Restaurants offer diners both a delicious reprieve from the kitchen and a secure environment that makes it virtually impossible for the dish to run away with the spoon. Keep your eating implements obedient with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of upscale American eats and drinks at 116 Oak. With portions ranging from tapas-style small plates to heartier entrees, 116's menu sates hunger of any size. Their chefs strive to use fresh, seasonal ingredients from nearby producers, leading to meals such as the country fried pork loin ($11 for small, $17 for large) served with jasmine rice and corn on the cob dressed up with house-made sausage gravy, and the pan-seared chiccarone encrusted mahi mahi ($12 for small, $18 for large) with garlic bread pudding and green bean lyonnaise. An extensive wine and beer list and homemade desserts round out a true American eating experience.
- The look is sophisticated, the ambience is quintessential college town.The food is sophisticated, too, with extra points for value. Nonconventional, thin biscuits provide lots of flavor and good bite. – John Batchelor, News & Record
- 116 Oak offers progressive American cuisine served in a tapas style. With menu items ranging from Thai-inspired dishes to Southern cooking, it would be hard not to find something you like at 116 Oak. – Libby Dean, the Pendulum