The first European explorers set sail with hopes of finding new, exotic spices to placate the palates of epicurious monarchs, but all they found were heaps of inedible gold. Chart a course for New World eats with today's Groupon to The Restaurant, located in Rochester. Choose between the following options:
• For $10, you get $20 worth of French-American cuisine at brunch or lunch.
• For $20, you get $40 worth of French-American cuisine and drinks after 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The Restaurant's blend of fine French recipes with hardy American ingredients increases gustatory alliances at tables sprinkled throughout its homey dining rooms. In a contemporary take on the timeless roasted duck a l’orange, Grand Marnier and seasonal fruit accompaniments simmer next to a crispy quarter of tender duck ($16). After being pan seared and flambéed with cognac, the steak au poivre's black-peppercorn-encrusted fillet bathes in delicious blend of crème fraîche and bordelaise sauce next to a potato, pasta, or vegetables ($20). The salmon mosaic weaves strips of wild Alaskan salmon and fresh Canadian walleye into a replica of Starry Night before a light poaching and drizzle of lemon beurre blanc and dill ($18). Capturing the essences of classic French cuisine, the chicken coq au vin slow cooks locally raised chicken with bacon, pearl onions, and mushrooms in a red-wine sauce ($19 for dinner, $13 for lunch).
Diners nosh in a classic house-turned-restaurant, with each room casting a different ambiance to the gourmet meal. Outdoor seating dots the porch of the large home, ideal for enjoying fine summer days or impromptu concerts from local barbershop quartets. Masterpieces from local painters line the walls of the house as well, adding sophistication to meals and, when purchased, funds to local artists’ bank accounts
723 2nd St. SW
Rochester, Minnesota 55902