Like waking a hibernating bear, waking a dormant stomach causes violent growls that can only be silenced by bowls of fresh salad or skewers of lamb and 20 minutes of gentle patting. Ward off vicious appetites with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of California-influenced Middle Eastern and southern European fare at Mediterranean Café in Carlsbad. Today's Groupon is valid only for dinner, which is served from 6 p.m. to close.
At Mediterranean Café, chefs inject Californian flair into a dinner menu of hefty meat-based and vegetarian table-toppers inspired by Middle Eastern and southern European entrees. Munching patrons and overly involved life coaches tear mushrooms, plum tomatoes, artichoke hearts, zucchini, and onions from the roasted vegetable medley ($13.50), which is planted atop basmati rice and served with minted cucumber-yogurt sauce. Identical trimmings add pizzazz to the kifta kebab ($16), starring beef kissed with spices, onions, and parsley, and fig spread camouflages the pancetta and fig pizza's ($15) thin crust from competitive eaters in training, cradling roasted chicken breast, pancetta, gorgonzola crumbles, mozzarella, and veggies.
Diners polish off Italian sodas ($3.50) or a pour from the colossal coffee bar ($2–$5) amid fiery hues and exposed brick cloaked in Moroccan décor or nest in plush couches to enjoy live musicians and belly dancers. In an outdoor seating area, a fountain gurgles in harmony with dinner conversations and scat-sung directions back to parked cars.
300 Carlsbad Village Dr.
Carlsbad, California 92008