Soothe your nerves and open your mind over a hot—or chilled—cup of fine tea with today's Groupon: $15 buys you $35 worth of loose-leaf tea at Kaleisia Tea Lounge, a favorite spot for young and old to chat, study, knit adorable baby Cthulhus, or relax amid the aroma of oolong and souchong.
Formerly known as Morae’s Cafe, Persia House of Kebabs treats patrons to grilled kebabs and fresh sandwiches with Middle-Eastern panache. Cooks prepare sandwiches with gyro meat and falafel, and skewer lamb, vegetables, and catch-of-the-day fish. In the dining room, guests eat amid colorful wall murals that depict verdant plant life, sandy hills, and lords and ladies who jealously ogle the food. In the adjoining marketplace, visitors can prepare to make their own Middle-Eastern dishes by taking home pita breads and feta cheese, or peruse imported spices, and artwork.
Three seconds on the clock. The quarterback’s covered so he leaps over a gridlock of players and does a full-on flip. It’s too close to call. But for better or worse, Bobalouie’s wipes the tears away with a cocktail napkin and its time-tested motto: where food, fun, and friends are every day. Fifteen wide-screen, high-definition TVs hoot and holler with patrons’ flavor of sport, whether it's USF football, NBA basketball, or Olympic synchronized doggy paddling. Vibrant florescent lights from beer insignias advertise the bar’s 18 draft brews across weathered wood paneling and gold-hued walls. After two-handing a half-pound burger or cutting gooey cheese strings from a large pizza, diners can clink billiards on one of three pool tables or fine-tune the meaningful head bob during weekly installments of karaoke.
With the nostalgic duo of Gumby and Pokey serving as mascots, Gumby’s Pizza paints the town marinara red with hearty calzones, pastas, and made-from-scratch dough used to create gooey pizzas. Fresh tomato or alfredo sauce populate pies with toppings of bacon, pineapple, and even french fries. If time is short for dining in, patrons can order a sub sandwich for carryout, have it delivered by car to their home, or have it shot by cannon through the window of their tree house.
One of the largest privately-owned specialty coffee and tea shops in the United States, Barnie's offers dozens of different gourmet coffees, each quality-controlled tested to ensure a premium cup of joe. Your caffeinated combo comes with a pound each of three palate-pleasing varieties sure to keep you alert during the season when homes are most vulnerable to invasion by diabolically generous bearded elves. The first bag contains Barnie's Jamaican Me Crazy blend, a sweet, vanilla-infused flavor that carries hints of caramel and tropical liquor ($14). Next is Kenya AA, a bold choice throughout the workday crunch, culled from mountain-top soil in east Africa ($17). You'll also get the 100% pure Hawaiian Kona, a rare and superior-quality coffee grown in rich, volcanic soil ($45). Packaged in a reusable wooden magazine crate ($7), each coffee pack comes with a stainless-steel scoop that's ideal for precise coffee measurements and also handy for impromptu chiclet fights ($7).
In an effort to find a healthy alternative to fast food without sacrificing speediness, the creators of Pita Pit began assembling their signature sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks. At each location customers can sample thin pitas that encircle lean, grilled meats and fresh veggies. Sandwich selections span the spectrum from gyro meat and falafel to turkey and prime rib. The staff empowers customers to make healthy choices by displaying nutrition information for its bread and meats, and by offering a selection of healthy pitas.
Sprouting from culinary roots in New Orleans, Crazy Cajun slings a southern-style smorgasbord of seafood, po boys, and ribs in a casual eatery. Diners can weave together a gastronomic tapestry with the menu's Mix 'n Match entree ($7.95), interlacing half of a shrimp, oyster, or catfish po boy with seafood or chicken and sausage gumbo, steeped for longer than it takes to finish a cross-country rickshaw race. Meanwhile, torrents of garlic-butter sauce wash over the Garlic Trio's snow crab, blue crab, and shrimp peaks poking out from behind rolling hills of corn, potatoes, and sausage ($18.95). Andouille sausage embellishes a pillow of red beans and rice ($6.95) in a Cajun favorite. Diners with massive appetites, or crawfish looking for their soul mate, can take the Crazy Cajun Crawfish Challenge ($29.95), which defies patrons to pack away 6 pounds of the eponymous crustacean within 15 minutes for a free T-shirt, a free meal, and an earned sense of confidence.