Tapas and sangria have gone hand in hand ever since an enraged courtier dumped a small plate of fruit into Ferdinand II’s wine glass. Celebrate fortuitous combinations with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of tapas and drinks at Macarena Tapas in Naperville.
Chef John Borras's constantly evolving menu of more than 40 decadent tapas mixes tried-and-true Spanish standbys with innovative seasonal small plates inspired by New Age cuisine. Put out stomach fires with a sprinkling of cold tapas such as the classic garlic potato salad ($4.99) or shrimp ceviche ($7.99)—fresh shrimp cloaked in mango-papaya salsa in a debate with sliced avocado and rose tartar sauce over undersea dress codes. Hot tapas perfectly complement the springtime thawing of the taste buds, including selections such as patatas bravas ($4.99)—spicy potatoes congratulating one another in a sweet tomato sauce—and goat cheese fritters sweetened with honey and caramelized onions ($7.99). A pitcher of fruity sangria enhances the mood of any romantic date, celebratory evening among friends, or reunion of the 1992 Olympic Dream Team.
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Owner and executive chef John Borras stokes his love affair with New Age Spanish cuisine by crafting a constantly evolving, seasonal menu of more than 40 classic tapas and fresh, unique dishes. Sweet sangria and wine flow as freely as newly paroled poetry while gustatory gurus sling such favorites as goat-cheese croquettes, mussels in spicy marinara, and beef tenderloin with manchego cheese and toast points. On the first Monday of each month, Macarena Tapas celebrates Lab Day, an event in which the flavors of nascent prospective menu items are paraded before discriminating guests, who nibble and offer advice on the ingredients' love lives.