It’s suspected that Ancient Greek warriors warmed up for battle by slurping down fiery saganaki, ambrosia-battered zucchini, and gyros made with free-range minotaur meat. Nosh on flavorful eats with today’s Groupon: for $32, you get a Greek meal for two at Kosta’s Mediterranean Cafe in Naperville (up to a $70 value). The meal includes:
- Choice of one of the following appetizers to share: saganaki, gyros mezes, or spinach pie (up to an $8 value)
- Two entrees (up to an $18.50 value each)
- One bottle of Roditis or Retsina wine (up to a $25 value)
Groupon users may upgrade to other wines for an additional cost.
Kosta’s Athens-born chef funnels more than 45 years of culinary experience and generations of family recipes into a menu of classic, comforting dishes. The saganaki appetizer ignites cravings and overgrown eyebrows with Greek kefalotiri cheese, which gets set aflame with brandy and then extinguished with fresh lemon squeezed by a local fireman. For the main event, the stuffed chicken breast bursts at the meat-seams with spinach and feta cheese, and dill lemon sauce pools around the salmon filet to form a mini version of a celebrity chef’s ideal jacuzzi tub.
Pairs of diners can take turns daintily sipping from a bottle of Roditis or Retsina wine, traditional Greek libations that can blur vision if used too liberally as contact solution. The restaurant’s white tablecloths and blue napkins can be fashioned into Greek flags during impromptu color guard battles, and an oversized white fireplace thaws patrons’ hands for postmeal patty-cake marathons.