Uhhh… Urbano Cafe Rocks. Dallas.

Last night, I joined my friends Tracy, John and Scott for a bite. We are eating our way through town lately – which is great because we are going to places on my list that I never make it to. I'm rather pissed at myself for not having gotten to Mitch and Kristen Kauffman's Urbano Cafe (between Tom Spicer's F.M. 1410 and Jimmy's Food Store).

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You could say my dinner companions and I are generally associated with fine dining, but we simply love good food, prepared with passion and integrity. Urbano is really good. The tight room of 9 tables creates electricity. The space is modest, loud, and a few degrees warmer at the height of the evening. We all agreed – we were in New York, not Dallas, last night.

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^ Exec. Chef K'eo Velasquez in his small, open kitchen; ^ Our bad-ass server.

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^ BYOB makes this place an absolute gem. ^ Caprese S’mores – Melted Buffalo Mozzarella between Toasted Crostini with Tomato and Balsamic Syrup.

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^ Pulled Pork Popper with Guacamole and Lava Sauce; ^ Tempura Shrimp over Papaya Cucumber Salad.

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^ Mussels with White Wine, Garlic, Onion, Basil, Sausage & Marinara – these were excellent; ^ Marinated Pork Tenderloin with Smoked Gouda Grits.

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^ Chicken Saltimbocca – Chicken Breast stuffed with Fresh Smoked Mozzarella, Prosciutto and Sage with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Green Beans; ^ Pan Seared Diver Scallops over Lemon Risotto with Dijon Cream.

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^ The Blackboard Special Risotto with Pulled Pork, Tomatoes and Peppers; and a little Tom Spicer from next door.

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^ A big ol' mess of delicious desserts: Lilikoi (Passion Fruit) Mousse with Hazelnut Florentine Lace Cookie; Chocolate Mouse with Raspberry Syrup, Fresh Berries and Striped Chocolate Cigarette; Chocolate Fudge Mousse and Lilikoi Mousse with a Hazel Nut Lace Cookie and Fresh Passion Fruit; Champagne Macerated Strawberry Kiwi Sorbet.

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^ Blackboard Specials; ^ Chef K'eo Velasquez and Owner Mitch Kauffman after service.

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…Yep, we are a tough group – and we dig it.

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