The first European explorers set sail with hopes of finding new, exotic spices to placate the palates of epicurious monarchs, but all they found were heaps of boring, inedible gold. Broaden your mouth's horizons with today's Groupon to Nisi Estiatorio in downtown Englewood. Choose between the following options:
• For $25, you get $50 worth of Greek cuisine and drinks Sunday–Friday.
• For $25, you get $50 worth of Greek cuisine and drinks on Saturday.
Nisi Estiatorio executive chef John Piliouras uses his knowledge of Greek traditions and training in classical French technique to concoct an upscale Mediterranean menu of authentic seafood dishes with European flair. Feast on pan-fried barbounia ($23/lb.), a small fish also known as red mullet for its rock-star hairstyle, or crunch down on crispy cod with feta and marinated beets ($25). Mouths also water over grilled sea bass ($25) and appetizers like the expertly shaped keftedes, or balls of spiced lamb or beef ($9). In the dining room, Nisi Estiatorio's décor evokes the sights of the Mediterranean coast with gently rippling deep-blue curtains, glittering golden lights, and a soundtrack of reggae tunes sung by an anthropomorphic hermit crab.