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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.



Japanese Street Food

Urban Diner - Monday, May 18, 2015

One of Japan's best known street foods is Yakisoba, which literally means "grilled noodle".  Yakisoba is a kind of Japanese fried noodle dish using long noodles.  A common type of Yakisoba is stir-fried with meat and vegetables. No need to travel any further than downtown to find this Japanese style of street food.  

It's on the menu at Little Tokyo.
A good part of Japan's street food versions of Yakisoba are mostly noodles with bits of cabbage, Little Tokyo serves it'sYakisoba loaded with bite-sized pieces of meat, Chinese cabbage, thin bias-cut carrot, onion slivers, and stalks of broccoli flavored with a yakisoba sauce tangled in a bed of noodles.  

Little Tokyo's Yakisoba can be prepare with a choice of beef, chicken or shrimp.   


Pizza Crudaiola

Urban Diner - Sunday, May 03, 2015

If it's Tuesday, it's pizza at Angelina's!

Seven selections of pizza, made from scratch with fresh simple ingredients, grace the pizza menu at Angelina's on Tuesdays and may include one or two chef created Pizza Speciali of the day.  The dinner plate size pizzas, which can be shared or devoured singly, are baked in Angelina's special built outdoor wood-burning pizza oven.

One of the seven pizza choices, Pizza Crudaiola.  It's dough is lightly spooned with a smear of fresh tomato sauce and topped with slices of mozzarella then slipped into the oven.  Out of the oven, Pizza Crudaiola's charred edge, thin crispy puffed crust and brown bubbled melted mozzarella is topped with fresh peppery arugula leaves, Prosciutto crudo, thin shavings of Parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil that provides a contrast of temperature to the piping hot deliciousness of the Pizza Crudaiola.

As they say at Angelina'sBuon Appetito!


Soups, Etc.

Urban Diner - Friday, April 10, 2015

The Liberty Cafe, home of Hot Broth and Coffee, offers nine "Hot Broth" varieties of bowl and spoon eating under Soups, Etc. on their menu. dining.  This hearty Jambalaya is thick and chunky.  Flakes of Tilapia, slices of Andouille sausage give this Jambalaya some kick, veggies, and rice are suspended in a creamy chicken and tomato stock.  Generous bowl sizes come in regular or large.  Large is definitely for the hungriest or leftovers can be expected.

Diners Note:  As of this posting date, the Liberty Cafe website menu hasn't been updated to reflect the Jambalaya selection that is on the menu at the cafe. 

Hot Off The Grill

Urban Diner - Saturday, March 14, 2015

The retro neon EAT sign lit on the outside
 of this little white restaurant building named Al's
beckons you in to a diner of times past.

On the menu list of burgers, Al's California Burger.
Fresh ground meat, rolled into a ball and flatten on the hot grill.
Spatula flipped alongside of the bun toasting on the grill beside it.
A slice of Wisconsin cheddar melts against the hot grilled pressed patty.

The wax paper lined red plastic basket beholds the finished California Burger.
 Simple and fresh, adorned with head lettuce, onion and sliced tomato.  
Quarter-sized dill pickles by it's side.

For a change of pace, EAT it for breakfast.


Small Plate Piccata

Urban Diner - Sunday, March 01, 2015

Chefusion Eclectic Cuisine and Lounge offers a varied menu selection of small plate dishes. From this menu, a chicken dish, prepared in a traditional Italian style - Piccata

Putting their spin on the dish, Chefusion's kitchen prepares the chicken breast with a Parmesan coating that encrusts the chicken keeping it moist while forming a tender crusty outside.  A sprinkling of toasted briny capers provides the finishing touch that brightens the Italian flavors of this piccata dish.
A lemony beurre blanc and basil olive oil further elevates Chefusion's Chicken Piccata dish which is served is along with a side of mini greens that are drizzled with an aged balsamic vinegar.


Slurp and Enjoy

Urban Diner - Monday, February 02, 2015

On select Wednesdays, once a month Sunday brunch or an occasional pop-up dinner, Three Three Five is pretty sure to have oysters on the menu and usually with a selection of two varieties.

Here, freshly shucked Island Creek Oysters from Duxbury, MA and Wellfleets from Cape Cod Bay, Wellfleet, MA are poised and at the ready on a bed of spice speckled rock salt. 

Three Three Five creates a cocktail and ponzu sauce served along side with lemon to assist in bringing out the crisp clean ocean flavors of these winsome east coast oysters.  Now slurp and enjoy!

Authentic Mexican

Urban Diner - Thursday, January 01, 2015
Los Arcos Guacamole

Authentic. Mexican. Fresh. Made From Scratch.
This is what Los Arcos does.  That and prompt service.
The simple avocado.  Made into chunky guacamole.
 Bright bits of red tomato and cilantro.
 Embellish authentic Mexican flavors of Los Arcos guacamole. Flavors pop.
This order is authentic and fresh.  Crispy crunchy golden tortilla chips.  
It's the vehicle that transports Los Arcosguacamole out of the bowl.
The Aztecs in Mexico knew what they were doing.  So does Los Arcos.

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. 

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