New Americana

Illustration by Mark Stivers

New Americana: The owners of Lucca Restaurant & Bar, Roxy and Lucky Dog Ranch opened Meadowlands Kitchen & Bar (12700 Meiss Road in Sloughhouse) last week at the original Sloughhouse Inn. Currently, it’s open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday for dinner as well as weekend brunch.

Obviously, a major draw is the elegant, historic building, which was built in 1850. Foodwise, executive chef Danny Origel’s menu feels similar to his offerings at Roxy: new American with an emphasis on Lucky Dog beef. There are a few burgers, pizzas and salads, and the average entree costs about $20. The brunch game looks strong and on-trend with dishes such as avocado toast ($12), with bacon, eggs and hollandaise; baked eggs ($13) with lamb sausage and cilantro yogurt; and eggs benedict ($14) assembled on cheddar biscuits.

Not just burritos: Two new Mexican spots recently opened up.

Dali’s Kitchen (1948 Sutterville Road) in Land Park offers a contemporary setting, patio seating and a mix of taqueria standbys and surprises. There are vampiros ($2.25), similar to the mulitas at Chando’s Tacos; gorditas filled with black chili sauce ($3.95); pan-fried tilapia with green rice ($13.95); and pork ribs simmered in spicy tomato sauce ($11.95), for example.

Taqueria Los Cantaritos (5412 Madison Avenue, Suites 170 and 180) offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and lots of taqueria classics. But there’s a clear emphasis on seafood as well, with shrimp platters ($11.99), fried whole tilapia ($11.99) and seafood molcajete ($18.99).

Crepe me: T-Crepes (1870 Prairie City, Suite 300) is now open in Folsom, bringing Japanese-style crepes and boba tea to the burbs. Savory crepes come stuffed with meat, salad and sauces like teriyaki or spicy mayo. On the sweet end of things, you can get one with ice cream and three toppings such as fruit, custard, Nutella or Pocky sticks. Most cost about $7.

Get happy: Chef-owner Chris Barnum-Dann just added happy hour to Localis (2031 S Street), though he insists on calling it “local hour.” Last week saw meatballs crafted from lamb and rib-eye with roasted fennel yogurt ($7) and blackened prawns with smashed potatoes ($9). As for drinks, beers on draft are $2 off and designated glasses of wine start at $7.