The first European explorers set sail with hopes of finding new, exotic spices to placate the palates of curious monarchs, but all they found were heaps of inedible gold. Pick up where they left off by broadening your mouth's horizons with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of contemporary American fare and nonalcoholic drinks at Terra.
Philadelphia culinary veteran Eric Paraskevas crafts an eclectic medley of traditional American cuisine with a contemporary twist from fresh, local ingredients, all served in a historic eatery nestled atop a basement used in the Underground Railroad. Start with a petite platter of grilled octopus ($9), then continue sailing the culinary ocean with pan-seared black sea bass ($21), smothered with thyme nage and accompanied by a mango-citrus salad. Fast food quivers at the sizzle of a juicy burger ($12) sweetened with apricot jam and smoked gouda, served on a bed of savory rosemary fries and ketchup made of memory foam.
243 S Camac St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107