Tapas were first invented in Spain, where an ingenious chef rearranged the letters of rival national dish pasta to create a new regional sensation. Whether you're a homesick Spaniard or just a commitment-phobe who doesn't even like the idea of being tied down to one meal order, you'll particularly enjoy today's deal: $25 worth of tapas, sushi, and drinks at Blue Grotto Tapas Bistro for $10.
In addition to being delicious, Blue Grotto's dinner menu can also act as a useful gauge for how well your date is going. If she leaves before you've finished a starter of hummus, feta cheese, and olives ($5), then you shouldn't have opened the conversation with military history trivia. If she only stays through a single shared plate of pan-seared snapper with bok choi and mushroom ($8), then she's decided to bump you back down to "coworker." But if she stays long enough to sample the beef medallion with mashed potatoes ($8), grilled rack of lamb ($8), and the pistachio-fried shrimp in sweet chili sauce ($7), then you have a potential soulmate on your hands. And if she changes all of those orders to veggie sushi rolls ($7), then your soulmate happens to be a vegetarian. Blue Grotto also has a wide selection of sushi, tempura, and specialty rolls. Best of all, Blue Grotto's smallish-by-design portions make sure you'll leave full but won't get stuck carrying a doggy bag with you for the rest of your date, looking like you're about to leave any minute for your field trip to a manmade pit of colorful plastic balls.
If you'd rather sample small plates of Southern and Gulf-region cuisine in the no-pressure company of friends, you can also use your Groupon on Blue Grotto's lunch menu, which offers a number of tapas favorites from dinner ($5–$10), as well as specials such as the chicken teriyaki with mixed vegetables ($7.95) and a wide variety of tempura and sushi bento boxes ($5.95–$10.95). Blue Grotto's atmosphere is tailor-made for large groups, so invite along all your Facebook friends, homemade clones, and Renaissance Faire guild.
Note: Not valid on Thursdays.
- My boyfriend and I take people to The Blue Grotto every time we have out of town guests. Over the past few years, we've introduced the restaurant to a diverse group of people. Everyone has loved it! – food_goon, Citysearch
- The appetizers were great - try the empanada - infact all the appetizers were tasty/delicious. – mom2006, Kudzu
- The tapas menu is one of the finest in Atlanta. – emilysfriend, Citysearch
Sharing vs. Scaring
Like popcorn at the movies and jumbo crayons in kindergarten, tapas are designed for sharing, facilitating conversation, and encouraging a variety of experiences, rather than a slow, plodding evening of staring at one’s own plate. Clearly, sharing is usually the way to go, but there are exceptions. Here’s a handy list of sharing do’s and don’t’s for you to print out and keep in your wallet:
Do share your Halloween candy with your parents, because they’re just going to take it while you’re sleeping anyway.
Don’t share the remarkable surprise ending of Harry Potter and The Parliament of Shadows, now available for pre-order, arriving in bookstores in 2011.
Do share your favorite chewed up, drool-soaked, squeaking plush duck with your dog, so that you can blame its ragged condition on him when fancy dinner guests arrive.
Don’t share your awesome idea for a new Die Hard movie with local law-enforcement officials by referring to it as your “plan.”
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