Going out to a restaurant with your family is a great way to catch up and an even better way to prove to your parents that you've finally learned to eat without screaming between bites. Reveal the new you with this Groupon.
$15 for $30 Worth of Mediterranean Cuisine
Items on the menu include cevapi ($10–$12), the house specialty. The housemade sausage, made from grass-fed beef, is served on house-baked lepinja with cheese spread and ajvar-pepper dip. The Balkan Bistro burger ($8–$10) tops a housemade, grass-fed, organic patty with baby portabellos, onions, and mozzarella. Grilled trout arrives on a bed of lemon potatoes ($18), and a Croatian spice called vegeta complements garlic and spinach on a plate of Istrian-style mussels with spaghetti ($16).
Balkan Bistro & Bar
Balkan Bistro & Bar has the exposed beams and wood-and-khaki palette of a tudor cabin, but it's also filled with plush booths, cloth-swaddled tables, and bouquets of fresh-cut flowers. This contrast of quaint and contemporary also marks the upscale Mediterranean cuisine, which chef-owner Anja describes as "food from the heart, with an accent." Balkan Bistro & Bar started as a stand at the Charlottesville City Market; but within two years, it expanded into a restaurant where the aromas are universally welcoming, even if portions of the menu seem exotic. A Croatian spice called vegeta, for example, lends to Istrian- and Dalmatian-style mussels, and the more familiar local lamb chops topped with housemade pesto simmer near cabbage stew with organic beef medallions. Chalkboard menus list cocktails at the bar, where rows upon rows of uniquely displayed wine bottles climb so high they require a ladder or a tall stack of books about ladders.