Bistros are remarkable in that they somehow manage to be both fancy and casual at the same time, much like a necktie with Taz on it. Feel gussied up without too much fuss with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Mediterranean bistro fare and tapas at brunch or dinner at Café Lily in Decatur.
Chef Anthony Pitillo has crafted a menu of Mediterranean meals crafted from fresh ingredients. Dinner diners can keep things social and free of knife fights by sharing a tapas starter of calamari a la plancha, calamari (not breaded or fried) on a sizzling platter ($9.95), before moving on to classics such as pinchitos, lamb tenderloin rubbed tenderly with a special blend of Spanish spices ($21.95). The stuffed, pan-seared filet mignon comes filled with mushrooms, fresh herbs, toasted pignolas, and gorgonzola, drizzled in an amontillado-sherry sauce for the meatiest kind of revelry ($26.95). Several entree options are also available in half-size portions and are best chased with an equally decadent dessert of gluten-free torta ciocolatta topped with fresh chantilly cream ($6.95).
Brunch offers mid-morning respite with dishes such as a greek omelet ($8.95), french-french toast ($7.95), or crab beignets benedict ($15.95). Café Lily carefully chooses its extensive wine list by hand and even more impressively juggles it by foot. They'll happily treat their customers to free tastings of most wines on the menu, which includes a large selection of zinfandel, until they meet the one handsome fellow they can drink up by the glass ($6.50+).