With its ever-changing coordinates and conspicuous absence from the Beach Boys' "Kokomo," Cuba is one of the more difficult to locate Caribbean nations. Dig into this enigma with a fork, knife, and today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Cuban cuisine and drinks at El Rincon Criollo in Culver City.
El Rincon Criollo's expansive menu presents Cuban flavors in dishes starring seafood, pork, and chicken. Grilled salmon wears a blanket of garlic sauce ($12.95), breaded top sirloin steak ($11.95) combines a starchy texture with a meaty tenderness, and pollo asado instills roasted chicken with an aura of garlic ($11.95 for a half chicken). El Rincon Criollo penchant for the classics is apparent with the Cuban-style roast pork, which unites sweet grilled onions with shredded, roasted pork and garlicky goodness ($10.95).
Guests can sip an imported XX lager ($4.95) or a glass of homemade sangria ($5) while admiring the walls adorned with paintings by Cuban artists, all of which are updated in real time by children dressed like Picasso.