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 $25, you get an appetizer, two entrees, and two glasses of house wine for two at 2nd on Second Street in Pomona (up to a $55.40 value).
Newly opened in downtown Pomona’s vibrant Arts Colony, 2nd on Second Street serves a menu of classic American bistro fare in a romantic, urban-inflected milieu. Share a plate of parmesan hot wings ($6.95) or a brood of pillowy chicken tenders that are as crunchy on the outside and as soft on the inside as an overly sentimental gingerbread man ($7.50). Diners can up the intensity with a Santa Fe Railroad burger, sizzling with freshly cracked peppercorn, smoky cheddar, and fried jalapenos ($8.50), or sink teeth into a half-pound marinated stuffed pork chop ($16.95) while quaffing a glass of house wine. During dinner, guests can also munch on complimentary garlic-cheese biscuits.
2nd on Second Street’s exposed-brick walls and brightly polished tables of rich dark wood evoke a casual atmosphere tinged by elegance, like that of a gold-plated bounce house. Friday and Saturday live-music performances encompass a range of contemporary genres that include jazz and R&B. Wednesday karaoke nights let patrons belt out their favorite tunes, and classically trained singers perform every second Monday of the month during Opera Night. Guests can take to the restaurant’s outdoor seating area to people-watch and squirrel-taunt during the monthly Art Walk.
171 W Second St.
Pomona, California 91766