Growling stomachs can hamper stealth operations, spoil belly dances, and, in extreme cases, induce dogs to attack. Quiet whimpering tummy tones with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of upscale American fare at Granite City Food & Brewery in Mishawaka.
Granite City Food & Brewery, a casual family restaurant founded by a hospitality expert, boasts a beefed-up menu stuffed with more steak, seafood, pasta, flatbread pizza, burger, and sandwich options than Abe Lincoln had dollar bills stuffed in his top hat. Appetizers such as crab-artichoke quesadillas ($11.99) and crispy buffalo shrimp diving into shimmering blue-cheese pools ($11.99) take taste buds on a road trip across the culinary hot spots of America. A savory selection of steaks include the 14-ounce New York strip ($25.99), honey-rosemary filet mignon ($17.99), and a classic Angus top sirloin caught catnapping on a bed of golden onion strings ($22.09). Flatbread pizzas and nine pasta plates keep tongues from running off to Italy, and small plates such as the half-pound mediterranean chicken ($10.99) quell tiny hunger swells. The half-pound Napa Valley burger, dressed for the season in balsamic spring greens and topped with mozzarella and crispy prosciutto ($9.89), as well as 10 sandwiches pitch in to settle belly debts and prevent collection agencies from gathering on tongues.