Aside from learning the language or swapping bodies with its president, dining on authentically prepared food is the best way to experience another culture. Submerge yourself in foreign sustenance with today's Groupon: for $19, you get $40 worth of Brazilian fare for dinner at Botekim Brazilian Bistro in Marietta. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday–Saturday.
Amid cheery yellow walls adorned with vintage South American artwork, Botekim Brazilian Bistro's culinary experts Alex DeGrossi and Ian Winslade conjure an authentic menu of Brazilian comfort food. Exotic culinary excursions open with a platter piled high with cured meats, pickles, and chicken-liver paté in the tabua de frios ($14) before diners delve into the frango a milanesa's lightly breaded chicken cutlets, drenched in a rich lemon-butter sauce ($13). The perna de carneiro ($24) pairs tender, braised lamb shank with creamy polenta and a minted pea sauce known for its touching poetry, whereas the estrogonofe de camarao ($23) sets shrimp simmering in a tomato-cream sauce alongside mushrooms and white rice. Adventuresome appetites can dine daringly with Botekim's single-night chefs specials, which may include anything from freshly caught mussels and fish filets to succulent frogs legs. A diverse drink list also invites imbibers to match their favorite dish or a dining partner's eye color with one of more than 30 wines ($6–$12/glass), 18 beers ($4–$9), and a range of innovative cocktails.
Inside the dining room, classic wall paneling and frilly white curtains add a tinge of Southern hospitality to the Latin flavors that abound beneath the high-beamed ceiling. On warm evenings, diners may lounge in wire patio seating above a floor adorned in an undulating black-and-white design, which adds a hint of modern flair while relaying secret messages to the restaurant's robot waiters.