Hunger, unlike ambulance sirens, meningitis, and restraining orders, is not something you can safely ignore. Answer the mighty call of a bellowing belly with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of upscale fare and drinks at Shields Manor Bistro in Platte City. Shields Manor Bistro is open ThursdaySaturday.
Espoused epicureans Max and DeDe Shields team up to man the pots and pans in Shields Manor Bistro, which inhabits a historic, 1850s house that's oozing with old-fashioned romance. Diners who frequently fall prey to bouts of dietary indecision will appreciate the bistro's short-but-sweet seasonal menu, which is currently topped by blue-cheese shrimp, a vampire-vexing melange of garlicky sauteed shrimp and melted blue cheese ($12, serves two guests). Caribbean grilled pork loin, served over creamy marchetto polenta with sweet potatoes, is one of this season's featured entrees ($34), as is steak au poivre, a 7-ounce filet laid between a fluffy mattress of garlic mashed potatoes and a warm blanket of peppery cognac sauce ($36). Save a shelf in your tummy's taste library for one of Max's signature desserts, such as Platte County black-bottom pie, a blissful marriage of crunchy walnuts and smooth, rich chocolate ($5$8).
After a warm greeting from the host in Shields Manor's charming foyer, arriving customers are led to either the historic home's cozy parlor or den, both of which serve as the bistro's dining rooms. Attentive waiters weave through the tables wearing crisp white gloves, and roses adorn every candlelit table, providing an ideal backdrop for romantic lash batting and question popping. Even if your feelings toward your dinner date are purely platonic, Shields Manor's elegant and intimate atmosphere will invoke the sense that you're at a Victorian supper party, sans insipid Whigs vs. Tories dinner debates.
This Groupon is valid for dine-in only, and reservations are required. Not valid for alcohol.
-   - In all the years that I've been reviewing restaurants, I don't remember ever visiting a venue and tasting everything on the menu at one sitting. That was before I discovered Shields Manor Bistro. Charles Ferruzza, Pitch
-   - Regulars have learned to order Max's Platte County Black Bottom Pie early, lest he run out; the black walnut and chocolate pie is naughtily addictive. Gayot
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