Like waking a hibernating bear, waking a dormant stomach causes violent growls that can only be silenced by plates of salmon and 20 minutes of gentle patting. Ward off vicious appetites with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Caribbean fare and drinks at The Real Macaw.
The Real Macaw conjures a laid-back tropical atmosphere with its sunny, Key West-style house ambiance and menu of exotic Caribbean fare. Tasty plates of seafood enrapture taste buds, forcing them to belt out sea chanteys in honor of the Calypso calamari tossed in ginger-and-scallion sauce ($10), or the cashew-encrusted wild salmon, roasted with cedar wood and paired with fresh veggies and jasmine rice ($24). The island-hopping seafood chowder ($9) warms up appetites like an amuse-bouche wrapped in an afghan, and the macadamia-nut-encrusted goat-cheese salad mixes gardenfuls of crispy greens with tangy dressing ($9). When they’re not being awarded to fourth-place finishers at the Olympics, meaty medallions of pork tenderloin bask in the piquant flavors of jerk spice, hoisin barbecue, and guava-cream sauce before they escort sides of sweet mashed potato and fresh vegetables to the dinner table ($25).
Like a wormhole to St. Kitts, the beach-house-themed décor of The Real Macaw instantly transports diners to a sunny veranda in the Caribbean. Tropical birds and plants, waterfalls, and pastel-colored décor surround gatherings outdoors. As guests sup on scrumptious portions of island fare, flickering tiki torches cast soft light on nighttime jam sessions.
The Real Macaw
Beyond the restaurant's indoor seating, tiki torches cast a flickering light across The Real Macaw's outdoor patio, where guests divide their attention between plates of Caribbean cuisine and picturesque views. Named for the real macaw parrot whose occasional squawks add a colorful soundtrack to each meal, the restaurant has earned local renown for its fusion of Floridian ingredients and Caribbean flavors. This fusion is fully apparent in the macadamia-nut-encrusted goat-cheese salad, which culls its featured ingredient from the Turtle Creek dairy farm in Palm Beach county. Other exemplary dishes include Trinidadian-style crab cakes, wild-caught salmon roasted over cedar wood, and salsas brimming with tropical fruits. On certain nights, the percussive sounds of alligators chomping on roasted duckling join with live music to drown out the parrot’s incessant requests to not allow alligators in the restaurant.