What You'll Get
Lecturing your dachshund on the pros and cons of converting your front yard into a Pat Sajak–themed mini-golf course is bound to make you thirsty and hungry after a while. Today's Groupon offers a superb moistener for dry throats and mouths: for $20, you get $40 worth of wining and fine dining at Wine & Vine in Elmhurst. This Groupon is not valid for Wine & Vine wine flights or toward products in the Wine & Vine store.
Wine & Vine's executive chef, Hank Dreyer, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and conducts a kitchen specializing in sophisticated fare with an Italian inflection. Wine & Vine is so committed to fresh ingredients that it owns neither a freezer nor a food re-freshener. Start at the top of the menu with an appetizer of mushrooms "over-stuffed" with pesto ($7), or test Dreyer's credentials as an award-winning soupologist with a cup of tomato basil ($4.75). Pasta protégés can slurp shrimp scampi with linguini ($18.95) or check the math on the 1,000-layer vegetable lasagna ($15.95). The filet trio ($39.95) mocks the concept of choice by presenting a different topping—Bearnaise sauce, parmesan, and gorgonzola—on each of three filets. A lunch menu offers an assortment of salads, pastas, and sandwiches, and a variety of desserts is available for appetites not wiped out by the savory selections.
Have a seat in the lounge and ask for the server to recommend you a glass or bottle from Wine & Vine's extensive selection of grapen goodness, or practice tying your shoelaces with your toes beneath the elegant white tablecloths at a table in the sunbathed dining room. If you take a seat at the Chef's Platform, you can watch the kitchen staff chopping, dicing, and levitating or turn the tables and watch the watchers.
- Be prepared to make a difficult decision when it comes to entrées. Offering everything from pasta and chicken to seafood and steaks, choosing one selection proved difficult. – Brittany Ashcroft, West Suburban Living
- Service is warm, friendly and efficient, exactly what you expect from a small operation where the owner is hands-on. – Laura Bianchi, Daily Herald
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 2, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Dine-in only. Tax & gratuity not included. No cash back. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.