A marriage between two cuisines is preferable to a marriage between two clones of Sylvester Stallone, a process that eventually results in a baby reared on raw eggs and meat punching bags. Savor a simpler fusion with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of contemporary American fusion fare at Stove, the restaurant in Portsmouth. Groupon-holders must make a reservation to dine at this nine-table restaurant.
At Stove, the restaurant, Chef Sydney Meers culls from American, Southern, and French cuisines and employs local ingredients to engineer a seasonal menu buzzing with quirky elegance. Chef Meers’ Pork o' Rama barbecue combines house-made sausage with black pig pork belly, locally cured ham, baby potatoes, and Stove's 42-ingredient barbecue sauce ($24), and his signature Noodle Shop marries seafood and pork with tomatoes and oyster mushrooms ($24). Entertain palates with a rotating cast of seasonal seafood including the black pacific bass, which poses atop a corn smoochie with a roasted bell-and-banana-pepper sauce and a dapper fez ($25). Susan’s wild and cultivated mushroom mélange mingles with fennel and aromatics of jasmine rice ($19). Linger postmeal for easy conversation with Chef Meers or off-duty forks, and sink teeth into the panoply of tarts, truffles, and artisan cheese ($6+) that populate the dessert menu.
Stove, the restaurant celebrates five years of culinary reinvention on October 31. Guests can raises glasses or affix third eyes to Chef Meers’ creative plates in his dining room or in the adjoining Cougar Lounge which, although not included with this Groupon, hosts a bevy of bartenders who shake up libations beneath taxidermy and ’40s pinup girls.
2622 Detroit St.
Portsmouth, Virginia 23707