Growling stomachs can hamper stealth operations, spoil belly dances, and, in extreme cases, induce dogs to attack. Quiet whimpering tummy tones with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of seasonally inspired cuisine and drinks at Maxine’s Glacier City Bistro in Girdwood.
Maxine’s menu teems with culinary creations that change as often as every fortnight in order to showcase the fleeting freshness of local, seasonal ingredients. Past patrons have supped among the dining room’s warm red walls and polished tree trunk columns, feasting upon delicious dishes such as watermelon tuna rolls drizzled with spicy firecracker sauce ($14) or Alaskan halibut cheeks blushing in a blood orange beurre blanc and kissed with truffle-lemon vinaigrette ($29). Black Angus beef medallions bedeck a plate of Yukon gold mashed potatoes and sautéed wild mushrooms, getting extra embellishment from a red-wine demi glace and foie gras butter ($35), while the vine-ripe tomato caprese ($11) caters to kind-hearted vegetarians by paring house-made mozzarella with basil sorbet and olive oil squeezed from the fruits via a firm yet gentle hug.
Maxine’s welcomes guests to quench their thirst with more than 19 domestic and microbrewed beers, as well as a selection of international wines chosen for their ability to speak several languages. Guests may dine alfresco or atop cozy, wood tabletops indoors, where songsmiths serenade on weekend evenings and Wednesday nights invite amateur songbirds to perfect homespun raps about the perks of sustainable farming.
Although Maxine's Glacier City Bistro has closed, The Grape Leaf Restaurant is now accepting their Groupons and will soon change their name to Maxine's Glacier City.