Eating at home is so relaxing that your body may fall asleep mid-digestion—ergo, it's best to eat as close to a game of darts as possible. Worry your way into a well-digested meal with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of pub fare and drinks at The Axe & Fiddle Public House in Cottage Grove.
Axe & Fiddle combines local and regional libations with a straightforward menu of scrumptious pub fare within the inviting and historic Burkholder Woods Building. Chow down on multifaceted spuds with crinkle-cut chips and french-onion dip ($3.50) or garlic cheesy fries ($5) with a side of hollandaise sauce. The organic green salad sends pesticides packing with an extradition notice shaped out of carrots, cabbage, and green onions ($5). Venture across meaty plains with a quarter-pound burger crafted from Knee Deep 100% free-range and grass-fed beef bedecked in condiments, and paired with homefries ($8.50). Beans and greens—slathered in queso fresco, veggies, and served with corn tortillas ($6.50)—sit side by side in a copacetic show of mutual appreciation for each other’s craft.
Open every day at 4 p.m. (patrons under 21 are welcome until 8:30 p.m.), Axe & Fiddle features a full bar and rotating selection of local and regionally brewed beers and fine wines, as well as a late-night food menu for roving hordes of sleepeaters. Luminaries and neon signs adorning the historic building's façade welcome guests into the warm wood interior, and live music fills 16-foot skylight ceilings from the main floor up to a mezzanine level complete with seating, dartboard, and chlorine-free pool table.