What You'll Get
Most modern cuisine is a continuation of classic dishes, just as a computer is a slightly modified typewriter and a washing machine is a river in a box. Revel in palatable progress with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Mediterranean-influenced New American fare at Zacharias Creek Side Café in Worcester during dinner hours (5 p.m.–9 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday and 3 p.m.–7 p.m. Sunday).
The Zagat-praised Zacharias Creek Side Café, named after the watercourse running behind the restaurant, pairs its scenic ambience with owner Andrew Gallo and chef Anthony Boccella’s Mediterranean-, and New American-influenced seasonal menu. A welcoming BYOB policy puts patrons at ease as an outdoor patio girdled with fresh herbs tests the abilities of blindfolded competitive smellers. Grilled pork chops form a dazzling duo with savory chorizo sausage ($27), and roasted trout is seasoned with a mélange of herbs before being dressed in a skirt of Israeli couscous and a necklace of kalamata olives, green beans, and cherry tomatoes ($23). Jumbo lump crab cakes are dolloped with roasted-garlic aioli ($30) before volunteer hockey players helpfully slap shot them into eager mouths. Non-carnivorous options include the mushroom and ricotta tart ($19), studded with asparagus, lemon, watercress, and toasted hazelnuts to form a historically accurate map of the 13 colonies. Add a delectable addendum to a meal with a seasonal dessert ($9.50) crafted by in-house pastry chef Marianne Cobaugh.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 20, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per table, 2 per table of 5 or more. Not valid for Sunday prime rib special. Valid only for dinner. Not valid for the prix fixe menu. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Zacharia’s Creek Side Café
Though the county creek bubbling behind Zacharia’s Creek Side Café inspired the eatery’s name, it is the creativity of owners Andrew and Nancy Gallo and a team of trained chefs who keep diners enthused about each seasonal menu of Mediterranean, Tapas-style, and New American-inspired fare. The casual, fine-dining BYOB restaurant—which has garnered praise from LifeStyle Magazine and The TREND—welcomes guests to their cozy dining room, 50-seat outdoor patio, and on-location bakery, and serves up lunch, dinner, and prix fixe menus amid Levantine-inspired interior decor. Housemade pastas are decorated with grilled jumbo shrimp, pecorino romano cheese, and sauteed, while the jumbo lump crab cakes come with an entourage of smashed potatoes, roasted garlic, and green beans. An in-house pastry chef helps patrons cap off meals with fine cookies and petit-fours, seasonal cappuccinos, and over-the-top specialty cakes that are exact replicas of the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee.