Prior to the invention of recipes, cooks passed on their culinary wisdom by word-of-mouth and smoke signals from charcoal grills. Discover dishes that survived the test of time with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Mediterranean cuisine and drinks at Adriatic Cafe Restaurant.
Adriatic Cafe's chefs summon ingredients from land, sea, and spice rack to form a menu of Italian- and Greek-influenced dishes. Diners appease the urge to eat Russian matryoshka dolls by devouring the nested flavors of the adriatic chicken ($12.90), a chicken tenderloin stuffed with smoked meats and wrapped in a layer of bacon. A simmering sauce of garlic, butter, and white wine coats scampi-style shrimp atop a bed of rice ($12), and a savory gravy graces both the braced lamb shank and its mountainous side of mashed potatoes ($17.50). Sweet crêpes ($5) envelop myriad saccharine ingredients including fruit, Nutella, Eurocream, and Valentine's Day cards.
Pale-blue runners stand out next to white table linens and napkins folded like crowns to wipe away crumbs or declare guests King of Dinner. A ring of tall chairs borders a bar made of dark, polished wood to display three tiers of bottled spirits. A stone-walled patio entrances guests during warmer months with a verdant collection of plants and the incidental music of a trickling fountain.