Though the Caribbean isles are well known to outsiders, Caribbean cuisine remains a hidden gem due to tourists frequently subsisting solely off a paste made from sand, ocean water, and pureed linen pants. Uncover the edible treasure of the tropics with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of fare at Blue Mermaid Island Grill in Portsmouth.
Blue Mermaid Island Grill lures in deep-sea diners with a savory spread of Caribbean-inspired cuisine. For lunch, sing a dolphin-fish to sleep as you keep it snug in the sesame-encrusted pan-seared mahi-mahi wrap served with ginger soy, wasabi cream, and mago napa cabbage ($10.99), and the Jamaican jerk chicken with sunsplash salsa and baby greens ($8.99) kicks off a surprise party in unsuspecting stomachs. Dinner entrees like the lobster quesadilla with roasted corn and fresh basil ($12.99) allow cramped crustaceans to explore the more malleable shell of a flour tortilla.
Blue Mermaid Island Grill tunes up the dining experience with weekly live music and brightens the midday with a unique Sunday brunch menu. This deal is valid for dine-in only, and anxious anglers can wade through a full list of fare and pricing on the online menu.
Blue Mermaid Island Grill
You would think that a restaurant inside one of The Hill's 200-year-old historic homes would have a menu steeped in traditional American cuisine. But that's not the case with Blue Mermaid Island Grill, which instead serves the sweet, spicy food of the Caribbean. Popular dishes include everything from guava-braised short ribs to a New World paella with chicken, shrimp, mussels, and sausage in curried rice. Chefs can prepare many menu items vegetarian or gluten-free.
Blue Mermaid Island Grill also has full bar service, including eight rotating craft-beer taps and margaritas in nine flavors. Cocktails contribute to an upbeat vibe—which landed it a feature on Food Network's Rachel Ray's Tasty Travels—as does live music four nights a week with both professional and local musicians. The indoor and outdoor dining areas are decorated with pieces from local artists, adding to the grassroots vibe and relieving owners Scott and Karen Logan of trying to pull off a major museum heist.