Though charcoal drawing was once the dominant artistic medium in America, precious few masterworks survived the realization that those early portraits could be crumpled up and used to smoke delicious stacks of ribs. Honor forgotten artists with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of barbecue and American fare at Matthew's Bar & Grill.
The chefs at Matthew's Bar & Grill fire up a sizzling menu of barbecue classics served in an energy-filled sports bar. Diners can swap crispy appetizers to head off the meal, whether tearing into fried butterfly shrimp ($8) or heating up gums with breaded jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese ($7). Similarly, sauces—from hot barbecue to tangy lemon-pepper—douse flocks of chicken wings to paint a gustatory rainbow when shared between dual or quadruple orders ($6.60–$10). As pulled barbecue sandwiches ($7) and barbecue plates ($11) emerge, smoky aromas spark palate salivation like a Fourth of July cookout at Pavlov's laboratory. Grilled chicken slathered in barbecue sauce and cheddar cheese crown crunchy nachos ($11), and sides, such as sweet-potato fries ($3–$5) and onion rings ($3–$5), score Tetris wins in near-full bellies.
Chums chat between drinks from Matthew's full bar and its early-week drink specials (not included with this Groupon), while revelers shout demands at sports teams playing on two large projection screens and multiple plasma TVs. Hands-on diversions spark second appetites as patrons challenge co-diners to an Xbox Kinect match or orchestrate an impromptu juggling performance atop a pool-table stage.