El Pueblito Patio
Once you step out the doors and into El Pueblito Patio's central courtyard, you're transported to a mini-paradise that seems far from Houston. The furniture is tropical, with palm trees aplenty and several semi-private cabanas that can be yours just by asking the hostess nicely. Pueblito offers serviceable tacos, fajitas and other Tex-Mex standards but specializes in seafood and pollo dishes. Everything here has a hint of island feel, including the service, but sometimes you just want to escape with a cocktail that comes in a coconut.
Happy hour starts at 11 a.m. Yes, we're serious.