Hot potato, the earliest dish designed to be passed, is nearly extinct due to the constant ravages of grade-school appetites. Today's Groupon to Union Bistro revives shifting sustenance. Choose between the following options:
• For $7, you get $15 worth of upscale American fare for brunch or lunch.
• For $10, you get $20 worth of upscale American fare for dinner.
The tastemakers at Union Bistro tempt palates with an array of shareable small plates, large plates, and creative lunch and brunch dishes. Crisp prawn dogs cloaked in a blue corn batter ($9) challenge the tenets of traditional corn-dog theory by pairing the pintsize pups with mango habanero ketchup, as a delectable dollop of fried goat cheese blooms from the center of a spinach, tomato, and cranberry vinaigrette salad ($7) like an edible pearl in a vegetarian oyster. Brunchers can commemorate leisurely mornings with any of Union's benedicts, waffles, and a savory Breakfast Mess including the Cajun Mess, which skillets crawfish and andouille sausage together with potatoes, pepper, onion, and egg ($10). Dinner invites guests to choose from a roster of panini, sandwiches, and creative entrees such as a sweet-potato-encrusted catfish covered in andouille sausage cream sauce ($14), or mint-mustard glazed New Zealand lamb chops served with smoked gouda grits ($21). Guests to Union Bistro can linger in a colorful lounge decorated with modern sofas, artwork, and sheer curtains. Musicians entertain diners with live performances on Mondays and Tuesdays starting at 10 p.m., and events such as salsa dance nights help patrons to work up appetites or practice their audition for West Side Story 2: Shark Attack.