbers Steakhouse and Seafood (Fort Wayne, IN)

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757 Crave on the Harbor (Hampton Roads, VA)
Al Di La (Charleston, SC)
The Burger Bar (Amarillo, TX)    
Cafe du Soleil (Knoxville, TN)
Fork & Spoon Patio Cafe (San Antonio, TX)
Hill City Pizza (Chattanooga, TN)
JagerHaus (New Orleans, LA)
Judge Bean's BBQ (Nashville, TN)
La Grotta Ravinia (Atlanta, GA)
Larry's Pizza (Memphis, TN)
Las Ventanas (Houston, TX)
Morelia Mexican Grill (Austin, TX)
Old Mill Bread & Flour Co. (Little Rock, AR)
Osaka Sushi & Japanese Cuisine (Louisville, KY)
Parrain's Louisiana Kitchen (Austin, TX)
Peerless Restaurant (Knoxville, TN)
Sapphire (Knoxville, TN)
Squid Lips (Orlando, FL)
The Tasting Room at Uptown Park (Houston, TX)
Vino Venue (Atlanta, GA)
Wight-Meyer Vineyard & Winery (Louisville, KY)
Zingers Bar & Grill (Austin, TX)

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Beso Hollywood (Los Angeles, CA)
Blue Heron French Cheese Company (Portland, OR)
Brannan's Grill (Napa/Sonoma, CA)
Cafe La Maze (San Diego, CA)
Casa Flores (Stockton, CA)
Chicken Dijon Rotisserie & Grill (Los Angeles, CA)
Cog Wild Bicycle Tours Bike & Brew Tour (Portland, OR)
Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro (San Diego, CA)
Marrakesh Moroccan Restaurant (Seattle, WA)
Nicolosi's Italian Restaurant (San Diego, CA)
Off the Waffle (Portland, OR)
Pacific Dining Car (Los Angeles, CA)
Pegasus Pizza and Pasta (Seattle, WA)
Pintxo (Seattle, WA)
Provenance (Orange County, CA)
Ritual Brewing Co. (Inland Empire, CA)
Slow Hand BBQ (San Francisco, CA)
Tokyo Steakhouse (Seattle, WA)

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The Big Cheese Poutinerie (Calgary, AB)
Bismarck (Vancouver, BC)
Carvers Steakhouse (Vancouver, BC)
Fairmont Vancouver Airport Afternoon Tea (Vancouver, BC)
Hanabi Sushi Restaurant (Regina, SK)
Kobe Japanese Steak and Seafood House (Vancouver, BC)
La Cigale French Bistro (Vancouver, BC)
La Cucina Ristorante (Ottawa, ON)
LeVilla West (Calgary, AB)
Ling & Louie's Asian Bar & Grill (Anchorage, AK)
Lux Lounge (Vancouver, BC)
Showcase Restaurant & Bar (Vancouver, BC)
Spring Rolls (Kitchener/Waterloo, ON)
Stong's Market (Vancouver, BC)
The Vanilla Pod (Kelowna, BC)
Villa Rosa Ristorante Italiano (Kelowna, BC)

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BY: Editors