This far-from-average BYOWine spot is locavore in its purest form, crafting a menu from the freshly picked delights of the legendary garden next door.If you're looking to test drive a new bottle of wine... or even better, an old one... don't do it at home. Sure, it might be tempting to uncork a favorite vintage and sink with it into a comfy chair (stemware optional), but being a lazy oenophile never got anyone anything but purple-stained teeth. Take that bottle on a field trip! Show it the sights! Specifically, take it to Urbano Cafe in East Dallas, where their food will love your wine as much as you will love them both. Take note, however: This isn't your average BYOB establishment. Over the past few years, Urbano Cafe has developed a following of dedicated wine enthusiasts. It's a fun, often festive atmosphere; bottles being passed from table to table happens more often than you'd think.
Attracting amateur sommeliers is one thing; keeping them coming back is quite another. Fortunately, Chef Ke'o Velásquez's New American-style cuisine is more than up to the challenge, especially with an assist from the neighbors. Urbano Cafe is located between the legendary Jimmy's Food Store, as well as the Mecca of Produce itself, Tom Spicer's garden. It is locavorism in its purest form, and it all adds up to some dynamite food. The adorably named Caprese S'mores are an Italian flip on the classic campfire snack. Fresh tomato and basil, enveloped by gooey, melting mozzarella, are squished between two crostinis and then lightly drizzled with a balsamic syrup. They are a menu staple and a customer favorite for a very obvious reason (it's nostalgically delicious). If you're craving something that falls squarely at the intersection of Fancy and Simple, go for the fresh figs wrapped in prosciutto. Lightly grilled, and topped with a little bit of Texas honey, these definitely meet the prerequisites for decadence.
Caprese S'mores, $7
Prosciutto-Wrapped Figs, $8
Tues. - Sat., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tues. - Sat., 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.