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The Urban Diner is a blog dedicated to exposing the many culinary assets in downtown Green Bay, specifically in the Downtown, Broadway and Olde Main Street districts.

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Local Farm To Table

Urban Diner - Wednesday, September 17, 2014


  Reflecting Sweet Grass Farms "Pasture to Plate" mantra, Hinterland's decree "Local Farm to Table" is showcased using grass fed meat from SweetGrass Farms in a Beef Carpaccio starter.  Because of higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the meat from Sweet Grass Farms, a distinctly fuller flavor is delivered from this locally sourced nosh.

Shaving Sweet Grass Farms' beef to almost translucent paper-thin slices,
Hinterland enhances the natural meat's full flavor with a sprinkling of fresh cracked black pepper and coarse salt. A handful of arugula is dressed with a bright lemon truffle emulsion.  Hinterland finishes the Beef Carpaccio plating with dainty, lanky stemmed, pickled mushrooms and toasted slices of baguette.

 



 


  

Smothered Scramble

Urban Diner - Tuesday, September 02, 2014


The Sunday Brunch menu at St Brendan's offers a compact selection of breakfast fare and popular entree favorites off their usual menu.

From the breakfast selections, an Irish cheddar sauce is the setting for fluffy yellow scrambled eggs that star in St Brendan's Smothered Scramble.  The scrambled eggs are capped off with crumbles of Neuske's bacon, diced tomato, and slices of green onion.

Served along side of the Smothered Scramble is St Brendan's crispy, crunchy, shredded potato-scallion cake.

Sunday Brunch at St Brendan's begins at 10:30am.  


Twists of Flavor

Urban Diner - Monday, August 18, 2014




Kaleidoscope Eatery & Spirits's menu, as defined on their website, features creative recipes with a twist as they combine new decadent flavors with traditional favorites.  Ouzo Chicken Pasta entree at Kaleidoscope Eatery & Spirits definitely exemplifies this twist and what they believe, that food shouldn't be defined, just your experiences.

Experiencing Kaleidoscope's Ouzo Chicken Pasta melds flavors from a creamy Ouzo sauce that coats a penne pasta, an abundance of succulent roasted pulled chicken and briney kalamata olives that are topped with a creamy crumbled Feta cheese. Ouzo is a Greek liquor that despite its strong sweet flavor of anise licorice flavor actually compliments many different types of foods especially with feta and is found in hearty foods such as is the makings of Ouzo Chicken Pasta.

Kaleidoscope offers a lovely beer, wine and cocktail menu. Here a spilt of bubbly Processco provides an enjoyable respite from the rich blend of flavors in the Ouzo Chicken Pasta.

   
        


Diners Note: Dine in and carry outs are available from Kaleidoscope's menu.  Check out the website as their hours are limited and only open for happy hours and dinner. 




The BLT Classic

Urban Diner - Monday, August 11, 2014

The meaty crunch of Applewood smoked bacon that is layered on the green leaves of lettuce, an even slice of tomatoes and a dab of mayo becomes the classic creation of BLT at Fox Harbor Pub and Grill

Satisfy your sandwich cravings and yearning for an old fashion sandwich "the BLT" which is normally served on Texas toast, here the Urban Diner requested toasted wheat, and it is equally as divine as the Texas toast.  The BLT at  the Fox Harbor Pub and Grill is a classic.


Half n' Half

Urban Diner - Tuesday, July 29, 2014



Here is a tasty menu combo at the Daily Buzz.  Dine in or call ahead and order to-go for a lunch or dinner to enjoy eating on a bench at the nearby CityDeck on the Fox River. 


Soups at the Daily Buzz are tasty, made fresh and change daily. This panini half selection is The Adams.   It is made with ham, Genoa salami, caramelized onion, roasted red pepper, tomato, Provolone and a roasted red pepper aioli before being grilled toasty. 


The Daily Buzz Half Panini and Soup combo includes the choice of half of any panini listed on the menu board and a cup of soup.  Other add ons available are a side of pasta salad or pita chips served with spinach artichoke dip or a dessert of baked goods or ice cream.  Wash it all down from a beverage selection of frappes, smoothies, classic coffee or signature coffee drinks.  



Stir Fry Thai

Urban Diner - Wednesday, July 23, 2014


The Raman Special is a stir fry dish on the menu at Bangkok Garden.  Whether dining in or for carry out, it is only during the lunch hours that the Raman Special is offered as a lunch special.  Lunch specials include a scoop of snowy white Jasmine rice and an appetizer.

The appetizer, a Crab Rangoon shown above, is a teasing creamy mixture of cream cheese, imitation crab, and onion bundled up in a wonton skin then deep fried and served with a sweet and sour dipping sauce.

Bangkok Garden's Raman Special can be made with the choice of either chicken or tofu.  Here, chicken is the selection and is served on a crown of broccoli florets steamed to a bright green.  A glossy Thai peanut sauce with just a hint of heat from red chili flecks that speckle the sauce, is spooned over top the stir fried chicken.

Diner's Note: The Raman Special is available on Bangkok Garden's lunch, dinner and carry out menus.



Local Goodness

Urban Diner - Wednesday, July 16, 2014



The move to a new location, in the heart of downtown, on Washington Street for Saturday Farmers Market is proving to have been an ideal transition that has breathed a new vibrancy to Green Bay's Saturday Farmers Market.  The feeling is like the market has been here all along.

Along with the wonderful offerings of the area's local goodness at Saturday's Market, many dining and drinking establishments, on Washington Street and nearby, have joined in by altering their Saturday hours and opening their doors to provide market goers an opportunity to enjoy breakfast, lunch or a Bloody Mary bar using ingredients from the market.

Pictured above is just a small sampling of the food finds that urban foraging can yield from a morning of wandering the downtown Saturday Farmers Market where vendors are happy to chat about their produce and products if asked.  Grilled egg roll stuffed chicken wings, farm fresh eggs, tomatoes on the vine, Roma tomatoes, sugar snap peas, pea pods, organic radishes, green onions, kohlrabi, cucumbers, decadent local baked macaroons along with cream cheese filled brownie cookies and the Attic's ice tea can quench your thirst while rooting about the market.

Happy Foraging!

It's Here!

Urban Diner - Tuesday, July 08, 2014




It's here!  Greater Green Bay Restaurant Week happens July 10 through July 17 and fifteen of downtown Green Bay's restaurant are participating in this week long special menu event that only happens once a year.

Specially priced three-course menus, individually created by each restaurant's chefs, will be offered at the participating downtown eateries listed below.  

What a great way to experience these dining establishments for the first time or once again!  

Restaurant Week Tip:  Visit restaurants that are open all day long in their offf hours to order from Restaurant Week menus if you can't get a reservation during busy hours!  To see what they are cooking up and event's details visit:  www.gbrestaurantweek.com

Adams Street Pub & Grill  lunch & dinner
Angelina's Authentic Italian Cuisine  lunch & dinner
Black and Tan Grille  lunch & dinner
Caffe Espresso  lunch & dinner
Captain's Walk Winery  dinner
Chefusion Eclectic Cuisine & Lounge  dinner
Fox Heights Pub & Grill  dinner
Hagemeister Park  dinner
Hinterland Brewery & Restaurant  dinner
Los Banditos East  lunch & dinner
Pub 333  lunch & dinner
Red Restaurant  lunch & dinner
Republic Chophouse  dinner
St. Brendan's Inn  lunch & dinner
The Urban Frog  lunch
Three Three Five  dinner

Diner's Note:  Reservations highly recommended or call in advance of going to be sure of getting a table.  Yes, during Restaurant Week, it can be that busy even at restaurants with lunch offerings. 

Party Plate

Urban Diner - Tuesday, June 24, 2014



Fish tacos are a party on the plate at Red.  

Colors abound as two "house made" corn tortillas bowls are filled with

seasoned, oven-roasted white fish.  The tacos are then festooned with pepper jack cheese, shredded red cabbage and a freshly made pico de gallo. 

A squiggle of spicy chipotle citrus cream sauce 

is the pop of flavor on this taco party.  

The order is served with wild rice and to quote the menu at Red:

 "Accompanied with the best black beans ever!"  


Enjoy The Food and Smile

Urban Diner - Friday, June 06, 2014

Fettuccine e Salsiccia at  Angelina's is only available on the lunch menu.  This dish brings together three simple Italian elements.  Pasta, sauce and Italian sausage.
 
Angelina's egg fettuccine, a long flat pasta, is cooked al dente.  The fettuccine is plated and doused with a delicate pink sauce where grilled, fennel seasoned Italian sausage slices bathe and hang with the fettuccine. 
   
Along with Angelina's customary basket of Italian bread slices to dip into extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and powdery parmesan cheese, Fettuccine e Salsiccia is served with a small insulate (salad) dressed lightly in olive oil and balsamic. 
 

Diner's Note:   Albeit in fine print, the credit to this blog's title can be found in the midst of Angelina's menu.  It's a delicious suggestion. Buon Appetito!








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