Urbano Cafe has been around for 9 years, located in the shopping center that has Jimmy’s Food Store. Owner Mitch Kauffman had tried several other locations before settling here. It is a small BYOB restaurant with fun choices but early this year they opened Two Doors Down (2DD) next door. It serves the same menu but also offers wine by the glass and bottle. It is nice to have the choice if you forgot to bring wine and are there too late to swing into Jimmy’s and pick up something. They serve lunch and dinner with a small menu and a menu of specials that changes regularly. The small bare wood tables are fairly closely spaced and a small bar is at one end of the room. The opposite end looks out to the street but the blinds were closed when we were there as you entered through Urbano Cafe. The lights are dimmed and there is a hum of people talking softly and having fun. Service was efficient and reasonably helpful.
We started with the Tempura Shrimp Salad with arugula, cantaloupe and orange basil citrus vinaigrette. The shrimp were lightly breaded with a very crisp exterior. Inside they were perfectly cooked and tasty. The vinaigrette worked well with them as it did with the salad center. The fruit was quite flavorful and delicious. This was a great start.
Sesame Seed Crusted Scallops and Redfish over artichoke ravioli with baby carrots, cauliflower and sage butter was another special that evening. The succulent scallops were nicely crisped with the sesame, but some of them were allowed to get too brown on the sesame. However, inside they were juicy and perfect. The redfish was not as good and trended more to dry but it worked nicely to cover it with the sage butter. The large round artichoke ravioli was mildly flavored but the pasta was perfectly cooked. It was tasty. I’d order this plate again, too, if I had a chance and look forward to trying more of their options with my own wine.