I’m a sucker for sugar landos.
I’ve had the pleasure of eating the tacos, the guacamole, and the crema (finally!) at these restaurants, where the servers bring you the most authentic Mexican food.
It’s the sort of thing I want to try when I get back home.
And now that I’m back in the States, I want a more upscale version of that experience, which is why I recently stumbled across an incredible lando-themed restaurant called the Sugar Lando Kitchen.
Located in Austin, Texas, the restaurant is named after the city’s famed lando—the land that originally sat atop Sugar Land in 1849.
I was able to catch up with the chef, who is also the owner of Sugar Landos, to get his take on the phenomenon.
“I think people are more used to eating food from their kitchen,” Sugar Landoes owner, Chris Fagundes told Mashable.
“I like the fact that it’s a restaurant that’s been around for a while and it’s kind of become a part of the fabric of Texas, which was kind of like a dream for me.”
The chef also noted that the restaurant itself has undergone some pretty major changes in the past decade.
The place’s name changed from “Sugar Lando” to “Sugarcane Kitchen” in 2012, which resulted in a new interior and exterior design, as well as a new menu.
The chef added that he’s been working on the food since he opened the restaurant in 2013, so the restaurant has been receiving quite a bit of attention lately.
“Sugarlandos are such a cool trend.
We’ve been really busy getting the restaurant up and running, so it’s been kind of a whirlwind,” Fagunces said.
“People have been really into it.”
The original Sugar Landomento menu from 2013.
Photo by Josh Cagle/MashableA couple of things to know about the restaurant before we dive into its food: The restaurant has a very casual, authentic vibe, with an emphasis on the tacos.
It also has a variety of items on offer, including an array of burritos, guac and a burrito bowl.
While the menu is primarily filled with tacos, it’s also served with a selection of other Mexican, Chinese and Asian dishes, as you might expect.
“We try to make sure that everything is authentic and fresh, and we try to stay true to the traditions of our community,” Fadus said.
“When you walk into this place, you’re really taken back by the taste of it,” said Sugar Landois co-owner, Jessica De La Cruz.
“It’s a place that’s really great to come in and have a great meal.”
The menu offers a variety options, from tacos, guas, burritas and salads to desserts.
The restaurant’s desserts include the signature, red velvet and cream cheesecake, which features chocolate chips, graham cracker crumbs and graham butter in a rich vanilla cream cheese crust.
The menu also features the signature salsa burrito, a taco topped with a lime and creamy salsa, and a corn tortilla with corn chips, corn salsa, salsa verde and corn chips.
There are also two breakfast options: the crispy fried chicken breakfast burrito and the grilled chicken burrito with rice.
The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., but you can find the menu on their website.