Hunger, unlike ambulance sirens, meningitis, and restraining orders, is not something you can safely ignore. Answer the mighty call of a bellowing belly with today's Groupon: for $9, you get $20 worth of food and drink at J. Gardella's Tavern, located in Old Town right next to the Van Andel Arena. This Groupon is not valid toward J. Gardella's Wednesday-night specials or with other offers or private events.
J. Gardella's Tavern offers casual comfort food for the formal and uncomfortable at its three-story location. Fire-up feasting from the menu with spinach artichoke dip ($6.99) or J. Gardella's chili, a cup of family secrets, beef, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, carrots, and beans ($2.99). Once initial hunger pains have been tamed, guests can turn their stomach's sights toward a main dish. The pulled-pork sandwich accompanies its eats with barbecue sauce for dipping ($6.99), whereas the black-bean garden burger ($5.99) and the buffalo-chicken wrap ($6.99) spoil the stomach and spare the hog. Entrees include lake perch with fries ($8.99) and a chicken or beef burrito ($8.99), with the sugar-and-cinnamon-dusted dessert known as Elephant Ears ($3) providing a fitting finale to the feast. Vampires can use this Groupon for the late- night menu or to sip on some of the adult beverages at the full bar.
The restaurant's ambiance resurrects the spirit of a classic Chicago tavern but with fewer backroom political dealings and Scottie Pippen– impersonation contests. The three stories of wooden floors, red brick walls, and ornate hand-carved moldings warm the soul like a grandmother's high five. Gather the gang for a night of grub and good times at J. Gardella's Tavern.
Reviews are limited, but J. Gardella's does get a 4.5-star average from five Yelpers.