Like attaching a fake mustache to a Halloween mask or cleverly changing your name from Obi-Wan Kenobi to Ben Kenobi, adding a new ingredient to something familiar can render it delightfully unrecognizable. Enjoy inventive eats with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth eclectic contemporary cuisine at Mixx in Jacksonville Beach.
The chefs at Mixx craft an internationally inspired menu of modern classics such as house-made pastas, sushi, and wood-fired pizzas. Start off with the calamari fritti tossed with sundried tomato vinaigrette, basil, and lemon-caper remoulade ($9) before surprising your palate with the stuffed cannelloni fiorentina bursting with ground chicken, veal, besciamella cream, three cheeses, and spring-loaded rubber snakes ($10). House-cured salmon snuggles into a sushi roll with mascarpone cheese and a spicy lemon-caper tartar sauce ($10); the Alexa wood-fired pizza hoists a hefty serving of pesto and goat cheese, bacon, rosemary roasted apples, and caramelized onions ($13).
Mixx’s wine list ($4.50+/glass) culls fermented creations from domestic as well as international producers, focusing heavily on the toast-inducing ambrosia of Italy. The beer and sake selection includes potent bottles from micro and macro breweries ($3.50+). As diners enjoy their meals, they can steal glances of Mixx's luminous interior lined with glowing sconces, exposed brick walls, and wooden tables sturdy enough to hold Paul Bunyan's flapjacks.