Pizza and beer possess complementary elements that match each other perfectly, much like a dry wine and an earthy cheese or a sweet cake and the subtle spiciness of a lit birthday candle. Discover more palate-pleasing pairings with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of American fare and drinks at Fatman Pizza Pub in Gurnee.
As televisions ignite with the excitement of the big game, the chefs at Fatman Pizza Pub pair a menu of piping-hot pies, meaty sandwiches, and sauce-slathered ribs with a flavorful armada of specialty cocktails and craft beers. Pizzas parade straight from the oven in thin-crust and deep-dish varieties ($9.50–$20 with two toppings), each slathered in tomato, alfredo, or barbecue sauce beneath a choice of 14 ingredients. Toasty breads ensconce a range of sandwiched fare, such as the pepper jack and jalapeño-ignited oaxacan burger ($9.50) and the Hangover melt, which cloaks ham and bacon in a fried egg and french fries ($8.99) to boost the lovelorn pub's chances at wooing a 1950s diner.
From behind a circular bar, bartenders sling more than 35 craft beers from around the world and infuse specialty long islands with a bevy of top-shelf spirits and unusual mixers. Within a renovated 1940s-era lounge, worn cedar accents frame the flicker of games piped in from the restaurant's NFL Sunday Ticket and Big Ten Network subscriptions as a roaring fire crackles in harmony with diners' football-themed campfire songs. In the warmer months, balls soar over sturdy nets in a slate of sand volleyball courts, and an open-air patio invites diners to enjoy the evening air or bask in the balmy sunlight.