Food has always played a key role in history, from the jam and bread that fueled the von Trapp children's So Long, Farewell marathon to the Easter eggs that kept the Swiss Family Robinson strong and healthy. Taste modernity's contribution to cooking with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of contemporary American cuisine at Act One Pub in Rogers Park. A brand-new restaurant masterminded by Coobah's chef, Act One fixes up a menu of American fare prepared with tasty, locally sourced ingredients. Dig your tusks into the bistro steak, a grilled hanger meat-pie with a red-wine reduction and pulverized potatoes ($20) or sate your stomach's sea monster's stomach by swallowing seared scallops capellini, a dish served with wilted spinach, capellini di olio, a fresh baguette, and beurre blanc ($22). A kids' menu confirms suspicions that New American cuisine is no longer just for grownups, and the light-filled, vintage interior offers a relaxing venue where diners can safely wager the size of their stomach against the size of their eyes.
- Every meal should start with Madla's veggie tater tots — zucchini, red pepper, olives and potato deep fried and served with whipped goat cheese for dipping… – Erica Walkup, Centerstage
- The food is great quality, they make most of their sauces and dips in house. I had the fish and chips; the fish was flaky and tender, the crust was crispy, not too much breading. – Shakura H., Yelp