$6 for $12 Worth of Coffee, Deli Eats, Sweets and More at Urban Standard

Central City

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In a Nutshell

  • Modern café fare
  • Locally roasted Primavera coffee beans
  • European atmosphere

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Promotional value expires Dec 15, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 add'l as gifts. Not valid with other offers. Tax not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Allen Ginsberg turned from the drive-through to the coffee shop as a place to recite his incendiary verse after sustaining one too many wheel burns from roller-skating bourgeois carhops. Raise your mug to poetry with today's deal: for $6, you get $12 worth of coffee, café grub, and sweets at Urban Standard, located downtown.

Owner Tomek Wrzesien set out to create his own gallery in the renovated office space that now houses Urban Standard, but he soon drew inspiration from the café culture of his native Poland and instead met the neighborhood's need for eclectic deli fare, freshly baked goods, and boutique beverages. Breakfast offers a variety of old-world eats in addition to down-home staples such as creamy grits with sausage and cheese ($3). Share a stylish luncheon of salads, sandwiches, or grilled paninis with fancy-pants ingredients such as truffle oil, balsamic jam, and homemade pimento cheese. Carnivores can sink canines into Tomek's Polish Street Sandwich, a cavalcade of cured meats and cheese on ciabatta (half $5.50, whole $8.75), whereas vegetarians can rustle up a grilled marinated-tofu sandwich ($7.50) with a small roasted-fennel and goat-cheese salad ($4.50). If a whole meal seems too daunting, sophisticated snackers can adjust their pince-nez while sampling from a list of baked goods that would make Marie Antoinette blush.

Urban Standard's all-day beverage list pleases the palates of caffeine connoisseurs with a healthy selection of espresso drinks brewed with Birmingham's home-roasted Primavera beans. With its collection of eclectic antiques and local artwork on exposed-brick walls, the downtown haunt provides a perfect backdrop for analyzing the physics of Weebles over a cup of joe or three.

Reviews

Urban Standard has received a lot of local and national press, including features in The Boston Globe and Time Out New York, for its role in revitalizing downtown Birmingham. It also was named Best Coffee Shop in 2009 by Fox 6's UPick in connection with CityVoter. Nine Yelpers give it four stars, CityVoters give it five stars, and 89% of more than 150 Urbanspooners recommend it.

  • The best espresso you will find in Birmingham is served at Urban Standard. – t O., Yelp
  • The food is some of the best in the city, and the cupcakes are oh so yummy. – Sharon, Urbanspoon
  • Fantastic soups/salads/sandwiches, heavenly cupcakes, and a magical atmosphere! – Camille S., CityVoter
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    Central City

    2320 2nd Ave. N

    Birmingham, Alabama 35203

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