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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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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!







Cuban Quesadilla

Urban Diner - Tuesday, May 27, 2014


This vegetarian selection that will satisfy most any appetite.  Kavarna fills a large herbed flour tortilla with a savory mix of Provolone and Pepperjack cheeses, black beans, onions, red peppers and a smear of cream cheese seasoned with cumin and cilantro.

Folded and toasted until the edges of the tortilla are brown and crispy and the cheeses and ingredient's flavors melt into each other, the Kavarna Cuban Black Bean Quesadilla is then sliced into large wedges.

For the pleasure of dipping, a chunky salsa and cool sour cream are served with this vegetarian selection along with a side of salad greens and sprig of green grapes to adorn the plate.


DINER'S NOTE: 
This selection is not available Gluten Free (GF) 

Shrimp-ly Delicious

Urban Diner - Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Koko Sushi makes lunch "Shrimp-ly" delicious.  Here is shrimp two ways.  

Above, Koko's well known appetizer, Hand Grenades.  Koko Sushi creates this two bite appetizer with large succulent shrimp that are butterflied and stuffed with rice.  A dab of creamy Japanese pepper sauce topping each shrimp are baked golden. Hand Grenades are plated on top an orange slice along side cubed wasabi and petals of pickled ginger.

Below, Koko Sushi Spicy Thai Shrimp Soupserved piping hot, is a spicy delicate broth infused with bright lemony aromatic flavor that compliments the star of the soup - shrimp.  Each spoonful fills with bits of mushrooms, bay shrimp, bright green scallions slices and rice. 


Piquant Pork

Urban Diner - Friday, April 25, 2014

PULLED PORK

BBQ PULLED PORK

BBQ PULLED PORK TACOS

Ten 0 One Club BBQ PULLED PORK TACOS

Two soft flour tortillas are mounded with a juicy (although not so juicy it runs down ones hand) and slightly sweet tangy barbecue sauced pulled pork filling. 
 
This piquant pulled pork filling is decked with finely shredded cheddar cheese and a simple fresh cut pico that engages onion, tomato and cilantro.  

A side of baked beans round out the Ten 0 One Club BBQ Pulled Pork Tacos.


Lite Lunch

Urban Diner - Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Offering "Healthy Choices Made From Nature's Best" 
The Urban Frog menu sports a Lite Lunch selection of a half sandwich and 
the choice of a cup of soup, a side salad, or a pasta salad. 

The half sandwich: St. Christopher
Shavings of oven roasted turkey are layered with Granny Smith apple slices,
spinach leaves and Swiss cheese which is then grilled, panini-style, on whole 
wheat bread that is dabbed with a honey mustard.

The cup of soup: Frog Soup
 Teaming with broccoli, carrot, mushroom, kale
and other bits of veggie goodness swimming in a simple broth  

Also known for fresh juice creations with "Every nutrient freshly squeezed into your glass"The Urban Frog fashioned the delicious Liver Detoxjuiced from from apple, beet, lemon, kale and grapefruit.  

Diner's Note: The entire menu at The Urban Frog is available GLUTEN FREE for an additional $1.00 per menu item. Delivery and catering are also available.




Small Dish Paella

Urban Diner - Wednesday, March 19, 2014


From the Spanish influenced menu at Cafe Madrid, a tapas size offering of the Spanish dish, Paella, can be sampled.  
In Cafe Madrid's version of this classic dish, the rice of the Paella is simmered in a broth flavored with tomato and saffron.  Bits of salmon, chicken, and chorizo are combined with the seasoned rice and served in a whimsical wavy bowl adorned with a large shell-on shrimp tail and a half shell steamed mussel.
Cafe Madrid anchors the Paella tapas with garlic pesto rubbed crostini slices, a twisted slice of lemon and dusting of parsley.

Diner's Note: Paella is an internationally known rice dish from Spain.  The word paella means pan and originated in the fields from the region Valencia on the eastern coast of Spain.



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