Chefs' ovens burn much hotter than conventional ovens, allowing them to quickly roast meats and melt glacier chunks into gourmet ice water. Enjoy professional cooking with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of sushi, southwestern, or Italian fare and wine at one of the following FMI Restaurant Group establishments: Funky Monkey Wine Company with locations on North Mills Avenue and International Drive, Prickly Pear, or Nick's Italian Kitchen. FMI Restaurant Group's medley of eateries pleases palates with extensive wine selections and international flavors.
At Funky Monkey Wine Company, sommelier Eddie Nickell uncorks more than 120 bottles of wine to augment hand-molded rolls from each location's sushi menu. Chefs sculpt specialty Funky Monkey rolls with spicy tuna, avocado, and cream cheese ($10–$12). Diners can also fill empty stomachs or parking spots with a rotating list of entrees, such as the cinnamon beef short ribs featured on the International Drive menu ($22) or the panko-crusted yellowtail snapper with veggies detailed on the North Mills Avenue menu ($25).
Armed with ample supplies of spices and chilis, the cooks at Prickly Pear curb cravings for southwestern fare with a menu of barbecue baby back ribs ($19) and elk burgers with pickled peppers ($15). Two towering palms stand guard over the entryway and sidewalk patio, and cactus décor knits diners woolen sweaters from the walls. On Saturday night, guests can sync bites with live entertainment from Danielle Hunter and the Prickly Pear Dancers.
Drawing from Old World influences and a cache of locally sourced ingredients, Nick's Italian Kitchen dazzles palates with a menu of handcrafted pasta, such as the tortellini stuffed with butternut squash ($14). Chef Nicholas Olivieri references his grandmother's recipe for meatballs, which help to anchor down flimsy spaghetti ($14).
Funky Monkey Wine Company
Funky Monkey Wine Company knows how to fill a glass, but it's the way they fill plates that has earned them a dedicated following and multiple best-of awards from OpenTable diners. Chef de Cuisine Ashley Nickell creates seasonally-inspired Italian entrees such as bruschetta del giorno and pork saltimbocca, prepared with the skills she showcased on The Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen. Entrees pair with an extensive wine list, and a special wine dinner series presents special menus with accompanying varietals to highlight complementary flavors.