What You'll Get
Ancient Egyptians often threw salt up to the heavens as an offering, which explains why clouds weep, why oceans float, and why birds can't stop tonguing box kites. Enjoy a showering of seasonings with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of peri-peri fare and drinks at Nando's Peri-Peri. This Groupon is valid at Nando's Annapolis location.
Nando's Peri-Peri, founded in South Africa in 1987, brings Portugal's peri-peri flame-grilled chicken to Annapolis with a pleasantly piquant menu of sandwiches, pitas, wraps, salads, and authentic peri-peri chicken. Introduced to Portuguese explorers by indigenous African people, the fiery peri-peri chili pepper adds a kick of capsaicin to any cuisine. Thaw out taste buds for spring with a grilled-to-order peri-peri half-chicken with a regular side ($10.95), or bite around basted bones with five peri-peri chicken wings and a regular side ($9.95). Nando's also sports a peri-peri chicken breast pita ($6.25), a steak sandwich ($8.25), and a veggie burger ($6.25), as well as salads for hirsute herbivores ($5.75–$7.95), with a chicken breast available for topping (add $2.95). Nurtured to full flavor potential in a 24-hour peri-peri marinade, Nando's poultry dishes offer diners a voluble variety of spice levels—mild lemon and herb, medium, hot, and extra hot, suitable for sun surface vacationers.
With vibrant lighting fixtures, evocative plants, and eye-arresting art, Nando's ambience adds as much of a jolt as the peri-peri sauce bathing its birds. Although dishes are ordered at the counter, patrons can enjoy their Afro-Portuguese fare from a booth or table in Nando's warm, wood-lined dining room. Coat your tongue in a heat-fighting milk poncho and enjoy a powerfully potent poultry picnic.
The Washington Post, the Washingtonian, and Gayot reviewed Nando's other locations. TripAdvisors give the Annapolis location an average of 3.5 owl eyes and more than 10 Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars.
- "Putting the chic in chicken" reads a sign above the open grill. No kidding...The signature ingredient is grilled to order and served at whatever degree of zip you desire...The eating is sublime no matter your choice...Adding to the pleasure are generous side dishes (I'm partial to the sweet and creamy coleslaw and yellow rice speckled with minced bell peppers) and such novelties as the chicken liver and feta salad. Trust me, you'll love it. – Tom Sietsema, Washington Post
- The generous bowl of oil-slicked mixed olives and garlic cloves...makes a nice start, and a roasted, peri-peri-basted portobello mushroom served on a Portuguese roll...with salty halloumi cheese, chili jam, and an add-on ring of pineapple...is a genuine find. – Ann Limpert, Washingtonian
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jul 26, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only at Annapolis location. Dine-in and carryout only. Valid toward alcohol. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Nando's Peri-Peri
Even though Portuguese explorers couldn't pronounce the Swahili name for the African bird's eye chili—pili-pili—the sailors fully embraced its flavor shortly after landing in the region known today as Mozambique. Intrigued by the small, fiery pepper, they combined it with aromatic doses of herbs, garlic, and lemon to create the first peri-peri sauce. That sauce eventually became a wildly popular marinade for poultry, and the tasty concoction made its way to South Africa over the next several centuries. There, in 1987, two friends decided to honor this culinary legacy by founding the first Nando's Peri-Peri restaurant. The eatery continued to remain true to its South African roots, even while expanding to encompass locations in 24 countries across four continents.
Beginning with fresh chickens that never see the inside of a kitchen freezer, the chefs furtively marinate the birds in a secret peri-peri sauce for 24 hours before grilling them over an open flame. Diners dictate the heat level of their order, requesting that the grilled chicken arrive relatively mild or that wings be slathered with even more incendiary spices. The succulent chicken can be plated with hearty side dishes—such as Portuguese-style rice with herbs and peppers or peas with mint—or served in the form of a sandwich, wrap, or pita. To complement the menus' African flavors, Nando's worldwide locations collectively feature more than 4,000 pieces of African artwork.