What You'll Get
Butlers, forced by billionaires to mash piles of fruit by hand, invented blenders to prevent carpal tunnel and subsequent demotion to human towel rack. Reap the benefits of their creation with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of smoothies and café fare at Tropical Smoothie Café, which has 14 participating area locations (listed in the sidebar).
Tropical Smoothie Café's wholesome smoothies are filled to the gills with fresh fruit, juices, yogurt, chocolate, nuts, and healthful supplements, minimizing the crushing guilt of dessert consumption to a soft heartbeat emanating from the floorboards. Puréed potions such as pomegranate plunge (pomegranate, banana, strawberries, and cranberry; $4.79) are stuffed with super fruit, and low-fat options, such as mango magic (mango, pineapples, and non-fat yogurt; $4.29), trick gullible taste buds into believing that they are traversing a candy factory full of whipped-cream lollipops. Supercharged smoothies are stocked with a healthy dose of supplements, such as the kiwi citrus green tea's antioxidant-laden matcha charge or the muscle blaster's whey or soy protein ($4.79 each). Individual supplements can also be added to any other smoothie ($0.79 extra), boosting its magic points by +10.
Solid fare is available in the form of toasted wraps ($5.99+), flatbread and 3-D-bread sandwiches ($3.99 and $6.79, respectively), and gourmet salads ($5.99+). Hail a redundant monarchy with the king caesar wrap (chicken, parmesan, tomatoes, romaine, and caesar dressing on a garlic-herb tortilla), clear the sinuses with a zippy wasabi roast beef sandwich, or wake up and smell the bacon you've extracted from the traditional all-american wrap and inexplicably shoved up your nose (eggs, ham, and bacon, hugged by a white-flour tortilla; $3.99).
Urbanspooners have rated several of the Tropical Smoothie Café locations. One-hundred percent of them like the Mechanicsville Turnpike, Nuckols Road, and Colonial Heights spots; more than 75% enjoy the Commonwealth Center Parkway, Midlothian, 933 West Broad Street, and 8207 West Broad Street locations. TripAdvisors give the 933 West Broad Street location an average of 3.5 owl eyes:
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 2, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Must use in 1 visit. Valid only at listed locations. Not valid towards gift cards. No cash value. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.