Barbecue, like love, is regularly found at picnics, putting it at risk of being sabotaged by embittered geese. Today's Groupon lets you fall in love with saucy birds and more in a safe setting: for $20, you get $40 worth of barbecue and American comfort fare at The Fireplace Inn in Old Town.
Since 1969, the cozy, dark-wooded atmosphere of The Fireplace Inn has sheltered sports fans eager to feast on its down-home, folksy fare. Though the restaurant boasts a new bill of eats, including gourmet burgers and fresh entrees, pork-hungry patrons can still sup on its prided barbecued baby-back ribs, served by the half rack ($18) or full rack ($22). Before ruminating on ribs, diners can place their glass eyes on an array of starters, including baked clams, stuffed and sprinkled with parmesan cheese ($8.50 for half), and bacon-wrapped scallops ($9.50), in which applewood smoked bacon embraces bay scallops in a gesture of unrequited epicurean passion. A symphony of salads, sandwiches, and seafood seduces patrons with diverse savory notes, whereas the restaurant's gourmet burgers, such as the peppered-egg-and-bacon burger ($11), bewitch those capable of bigger bites.
More than 40 flat-screen televisions showcase the hottest sports happenings, and a wide selection of soothing suds keep thirsty throats hydrated as they cheer on their favorite squads or discuss unfair cricket calls with tablemates. Just down the sidewalk from Second City, this warm and spacious sustenance shop also acts as a comforting prelude to an evening of crack-ups, knee-slaps, and being pictured in your underwear.