When deprived of flavorful sustenance, the mouth will often retaliate by shouting your bank-account number at sporting events or turning every sentence into a high-pitched jingle. Tame an unruly tongue with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of pub fare at Pike Cafe in Reading.
At Pike Cafe, the glow of 40 high-def TVs illuminates diners as they fasten their fangs on steaks, seafood, pasta, wings, and more. After browsing a diverse dinner menu, eaters can set off on their gastronomic journey with a starter, such as lobster crostinis ($10.95). Chicken ($13.95), steak ($14.95), and jumbo shrimp ($15.95) fajitas command the attention of ears, snouts, and tongues, popping and sizzling like break dancers on a midsummer's blacktop. Hickory-smoked bacon enrobes the char-grilled classic pike filet mignon, which is garnished with marinated portobello mushrooms and sautéed onions and doused with a veal demi-glaze ($21.95).
Those noshing from the café and lunch menu can relish a roost of Pike wings ($7.25/dozen), which come swathed in a choice of 18 sauces, including mild, Bourbon Street, cajun, spicy honey barbecue, hot, and a bud-singing blend boasting the moniker "tough guy." Carouse at one of Pike Cafe's freestanding glazed-wood tables or log onto the complimentary WiFi to keep up on Mark Twain's latest bon-mot tweets.