If humankind never learned to play with its food, it would never have learned to play with its ingredients, and the world would be one bereft bowl of gruel. Taste the fruits of culinary creativity with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of upscale dining and drinks at Potter's Lounge in The Palmer House Hilton.
Nestled within the luxurious confines of The Palmer House Hilton, Potter's Lounge crafts a menu of New American and European fare from locally sourced ingredients, along with myriad specialty cocktails. Light noshing begins with small plates such as Potter Puffs, fried cheese dumplings courting sauce verte ($8), or the artisan cheese selection ($16), which arrives with quince preserve and fig bread like a butler abandoned on a doorstep. Extinguish hunger pangs with the barbecue pulled-pork-shoulder sandwich, with locally sourced Slagel Family Farm pork and coleslaw bookended by an onion roll ($12). Individual deep-dish pizzas democratize the pie crafting process with a selection of seven toppings, including sausage, spinach, green olives, and garlic. The restaurant's mixology department works round the clock developing such innovative cocktails as the Peacock, a concoction of Absolut citron, white cranberry, and prosecco ($12), or the sweet tooth-tickling cherry mojito ($12).
Sashay down a wood-paneled flight of stairs into the lounge, or play rounds of silent ball in the classy comfort of brown and yellow leather seats. Illuminated portraits line the walls, depicting scenes from Chicago's bluesy musical history.