A high-protein diet can help to build muscle, which comes in handy when fighting off a shark that is also on a high-protein diet. Take a bite out of the circle of life with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of steakhouse fare at Shula’s 347 Grill in Chapel Hill.
The Shula restaurant group’s reputation for high-quality steakhouse cuisine carries over to Shula’s 347 Grill, the group’s elegant Chapel Hill outpost. Start with the toothsome blackened tenderloin tips ($15), or combine the best parts of sushi and salad with seared ahi tuna over asian slaw, garnished with pickled ginger and wasabi cream ($24). Shula's Black Angus steaks appease incisors of all shapes and sharpnesses with choices such as the tender 8-ounce filet mignon ($33) and the tough-talkin’ 16-ounce Cowboy steak ($34). Burger buffs delight in the Hickory burger, a protein patty topped with applewood-smoked bacon, chopped cheddar, onion, and smoky barbecue sauce ($12).
Named after famed Dolphins head coach Don Shula, Shula’s 347 Grill combines football casualness with elegantly hearty edibles equally suited for feeding muscles and filling designer handbags. As you catch the game on one of the restaurant's flat-screen TVs, go for a fourth-down dessert conversion with a slice of bourbon-chocolate pecan pie ($7) or a delicate crème brûlée ($8).
Curating a menu that often shifts with the seasons to offer the freshest, locally sourced fare, Carolina 1663's executive chef Ches McClane has managed to add an air of refinement to contemporary Southern cuisine while keeping it casual. Highlights include fried chicken with collard greens, and creamy grits crowned with prawns and smoked sausage. You can enjoy dinner in the dining room, out by the Sheraton's pool, or inside your own brain by forging a profound connection with someone who's at the restaurant right now.