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Greek Plate

Urban Diner - Saturday, December 06, 2014

With a new updated menu, the favorites still remain.  Over the decades Caffe Espresso has established house favorites that are classically Caffe Espresso!  The Greek Plate is one of those signature menu items that heads the list under the Signature House Dishes selection of their menu.

A stack of knife-carved, spit-roasted lamb slices, grilled so that the edges of the slices are crunch-crispy, are plated next to Caffe Espresso's Greek salad.  The Greek salad, tossed with a house dressing, compliments the simple Greek elements crowning this salad: red onion, pepperoncini, crumbled feta, and Greek oregano.  Mixed olives, wheels of cucumber, warm squishy-soft pita bread and a cool tzatziki sauce are the finishing touches on Caffe Espresso's Greek Plate.
  
And, as it is indicated on the menu, the Greek Plate is "Quintessentially Caffe Espresso!"

Diner's Note:  The house dressing does contain a small amount of Rose wine. 

Bold Flavor Perfect Spice

Urban Diner - Friday, November 07, 2014


Born and made famous in New Orleans, Ten O One fuses the classic ingredients of onion, bell peppers, celery, garlic, tomatoes, and Creole seasoning to create a bold flavor and perfect spice in their bowl of classic Jambalaya.  

In this traditional New Orleans rice dish, Ten O One uses shrimp with shredded chicken, andouille, which is a spicy sausage that is especially used in Cajun cooking, and rice to carry the hearty flavors that are famously found in Jambalaya

Diner's  Note: 
Researching the word "jambalaya," is the story of a traveler arriving very late to a New Orleans Inn long after dinner was served.  The Inn's cook, a man named Jean, was instructed to "balayez" (throw something together) to feed the traveler.  The outcome was delicious and the name later transformed to "Jambalaya."






Panini Press

Urban Diner - Monday, October 27, 2014


The lunch menu has expanded at The Attic.  The addition of a selection of toasty sandwiches are available like this Hot Savory Grilled Cheese.

The Attic layers Provolone and Cheddar cheeses, thinly sliced tomato and artichoke cream cheese, which adds an extra layer of flavor, between a choice of Farmhouse White, High Fiber or Oregon Herb bread.

Panini pressed, the Hot Savory Grilled Cheese is served with blue tortilla chips and baby pickles.

A cup, literally, of frothy Creamy Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup makes for a great addition to this sandwich lunch along with a brewed iced tea of the day. 






Friday's Fish

Urban Diner - Thursday, October 16, 2014





Heard of Wisconsin's Friday Night Fish Fry? More than likely, yes.


Well, Broadway District's White Dog Black Cat Cafe serves up this generous Walleye Friday Dinner Special and it's not only at dinner.  It's also offered during lunch.


Huge filets of walleye, a freshwater fish with a sweet mild flavor and firm flesh, are hand beer-battered and deep fried hot, developing a crispy outer crust encasing tender flaky fish inside.


Walleye Friday Dinner Special is dished up with White Dog Black Cat Cafe's baby cake potatoes,  a creamy tartar sauce, cole slaw, and a thick slice of buttered dark rye bread.


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.




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