Cafés are typically characterized by their selection of lighter fare, including croissants, finger sandwiches, and hydrogen sliders. Avoid post-lunch sleepies with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of café fare for breakfast and lunch at Decco Café, located in the Decorative Center Houston.
Divined by Chef Emilio Chavez, Decco Café's modern American breakfast and lunch menus surge with classic dishes prepared with deliciously artful twists. The day's inaugural meal can be coroneted with an egg-centric dish, such as the huevos rancheros ($9), or a pro-fruit and nut candidate, the banana macadamia pancakes with orange butter ($7). Fighting off troublesome social constructs like "salad" and "sandwich," the lemon-tarragon chicken-salad sandwich ($10) embraces its true nature and satisfies supporters of both camps. Blooming with crabmeat in an orange sauce reduction, the portobello mushrooms ($12) have been rumored to thrill lunchers with dynamic flavors and a streamlined shape, a must-have for unexpected food fights.
At the epicenter of the restaurant sits a circular bar with rich blue cushioned chairs gathered around it like the numbers on an analog clock. Skylights dominate the ceiling, ushering in great helpings of natural light, which illuminate the open floor plan and Danish modern–style furnishings. Accents of color from sculptures by Christian Eckhart and tableside floral bouquets give this airy café a vibrant energy akin to playing a game of kickball inside the aurora borealis.