Cooking food over an open flame can impart smoky flavor and seal in savory juices, but cooking food over an eternal flame can get a bobsledding team kicked out of the Olympics. Get your fill of flame-cooked fare with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of upscale steakhouse fare and drinks at Mariah's in Bowling Green.
Nestled within the nearly 200-year-old brick walls of one of Bowling Green's oldest standing brick structures, Mariah's professional staff of servers and chefs delivers a delectable menu of steaks, pizzas, and pastas crafted from fresh ingredients. The house-specialty Hot Brown ($9.99) is tucked under an edible cushion fort of bacon, tomato, turkey, and cheddar mornay sauce, and a crispy margherita pizza ($10.49 for a 10") is baked to mouthwatering maturity in the kitchen's wood-fired brick oven. The French Quarter pasta ($16.99) tantalizes appetites with a tangy creole of shrimp, Cajun seasoning, and alfredo sauce, and steaks of bourbon-glazed salmon ($16.99 for the entree) and hand-cut top sirloin ($18.99 for the entree) please palates with flavorful juices and matching grill-mark tattoos.
Mariah's old-school atmosphere permeates any gathering within its early 19th-century brick walls, accenting tasty suppers with eye-pleasing displays of fireplaces, majestic mantels, and detailed woodwork. The sports bar section of the restaurant unites disparate eras in time with an antique Brunswick bar top from the 1880s resting near a high-tech TV wall where Henry Clay once watched the 1824 championship between the Louisville Whigs and the Portsmouth Rapscallions.
In 1818, George and Elizabeth Moore built a new house in which to raise their future family. Their youngest daughter, Mariah, would go on to spend her entire life in the home her parents had bequeathed to her. When Rick Kelley and David Sears decided to transform the historic residence into a restaurant nearly a century after her passing, they chose the name to honor its longest-term resident. They also added a 3,000-square-foot expansion and restored the fireplaces, wood flooring, and brick walls to their original appearance.
Thanks to these refurbishments, Mariah’s old home seems to have found new life in the 21st century. Where she used to cook, chefs now hand-cut steaks and slide thin-crust pizzas into a large brick oven for firing. As Bowling Green's oldest standing brick structure, the nearly 200-year-old Mariah Moore House offers diners much to gaze at if they can pry their eyes away from the hearty fare on their plates. The building’s historic accents include a Brunswick bar top from the 1880s, an aged carousel horse, and a TV-video wall salvaged from Grover Cleveland’s presidential situation room.