Of all the flightless birds, chickens remain America’s favorite kind to eat, narrowly beating out penguins, kiwis, and Larry Bird. Make bird the word with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of American fare and drinks at Hot Rod Cafe, located in downtown New London.
Savory scents of chicken wings drift through the dining room at Hot Rod Cafe, where chefs sauce up a menu filled with more than 15 varieties of bone-in beauties. Slather mouths in Scovilles of extra hot buffalo or spicy teriyaki, or shake hands with the more hospitable flare of the Southern fried wing and its honey barbecue cousin ($10.95 for 12). Instead of building bone yards, diners can stage a savory stare-down with the intimidator burger and its pound of double beef patty layers, which sport fists of gooey cheese, bacon strips, and its own boxing ring of onions ($12.95). Others may slow dance with forkfuls of zesty barbecue chicken salad ($10.95) or hold hands around a philly cheese wrap, oozing compliments of freshly shorn steak and green peppers ($9.95). Wash down meals with an array of specialty cocktails ranging from traditional beers to house-made sangrias.
Pair finger-licking frolics with postmeal matchups of pool, foosball, and board games, or recline on the café's water front deck while tapping feet to the beat of live DJs who drop in on occasion. Cherry red accents and exposed brick set the mood inside Hot Rod Cafe, where groups of friends, first daters, and fencing enthusiasts spar for chicken wing supremacy.