For $10, you get $25 worth of southern fare and adult beverages at Cabana. Specializing in dinner and late-night tomfoolery, this Hillsboro Village/West End hotspot keeps the energetic atmosphere and southerly cuisine cranked to 11 on a scale of one to three.
The social scene is perfectly suited for ladies nights, quadruple dates, and awkward high-school reunions where everyone dresses as a character from Wings. When weather permits, the huge garage doors are open, creating an indoor open-air arena that rivals the bar’s own outdoor patio. Semi-private cabana booths provide a secluded escape for small parties. Plug your mp3 player/smart phone/walkman/acoustic guitar/newborn kitten into the provided speakers to further personalize your space by creating your own soundtrack.
Not to be outdone by the intangibles, the restaurant offers a solid menu of southern cuisine with the distinct flair of executive chef Brian Uhl. Sharable small plates, such as Tennessee sliders (freshly baked biscuits with peach preserves and a choice of fried chicken tenders or country ham, $6.99) or calamari (dusted in cornmeal and served with lime cocktail sauce, $8.99) are a great way to kick off an evening of building your own mall kiosk.
After the pre-course, go for a salad or pizza. A few specialty pizzas are offered ($10.99), or build your own 12-incher with an $8.99 cheese-and-sauce base plus a plethora of extras for $1–$1.50 per ingredient. Or fill up with a large plate or sandwich: grilled Atlantic salmon over vanilla-whipped sweet potatoes with asparagus and peach relish ($18.99); or grilled lamb chops with goat cheese polenta cake, sautéed Swiss chard, and mint pesto ($22.99) are two of the favorites.
Connect the link between the edibles and the atmosphere with the tie that binds and loosens up. The long list of beers from around the world was likely the inspiration for 99 Bottles of Beer: The Dramatic Stage Play. You’ll find small craft beers, big-name domestics, and imports. Cordials and martinis also enter the mix.
Note: This Groupon is not good toward any of Cabana’s daily happy hours specials or other offers, or on New Year’s Eve.
- This is what the country needs more of: fairly unpretentious local food served beautifully in a somewhat hip atmosphere. – richnindy, TripAdvisor
- Cabana never fails us. We have come to know and expect consistently great food with excellent service. We especially love it when the garage doors are open! I would recommend this place to anyone! – OpenTable user who dined on 10/20/2009
- Cabana is more like a dining experience than a restaurant. With it's garage door walls that are opened in warm weather to its west coast styled decorating scheme, everything about it yells hip and breezy. – Courtney B., Yelp
Unpopular Housing Facts: The Cabana
Generally, the cabana is strictly thought of as a small hut located in a tropical climate. Here are some of the most titillating bits of unpopular cabana knowledge:
- Comfortably houses 15 living rabbits or 23 rabbit eggs
- Used as the primary bus shelter design for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta
- Can withstand heavy rains, strong winds, and surprise dynamite attacks
- Was the first choice for the setting of Cheers
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