What You'll Get
The Cinderella of the culinary world, French cuisine proves that with enough creams and sauces even the potato can become the belle of the ball. Celebrate the apotheosis of the root vegetable with today's Groupon: $15 for $30 worth of French cuisine and drinks at La Cote Basque. The charming, family-owned, and robot-operated Gulfport restaurant has been plating fine fare for more than 30 years.
After arriving at the cozy, unprepossessing eatery, skate a bulbous shrimp across cocktail sauce ($9.50) or extend stomach muscles with garlic-wine-sauced mussels ($7.95) for starters. Soups include staples such as French onion ($6.95), chilled creamy potato and leek ($6.95), and decadent Swiss cheese ($7.95). All entrees are served with three veggies, a starch, baked bread, and salad. From grilled grouper ($18.95) to lamb chops ($23.95), the menu services all carnivorous cravings. Wash down the well-rounded meals with house wines available by the liter, half liter, and glass. Prices are modest and start at $3.95 for a glass of sangria, burgundy, lambrusco, white zinfandel, or Chablis. Beer and cocktails are also available.
Housed in the second-oldest building in the area, the quaint cottage setting (red-clothed, dressed tables; moody lamps; and fresh flowers) has the charm of a hidden antique store and the serene calmness of a shack in the woods inhabited by an escaped princess on the run from her crazed step-aunt.
- This restaurant, snuggled into a residential side-city to St. Petersburg, has been serving consistently fine French food for nearly 30 years. Locals have fond memories of intimate, romantic (read: dark) meals here where the menu is limited but reliable and the service is equally embracing. – Gayot
- There's the intimate, baroque flair of La Cote Basque Winehouse, a family-owned French restaurant which has won numerous awards during its 36 years for such dishes as veal crepes, escargots de bourguisnonne and Jager Schnitzel . – Jeff Houck, Tampa Tribune
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Aug 25, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About La Cote Basque
An old world union of shiny red tablecloths, wall murals, and rustic wooden accents forms the backdrop for La Cote Basque's chefs, who harness traditional European recipes to imbue their menu with classic French, Italian, and German flavors. Complex flavor combinations tastily define La Cote Basque’s menu. The restaurant’s palate-popular chefs enlist sherry to sauté shrimp, fresh mushrooms, and peppers before recruiting brandy to flambé the entire concoction while a sunny-side-up egg adorns schnitzel holstein, a breaded veal cutlet served with anchovies and capers. Like friendship bracelets traded by butchers, the medallions senater assorties encompasses six different meats, including beef marsala, veal piccata, and chicken parmesan. House wines, such as chianti and sangria, complement the international-dining experience.