Many American bistros differentiate themselves from their European counterparts by serving region-specific dishes and replacing waiters with Bruce Springsteen. Satisfy a hungry heart with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of American bistro fare and drinks during dinner at Pipers Cafe.
Pipers Cafe captures taste buds' undivided attention with seasonal dishes made from scratch, salads drizzled with 11 dressings churned in-house, and spirits from a full bar. Garden salads gussied up with a honey-lemon-garlic ranch dressing accompany the chef's signature panko-fried colossal shrimp, which are dusted with a house-made bread-crumb blend and seared to a glistening golden brown ($20).
Patrons clamor like hamburglars coming off one-month juice cleanses for old-fashioned swiss steak, a hand-cut slab of Angus beef steeped in red-wine beef stock for hours on end ($17). To forge Pipers's original stir-fry, chefs plunder gardens for 10 different fresh vegetables to toss in Cajun spices or oriental seasonings ($13 for vegetables only) and partner with chicken ($16), shrimp ($18), or an unpredictable, fast-talking cop.
Within a dining room whose streamlined design includes earth-toned walls, a dark-wooden bar, and high ceilings, the wait staff at Pipers Restaurant ferry Chef Will Osgood’s upscale variations on classic American cuisine. Fresh and local ingredients grace the from-scratch creations, which range from Szechuan-style stir-fries to premium hand-cut steaks. To spice things up, Chef Will deviates from his already-prolific lunch and dinner menus to organize dinner events such as wine pairings and celebrations of culinary traditions from around the world.