The first European explorers set sail with hopes of finding new, exotic spices to placate the palates of epicurious monarchs, but all they found were heaps of inedible gold. Pick up where they left off by broadening your mouth's horizons with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of eclectic American fare at Showside Grill & Bakery in Spring Hope.
Owner Michael Ward and executive flavorsmith Art Ward craft a menu brimming with outside-the-box innovations on classic American fare. Bacon-infused potato skins ($4.89) make for savory starters or sombrero tassels, priming tongues for the Maryland crab melt's flavor volley of crab cake, tomato, crabby-patty sauce, and grilled texas toast ($7.69). Flame-kissed patties leap atop buns to create the kitchen's meaty colonnade of burgers ($4.19+), and traditional sliced rib eye, grilled peppers, and mushrooms nestle within the wheaty confines of a mayo-lacquered philly cheesesteak wrap ($7.49).
Or eschew bread altogether for one of the hearty house specialties, such as Momma Christi's homemade mac 'n' cheese ($6.49) or the Cajun-grilled chicken, in which a succulent chicken breast draped in southwestern seasonings swaps fashion tips with sautéed onions and peppers atop a runway of rice pilaf ($7.69). Every Friday and Saturday evening, starting at 7 p.m., Showside Grill & Bakery's art-speckled walls reverberate the foot-tapping melodies of live bands jamming out or mathematicians explaining Euclid's algorithms in song.