It seems that no one on Chow has picked up on Groupon yet. Groupon is a web-based group coupon idea utilizing collective buying power that emails you daily opportunities to sign up for large discounts at restaurants, spas, dance lessons, even chiropractors (once.) But it seems to be mostly restaurants and there's a different offer every day that you can only sign up for that day. So far it's only in Chicago and you can check it out at www.groupon.thepoint.com. It's much better than restaurant.com in that the discounts are greater, the coupons are good for longer periods of time (usually 6 months) and they can be used for alcohol and for the full price of your meal.
Today, 3/6/09, they have Lalos on Clybourn which is pretty bad as Mexican restaurants go. However, in the recent past I have signed up for Groupons for Yats (which also has yet to be reviewed on this Board) Oceanique, Trattoria Roma on Wells and Smoque.
$20.00 for a $50.00 gift certificate at Oceanique that you can use on a Saturday for wine is a pretty good deal.
Check it out and let me know what you think.
P.S. I have nothing whatsoever to do with Groupon or the people who own/run it. I just think Chicago Hounds should know about and have the choice to take advantage of a truly unique opportunity to spend less money for more food at Chicago restaurants.