Among the top places to be during an asteroid impact, a grocery store ranks second only to the comforting arms of Bruce Willis. Increase your odds of being in the right place at the right time with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of café fare at Zest in Lemon Tree Grocer in Downers Grove. This Groupon also gets you 20% off groceries.
Lemon Tree Grocer is equal parts café and grocery, boasting a full-service eatery with sandwiches, salads, and Intelligentsia coffee, as well as shelves full of produce, meats, and fresh seafood. Lemon Tree's café menu plates up a bevy of gourmet bites, allowing gastronomes to graze on a niçoise tuna salad ($10), featuring kalamata olives and ahi tuna, or indulge carnivorous cravings with filet-mignon medallions straight off the butcher's block ($24+). Sides, such as truffled mac 'n' cheese ($4) or brussel sprouts and bacon ($6), complement lonely entrees, and freshly caught seafood, including seared sea scallops ($22+), can inspire authentic games of Go Fish.
After filling up paunches in the plush café or breezy outdoor patio, use the 20% off all grocery purchases to stock empty cupboards with Boars Head meats and fill barren fridges with cheeses from around the world. An on-site wine director, butcher, and cheese monger linger among shoppers to field any foodie questions and guide eager tongues toward new flavors. Shoppers can peruse vast displays of fresh produce, artisan snacks, and specialty sauces in style with a glass of wine in hand and a photograph of William Howard Taft in pocket.
Lemon Tree Grocer
Renowned chef Tim Canning and co-owner Shaun Black lead a team of skilled butchers, cheesemongers and culinary specialists at their Downer’s Grove grocery store Lemon Tree Grocer, which specializes in natural and organic foods. The cheerful food purveyors greet shoppers with smiles, calling locals by name and newcomers by spirit animal and making recommendations on the best wines, cheeses, and produce. In addition to traditional grocery items, the modern store stocks vegan, gluten-free, and kosher products, as well as responsibly raised and sustainable fish and meat selections from growers such as Niman Ranch.
Driven by the idea that good food pairs best with good conversation, Zest Café features a communal table for dining and socializing, as well as private tables for sipping wine and whispering nutrition facts. The lunch and dinner menus are casual but gourmet, replete with rich ingredients such as Maine lobster and croissants. Special events such as live music, wine tastings, and occasional synchronized grocery-cart frolics make the shopping experience unique and spirited.