A nation's cuisine has long been linked to its culture, which is why most national anthems only sound right if they're sung through a mouthful of food. Sing about cultural flavors with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of mediterranean fare at Golden Irene’s Restaurant in East Windsor.
Golden Irene’s Restaurant tucks diners inside a cozy eating space filled with Greek, Italian, and American specialties. After carefully inspecting the menu for typesetting errors, patrons can introduce their teeth to mozzarella fritto ($7.95) or greek dolmathes, grape leaves stuffed with rice and beef ($6.95). The traditional greek volous stifado makes a stew of beef, pork, and bulgur meatballs, then pours it over garlic mashed potatoes ($12.95), while the chicken parmesan stows steaming pasta and breaded chicken under layers of cheese ($13.95) . The chefs also grace table tops with cheese-sizzling pizzas, delighting taste buds with a 16-inch meat lovers' pie bending under the crushing weight of hamburger, sausage, pepperoni, bacon, and ham and sliced into 20 easy-to-life squares ($19.50) .
Inside Golden Irene's crimson-walled eatery, rustic shelving upholds decorated plates and potted plants add sprinkles of green to the interior. Wooden chairs and cushioned booths lounge about the restaurant, waiting for customers to ask if they're taken and invite them to a tasty meal beneath hanging lights.