The monopoly tycoons of the 19th century traditionally did their wheeling and dealing at fine-dining establishments, cleverly concealing the fact that they still lived with their parents. Today's Groupon opens the doors of a historic restaurant with an impeccable pedigree: for $12, you get $25 worth of food and beverages at St. James Restaurant in Avilla.
Founded in 1878 and operated by the Freeman family since 1948, the St. James Restaurant serves authentic German and American dishes in a historic building. Don your finest tweed suit and fake mustache and peruse the menu in the dignified ambience of the antique bar and dining room. The homemade chicken noodle or bean soup ($1.99 cup, $2.99 bowl) provides classic, satisfying options for diners who only take nourishment through a curly straw, and the hand-cut prime-rib options ($17.99 for 16 oz. King cut; $15.99 for 12 oz. Knights cut; and $13.99 for 8 oz. Queens cut). St. James also offers bona fide German dinners, including wiener schnitzel ($12.99), after 4 p.m.
In addition to serving lunch and dinner, St. James also wakes early to spring a sneak attack on slumbering tongues. The prototypical breakfast menu includes dishes such as eggs and American fries ($3.10 for one egg, $3.50 for two), biscuits with sausage and gravy, and french toast (both $3.50).
St. James Restaurant does not yet have many reviews available, but four Yahoo! Locals give it a five-star average: