With its wool exports and iconic kiwi birds, New Zealand has done far more for the world than Old Zealand or Teenage Zealand ever did. Today's Groupon highlights the cuisine of New Zealand. For $20, you get $40 worth of food and drink at Vinyl & Kai, the laid-back eatery located in Miami Beach. This Groupon is not valid toward happy-hour specials at Vinyl & Kai.
Vinyl & Kai is the culinary concept of owner Chris Barron, a New Zealander looking to bring together his love of food (or kai, in the Maori language) and music (or vinyl, in the Old English). Appetizers on the menu include favorites such as chips and salsa ($5) and chicken wings ($9), as well as game-changing grub such as sweet-potato fries with a cilantro sour cream ($5) and the pint o' bacon ($6), with thick cuts of smoked bacon placed in a glass, much like a caveman's martini. Entrees include roasted rack of lamb ($31) and a 16 oz. Jamaican-jerked skirt steak smothered in fiery rub ($22). A flotilla of flatbread pizzas is also available, such as the ham-and-pineapple hula dancer ($12) and the veggie-friendly tree hugger ($12). Sandwich-loving sand sculptors can opt for a prime burger ($12) or a grilled-mahi sandwich ($12), while wrap-loving rappers may go for a chicken-fajita wrap ($9). Vinyl & Kai delves into decadent drinkdom with a roster of beers, wines, cocktails, martinis, and margaritas, including the Jameson-and-pickle-juice concoction dammit Janet ($7), named after former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno's bestselling book of slam poetry.
Diners who have longed to eat dinner while Marilyn Manson watches are in luck—Vinyl & Kai's walls are decorated with vinyl album covers, with the black and red interior and moody lighting adding just the right touch of "backstage at the concert" to the proceedings. Sports fans can whet their appetites for athletics by catching games on Vinyl & Kai's high-definition projection screens, while fans of live music can mosh, mamba, or meditate to the restaurant's extensive calendar of performers.
- Vinyl is the kind of locals-friendly bar you'll go to when you're overdosed on house DJs and just want some bodacious kai (that's food in New Zealand, the owner's home country). – Urban Daddy
Eighty percent of 21 Urbanspooners like Vinyl & Kai:
- When I first walked into Vinyl & Kai I was expecting typical bar food. Was I wrong! The menu has everything from Chicken Fingers to Mahi Mahi, with wonderful appetizers and desserts. You have to try the White Bean Chicken Chili - it's spicy and delicious! I have also had the Corn Dip and Lamb, and loved them both. – Beth, Urbanspoon