Shade is definitely one of those restaurants that sticks out once you have tried it; it is located in the Houston Heights area which has been the hot spot of the city in the past couple of years and it seems also the upcoming one. The place is not big but it has cozy and contemporary feel and décor and an outside patio which resembles almost the tables that you find in the streets of European cafés and restaurants.
Shade is located at 250 19th Street and the hours of operations are for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for dinner Sunday and Monday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Their brunch is the best thing of this restaurant and it is served also on Saturday so it gets extra points for that, however the place can get crowded and there could be a wait of twenty minutes or so.
For their eggs and breakfast you can order the scrambled eggs which include bacon, grilled zucchini and cheddar cheese served with Lyonnais potatoes for $9.75 or the waffle or homemade Challah French toast which comes with 2 eggs over easy, apple smoked bacon and fresh berries for $10.25.
For their entrées and sandwich section go with the Mediterranean plate which includes hummus and pine nuts, tabouli, orzo pasta, mozzarella and tomatoes with pita bread for $10.50, or the curried tuna sandwich with grapes which comes with toasted almonds on wheat toast, plantain chips and a cup of soup for $10.25, or he bacon, lettuce and fried green tomato sandwich for $10.50 or even the grilled feta stuffed ground lamb which comes with a cilantro mint pesto, spinach, grilled fennel and asparagus, roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes and hearts of palm with an orange chipotle sauce for $12.75.
The food for their brunch is really good and the vegetables all taste fresh and the portions are generous so they get an A-; the prices overall are reasonable a definite solid A on that.
The service tends to be good, even when it gets a little bit crowded so they get a solid B; and the décor gets an A because it is contemporary modern yet cozy.