The most common way to experience the Deep South is to find a street magician and hope he pulls a shiny Louisiana state quarter from your ear. Today’s Groupon presents another option when there are no illusionists handy.
$15 for $30 Worth of Contemporary Southern Fare and Drinks
To craft an uncommon appetizer, chefs swaddle zucchini in prosciutto and top the dish with caramelized leek and local honey ($8.50). They fuse Cajun and Caribbean culinary traditions for the Jerked Creole—a sandwich that tucks spice-rubbed chicken breast and herbed cream cheese inside a warm roll ($9.50). Simmering shrimp, andouille sausage, and crawfish with farfalle, the foodsmiths prepare Jimmy’s pasta jambalaya ($14.50). For dessert, they serve freshly grilled honey-glazed donuts a la mode ($6). See the full menu.
Jimmy’s on the James
Each night at Jimmy’s on the James, Jim Dudley flits from his kitchen labors to croon jazz standards in the dining room from behind a grand piano. Prior to performing, the culinary connoisseur toils over his from-scratch jerk rub upwards of four hours, infusing the savory elixir with oranges and onions. Along with his culinary showmanship, Dudley’s piano-side manner has earned the restaurateur praise in Lynchburg Living, with a flattering profile in which Jimmy says, "I like things that I call 'funkified.'" He also cops to punctuating the dining experience with visual panache. Large, black-and-white caricatures of American entertainers hearken back to the Roaring Twenties, when nearly every American household contained a four-piece jazz band.