Argentina is among the most sensitive of all countries, as seen in its intimate tango, its sweet-nothing-whispering winds, and its tendency to cry at the first sign of a politician’s wife singing from a palace balcony. Taste the tenderness of the country with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $38 worth of tapas and more at Maya Tapas & Grill on Ocean Drive.
Maya serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Lunch tapas range from the chorizo Argentino (with homemade chimichurri, $5.95) to the beef carpaccio (with baby arugula, manchego cheese, white truffle oil, and smoked sea salt, $11.95). Dinner tapas are similarly priced but, like the actual size of the world in comparison to the maps of 20th-century Argonauts, are far more expansive—dive forkfirst into hot tapas such as scallops ($9.95) and baked brie with apple-honey compote ($8.95) or cold tapas such as olive tapenade ($7.95) and the cheese platter ($13.95).
Skip over small plates and aim for fuller feasting fences with Maya‘s 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 salmon ($17.95) or sample a sandwich such as the Maya, which contains churrasco, bleu cheese, onion, and arugula ($12.95). Ingredients are delivered daily, so food is as fresh and ripe as humanly possible, like a fresh-picked pepper or a cool, crisp rotary telephone. Drinkwise, the restaurant offers cocktails and wine, allowing diners to stay hydrated before they resume running their marathon. Redeem this Groupon Sunday through Thursday and receive a complimentary dessert (one per table).
- "Loved this restaurant. We had great little tapas with a nice bottle of wine before our movie. The food was fresh and delicious. Even better was the personable service-not only from our great, very knowledgable [sic] & professional server but the manager, who came by to make sure we had a great experience. That counts for a lot! – OpenTable.com user who dined on 05/30/2010
- Excellent restaurant. Great food and atmosphere. Great selection of tapas to share and delicious main courses. Save room for desert and spend as much time as you want people watching. – 5starfoodcritic, Urbanspoon
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.