While most humans can detect five basic tastes, some possess a sixth sense that can nose out several different types of bitterness and accidently swallowed pen caps. Amuse even the most discerning of tongues with today’s Groupon to Hot Olives Restaurant in Winter Park. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get $40 worth of gourmet American fare during dinner.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of gourmet American fare during lunch.
Recently relocated to a new downtown location, Hot Olives Restaurant hosts a diverse menu that indulges multifarious mouths. Nine-to-fivers who regularly replace their usual PB&J lunch with an island crab-cake sandwich ($12) or a fried-green-tomato BLT ($11) may experience a decrease in midafternoon popcorn mirages. Dinner diners can start with a signature appetizer of hot olives, breaded and diced black olives infused with asiago cheese and a side of blue cheese layered with sweet chili sauce ($9). The tropical almond chicken salad ($15) and hearts of Palm Beach ($11) appeal to salad seekers, and the chicken pompadour boasts a lemon-caper buerre blanc ($17), sometimes used as a styling aid by Elvis impersonators. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday; dinner is served from 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday–Thursday and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Along with an extensive list of fine wines ($5–$12 by the glass), Hot Olives crafts specialty cocktails such as the Lychee martini, Socomfortably Numb, or Huckleberry Dream ($10 each) to excite mouths and give minds the confidence to finally approach the SATs. Patrons who stop by on Tuesdays 6 p.m.–9 p.m. can treat ears to the tunes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin performed by jazz singer Shawn Paris.