What You'll Get
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.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 27, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per table, 2 per table of 5 or more. Must use in 1 visit, no cash back. Not valid for Wednesday specials, private events, or with other offers. Tax and gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.