Most children won't eat a vegetable unless it is fried, just like they won't walk a dog who isn't wearing a bow tie. Pick your battles with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of American gastropub fare and drinks at Ballyhoo Restaurant & Bar in Weldon Spring.
A movie-themed interior greets guests at the newly inaugurated Ballyhoo Restaurant & Bar, where 11 TVs take turns beaming scenes from celebrated films while diners devour house-crafted classic American comfort cuisine and tasty beverages. The menu brims with hearty pub fare, beckoning taste buds to feast on bites such as hand-cut Ballyhoo onion rings ($5.95) or toasted ravioli ($6.95), small breaded pockets stuffed with beef and dreams of marquee stardom, then topped with homemade marinara. The chicken philly ($8.95) presents a poultry twist on a timeless sandwich, and The Challenge ($19.95) dares appetites to demolish four 8-ounce Angus beef patties, a half pound of bacon, provolone and cheddar cheeses, and two onion rings. If diners scarf down the entire culinary mountain in 30 minutes or fewer along with a side, they receive half off their bill and jealous stares from hungry, hungry hippos everywhere. Diners can add sweet notes to meals with the house-made pumpkin bread pudding ($6.95) accented with Frangelico crème anglaise or sip on beverages from the full bar while taking in tunes from a local DJ on weekend nights.
Ballyhoo Restaurant & Bar
The despair in Marlon Brando's cry of "Stellaaaa" is lost as the nine big-screen TVs are drowned out by the sights and sounds of confetti cannons, airborne toilet-paper streamers, and rainfalls of bubbles. During afternoon and dinner service, Ballyhoo Restaurant & Bar is tamer, dishing up a menu of classic American fare, including six burgers, more than 10 kinds of sandwiches and wraps, and six pizzas. At night, however, Ballyhoo is a haven for tomfoolery and shenanigans of all kinds.
Framed posters of classic Hollywood A-listers—including Elvis, Brando, and Hepburn—cover the dining-room walls at this movie-theater-themed eatery. Here the staff encourages patrons to indulge in the fun instead of silencing raucous laughter and insisting diners behave themselves or risk finding an alka seltzer under their pillow from the bar fairy. From behind a marble countertop, bartenders dole out a range of boozy beverages while well-loved movies flicker across nine flat-screen TVs. Diners can pick reasonable meals off the menu, or set themselves up for The Challenge—a dinner plate packing four 8-ounce burgers layered in four types of cheese as well as half a pound of bacon and two onion rings. To win half off their final bill (not valid with this Groupon), challengers are allotted 20 minutes to gobble the whole dish while sticking their tongues out at the food gods.