Eating while riding horseback was pioneered by the efficient Mongols, who also adjusted to reading, receiving haircuts, and filling out their taxes atop their four-legged mobiles. Enjoy the convenience of chairs and tables with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of gastropub fare and drinks at The Augusta House, located in Corktown. Between Sunday and Thursday, this Groupon is worth $35, making Sunday and weekday visits the best value.
The Augusta House plies patrons with fine dining and down-to-earth drinks in a cozy, inviting atmosphere. For sophisticated palates, the extensive menu features meaty morsels such as the New Zealand half-rack of lamb drizzled with red wine demi-glace ($24), as well as a savoury selection of tapas, salads, and gold-rimmed monocles. Otherwise, lighter eaters can pair a crisp white from the wine list with a haute cuisine update of traditional beer-battered fish and chips ($11–$17). Live blues and Motown DJ sets on Saturday and Sunday get toes tapping and cochleae salivating in the gracious ochre dining room, while a regular trivia night with discounted import beers can tickle brains as well as bellies.
- A rare (as requested) tender filet mignon was served on a deliciously fresh ciabatta bun, topped with roasted tomatoes and chunked Parmesan cheese. It was served with a side of skin–on fingerling potato wedges, the fry substitute at the Augusta House. The chunky tubers were baked until crisp with sea salt garnish: my guest really enjoyed them, and pronounced them as being some of the better ones he’s tried. – Alexandra Bates, View magazine
- Excellent service, excellent food, awesome location. will definitely be back. – JL, IDine