Eating international fare at a local restaurant bypasses many transatlantic travel woes, such as jet lag and oar splinters. Stamp your palate's passport with this Groupon.
$15 for $30 Worth of Vietnamese Cuisine
The menu includes banh mi sandwiches ($4.95), marinated saigon chicken wings ($7.95), rice plates with Vietnamese-style barbecued pork, broken rice, and egg ($11.95), and grilled shrimp over vermicelli noodles with peanuts and housemade sauce ($13.95).
In 1989, the Huynh family emigrated from war-torn Vietnam to the United States, settling in Portland, Maine. They weren't able to take along many tangible possessions—just two suitcases of clothes—but they did bring a slew of Vietnamese recipes that they knew by heart. Those recipes brought the comfort of familiarity to family meals and also made the Huynhs popular with new friends who sampled the cuisine.
The family now officially shares their Vietnamese specialties with the public at PHOever Maine. Here, diners can sample appetizers such as chao tom, a dish made by artfully placing ground shrimp around slices of fresh, peeled sugar cane. More substantial fare includes vermicelli noodle bowls and pho simmered with rare beef. The cooks also put together banh mi sandwiches with fresh baguettes, covering your choice of chicken, pork, or beef with pickled carrots, daikon, and other flavorful ingredients.