Wined and Dined at Urbano Cafe

DSC03491by Steven Doyle

There is plenty of love to be found on Fitzhugh near Bryan Street. That is where you will discover Jimmy’s Food Store, home of the Italian sausage kings and the largest hoard of Italian wines in the state. You will also stumble onto a duo of spaces that hosts a fantastic little restaurant we hear so very little about in the media, but is first on the lips of oneophiles both near and far, Urbano Cafe.

Owned by Kristen and Mitch Kauffman, the tiny restaurant, and its sister room Urbano Too, is always filled with lively conversation and terrific wines supplemented by a short list of dishes that will please all palates.  A recent visit netted a beautiful display of appetizers such as their Caprese S’Mores, a tantalizing meze of  mozzarella between toasted crostini with tomato and balsamic syrup, and a salmon avocado poke ceviche with taro chips, green onions and ponzu drizzle. Sheer happiness as the conversation elevates with a second pour of the BYOB wine you supplied. You may now purchase by the glass or bottle next door.

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Often times that conversation will spill onto another table, mostly due to wine envy. But do not fear, many are willing to share and sample.

Entrees include a pumpkin ravioli with pinenuts, San Marzano tomatoes and brown butter sage glace. The pasta is plump and endearing, made with love and Wiccan magic. The pan seared scallops with lemon risotto and Dijon cream sauce is also equally as magical, and enjoyed by a large majority of the room.

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Our salmon was freaking amazing and sent to the table with an ample supply of sunchoke laden ravioli. Insert more angelic praise here to distract from the fact that a forkful of the pink-fleshed fish tiptoed across the table and onto my plate.

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Desserts are not an after thought. You will definitely want to sample the Key Lime Pie. We like to bring a spot of tequila to sip with this course.

urbanoOne of the best bolognese in Dallas

Lunches are also served at Urbano, but you might want to clear your calendar for the day as you will most likely want to sip something delicious to pair up with you afternoon repast.

Reservations are not required, but highly suggested. Urbano Cafe is located at 1410C Fitzhugh. Call them at 214.823.8550.

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