If humankind never learned to play with its food, it would never have learned to play with its ingredients, and the world would be one bereft bowl of gruel. Entertain your playful palate with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of creative contemporary cuisine and drinks at YOLOS Restaurant and Bar.
After YOLOS's dinner menu opens with an elaborate bank heist and a shocking reveal, start things off with an order of low-country crab cakes, mounds of pan-seared lump crab with a green-tomato relish and horseradish sauce ($11). Classic entrees such as the white cheddar burger ($10) or the chicken and brie sandwich ($10.50) are as familiar and delicious as devouring a cherished childhood stuffed animal. More-adventurous appetites, meanwhile, will gravitate to specialty plates such as the lobster mac ‘n’ cheese ($20) and the vegetarian orzo ($13). Voracious Vikings should keep a couple stomachs open for the grilled jerk mahi-mahi ($17) or the marinated ribeye ($21). A dessert of tri-layered red-velvet cake served with pecan-cream-cheese icing ($6) ends your repast on a sweet note no matter how often one's blind date quotes Marlon Brando's lines from Apocalypse Now. YOLOS is also open for lunch and brunch.
Every order will find its drinking buddy among YOLOS's wines, served by the glass or bottle, or a Tom Collins from the gleaming full bar that dominates the brick-walled interior. Spiky illuminated plants shield diners from the eyes of ex-president ex-boyfriends who just can't let go. Moody lighting lends itself to romantic dinners with World Cup referees as well as family nights watching the mixed-martial croquet tournament on one of the flat-screen TVs lining the walls. Open daily, YOLOS is a smart stop for lunch, dinner, or last-minute meeting traps with elusive roadrunners.