Since the recent ban on dentists, barbecue joints are the only places where adults can publicly wear bibs. Sport this garment without the ire of nearby babies thanks to today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Southern-style barbecue and drinks at The Comfort Zone in Aurora.
Helmed by a husband-wife team, The Comfort Zone courts patrons with a home-style menu of made-from-scratch soul-food dishes, slow-smoked meats, 10 savory sides, and a trio of homemade desserts. Warm up tongue muscles with the cornmeal-breaded fried green tomatoes paired with a spicy remoulade sauce ($5.50). Meanwhile, the Texas-style beef-brisket sandwich ($6.95) arrives at the table after 10 hours of slow smoking and five visits from concerned firefighters. Doused in luscious housemade barbecue sauce, the pulled-pork plate ($9.95) and the full-slab of St. Louis–style ribs come with two faithful sidekicks, such as baked mac and cheese, collard greens, coleslaw, and more ($18.75, $12.25/half slab). Sugarcoat the mouth without crocheting a scarf out of licorice by tasting a slice of sweet-potato pie ($2.95) and a vat of banana pudding ($2.95/small, $5/large).
Come June, The Comfort Zone will be expanding its current location to feature a blues and jazz bar and host more exciting hide-and-seek games.
37 W New York St.
Aurora, Illinois 60506