Though the the Earl of Sandwich’s namesake inventions lived on, his brother the Duke of New Coke fared poorly. Snack on successful ingenuity with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of sandwiches and California cuisine at Novato Café in Novato. Today’s Groupon is valid only for dinner Thursday–Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Novato Café’s chef Marx Passos mans steaming pots and pans to forge a dinner menu of time-tested plates crowned with colorful sprays of fresh veggies. At the sound of the dinner bell, creamy avocado-and-bacon-cloaked cheeseburgers ($12) drive up napkin demand, and the Boston clam chowder ($6; available Fridays and Saturdays) fits swimmingly alongside a baby spinach salad, decorated with tomatoes, red onions, black olives, and cucumbers and blanketed in choice of dressing ($6 for small; $9 for large). Plates piled high with thin cuts of tenderized pan-fried steak ($9) and fillets of sautéed salmon ($12) swirl through the air from the kitchen to the table, providing the perfect opportunity to chow down and film a UFO hoax in the same night.