Topping the food chain is a tremendous achievement, which is why humans triumphantly plant flag-like toothpicks in burgers and belt the national anthem at their steaks before devouring them. Enjoy life at the top with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of steak-house fare at Garlic & Shots in Tempe.
The chefs and bartenders at Garlic & Shots ply patrons with a menu of hearty meats and seafood with garlic flavors, as well as a drink list that includes 101 types of shots, local brews, and more than 30 types of wine. Steamed mussels ($10) open like bivalve tulips in the sun while bathing in a broth of shallots, garlic butter, and Four Peaks' 8th Street ale, and a pair of kobe-beef sliders ($13) rides mini brioche buns into mouth caverns. Sweet balsamic glaze or creamy béchamel sauce adorns pan-seared chicken breasts ($17), and garlic blue cheese crowns the 8-ounce filet mignon ($24).
The eatery's roster of ice-shaken shots ($8 each) reads like a racing form, with concoctions such as Your Father's Moustache, Party Hat, Lazy Kitten, and Lost in Time all vying to be the winningest libation. Local musicians sate aural hungers Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, and Tuesday's open-mic nights provide an opportunity for troubadours to debut their ballads about steak.