Hunger, unlike ambulance sirens, meningitis, and restraining orders, is not something you can safely ignore. Answer the mighty call of a bellowing belly with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of upscale American fare at flora, located in Arlington.
Flora serves beautifully presented American cuisine infused with French and Italian flavors by chef Bob Sargent and made using fresh vegetables and locally sourced ingredients. Flora's menu, like the direction of the wind or the guest on a morning talk-radio show, is subject to change, but recent enticing entrees have included petite lamb chops and slow-cooked shoulder of lamb ($26) as well as pan-crisped Giannone chicken, which is partnered with whipped potato, broccoli rabe, and truffle butter ($23). Enjoy baited bites of aquatic edibles such as Southern-fried fish, enhanced with a shrimp remoulade slaw and warm potato salad ($20), or New England seafood “bouillabaisse,” stocked with lobster, mussels, clams, and fish ($28). Each of flora's small plates includes a smattering of assorted bites, such as its tray of pickled-beet salad, smoked salmon, and creamy dill dressing ($13). Selfish meteorologists can frighten off tablemates with predictions of indoor thunder blizzards, then horde the precipitous palatability of chocolate cloud cake ($8) for dessert.
You can also choose to wake up to flora's brunch buffet ($17), available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. While the buffet fare can vary, you'll likely find eggs cooked to your liking, home-fried potatoes, cheddar-infused grits, and a smorgasbord of breakfast meat. Before guests head home to watch the commercial breaks of football games, they can sip on coffee and snack on a homemade dessert.
Enjoy the finely crafted fare of chef Sargent, who holds a degree from Vermont's New England Culinary Institute, while dining within flora's elegant dining room. Located in a renovated, 1920s brick-and-granite building, flora's two-story windows, vaulted ceilings, and mahogany vestibule please the eyes as much as the cuisine pleases the taste buds and the songs of Quiet Riot please the inner air-guitarist.
- My husband and I love Flora. It's our favorite restaurant in town. The food is divine and the service is outstanding. We have never been disappointed. – barbar1958, Citysearch
- I loved everything about Flora. The atmosphere was amazing and the food was out of this world. It's definitely pricey, but the food is all organic and local, so it's worth it. – Joanna F., Yelp, 12/4/10
- flora is our trusted neighbor (we live in the next town over). The servers are experienced colleagues with knowledgeable recommendations. The food is consistently wonderful-- they've been doing locally grown, innovative plates for many years. – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 1/27/2011