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 $18, you get a meal for two at Havana Grill in Cary (up to a $36.30 total value). The three-course meal includes the following:
- One appetizer to share (up to a $4.95 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $13.95 value each)
- One dessert to share (up to a $3.45 value)
Havana Grill's lively atmosphere complements authentic Cuban and Caribbean fare with a heated outdoor patio and live music and salsa dancing on Saturday nights. Dining duos kick off epicurean adventures by scribing meal-time trade agreements over a mouthwatering appetizer, such as crispy plantains or fried cassava fingers sidekicked with cilantro dip. For main courses, the eclectic menu propels taste buds through the Caribbean with pork and chicken favorites flanked by more than a half-dozen steak dishes, including a seasoned skirt steak charbroiled on an open grill. The grilled mahi-mahi fillet arrives festooned with a scrumptious sonnet scrawled in lemon sauce and cuban spices sealed by a fiery kiss. To end excursions on a sweet note, a shared dessert reunites couples' spoons once more to disassemble a house-made three-milk pound cake adorned with whipped cream and a cherry.
Havana Grill dishes out authentic Cuban food such as crispy yuca fritas, roasted-pork sandwiches, and creamy tres leches cake as well as homemade sangria. Priding themselves on their family-friendly vibe, they host events on their heated outdoor patio that are good for all ages, including karaoke on Fridays and salsa dancing on Saturdays. They also host salsa-dancing sessions and were voted one of the Triangle’s best places to salsa dance by Independent Weekly readers.