With its ever-changing coordinates and conspicuous absence from the Beach Boys' "Kokomo," Cuba is one of the more difficult to locate Caribbean nations. Dig into this enigma with a fork, knife, and today's Groupon for Cuban fare at Tomasita’s Cuban Bistro in DeLand. Choose between the following options:
For $22, you get a Cuban meal for two for lunch or dinner (up to a $45.96 value). Reservations are required, and meals include:
- One appetizer (up to a $7.99 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $12.99 value each)
- Half a carafe of sangria (an $11.99 value)
For $6, you get $12 worth of anything the menu for lunch only. Entrees range from $7.49–$17.99 each.
Tomasita’s head chef, Mike Alvarez, concocts a menu by melding traditional Cuban flavors with influences of Spanish and Canary Islands cuisines, served up in a cozy, bistro setting. Couples may begin dining excursions or timed food fights by using forks to harpoon tender calamari dusted in breading and accompanied by lime and garlic aioli. Choose two entrees (up to $12.99 each), such as the signature slow-roasted pork, marinated for 24 hours and dressed in a suit of mojo with black-bean lapels. Pollo tropical dinners conga line sprite flavors across lips, while Tomasita’s surf menu splashes mouth shores with gambas al ajillos—a mix of large white shrimp, garlic, white wine, and tomato. Dining duos may cool throat canals with swigs of house red or white sangria procured from a family recipe of fresh fruit, cinnamon, and tattletales.
Tomasita’s was named after Chef Alvarez’s grandmother who emigrated from Spain to Cuba and with six children and culinary instincts that continue to warm the bistro’s buttery walls. Sip cocktails at a mosaic-tiled bar before dinner, admiring the Cuban relics adorning the walls and debating why the Canary Islands are not exclusively populated by coconut bra-wearing songbirds.
Guests may upgrade to higher-priced entrees for two-person dining packages.