Recipes are written in a language all their own, leading amateur cooks to confuse a pinch for a dash or forget that the chef's word for "water" is "salt." Trust a native speaker with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Mediterranean fare at Paradiso Mediterranean Cuisine in Escondido.
Imported spices and fluffy indian basmati rice complement Paradiso Mediterranean Cuisine’s menu of meats cooked on an open-flame charcoal grill. The gyro sandwich layers thinly sliced lamb and beef with tomato, lettuce, and onion inside a pita pocket ($5.99–$6.49), and skewers of cubed lamb ($16.95) marinate in a special house recipe before becoming a tasty practice round for sword swallowers. Platters pair lonely entrees, including lightly fried falafel patties ($9.49) or marinated and charbroiled chicken gyros, with basmati rice, greek salad, pita bread, and tzatziki sauce. Though Paradiso's chefs toss and slice their fresh ingredients with an eye toward healthy cooking techniques, diners can still end on an indulgent note with house-made cream puffs or baklava ($3.25 each).