Like attaching a fake mustache to a Halloween mask or cleverly changing your name from Obi-Wan Kenobi to Ben Kenobi, adding a new ingredient to something familiar can render it delightfully unrecognizable. Enjoy inventive eats with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of contemporary American cuisine and drinks at Genuine Bistro & Lounge in De Bary. Patrons peruse Genuine Bistro & Lounge's menu of internationally inspired American dishes in an elegant yet casual setting. Pursue the elusive sensation of fullness in a roadster of sirloin steak and tomato flatbread fitted with roasted-garlic spread, fresh basil, and a drizzle of olive oil to throw off any hunger pangs hot on your trail ($8.95). For the main course, set your bites on the slow-roasted Calle Ocho pulled-pork sandwich topped with provolone and caramelized onions and freshened with lime and cilantro ($8.95). Inventive entrees include the shrimp and grits—pan-fried, Southern-style jumbo shrimp and spicy cheese grits in a bacon sauce ($16.95)—and golden-baked eggplant parmesan rolled in italian breadcrumbs, doused in basil tomato sauce and mozzarella, and cushioned on angel hair and cupid bowstring pasta ($15.95). Executive chef Tommy Vitek's simply prepared, stimulating dishes are spirited to a dining room accented by wood tones and velvety lighting from suspended lamps. Sit at the varnished hardwood bar with a draft beer ($3.50) or a glass of soft and subtly fruity 14 Hands merlot ($7). Diners can also down a hand-mixed dram, such as the key-lime-pie cocktail titrated with Licor 43, citrus vodka, lime juice, and cream ($6.95), on the restaurant's plant-strewn outdoor patio, which hums with the sounds of live music and stray mariachi bands on Friday and Saturday evenings.
- I'm sorry we didn't wait the first time we were here, the food is very good. We will be back, I'm sure. I recommend you try this place, it's great! – Central Florida's Good Eats
- The atmosphere is always pleasant and the staff are very friendly. If you haven't made it in yet, for Lunch or Dinner put it on your priority list and visit soon. – Robbin P., Urbanspoon