A life lived without delicious food is as unfulfilling as an orchestra performance without sound or a neighbor's idling go-kart without you driving it. Fill up on the good stuff with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Eastern European and Lithuanian cuisine and drinks at Grand Duke's Restaurant in Summit.
The kitchen at Grand Duke's Restaurant bustles with chefs hurrying back and forth, dicing, frying, and searing a menu of Lithuanian dishes. A trio of potato pancakes ($4.99) prepares bellies for heartier entrees and taunts the bloodhounds that live upstairs by launching fragrant clouds of steam towards the molasses-hued boards of the natural-wood ceiling. Beneath falling forks, chicken kiev ($10.99) splits, revealing strata of golden batter and butter-kissed herbs. A 10-ounce new york strip steak doused in a blue cheese horseradish sauce ($20.99) showcases table strength alongside zeppelins ($7.99), bundles of shredded pork and potatoes draped in bacon sauce and named for a resemblance to the famous airships. Paintings of royalty hauled over from Lithuania, dark wooden furniture, and soft lighting evoke a sense of visiting the Middle Ages without the risk of identity theft by anyone capable of drawing a family crest.
Grand Duke’s Restaurant
The chefs at Grand Duke's Restaurant sate bellies with authentic Lithuanian dishes filled with the flavors of northeastern Europe. Staff stuff potato cepelinai dumplings, Lithuania's national zeppelin-shaped dish, with filling such as ground pork or cottage cheese and top potato pancakes with sour cream and applesauce. Servers top tables with entrees that include country-style duck, which slow roasts before joining thick kugelis cake and warm sauerkraut, and twin baked pork hocks that rest beside servings of red potatoes. Inside the restaurant's private dining rooms, parties of up to 35 guests can partake in a panoply of dine-in packages. Brown timbered ceilings recall the inns and taverns of a faraway kingdom, and Lithuanian paraphernalia on the walls covers up secret portholes to Vilnius.