When someone's getting all up in your grill, the best thing to say is "You better step off! The surface temperature of grills can approach 550 degrees Fahrenheit—you shouldn't be standing on that thing!" Today's Groupon demonstrates a high regard for safety by leaving the grilling to the professionals: for $10, you get $20 worth of Southern fare, pizza, and drinks at Dark Horse Grill & Ice House in Newcastle.
Dark Horse Grill’s menu overtakes lesser menus with a galloping barrage of burgers, steaks, and pizzas, as well as lush libations from a fully stocked bar. After whetting appetites with a starter of fried pickle chips ($3.99–$5.99), diners can tuck into a personalized pizza ($5.99–$11.99) wreathed in such textures as canadian bacon, grilled chicken, and pineapple. The Dark Horse fried chicken is battered and winged by texas toast, pickles, and onions ($12.99 for 8 pieces), and the southern-fried catfish, farm-raised in the States, is rolled in bread crumbs, cooked until golden-brown, and eaten until invisible ($10.99 with two sides). A full bar stocked with sumptuous liquors and suds on tap provides apt accompaniment for the kitchen's rustic, crispy servings.
Dark Horse Grill & Ice House hosts live music on Fridays and Saturdays from its raised stage, delighting the young and grown alike with rock, blues, and country troubadours whistling solos through fried jalapeños. The cozy dining room complements cuisine and tunes with an antler chandelier, wood-backed booths, and stools fashioned out of saddles. Two pool tables and a dartboard allow patrons to settle disputes over whether Australia officially counts as a city or a duchy.