Dining out means not having to look up dinner recipes at work, allowing you to get back to what you're there to do: defend your edits of the Event Horizon Wikipedia page. Explore the outer reaches of dining with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $30 for $60 worth of contemporary American cuisine and drinks for two or more
- $60 for $120 worth of contemporary American cuisine and drinks for four or more
The menu features updated takes on American classics, such as shrimp and Grafton cheddar grits with spinach and bacon ($23). Other entrees include ruby-red trout ($20) and adobo-braised pork shank ($21). At the bar, guests can order signature cocktails—the Ask the Dust mixes rum, Campari, tamarind syrup, lime, absinthe, and mexican mole bitters ($12)—to pair with bites of lamb burgers, which are dressed in olive and mint mayonnaise ($14).
Mr. Rain's Fun House
Mr. Rain's Fun House appears to have witnessed a stampede of exotic animals. On the curved surface of one wall, a flamboyantly colored sculpture of a walrus head stares from between two equally glitzy cows. There are no flowers on the tables—instead, peacock feathers wind upward from curlicued metal bases. Then there's the menu, which offers wild boar and pheasant sausage alongside housemade sauerkraut. From the rohan duck breast to the ruby-red trout, the entrees seek to capture the eye as much as the decor does, a fitting goal for a restaurant located on the third floor of the American Visionary Art Museum.
Bill Buszinski doesn't consider his methods entirely avant-garde, however. The self-trained chef grew up on a 200-acre farm, where he learned the value of made-from-scratch meals and the importance of leaving a trail of breadcrumbs when entering a 100-acre cornfield. His selection of seasonal dishes therefore relies on locally sourced meat and produce. Beverage director Perez Klebahn collaborates with Bill to invent handcrafted cocktails that complement the rotating plates, such as the To Autumn: Jameson Irish whiskey, acorn-squash liqueur, apple cider, Suze bitters, and lemon juice. Maria Buszinski rounds out the staff with her penchant for quirky art design, helping arrange a communal dining space that also hosts "pop-up" gallery shows and events from area artists.