Though the Caribbean isles are well known to outsiders, Caribbean cuisine remains a hidden gem due to tourists frequently subsisting solely off a paste made from sand, ocean water, and puréed linen pants. Uncover the edible treasure of the tropics with today’s Groupon: for $13, you get dinner for two at Hibiscus Caribbean Bar & Grill (a $25.97 total value). The dinner includes:
- One fried plantains appetizer (a $5.99 value)
- Two Lil' Jerk Entrees (a $9.99 value each)
The native Jamaican chefs at Hibiscus, who were recently featured in Tasty Tulsa, season and grill authentic Caribbean dishes, made from healthy ingredients and traditional spices. A shared starter opens the feast with deftly fried plantains tickling taste buds with distinctive sweetness. Traditional, house-made jerk sauce, created from Jamaican scotch-bonnet peppers and allspice, seasons the tender quarter-chicken that comprises the Lil' Jerk. After luxuriating in the piquant marinade, boisterously flavored birds sizzle atop the open-flame grill, discussing their attractive new tans. Finished fowl greet tongues with a mild level of spice, though kick-loving patrons can request extra spice and diners opposed to tongue-fires may ask for extra mild flavoring. Each Lil' Jerk makes its way to tables accompanied by two sides that feasters choose from eight appetizing options. Festival bread adds an element of crunchy sweetness, and herb-spiced macaroni makes for a meal almost as flavorful as herb-spiced herbs.
Live music events, usually occurring on weekends, add melodic notes to the fiery feast, and while not included with this Groupon, a rum bar lets aspiring pirates sample spirits from across the seven seas.
Hibiscus Caribbean Bar and Grill
To make jerk chicken, Hibiscus Caribbean Bar & Grill’s signature dish, native Jamaican chefs marinate the meat in Jamaican scotch pepper and allspice, grill it over an open flame, and then drizzle the crispy result with hibiscus pepper sauce. The dish has been hailed by Urban Tulsa Weekly as “a great tasting blend of spices with deeply grilled chicken,” and it's one of the eatery’s many entrees that showcase imported Jamaican spices and traditional culinary techniques. Chefs also prepare piquant curry dishes and stir-fry meats with fresh pineapple. Whenever possible, they enhance dishes with local and organic ingredients.
At Hibiscus Caribbean Bar & Grill’s rum bar, diners can watch high-definition TVs or visualize completing a perfect rhythmic-gymnastics routine to soothing island and world music. The restaurant also occasionally hosts bands and other live entertainment.