Tropicales, is the newest charming all-day café, located where the Museum District meets Rice Village. The name may immediately make you think of clear beaches and that is intended, both the menu and interiors are vacation-inspired. The team drew inspiration from the Caribbean and the lush landscaping of the surrounding historic neighborhood as well as Houston’s rich Latin culture.
Culinary director Carlos Ballon, originally from Peru, was able to combine his rich Latin American culture with gulf-coast flavors to create a menu that is light, full of flavor and has you coming back for more. The menu is broken up into ‘Breakfast’, ‘Light Bites’ and ‘Entrees’ giving it a true all-day café feel with items that can be enjoyed no matter the time of day.
Highlights include, Pan Con Aguacate (blue corn masa cake, refried black beans, avocado, cotija cheese, everything seed mix, & mango pico de gallo), Big Bend Rice Bowl (cilantro-lime rice, black beans, fried egg, pickled red onions, nopales, & sliced avocado), Salmon Ceviche (sushi grade salmon, mango, red onion, in a jalapeño, lime, guava & coconut milk sauce, plantain chips), Tequitos De Pollo (crispy blue corn chicken taquitos, salsa verde, guacamole, cotija cheese, & refried black beans) and more.
The cocktail program is equally as inspired including two incredibly unique drinks, the Avocolada (coconut, tequila and lime) and Powers of Peru (bell pepper juice, pisco, lemon, agave and topped with Cava).
Visit Tropicales Monday through Thursday from 7 am – 10 pm, Friday and Saturday from 7 am – 11 pm Sunday from 7 am – 3 pm.
Feature Photo Courtesy of Julie Soefer