Unlike car alarms and self-proclaimed best friends, grumbling stomachs can be hard to ignore. Fill your hunger tank with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get two brunch entrées and two drinks at food. in Summit (up to a $38 value).
The savvy grill artisans at food. serve up a brunch menu of classic comfort dishes as well as unusual culinary creations using ingredients from such top-flight sources as Balthazar Bakery and Pat LaFrieda. Twosomes can sample the unconventional lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, which fulfills palate predilections with orzo pasta, white cheddar, poached lobster, and a drizzle of truffle oil (a $14 value), and the cookie-dough flapjacks eschew their typical flat existence for a sweet filling of baked chocolate-chip cookie dough (an $11 value). Brunch companions can escort morsels down their gullets with cups of Allann Bros. coffee (a $3 value each) or summon nostalgia by donning hoop skirts and coolly quaffing on a cherry coke (a $3 value each).
The colorful menu items play counterpoint to the diner’s clean, modern décor. Duos can slide their streamlined chairs under white tables in the dining room, where the staff efficiently refills glasses and presents steaming plates. During warmer months, the outdoor patio fills with diners who relax in the shade of umbrellas, which offer sanctuary from the sun’s UV rays and low-flying pterodactyls.