What You'll Get
A good local tavern isn't just the perfect place to practice close-up magic on unsuspecting patrons; it's also a great spot to meet friends and share Burton Gilliam gossip. For $15, you get $30 worth of classic all-American fare at Tip Top Tavern & Grill in the Near North area. This Groupon is not valid for alcohol, but it does treat you to plenty of foods that can be held in one hand while you wave your lighter to the live music that plays each night.
Tune your six-string stomach before the menu's main act with fresh mushrooms hand breaded and fried to a crispy treat that's best dunked in ranch ($6.99), or pull a Hendrix and set it on fire with an order of eight succulent buffalo wings with celery and blue cheese ($6.99). Salads that seduce hunger without popping a button include the Black n' Blue ($8.99), topped with famously flavorful filet mignon spread over mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, and blue cheese, with crostini and olive relish. As far as headliners go, Tip Top's sandwich department strikes a chord with taste receptors, offering certified Angus steakburgers in 1/4 lb. ($5.99), 1/2 lb. ($6.99), 3/4 lb. ($7.99), and 1,237 lb. whole-cow options. The Reuben ($7.99) pile-drives famished mouths with slow-roasted corned beef stacked on thick-cut marbled rye and blanketed by swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing. Like cigars, area rugs, and Spanish r's, some things are best when rolled. The buffalo or ranch grilled-chicken wrap ($7.99) tightly packs a culinary cylinder full of grilled chicken breast, lettuce, bacon, cheese, pico de gallo, and choice of sauce, served with cottage cheese and fruit. All sandwiches are served with fries, cole slaw, and a pickle javelin.
Tip Top Tavern's laid-back atmosphere lets you work on your sign-tan amid the friendly neon signs above the full bar and boasts live music seven days a week, which spares you the embarrassment of loudly singing along to nothing. Today's Groupon to Tip Top Tavern rewards stomach-growling musicians or toad researchers looking for a different kind of watering hole.
Not good toward alcoholic beverages.
Rick Garrett, the Tenderloin Connoisseur, calls Tip Top Tavern & Grill's breaded tenderloin as "good as anything in town." Those whose interests go beyond this find plenty to praise about the bar and grill: 78% of Urbanspooners recommend it, and Yahoo! Locals give it four stars. CityVoters also tip the Tip.
- Nice, moist, tasty meat. Great breading. Perfectly toasted bun. Plenty of condiments. I’ve slept on it, and I’m going with my original impression…it’s a 5 out of 5….as good as anything in town. – The Tenderloin Connoisseur
- I've been there a couple times and love the food. I've had a burger and a philly cheesesteak, and they were both huge...I recommend. – Steve, Yahoo! Local
- Always welcoming and friendly and the food is worth a trip across town. – susie80549, CityVoter
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 30, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per table, 2 for tables of 6 or more. No cash back. Dine-in only. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid on alcohol. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.