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Urbana for RW

DCDOLL | Jan 20, 2008 05:04 AM

We originally had plans to go to Juniper but when i found out the menu was to be very limited PLUS the valet parking would be by the hour (it would have been 20+) we opted out and changed our plans to go to Urbana. First we decided to go to Veritas wine bar which is at FL and CT Aves on the NW corner. we love that place! i had a tasting flight, hubby had a few glasses of red. You can pick your own flight from all their selections which i really like. Plus, we were able to park about a block away on a side street which is a bonus. Then we went down to Urbana which is actually in the Palomar hotel. we took too long at Veritas so didn't have time for a drink at their wine bar which was really hopping by 7. Had asked for a nice table for 2, got a 4 top so we had plenty of room and could see the kitchen, plus far enough away from the bar so it wasn't too loud. The decor & setup in that place is very cool, sort of loungy & goes well w/ the whole Kimpton theme. Anyway, what i LOVED was the RW menu including anything you wanted from the app/soup/salad list, any entree and any dessert. No upcharges, gotta love that. We had a nice bottle of bordeaux-style red from Napa, almost perfect temp (a little warm). Bread was crusty and warm, served with a dish of EVOO (as Ra-Ray would say). Hubby got the app that had charcuterie & some yummy cheese and an addictive bowl of little olives. I had minestrone. it was very good broth with veggies that were kind of 'al dente' which was really nice and light. Then i had the rockfish with a ragu of several kinds of peppers. It had a potato & cheese cake on the side. Both were quite good and well portioned (i never eat 3 courses so i had to pace myself!) i ate most of the fish and about 1/3 of the cake. Hubby had the pasta (homemade) with boar ragu and said it was quite tasty. For dessert, hubby had tiramisu in a martini glass (it was good) and i had a little chocolate tart with a blob of chili spiked honey on the side and a little ball of almond ice cream sitting on a little pile of crushed almonds. it was quite delightful. The waiter was very attentive and service was well-paced. There is no "RW attitude" there which i have seen in some other posts. in fact they just assume that is what you are getting, because when we sat down he just automatically explained the setup. You sure can't beat a really nice dining experience with good food, service, and atmosphere for RW week prices. I'm very glad we changed our plans!

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