A handful of crackers won’t stop a growling tummy, but it will stop a growling bear on a no-carb diet. Explore a more expansive epicurean arsenal with today’s Groupon to The Island Merchant in Hyannis. Choose between the following options:
- For $35, you get a three-course meal for two (up to an $82 value) that includes the following:
- One appetizer (up to a $21 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $27 value each)
One dessert (up to a $7 value)<p>
- For $60, you get a three-course meal for four (up to a $164 value) that includes the following:
- Two appetizers (up to a $21 value each)
- Four entrees (up to a $27 value each)
- Two desserts (up to a $7 value each)<p>
The Island Merchant’s owner and executive chef Joe Dunn swaps out his menu of upscale regional fare on a seasonal basis, preparing market-fresh eats and house-made desserts that earned him a Reader’s Pick for Best Chef from Cape Cod Magazine. Thick ropes of locally harvested honey from E & T Farms glide over slices of griddled brie served with grapes and peaches, and starters of curry-coconut-seared sea scallops wear festive dollops of mango salsa. Domesticated dragons fuel The Island Merchant’s onsite smoker, conjuring succulent cuts of pulled pork that recline on thick ribbons of house-made pappardelle pasta. In the crabby mango entree, ocean-fresh lump crabmeat tumbles topsy-turvy in a tossed spring mix laden with shredded coconut and pineapple salsa, crushing appetites alongside a mojo steak tenderloin sheathed in a zesty chipotle drizzle. The ever-evolving dessert menu changes weekly, like the cover story of Monday Magazine, but boasts slices of pumpkin-apple and key-lime pie in its list of notable alumni.
The sun’s descent heralds an army of live musicians, who implement soulful croons, nearby light dimmers, and eye of newt to transform The Island Merchant into an atmospheric, hip-swiveling hotspot. While not included with today’s Groupon, high-end spirits and craft suds sail from a full-service bar that reflects the lambent photons spilling from the interior’s incandescent wall sconces.
The Island Merchant
Live music frequently fills the air at The Island Merchant, evoking the freewheeling vacation lifestyle that inspired the menu of Cape Cod Magazine’s Best Chef of 2011. On the menu, tangy fruits play foil to spicy meats: the jerk-chicken skewers laze aside a mango-pineapple coulis, and mango-papaya relish accents the potato-chip-crusted tuna steak. The seaside feel of the eats suits the space. Terra-cotta-colored tiles bedeck the backsplash behind the restaurant’s bar, where overhead woven fans mimic an island breeze or a giant with asthma. The restaurant’s tables surround the bamboo-fronted bar, which glows beneath low, golden lighting.