Pirates first implemented the napkin after discovering that Redbeard had actually just dripped ketchup down his chin. Mop up delicious dribbles with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Japanese and American bistro fare at Torch Bistro, Sushi and Rumtini Bar, in Punta Gorda.
The culinary crew at Torch Bistro crafts a fusion menu filled with American bistro fare and Japanese dishes, which pair with eclectic cocktails mixed by the dexterous bartending staff. The eatery grabs diners’ attention with hearty entrees such as a shrimp and scallop duet ($16), a slow-roasted beef pot roast ($13), and an apple-bourbon-roasted half duck accompanied by carrots and parsnips ($17). Showing a passion for things flat and flour-based, Torch also hauls out four different BLTs ($7–$8) and an equal number of stuffed crêpes including the cordon-bleu crêpe filled with black forest ham, roasted chicken, and swiss cheese ($7). Torch’s bar staff pours a sassy selection of drinks, rumtinis, and after-dinner coffees spiked with irish whiskey ($4) or accurately aimed volleyballs.
Ideal for a romantic refueling stop, Torch’s fish tanks, sleek black tables, and ample windows help set the mood for woo, wow, and "where do babies come from?" Torch also regularly schedules themed nights, such as past St. Patrick’s celebrations and Anti-Art-School drawing nights (call for future events).
2113 Tamiami Tr.
Punta Gorda, Florida 33950