My partner has lived in the Springs for over a year now, and it feels like a crime that we haven’t been to Shuga’s
to try one of the city’s standout dishes. No surprise, the spicy coconut shrimp soup wows with balanced excellence, but while it could be made a meal, we have other plans. We try a croque madame, here served open-faced. Shuga’s subs a rich mushroom-spinach Mornay sauce for traditional bechamel. It pairs beautifully with rich ham, a perfect over medium egg, Gruyere cheese and bright, punchy grain mustard. We also order the ramen bowl, which comes topped with a lovely medium-boiled egg, rich roasted pork, savory mushrooms, little sheets of nori and sesame seeds. The broth, which we describe as “stupid savory,” conceals a tangle of tender noodles. Given that it’s happy hour when we drop by, we also get a mai tai, a classic combo of mixed rums and fruit juices served in a Tiki cup, paper umbrella included.