Uptown, Downtown, or Down Home: Though the name would lead you to believe it a kitsch-filled blast from the Southern past pumping out No Depression hits, Americana's warm wood and brick aesthetic is more like what you'd associate with early 2000s Brooklyn, and spews what has to be the worst house music of any Capitol Hill eatery. We are talking Phil Collins and Enya bad, without a hint of irony..
Bubbles, Bloodies or Black Coffee: The brew is Fonte and fantastic. The rotating sparkling wine is above average. Though there is not a house Bloody Mary, the full bar provides a nice cocktail menu with drinks like the Americana (Sparkling wine, "Devil's Cut" Bourbon, Bitters and a Sugar Cube) and the Ruby Red Cosmo (Ruby Red Absolut with fresh rapefruit, served up), both for $9.50.
Hungover, Hooked-Up, or Hanging with the Family: Kids are welcome. Waits can run around 20 minutes or so on the weekend, so be prepared to keep your tots busy. There is a small counter and a low-key vibe for hungover dining. This is the spot to take a long-term or laid-back hookup, as Americana excels at easy casualness.
What's Cooking?: Twists on expected breakfast and lunch items. Americana's Benedict pays tribute to the establishment's previous occupants with their Table 219 Benedict (two poached eggs over potato cakes made with smoked Gouda and Canadian bacon, topped with a creamy tomato and mushroom sauce and served with toast- $10 ) for a completely different take on a brunch favorite, and is just one of the many gluten-free items the menu boasts. The Lamb Burger (topped with tzatziki and served with sweet potato fries -$14) provides satisfying alternative to your basic beef-on-bun, and the sweet potato fries were nicely prepared. The menu also features Pancakes of the Day ($8 ) with fresh seasonal ingredients when wheat is what you want, and a nice selection of salads when it's not.