Adding gourmet ingredients to a meal makes a commonplace activity feel special, much like brushing your teeth with a sparkler or withdrawing money from an ATM while holding it at gunpoint. Excite blasé taste buds with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of upscale American fare (or for $10, you get $25 worth of fare if redeemed Monday–Thursday) at The Ridgeback Cafe.
Recently opened by the owners of the popular Hangar Cafe, The Ridgeback Cafe designs couture crepes, waffles, sandwiches, and more. Stroll into the 65th Street location and dig into the signature Ridgeback crepe, an envelope stuffed, like wedding invitations, with sausage, egg, onions, mushrooms, avocado, and cheddar ($9.50). Sucrose seekers can chomp on a coco-banana crepe, adorned with whipped cream, toasted coconut, and walnuts ($7). A savory waffle tellingly named "Are you kidding me?" brandishes two fried eggs and apple-smoked bacon ($7.50), while the Triple B waffle mixes apple-smoked bacon, brie, and basil for a meal more satisfying than discovering a brick of gold in a winter-coat pocket.