Food tastes better when it’s grown close to home, which is why vegetable lovers cultivate greens around the brims of their hats and raise tomatoes in empty pockets. Get some local flavor with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of southeastern dishes and microbrews at Polliwogs.
The recently renovated Polliwogs (formerly Icy's Sports Bistro) flings together locally sourced ingredients, including fresh seafood from South Carolina's coast, to craft a southern- and Cajun-inspired menu of homegrown delicacies. Rescue a delicate crab cake, which dodges the drizzle of remoulade sauce by hiding beneath a portobello mushroom umbrella ($16). Firefly shrimp or salmon, sautéed with sweet-tea vodka and andouille sausage, recline atop cheese grits ($12), and shrimp or oyster po' boy flatbread sandwiches team up with a fresh-faced spring mix and fried green tomato ($9). Bottled microbrews, including RJ Rockers' summery Son of a Peach from Spartanburg and Thomas Creek's dark Deepwater Dopplebock from Greenville, pour forth regional pride by enthusiastically chanting the names of state lawmakers.
Much like a pair of wraparound sunglasses, Polliwogs’ fern-laden porch swathes diners in coolness while eating. Polliwogs cultivates a sense of community among patrons with events such as a summer concert series, cash-prize team trivia, and a rooftop tent city. As part of continuous efforts to become greener, the restaurant has so far recycled more than 16,000 pounds of glass, plastic, and inferior nongreen vegetables.