Dine locally, eat globally

Illustration by Mark Stivers

New restaurant overload: If you’re bored with your current dining rotation, you officially can’t complain anymore. A slew of new and diverse options opened up in the Sacramento area within the past couple of weeks.

Let’s start with Taste of Angkor (4566 Mack Road), quite possibly the first true Cambodian restaurant in Sacramento. There are a couple other spots that smush Cambodian cuisine with Thai, Laotian or Vietnamese, but nowhere else offers just Cambodian food.

SN&R’s Jonathan Mendick went to investigate—the place softly opened for a couple of weekends—and found a remarkably Cambodian menu. Sure, there are options like kao soy to appease the general Southeast Asian population, but you’ll also find traditional Cambodian dishes and spice combos of lemongrass, kaffir lime and galangal. Look for a hard opening on Friday, March 20.

Meanwhile, Fair Oaks nabbed what might be the first Puebla-style Mexican restaurant in the region: Los Tres Reyes (8121 Madison Avenue, suite G1). The Southern state of Puebla is home to mole poblano, cemitas and the taco arabe, and Los Tres Reyes offers all three traditions.

Mole poblano is the king of moles—the variety you’re probably thinking of right now, with a dark, chocolaty hue and pleasant heat. Cemitas are related to tortas, but with a sturdier, eggier, sesame seed-dotted bun, hand-pulled cheese, lots of avocado and, usually, beef milanesa, thinly pounded strips of deep-fried beef. The taco arabe (Arab-style taco) is most similar to the Greek gyro, with pork shaved off a vertical spit and rolled up in a thick, flour tortilla with chipotle sauce.

In Rancho Cordova, Sky Sushi (2252 Sunrise Boulevard) opened its third restaurant, in addition to restaurants in El Dorado Hills and Roseville. Think elaborate, Asian-fusion, heavily sauced sushi rolls in a modern, swanky setting.

There’s also a new southern spot in the Arden area, serving standard all-American breakfasts as well as barbecue and southern favorites at lunch. No brisket or mac ’n’ cheese at Sarom’s Southern Kitchen (1901 El Camino Avenue), but there are St. Louis-style ribs, fried chicken and waffles, jambalaya, gumbo and fried seafood-filled po’ boys. For dessert, feast on the likes of peach cobbler, sweet potato pie and banana pudding.