Making food from scratch typically requires advance preparation, adherence to a recipe, and your third and final genie wish. Save the third wish for more wishes with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a contemporary American dinner for two at Paws Restaurant in Aurora (up to a $43.50 value). The dinner includes:
- Choice of one appetizer from the dinner menu (up to an $8.50 value)
- Choice of two entrees from the dinner menu (up to a $35 value)
A brainchild of gourmet restaurant The Leopard, Paws treats diners to a menu populated with fresh seafood entrees, a sushi bar, gourmet burgers, and house-made pizzas. Dining duos can kick off the meal by breaking pepperoni bread festooned with arugula, roasted tomatoes, and shaved pecorino, or sparring with the stalks from a helping of tempura asparagus. From there, forks nosedive into such hearty entrees as the classically prepared Bertram pot roast, which is paired with roasted root vegetables, or the rainbow trout, which chefs stuff with crab imperial and top with lobster fond to create a seafood meal more bountiful than Poseidon’s wedding reception. Hands indulge in myriad portables—such as the fried-walleye sandwich or vegetarian-friendly portabella burger—or creative customers can design their own doughy disks with gooey cheese and a choice of more than 10 toppings, such as artichoke hearts, crab meat, or packets of Fun Dip.
Paws Restaurant, a sister eatery to The Leopard dishes out casual elegance in a romantic dining room. Hashes and hot cakes greet each morning in the softly lit dining room, and at lunchtime, breads and buns envelop pulled pork, portobello mushrooms, and fish fillets paired with crisp vegetables and piquant cheese. During dinner, pans sear filet mignon, porterhouse steaks, and other luscious cuts of meat reveling beneath house-made steak sauces and demi-glaces, and grilled fishes of the day don fruit salsas or sweet soy sauce flavored with shiitake mushrooms. A team of sushi chefs slice sashimi, cinch hand rolls stuffed with fish, such as eel and tuna, and arrange bento boxes into scale models of the Large Hadron collider.