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<p>
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.
Urban Eatery focuses on serving fresh and locally sourced dishes. In order to achieve this, they established many partnerships with local farms. That strategy has already gained appreciation as the restaurant received the Diners' choice award winning Uptown Minneapolis restaurant. Urban Eatery's chefs inundate their menus with diverse culinary styles, creating signature dishes such as shrimp tacos, lamb burger, House Smoked Pork Chop, fresh guacamole, or creamy hummus. Servers pair these dishes with a wide selection of craft beers, wines, and specialty drinks such as Bloody Mary with house-made mix and pepper infused TITOS Vodka. Whether it's a casual dinner, brunch, lunch, or a special event, visitors can enjoy the playful professional approach to dining of Urban Eatery.