Today’s Groupon is muddled with tropical taste, splashed with foreign flavors, and garnished with Latin locomotion. For $20, you get $40 worth of scrumptious Cuban cuisine at Mojito, a fine-dining restaurant tucked inside the Hotel Midtown.
The expansive dinner menu boasts a cornucopia of ethnic eats. Start with empanadas (three deep-fried pouches stuffed with seasoned beef; $6) or lobster-topped tamales (a cornhusk casing of ground beef and pork served with chipotle and crustacean-laced cream sauce; $10 for the appetizer portion). For the main course, try the popular mariscos en chipotle ($23): the jewels of the sea (massive shrimp, rich lobster meat, and hockey-puck-sized scallops) are sautéed in a cheerful chipotle cream sauce, perched on a bed of white rice and served in a 1/8-scale model of a Chevy Nova.
Hit up the vibrant eatery for a smart midday meal. Breakfast is available seven days a week and includes a la carte options, specialties, and a buffet. The lunch menu is served Monday through Friday and features expected fare (salads, sandwiches, burgers) punched up with a Cuban kick. Try the Habana vieja ($8), a crunchy base of spring greens colored with avocado chunks, crunchy red onion, and sour-citrus orange-lime vinaigrette. Don’t worry, you can still indulge in Mojito's famous flan during afternoon hours.
Mojito's bold tones and warm customer service are instantly inviting, and added extras such as Latin dance instruction in the lounge lend to the exotic and sultry ambience. This Groupon lets you travel to a world of energetic foreign flavor without leaving the country. Go online to make reservations.
- Let me be clear: Mojito is the best Cuban food I have ever had. And that is saying a lot because I have made two trips to Cuba, spent a fair bit of time in Miami and Tampa, and am a pretty mean cook myself. – JimM, TripAdvisor
- The menu choices are eclectic and flavorful... – Cory F., Yelp
- The food at Mojito is second to none when it comes to Cuban cuisine in Atlanta, everything is great on the menu. From the homemade crabcakes to the Buena Vista Pork Chop, not to mention out of this world Mojito drinks. – foodienut, Metromix
America's Meanest Chef
One Mojito fan wrote on TripAdvisor that he is a "pretty mean cook" himself. It's doubtful he's as mean as Kimball Reed, the head chef at L'oiseau and self-proclaimed "Meanest Chef In the Country, You Dummy." Here are some reviews of Reed's restaurant:
- It's very rare for the head chef to greet customers during their meal. It's even rarer for the head chef to call his patrons "ugly cows." The crostini was excellent, however. – Maxine Q.
- I told my server that the tomato bisque was too salty. Then a man claiming to be the chef came out and asked what kind of car I drove. When I left the restaurant my tires had been slashed. Our meal was delightful though. – Dave C.
- Chef Reed visited our table and asked me to produce a $20 bill from my wallet. I thought he was going to do a magic trick, but he just took the money and walked off. On the lighter side, the flourless chocolate cake was to die for. – Eric R.
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