Eating authentically prepared food lets you taste the very essence of a country and draws far fewer angry glares than chewing on its national flag. Broaden your horizons tactfully with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Cuban fare during dinner at Kenn-Tico Cuban Bar & Grill.
Recently featured on The Travel Channel, Kenn-Tico’s traditional Cuban menu bustles with island dishes blanketed in Kenn-Tico’s mojo criollo sauce and accented with notes of garlic, onion, and peppers. Patrons chatter cheerfully beneath goldenrod and burnt-sienna walls as they await the arrival of grilled cuban bread conveying the pork, ham, swiss cheese, and pickles of the Cubano Classico ($7.50). The indefatigable mojo criollo swaddles delicately roasted pork for the lechon asado ($11.95), and drapes across the bistec de palomilla, a Cuban-style filet mignon ($11.95). Cardinal-red conical lamps light the way for the mango-sauce-festooned salmon tropical, an aquatic treasure more exciting to discover than Blackbeard's yearbook ($13.89). After dinner, guava shells brimming with cream cheese recite poetry to dreamy taste buds ($2.99). Although not included in this Groupon, Kenn-Tico’s authentic flavors pair well with the mojitos clinking at the polished dark-wood bar.
Kenn-Tico Cuban Bar & Grill
Most Americans won’t get the chance to see Cuba, but they can experience the culture and flavor with Kenn-Tico Cuban Bar & Grill’s cuisine. In a dining room decorated with panoramic shots of Havana Harbor or out on the new patio with skylights, a fountain, and 8-foot windows, plates are filled with traditional grub such as a sandwich of sliced pork, ham, swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard on grilled cuban bread. Other classics include salmon topped with mango sauce, ropa vieja—shredded beef served up with onions, garlic, and peppers—and yucca sliced and fried until it looks like french fries back from a Caribbean vacation. Accompanying these dishes are homemade fruit milk shakes, freshly squeezed lemonade and limeade, and soft drinks such as Ironbeer and Materva. Knowing that their clients don’t always have time to stop in for their favorite dish, Kenn-Tico's chefs load up a cart with wraps and beverages to offer quick lunches downtown during the workweek.