Steak is the breakfast of champions, the lunch of kings, the dinner of industrial barons, and the dessert of T. rexes. Enjoy high-quality cuts regardless of social or philosophical status with today's Groupon: for $24, you get $50 worth of seafood and steak-house fare at Casa Mendoza in Etobicoke.
Casa Mendoza's chefs plate a multiterrestrial menu of succulent steaks, fresh seafood, and packed pasta plates. Warm up palates with an order of the marinated-and-battered calamari, which gracefully swan dives into homemade Cajun mayonnaise ($9.95). A redolent cape of fresh garlic, herbs, and chimichuri sauce swathes the 10-ounce new york strip loin ($27.95), which busies forks and knives and instills jealousy in spoons. A heaping surf 'n' turf platter combines a fillet of beef tenderloin with sumptious broiled rock-lobster tail ($44.95), and the homemade gnocchi doubles as plush pillows for fresh lobster meat and rests under a hand-crocheted blanket of Dungeness-crab cream sauce ($21.95).
Live music regales diners in the evening, during which they can dance off dinner disputes that could not be resolved by mere thumb wrestling. Patrons enjoy dazzling views of Lake Ontario as they digest, and a nearby butterfly garden, park, and walking path avail themselves for postdinner strolls.