Taverns have long been beloved by wayfarers for their heartening fare, endlessly flowing beverages, and surplus of incognito royals. Make friends with a savory meal with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Italian-inspired pub fare and quality beers, wines, and mixed drinks at Parma Tavern in Buford.
Parma Tavern's stolid stone exterior and luxurious, dark-wood bar house a cornucopia of epicurean edibles that draws inspiration from both Italian originals and singular American creations. Opening acts such as the spinach and artichoke fondue ($8) warm up taste-bud crowds for main events, which include the Maytag burger, backed by the solid-gold gruyere and onion dancers ($9.50), and the pomodoro-sporting, "O Solo Mio"-belting chicken parmesan, crusted in herb breadcrumbs and draped in a cape of mozzarella ($12). Brunch, served every Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., boasts such border-blurring sandwiches as the S.P.O., whose two fried eggs, sweet sausage, roasted red peppers, and onions render stomachs contentedly confused about the time of day ($7).
Liquor, wine, and craft beers line the shelves like thirst-quenching wallpaper, with selections from artisan breweries such as Dogfish, Allagash, and Left Hand ($5–$6), while brunch features lurid libations that include the Mimosa ($4). Encouraging late-night discussions and thumb-wresting playoffs, Parma Tavern is open until 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and until midnight on Sundays.