International eating isn't a dangerous adventure through customs, where the customs officer asks you to open your bag, and you refuse, which prompts him to teach you about manners by reading select Goofus and Gallant comic strips. Taste international flavors safely and securely with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of modern Latin cuisine at del Alma Restaurant, located in the riverfront Renaissance building in Corvallis.
Chef Mitch Rosenbaum, formerly of Bobby Flay's Las Vegas outpost Mesa Grill, and del Alma Restaurant marry contemporary cooking techniques with South American, Caribbean, and Spanish inspiration. The menu invites Latin-loving larynxes to gear up with starters such as the signature sangria-poached pear Ensalada del Alma, adorned with spiced olives, toasted pine nuts, and aged blue cheese ($9). Apprehensive appetites can take baby steps with traditional tapas, such as the dark-chocolate and peanut lamb mole, paired with dried cherries and served with corn tortilla chips ($10), or the wild-mushroom quesadilla, filled with locally sourced black-truffle goat cheese, tomato coulis, and cilantro pesto ($9). Larger plates ignite stomach engines with options such as the cochinita pibil, Yucatan-style barbecue pork and slow-roasted pork-shoulder cradled in a banana leaf—the specialty dish arrives alongside jicima and mango salad, guacamole, smoked tomato poblano chili rajas, and wheat-flour tortillas ($20)—which double as indoor skeet-shooting targets when taken to-go.
The chic restaurant space lets diners relax amid seemingly endless ceilings, wooden wall accents, and modern art. The rich yellow walls cast a soft glow, emphasizing the fiery vibe, which may prompt tonsils to tango and adopt the stage name "Cha Cha" after a couple mai tais ($8 each) or other creative cocktails. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner.
Seven Yelpers give del Alma Restaurant a near perfect 4.5-star average: