What You'll Get
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, which gets you a Mediterranean bistro meal at Café Lily in Decatur. Choose one of two dining-time options:
- For $20, you get $40 worth of dinner
- For $10, you get $20 worth of brunch or lunch
Regardless of what time of day you teleport into Café Lily, Chef Anthony Pitillo has a menu that plots out a plan of tasty attack for every meal. Start your Sunday morning in luxuriously late fashion with a brunch mimosa ($6) and a specialty plate of beignets de crabe Benedict, which tops two of Chef Anthony's signature lump crab cakes with poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, and diced tomatoes and serves it with homestyle potatoes ($15.95). Or indulge in a lunch menu served daily. 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 with olive oil, garlic, scallions, and fresh lemon ($9.95), before moving on to classics such as pinchitos, lamb tenderloin rubbed tenderly with a special blend of Spanish spices, chargrilled, topped with salsa verde and manchego, and served with sautéed white sweet potatoes (when available) and fresh green beans ($21.95). The stuffed, pan-seared filet mignon ($26.95) comes filled with mushrooms, fresh herbs, toasted pignolas, and gorgonzola, drizzled in an Amontillado-sherry sauce, and served with polenta and mushroom pisto. Several entree options are also available in half-size portions and are best chased with an equally decadent dessert of homemade tiramisu or gluten-free torta ciocolatta topped with fresh Chantilly cream (both $6.95). Café Lily also recently opened a separate tapas lounge with its own distinct menu.
Café Lily carefully chooses its extensive wine list by hand and even more impressively juggles it by foot—and they'll happily treat you to free tastings of most wines on the menu, which includes a large selection of Zinfandel, until you meet cute with your favorite glass ($6.50–$12). There is no purchase limit, so stop by to try every meal of the day.
- Was recommended by a friend, but we were totally surprised by the high quality of the food and the wonderful treatment by the staff all without having to spend a fortune. A wide variety of Mediterranean flavors and specialties. – PaulH1126398, Zagat
- I stopped in for lunch and really appreciated the smaller lunch options in addition to the usual sandwiches, salads, and entrees offered…I was glad to see they had a fairly good crowd, which shouldn't be a surprise given how long they've been around and the generally solid comment I hear from folks who eat here regularly. – Barney, Urbanspoon
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 10, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Reservation required. Limit 1 per table, 2 per table of 6 or more. Dine-in only. Not valid with other offers. Tax and gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.