What You'll Get
Awards are like pogs—the bigger the collection, the better the restaurant. Since the building bearing his name opened its doors 22 years ago, Chef Allen Susser has racked up more than three awards for every year the restaurant has been open. That means today's Groupon gives you the most kudos for your cash. For $25, you'll get $50 toward dinner and wine at time-honored Miami-area staple Chef Allen's.
Much like the baffling homemade aircraft that now haunt our skies, chef Allen grew bored with preexisting styles and decided to pioneer his own game-changing brand of fare to fill the restaurant's menu. Metromix describes the style as a unique cuisine that takes "the tropical tastes of the Caribbean and the zesty flare [sic] of South Florida and combines the two with a French technical foundation for detail and presentation." An average meal of anything but average food for two runs about $60 (not including tax and wine).
Start with one of the appetizers, which range from the decadent lobster mac 'n' cheese (Florida lobster, shiitakes, tarragon, hand-made macaroni, and cognac, $16) to the simply delicious bistro salad (roasted beets, cucumber, feta cheese, and organic greens, $8). Entrees fall under two categories: meat of the land or meat of the sea. On the high end is the black angus filet mignon ($32), while the low end (of price, not quality) includes the grilled free-range chicken paillard ($18). Those preferring seafood will be happy to know only locally caught sustainable fish are used, many of them freshly picked that morning from neighborhood organic fish shrubs. The mahi mahi (rock shrimp, leeks, mango and coconut rum, $26) is always a good catch.
To masterfully round out your meal, go for sips and sweets. Ask your server for a wine recommendation, or just refer to your UK shoe size. The restaurant offers an extensive wine menu featuring exceptional Californian and French wines. You'll also want to reserve some stomach real estate for dessert such as the chocolate malted baked Alaska (milk chocolate malt ice cream, bittersweet chocolate sorbet, and chocolate semi-freddo, $8). Other desserts run between $5 and $22, it's just a matter of finding which one hits your spot.
Note: Your Groupon cannot be used on 12/24–12/26, 12/31, and 2/14.
Chef Allen’s has won a ton of awards in the last 22 years, including Best Chef from the Miami Times in 2006.
Frommer's gives Chef Allen's three stars, adding:
- If anyone deserves to have a restaurant named after him, it's Chef Allen Susser, winner of the esteemed James Beard Award for Best American Chef in the Southeast—the Academy Award of cuisine— and practically every other form of praise and honor awarded by the most discriminating palates. Chef Allen, the man, is royalty around here. Chef Allen's, the restaurant, is his province, and foodies are his disciples. – Frommer's review
- I am a seafood lover from the start, but what Chef Allen does with his creative seafood offerings is amazing. I did not know there were so many varieties if local Florida fish. – janeslowman, Citysearch
- I have eaten fusion/new world/California cuisine from Hanoi to San Francisco to NYC and have never had as consistently creative and harmonious a meal as I had at Chef Allen's in March of this year. – wwtraveller42, TripAdvisor
Wine, Dine, and Rhyme
Nothing against the rhyming meals at Steak & Shake, but we like that Chef Allen’s gives fancier fare on which to “wine and dine,” sating our appetites for both food and rhyming. In fact, we incorporate rhymes into all our daily activities:
- We whistle the blues while we shine our shoes and show up for work whenever we choose.
- We go to work, and with a smirk, we call the boss a big fat jerk.
- Apologies we can’t admit, you can’t fire us, we quit.
- The mailman thinks we’re using drugs, and turns us in like common thugs.
- One day we’re going to punch that mailman. Just as soon as we make bail, man.
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The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 23, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per table, 2 for tables of 6 or more. Dine-in only. Not valid 12/24-26, 12/31, and 2/14. Tax and gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.