Unlike cinematic love scenes, cuisine can be enjoyed in the company of parents without embarrassment. Dodge future moments of uneasiness with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of classic American cuisine and drinks at Fox Ridge Restaurant, located on the historical grounds of the Fox Ridge Golf Course in Newton.
Over the course of three generations, Fox Ridge Restaurant's owners, the Davis family, have brought decades of culinary experience to the upper floor of the Fox Ridge Clubhouse, building up a menu of sandwiches, salads, soups, pastas, and hearty entrees from the grill. The restaurant’s large wooden windows and its views of the tree-lined golf course create a pastoral backdrop to a snack of house-made hummus with fried pita chips ($5.25).
Otherwise, stretch out beside the brick-laden fireplace and dig into the classic burger made with Creekstone Angus beef ($4.75) or—for the same price—confuse any lazy taste buds by spinning them around blindfolded, then treating them to the genre-defying pizza burger, which layers a pork patty with pizza sauce and a blend of parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. The porterhouse-cut pork chop served alongside a twice-baked potato and vegetable medley ($14.95), sates more hippo-like hungers, especially when chased with turtle cheesecake ($3.75). An array of whole-leaf teas ($2) and french press coffees ($2.50) keeps your throat wet in case any kids in swim trunks mistake it for a water slide.
Along with being a thriving food habitat, Fox Ridge Restaurant's full bar also makes a good 19th hole where end-gaming golfers can knock back a few specialty cocktails, domestic and imported beers, and a full list of wine. Toast the members of your foursome who were lost to the course's quicksand traps with a Corazon margarita ($11), or celebrate defeating the 5th hole's giant robot boss with a round of Fort Collins chocolate stout ($3.50).