Since food pills are sometimes difficult to swallow and nutrient injections only come in licorice flavor, eating is still the simplest way to stay nourished. Enjoy full-flavored sustenance with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of smokehouse fare and drinks at Cass Bar and Grill in Utica.
Cass Bar and Grill's Peter Engelhardt piles plates high with helpings culled from a menu of smokehouse favorites and Southern staples. The bar's fried green tomatoes ($6.59) arrive tableside outfitted with tasty accessories including feta cheese, pesto sauce, and a fresh tomato relish. Diners can quell quaking bellies with life-preserving proteins including the twin beef-tenderloin medallions ($18.99) or the slow-smoked baby back ribs ($12.99/half slab; $18.99/full slab), which come basted with the house barbeque sauce and can be used as a flotation device in the event of a water landing. Sink chompers deep into sandwiches, such as the smokehouse po' boy ($6.99), or fill forks with pasta, including the spinach and mushroom ravioli ($9.99). With 10 brews on tap and a full bar, diners can toast their good taste in cuisine or their decision to end their meal with the vanilla crème brûlée with strawberries ($3.99).
Cass Bar and Grill greets guests with its two distinctly different personas. Downstairs, Hog’s Hollow mimics a traditional pub with dark wood interiors, walls lined with flat-screen TVs, and animatronic replicas of famous British drinkers. Upstairs, Cass Grill dons more modern duds, with exposed brick floors, a colossal fireplace, and full-length windows that remain open on warm days.