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 to Kick n’ Back Cafe and Grille in Silver Springs. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of tropical fare for dinner.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of tropical fare for lunch.<p>
Wreathed in aquamarine walls and flags of the Caribbean territories, Kick n’ Back Cafe and Grille shoos out the hassles of the outside world and serves up a menu of tropical-style eats. Diners can take charge of their meal by sharing a half-dozen shrimp ($7.99) breaded in coconut batter or by writing letters to their senators with the barbecue or buffalo sauces that drip from a dozen fried chicken wings ($9.99). The nautical noshery then sets its main course to grilled or blackened islands of 10-ounce new york strip steak ($15.99), which comes with a sidekick of shrimp or scallops. The cooks wrestle half pounds of gator-tail meat ($9.99) into pans or the fryer, pairing them with sides such as rice, beans, and potatoes.
While sipping on their choice of soda, beer, or wine, diners can feel free to take in programming from one of the hanging flat-screen TVs or stubbornly attempt to cram crackers into the beaks of the numerous parrot decorations. A back patio with picnic-table seating opens up to the backyard, where guests play games of volleyball and horseshoes.
Kick n' Back Cafe
After living in the Florida Keys for almost 20 years and owning a variety of restaurants for more than 10 of those, Ken and Sandi Kloza were ready for a change of pace. To spice things up, the couple and their kids moved to Ocklawaha and began renovating a restaurant space, the soon-to-be Kick n' Back Cafe, in Silver Springs. In May of 2011, they propped open the doors, inviting guests to enjoy hearty Caribbean-American meals amid breezy tropical-island decor.
To stay true to the Caribbean theme, the eatery's chefs balance authentic Caribbean delicacies, such as conch fritters and cuban sandwiches oozing with marinated pork, with fresh seafood such as shrimp and gator. Diners can also enjoy a coconut fried fish fillet served with black beans and plantains on the tiki patio or in the sand castle they built on the restaurant's volleyball court.