The only downside to eating in historical establishments is the potential for presidential poltergeists to clamor for a nibble of beef stew. Comfortably assume the role of meal monger with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of classic American cuisine at Carrot Tree Kitchens. This Groupon is valid at either of Carrot Tree's two locations, in Williamsburg and Yorktown, and is only good for lunch and dinner.
Carrot Tree incorporates fresh ingredients into home-crafted delicacies in both of its nostalgic confines. Mosey to Williamsburg for lunch any day of the week, alighting upon America's Brunswick stew, packed with chicken, ham, nostalgic contemplation, and garden goodies ($3.49/cup, $4.49/bowl), or replace rusty bicycle wheels with the Old Dominion buttermilk biscuits, paired alongside sugar-cured ham and drizzled in chutney dressing ($2.29/two). The Hogg Island barbecue is slow cooked for two days before revealing its savory entrance dance onto a potato bun ($7.49), and the herbivore-centric Colonial Gardener is packed with spinach and mushrooms in veggie-burger form with equally veggie-friendly accouterments ($7.99).
Housed in a historic building that dates back to 1720, the Yorktown location carries lunch, dinner, and high tea on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. Dig into the Cole plate—named for the original owner of the Carrot Tree Yorktown house—teeming with a medley of chicken salad, tuna salad, orzo-pasta salad, and marinated carrot salad ($8.49). Mom's meat loaf hugs comfort-food flavors in a sandwichy embrace ($8.99), and the U.S. Grant imparts presidential flavors of turkey, cranberries, walnuts, and blue cheese in a sun-dried tomato wrap, which is more flavorful than a crater-prone moon-dried tomato wrap ($7.99).
While not included in today's Groupon, Carrot Tree bestows a variety of whole homemade cakes, including its moniker-making carrot cake, and caters events from corporate picnics to modish pet weddings.