Organic vegetables are grown without the use of pesticides, as they naturally repel pests by repeating everything they say and sending them on elaborate snipe hunts. Savor the taste of these wonder-foods with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of homemade pub fare and drinks at Matteo's Public in Nevada City.
To support the community both local and global, Matteo's Public packs its menu with homemade ingredients from local farmers and ranchers and employs sustainable business practices. The napkins are made from recycled paper, the patio garden is chemical-free, and the trash is all composted, then used as feed for free-range irascible muppets. Start off your appetite's scrumptious stay-cation with brew battered mushrooms ($7.99), made with the “beer O'the day,” before orally deconstructing a Matteo's pub burger ($13.99), which swipes its half-pound patty locally from Niman Ranch. Matteo's chickpea burger ($9.99) arrives topped with a lemon dill dressing and is made so close to home that, at some point, it must be encouraged to get a job and move out. For those who don't put much stock in a name, try the stinky mac 'n' cheese entree ($10.99), which gracefully welcomes chicken or shrimp (add $5.00) into its crunchy breadcrumb and bacon shell.
Matteo's Public's red brick walls and outdoor seating create a refreshingly stampede-free backdrop for a round of fresh lemonades ($2.29), locally-sourced California brews, including Gold Digger IPA and Miners Wheat Ale, or a self-administered taste tour of wines. Live music dots the calendar's weekend squares with local performers who radiate sound waves both inside and outside the restaurant.