Best Long Lunch Houston 2013 - Monarch at Hotel ZaZa
Picture this: It's mid-afternoon. You're lounging in the shade of a luxurious, lush patio, a glass of chilled rosé in hand, overlooking the picturesque Museum District as a fountain gently dances in the background. It feels like vacation, so you relax and take your time. You laugh with friends and nosh on the feast before you: tequila-and-coconut-milk-soaked mussels; bonito-flaked fried cauliflower in curry sauce; and a crisp, light baby kale salad. When you find yourself ready, go ahead and try the dessert sampler. It's vacation, after all.