One of the great simple pleasures of traveling abroad is stumbling upon a restaurant frequented by locals, followed closely by bathing in gelato and loudly explaining why everything in America is better. Replicate that feeling with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of American-French fare at Alexander's Horseshoe Bar Grill in Loomis.
Chef Vincent Paul Alexander adorns time-tested Californian fare with Francophile flourishes to fashion a menu of refined dishes. Escargot baked in garlic herb butter and topped with crisp filo dough ($8) rev appetite engines, launching taste buds down a roast pork tenderloin road paved with sweet almond polenta, applewood bacon, and port wine demi glace ($21). Chocolate-dipped strawberries accompany house specialties, providing dulcet encouragement like a high-five from Julia Child. The tender beef wellington's delicate ecosystem is stuffed with foie gras butter and cloaked in a canopy of wild mushroom duxelles, puff pastry, and truffle madeira sauce ($34). Fresh ginger encrusts the exterior of delicately seared ahi tuna, which relaxes on a hammock of baby greens and horseradish mashed potatoes while sipping a garnish of soy lime vinaigrette ($29) and soliciting grateful postcards to Atlantis.