What You'll Get
Unlike the Himalayas, whose corn syrup reservoirs are responsible for both gumballs and gummy bears, the Andes have only one naturally occurring candy: the pillow-adorning mints found in hotels everywhere. Enjoy more substantial Andean fare with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Andes-tinged Latin cuisine at Guarapo in Arlington.
Specializing in petite, densely packed Andean-style tapas, Guarapo has a zest-injected menu of Latin dinner fare. Meal preambles include the chifles, guac-dotted homemade plantain chips ($6) and the beef, chicken, or cheese-filled baked potato cakes of the papa rellena ($7). Small plates such as the chicharron de cerdo, which features crispy pork on mote corn with onion salsa criolla ($8), or the garlic-sautéed jumbo shrimp of the gambas al ajillo ($10) disprove the conventional wisdom that dinner is best served in a pony keg. Dishes prepared in the ceviche style harness the mysterious power of citrus, with results including the wasibi-graced yellowfin that anchors the atun ($10). Entrees such as the veggie-laden steak known as the lomo saltado ($17) or the arroz con mariscos, with its shrimp, mussels, and calamari ($17), can find their liquid counterparts in traditional Latin drinks like an apple mojito ($10).
DJs and live bands often provide a catchy dining soundtrack for Guarapo’s tapas-tasting populace, and a sleek, spacious atmosphere—long rows of sultry, lit tables against one wall and a long bar against the other—provides substantial sustenance for roving eyeballs.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 5, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per table. Not valid for hookah. No cash back. Tax and gratuity are not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.