In Les Misérables II: Final Justice, Jean Valjean is arrested for committing an even greater crime against French law: applying margarine to another man’s mustache during dinner without asking first. Feast around the proper tableside etiquette of France with today's Groupon to 311 Cafe on the Trail at Garrett's Desert Inn in Santa Fe. Choose between the following options:
For $25, you get $50 worth of dinner fare, served Tuesday–Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For $7, you get $15 worth of breakfast and lunch fare, served Tuesday–Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
311 Cafe on the Trail is helmed by a duo of Parisian transplants who accentuate time-tested Franco-favorites with notes from a warm palette of Southwestern flavors. The prix fixe dinner menu ($20 for three courses) launches mouthwatering itineraries and heated discussions of free will as diners bask in the patio's sweeping view of the river. Drift along canals flooded with rich french-onion soup on a tender gruyere raft, and puff-pastry shells serenade stuffed sole with lemongrass ballads and baby-vegetable ditties. Explorers forge a path into the strawberry hills of the chocolate tart, whose scenery sweetens without the stickiness of hugging an Oompa Loompa.
The bistro’s breakfast menu flaunts its authors’ French ancestry like a passport soaked in champagne, sating brunch-goers with organic wheat-flour-powered crepes ($5–$7.50) and savory from-scratch quiches ($7.90). A cornucopia of sandwiches rounds out the lunch menu's spread, led by the santa fe burger ($12.50), which cloaks natural ground beef in a mantle of green chile and cheese.