Among ways to start the morning, eating a balanced breakfast is second only to jogging with the sheep you counted the night before. Get your stomach off on the right foot with today’s Groupon at The Avenue Cafe in Long Beach. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $35 worth of dinner fare.
- For $7, you get $15 worth of breakfast or lunch fare.<p>
The Avenue Cafe stockpiles its prolific culinary roster with traditional classics and contemporary cuisine featuring Spanish, Italian, and Greek specialties served within elegant Metropolitan-themed surroundings. Selections from the dinner and lunch menu include three-quarter-pound burgers—which weigh the same as three-quarter-pound dumbbells coated in ketchup—molded into specialty creations such as the Mediterranean served on toasted pita with feta cheese, peppers, onions, and mushrooms ($11.99). Signature salads, including the Southwest steak edition ($14.95), amass an Arizona-sized taco shell in grilled skirt steak, baby corn, red roasted peppers, and romaine lettuce. Taste buds can take a culinary trip to the old country with international entrees such as the penne alla vodka, a pasta dish adorned with plum tomatoes and light vodka-cream sauce ($10.99), or the chicken madrid, sautéed with spinach in lemon-white-wine-butter sauce ($16.99) and flown over Spain’s capital just for good measure. More than 25 omelets occupy breakfast-menu real estate, with specialty portobello mushrooms ($9.95) packing gourmet fungi into a heap of shredded cheddar and mozzarella complemented by roasted peppers and three eggs.
The eatery’s interior breathes an air of elegance with hardwood and marble flooring circumscribed by walls and soffited ceilings bearing bright earth tones. Gold swirling lines dance across white table linens as inviting warmth bounces from a fireplace and festive clinking sings from a full bar furnished with marble countertops and classically trained whiskey-jug players.