Eating authentically prepared food lets you taste the very essence of a country and draws far fewer angry glares than chewing on its national flag. Respectfully sample international flavors with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of French-Mediterranean cuisine and drinks for brunch (10 a.m.–3 p.m. daily) or dinner (5 p.m.–10 p.m. daily) at Thomas Street Bistro in Capitol Hill.
Thomas Street Bistro's menu blends the taste of Provençal sunshine with the salt of the Mediterranean. All entrees are cooked from scratch using local produce and gourmet spices. Embrace Old World proclivities with the braised lamb cooked in eastern spices and topped with a garlic-mint yogurt sauce ($12.99) or the peche de jour, caught wild, purchased daily, and served on a plate ($12.99). The vegetarian couscous tagine snuggles into a traditional clay pot, conserving aromas until they're unleashed, genie-like, by a hungry herbivore ($12.99). The chef serves smaller appetites by preparing a petit plat ($12.99) to pair with the weekly house wine, 1 of 10 reds and whites. Dinner and wine menus change regularly; check back before your visit for updates.
Place your midday fate in the chef's capable, creative hands for a three-course prix fixe brunch ($7.99). Thomas Street Bistro's cozy, candlelit space ensures you sit within fork's distance of your dining companion's plate, and occasional live music laughs along with the conversation. Given that the bistro's quaint confines can seat only a few romantics at a time, call ahead for reservations.