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 $48, you get a four-course French-Mediterranean dinner for two at Thomas Street Bistro in Capitol Hill (up to a $102.98 total value). The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays. Dinner includes:
- Two soups (a $15 value)
- Two salads (a $15 value)
- Two entrees from the menu or the entree of the day (up to a $43.98 value)
- Two desserts (a $15 value)
- Two glasses of house wine (a $14 value)
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. Chefs dream up new concoctions every day to swirl into soups, shuffle into salads, and feverishly write to patent companies about. Hungry twosomes can sink cutlery into the slow-cooked roasted lamb, which shouts inspirational quotes from a bed of seasonal rice and veggies, or the vegetarian Mediterranean pasta, a medley of French feta cheese, olives, and fresh tomatoes. Chicken breast sings in a shower of lemon butter and capers, and Groupon holders can pair any entree with a glass of weekly house red or white wine. Chew-a-thons conclude with the dessert of the day, a hopeless romance of sugar and decadent ingredients that entangles taste buds like a pulp thriller about jungle vines.
Thomas Street Bistro’s cozy, candlelit space ensures you sit within fork’s distance of your dining companion’s plate. Given that the bistro’s quaint confines can seat only a few romantics at a time, call ahead for reservations.