Today's Groupon lets you experience culinary downsizing with your mouth. For $10, you get $25 worth of tapas and more at Maya Tapas & Grill. This 72-seat, children-friendly establishment provides the right amount of ambience to facilitate comfortable socializing and uncomfortable handshaking.
Maya serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Try the Maya Breakfast of two poached eggs on foccacia with prosciutto and spinach ($9.95). Lunch tapas range from the chorizo Argentino (grilled chorizo with homemade chimichurri, $5.95) to the beef carpaccio (with baby arugula, Manchego cheese, white truffle oil, and smoked sea salt, $10.95). Dinner tapas are similarly priced but are more expansive. There are hot tapas such as scallops ($9.95) and baked Brie with apple honey compote ($9.95), or cold tapas such as eggplant tapenade ($7.95) and the cheese platter ($12.95).
While known for their prediction of a global consciousness-altering event in 2012, the Mayans also liked to snack. Maya has an extensive menu of Argentinean-fusion inspired options. Freshly prepared pizzas, soups, salads, pastas, and sandwiches fill the lunch and dinner menus. Give a culinary test run to the pan-roasted grouper ($20.95) or sandwiches such as The Maya ($12.95), which contains grilled skirt steak, melted provolone, and grilled onions. Ingredients are delivered daily, so food is as fresh, ripe, and tender as humanly possible, like a fresh-picked pepper or a cool, crisp rotary telephone. The restaurant offers cocktails, champagne, and wine, but is also BYOB, so you can bring your own cocktails, champagne, and wine. Stop by during the week for easy parking or the weekend from prime people-watching from a prime location.
Yelpers give Maya Tapas & Grill 3.5 stars:
The Wisdom of the Mayans
Scientists and spiritualists alike are quick to agree that the world is, will, and indeed has come to an end on December 21, 2012, when the Mayan “Long Count” calendar comes to an end, and the sun aligns with the center of the Milky Way for the first time in 26,000 years. Much of this certainty comes from the Mayan calendar’s many other accurate predictions:
1896: The horse will become extinct, due to the arrival of superior mechanical carriages that shame them into returning to the sea foam from whence they spawned.
1920: A babe named Ruth will traverse a diamond built of sand without ever leaving home, and encased meats slathered in fermented cabbage will pass for sustenance.
1997: A goddess called Roseanne will be banished from the skies after her nine-year reign, and perennial talent John of the Good Men will wisely gravitate toward a niche of meaty character roles and consistent voice work in children’s media, so sayeth Quetzalcoatl.
2000: The world will end at this time too, except because of computers and junk.
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530 Ocean's Grill
It's not uncommon to spot the head chef at 530 Ocean's Grill, cheerfully greeting customers as he strolls beneath the crimson umbrellas and leafy palms of the outdoor terrace. After waving goodbye to the party clinking glasses of wine on the upper patio, the chef heads back into his kitchen to craft the Argentina-inspired specialties lauded by reporters from Qué Rica Vida. Argentinean recipes, along with Italian and American influences, inspire a variety of tapas, steaks, and pasta dishes. The chef showers pizzas in housemade tomato sauce and Argentinean chorizo before returning his attention to the juicy Angus steaks sizzling on the grills. For dessert, guests fork bites of decadent regional treats, such as sweet flan with a cloud of whipped cream and dulce de leche cheesecake decorated in a sprinkle of Argentinean pesos.
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