A marriage between two cuisines is preferable to a marriage between two clones of Sylvester Stallone, a process that eventually results in a baby reared on raw eggs and meat punching bags. Savor a simpler fusion with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of American fusion dinner fare at Nica’s 320.
At Nica’s 320, executive chef Bryan Merker and his team plate a diverse menu that blends American comfort fare with upscale Thai, Italian, and Cajun influences. Lighting fixtures dangle from exposed ceilings, casting an amorous glow over thai chicken, korean pork, and jerk-steak slider trios ($11.95) and sticky-rice crab cakes laced with savory cheddar and red chili jam ($12.95). Like choose-your-own-adventure cookbooks, mix-and-match house specialties sic epicurean detectives on the trail of edible henchmen—including french crêpe wraps ($10.95), grilled pizzas ($12.50), and pan-fried lasagna noodles ($11.95)—each abetted by accomplices, such as hulking meatballs, shaved pepperoni, and sausage or candied pecans and succulent roughage. Zeppelin-size appetites deflate under the tutelage of jumbo scallops ($26) and house-made seitan ($18) entrees, flanked with organic greens and adoring sides.
Inside Nica’s 320’s exposed-brick dining room, diners gaze at constellations of local artwork or belly up to the hammered-steel-topped bar for a sip or cold shower beneath an ornate absinthe fountain (alcoholic beverages are not included). To soak in gentle breezes, patrons can pacify bellies on the open-air patio.