What draws humanity so consistently to eat food—besides the adrenaline rush of competitive-eating contests—is the pleasant sensation of taste. Today’s Groupon tastefully honors your taste buds: $5 gets you $10 worth of food and drink at Taste Cafe, a Safety Harbor institution serving up customizable dishes that can easily meet any dietary requirement or overwhelming fruit phobia. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
At Copperheads Tap House, beer aficionados and casual drinkers alike line up at the lengthy bar for frosty glasses of 30 craft beers. Local breweries such as Cigar City supply suds alongside internationally renowned brews as guests play pool, shoot darts, and watch sports on the flat-screen TVs above the bar. Out back, a sun-drenched patio welcomes imbibers as they soak in vitamin D and the tart orange and lemon flavors of an Ommegang Witte ale or the warm finish and Russian accent of a North Coast Old Rasputin stout. An event schedule chock-full of parties and concerts ensures that the spacious tavern is constantly humming with the sounds of weekly trivia, beer-sampling events, and live tunes from local bands.
The chefs at Tasty Thai Cafe piece together a spread of classic Thai recipes with garlic, coriander, mint, lemongrass, and other quintessential spices. Pad Thai, lad nar, and other noodle dishes share menu space with sweet and sour chicken, basil fried rice, and specialty creations, such as the Two Friends Panang curry filled with chicken and shrimp tethered by mixed vegetables and lanyard bracelets. Thai iced tea and coffee, wines, and desserts, including mango sticky rice and fried bananas, help round out each meal.
Grind House Bar & Grill doles out 42 beer selections from around the globe, a full liquor bar, and a tongue tantalizing American and British pub menu within the four corners of its cream-colored walls. Soothe grumbling stomachs with the smoked fish spread ($6.50) or a cup of lobster and shrimp bisque ($3.50). Carnivorous canines swoon for the top sirloin doused in creamy mushroom sauce ($16.20), and fish fanatics joyously reel in the battered cod and crispy chips ($8.99–$12.99). For a true taste of Great Britain, peckish patrons can order the bangers and mash ($9.95) and the trifle, a custardy fruit-laden dessert ($4.99). More domestic desires can be sated with the apple pie ($4.50) served with a side of freshly mashed baseballs.
The culinary artisans at Johnny’s Italian Restaurant have dedicated more than 30 years to building their hefty menu that towers with homemade Italian victuals––each crafted from scratch and prepared with fresh ingredients. Johnny’s bread barons bake more than 600 loaves a day, prepping them for an appetizing rendezvous with garlic-infused olive oil. For midday morsels Johnny’s lunchtime selection unfurls with hot plates such as the classic lasagna ($6.99) and cold comestibles such as the 9-inch ham and provolone sandwich ($4.99). Swan dive into the dinner menu and retrieve the salmon florentine with hollandaise and fresh spinach ($13.99), or nosh on the palate-popular chicken marsala served with fettuccine alfredo ($13.49) and an edible headshot of the chef. Their special Sicilian-style pizza arrives topped with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, peppers, and onions ($15.49+) and dons a crust that's thick and square like Spongebob's business card. The classic cannoli ($3.59) and swanky Manhattan truffle ($5.49) serve as a culinary curtain call after a savory meal.
The chefs at Taverna Skara never stray far from garlic, tahini, olive oil, and other quintessential Greek seasonings. Chilled dips, such as hummus, and warm appetizers, such as grilled haloumi cheese, kick off meals before waiters bring out rich entrees, such as pastitsio, which layers thick pasta, ground beef, and béchamel sauce inside a traditional clay pot. As diners sip Greek and Napa wines, they settle into blue pillow-topped banquettes beneath a mural of Greek figures draped in togas sewn from some of Zeus’s old curtains.