Restaurants exist thanks to humanity's most primitive discoveries and inventions, including fire, the knife, and floorboards that cover spontaneously appearing snake-filled sinkholes. Celebrate culinary technology with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of upscale bistro fare and drinks at Twisted Vine Bistro in Fort Myers.
Chef Dan Virola of Twisted Vine Bistro combines proteins from the air, earth, and water with fire to create delectable dishes that are complemented by an extensive list of domestic and international wines. The spiced rack of lamb with herb-roasted fingerling potatoes and a wild mushroom ragout over cranberry chutney tempts forks to twirl with delight ($35), as lost wild salmon find themselves in a hoisin brown-sugar glaze with wasabi-whipped potatoes and a pineapple-lemongrass butter froth ($25). Stuffed breasts of chicken distract diners with dollops of sage and chicken mousseline, glazed carrots, garlic whipped potatoes, mushroom jus, and repartee ($18). An asparagus-cream soup with crispy, ground chorizo floods palates by the spoonful ($5) and a watermelon salad featuring mixed greens with strawberry-maple vinaigrette, local watermelon, and goat cheese perks up taste buds and bored salad forks alike ($8). An extensive list of domestic and international wines ($6+/glass, $18+/bottle) offers more enjoyable sips than a candle full of melted wax.
Consumed amidst the dark wood, rich, earthy tones, and intimate lighting of Twisted Vine Bistro's décor, desserts such as an espresso crème brûlée ($9) or flourless chocolate cake with caramel ($9) provide the perfect accent, ellipsis, or Oxford comma to meals. Live music is showcased Thursday through Saturday and completes the sensory experience while eliminating the need for pointless socializing with fellow diners.