A diner's oversize booths and oversize pies have long been a beacon of hope for teens dumped after prom and frowny clowns looking for new novelty-size props. Take refuge in the crispy crust of an old-fashioned eatery with today's Groupon: for $8, you get $16 worth of classic diner fare and drinks at Velvet Grill & Creamery. This Groupon is valid at the location in Lodi and two locations in Modesto.
The cooks at Velvet Grill & Creamery stay busy all day, whipping up breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes from scratch and churning out fresh batches of more than 20 ice-cream flavors throughout the day. For breakfast, the denver omelet throws diced ham, cheddar cheese, and bell peppers together with three eggs ($8.39), and Velvet's original pancakes, made with real oatmeal and buttermilk, soak up amber syrup ($4.99 for a full order). Smoked pork chops bask in a tangy apricot glaze alongside grilled vegetables ($11.99), and the mega grilled cheese ($7.39) combines four kinds of melted, gooey cheese between three slices of bread to form a sandwich hefty enough to knock over Mechagodzilla should he return from his semester abroad in Prague.
Diners can also lap up the eatery's rotating selection of homemade ice creams, which were spotlighted in the Lodi News-Sentinel for their incorporation of such unconventional ingredients as wine and butternut squash. Brains put on down jackets and build up their hearths as mouths gobble down maple-candied walnut, triple chocolate, and banana split ($2.69 for a regular dish). Customers can also suggest new flavors and request special batches, which in the past have included licorice, bacon, and the sweet, sweet taste of victory over chinese finger traps ($4.39+ for a sundae).
Our customers loved this deal last year, earning Velvet Grill & Creamery a spot on Groupon's Best of 2011 list.