Hungry stomachs are forced to contemplate cooking their own food while our brains are busy plotting ways to make casino owners fall in love with our ungainly cousins. Quell an insurgent appetite with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of traditional American cuisine and drinks at Hal’s Fabulous Vegas Bar & Grille in Greenwood.
Hal’s Fabulous Vegas Bar & Grille finds inspiration for its restaurant décor from Las Vegas while harvesting its culinary offerings from traditional American taste preferences. Embark on a simulated Vegas vacation while pretending the menu is Skymall, the pinnacle of in-flight reading material. For an appetizing appetizer, start with a single fried jackpot shrimp swimming in chili-garlic cream sauce ($10) or a helping of three giant mushrooms filled with crab stuffing ($11). Noodle suitors will love the Queen of Hearts Pasta ($13), which excites taste buds with mushrooms, shallots, spinach, garlic, and tomatoes tossed together with penne pasta in a cardinal sauce. Brush up on bluffing skills with a Blackjack Burger, which features black Angus beef stacked with rib roast, smoked bacon, and cheddar-jack cheese ($14), or bet it all on a beer-battered grouper filet ($16). Cool off a hot streak with a chilly vanilla crème brûlée ($7).
Hal’s was one of 2010's nominees for The Indy Channel A-List’s Best Traditional American restaurant. The interior drops very large hints of Vegas with slick, leather booth seating; slot machines; and a panoramic, window-style painting of sin city. Stop by the granite bar for a drink, such as the Harvey Wallbanger or an old-fashioned Old-Fashioned. The feature-filled bar features individual drink chillers for keeping brews and baby food extra cold. Move the party to the outdoor patio to feast beneath the leering eyes of the prying sun.