The monopoly tycoons of the 19th century traditionally did their wheeling and dealing at fine-dining establishments, cleverly concealing the fact that they still lived with their parents. Engage in edible enterprise with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 toward gourmet cuisine and drinks at Le Bistro on West Benjamin Holt Drive.
Talented chef Lance Hatcher dresses tables in an eclectic menu of gourmet entrees and flaming sweets. Sherry, cream, and lobster melt into a creamy bowl of lobster bisque ($10). For a heartier portion, try the ossobuco of braised-beef short ribs, served with a delectable cache of caramelized cippolini onions and crushed dijon fingerlings ($29). Fig-whiskey sauce accompanies a feast of bacon-wrapped pheasant accented with green apples ($27).
After dinner, Le Bistro's gastronomic geniuses assemble tableside sweets such as the Café Diablo, a mischievous mix of spirits, sugar, and coffee beans topped with a flaming plume of Pernod lit and garnished with an orange curl ($15 each, two or more orders required). Night-shift noshers can swig and snack from a bar menu decorated with more Gallic gems and a selection of wines and cocktails.
Lincoln Village West
3121 W Benjamin Holt Dr.
Stockton, California 95219Get Directions