Comedian Buddy Hackett once said, “As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it, or leave it.” Printed across the wall of Urban Eatery, the quote may encapsulate the restaurant’s pithy sense of humor. Today’s Reserve selection invites you to explore the generosity of options behind Urban Eatery’s hard-boiled façade with a four-course, locally sourced dinner for two. Dinner includes your choice of the following dishes from the menu:
- One starter
- Two salads
- Two entrees
- Two sides
- One dessert
- Two lattes, cappuccinos, or cups of coffee
- Valet parking
At checkout, choose to dine on Sunday–Thursday or Friday–Saturday.
Within view of Lake Calhoun at the base of the stately Italianate Calhoun Beach Club building, diners at Urban Eatery lounge in leather banquettes against wooden-plank walls while poring over a dazzlingly diverse menu. Though various dishes may take their inspiration from Asia, Latin America, Italy, and other points around the globe, they’re all united by their use of ingredients from local farms and their habit of reinventing global favorites. “Subverting clichés is the order of the day,” noted the Star Tribune’s Rick Nelson, who also praised the “terrific, obviously fresh guacamole” and “crisp-on-the-outside, succulent-on-the-inside” fish.
Accordingly, a meal might progress from nachos topped with smoked duck, to a steak salad intensified by thai seasonings, to bacon-filled baby portobellos, to a solidly American chicken pot pie topped with angelically light puff pastry. Desserts continue the theme of creative decadence, with diners likely to find Door County sour cherries atop an ice-cream sundae or pumpkin cheesecake on a baclava crust. Perhaps to balance the sensory overload induced by the food, Urban Eatery keeps its decor streamlined, crowned by steel-beamed ceilings and industrial glass-bulb lamps powered by locally harvested lighting.
Comedian Buddy Hackett once said, “As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it, or leave it.” Though this playful quote adorns a wall inside Urban Eatery’s dining room, it stands at odds with the restaurant’s philosophy. With a focus on local ingredients and regional American recipes, chefs inundate their menus with diverse culinary styles. They pile burgers with asian pork, spicy lamb, and Kadejan Farms turkey, and they top grilled pizzas with goat cheese, avocado, and prosciutto. They reinterpret traditional recipes for entrees such as mushroom-crusted steak medallions and whiskey-soy salmon.
Servers pair these dishes with more than 55 international wines and eclectic cocktails, served under stainless-steel ceilings and light from industrial glass bulb lamps. Guests lounge in leather banquettes against wooden-plank walls or stare out at the waters of Lake Calhoun from tall bistro-style tables.