A romantic dinner by a roaring fire is best enjoyed in a restaurant and not around the neighbor's emblazoned wicker man. Retain your amorous appetite with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of American cuisine and drinks at The Jem Restaurant & Lounge in historic Liberty Square.
The Jem's culinary crafters assemble palate pleasers from a menu bounding from sandwiches ($9) to pizzas ($11 for a 10") to meaty entrees and cooling cocktails ($9). Starters include the three mini crab cakes ($12), patties of real lump crabmeat in swimsuits of cilantro-aioli sauce. House-made dough grounds pies such as The Big Jem, featuring caramelized onions, feta cheese, bacon, artichoke hearts, and roasted chicken loitering atop a layer of the Jem's alfredo sauce and refusing to get a summer job. The 10-ounce prime rib ($19) totes a baked potato, dinner roll, and garden dinner salad to play backup at the gastro show. Meals can end on several sweet notes, from gelato to glasses of wine, beer, and colorful martinis. The Orange U My Lover? martini ($9) blends tangy with creamy, seeking constant affirmation of its relationship status with orange clementine vodka, half and half, and a splash of orange juice.
The Jem's event calendar buzzes with shows by live jazz and blues artists from around the Midwest. Toes tap and fingers fan into jazz hands amid exposed brick walls, a sleek bar, and a fireplace surrounded by plenty of comfortable seating. Diners can enjoy the night air with outdoor patio seating or enjoy sports airing at night on one of the bar's 58-inch plasma TVs.