Leading up to our annual Best of Dallas® issue, we're counting down the 50 most interesting restaurants in Dallas. These spots bring something unique or compelling to the city's dining scene, feeding both your appetite and soul. Find more interesting places on our all-new Best Of app for iTunes or Android.
Look to that bowl of tagliatelle swimming in a hearty Bolognese. It's a reliable and sturdy dish you could order over several evening meals and never get bored. When heading to Cafe Urbano, don't forget to make a reservation and bring a bottle of your best vino. Actually, bring your second best bottle too, because you're going to want to stick around. This East Dallas restaurant is a neighborhood hangout of the highest order.
Thankfully, the restaurant added a second dining room so there's more seating to go around. It's in the same building but two doors down from the first address, which makes Cafe Urbano one of the few full service restaurants where the waitstaff have to use a sidewalk to deliver food from the kitchen. What's bad for them is good for you, though. Now you have your choice of the quiet original room with bright yellow walls, or the dimly lit space filled with the roar of some obviously very happy diners.
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Urbano's Italian roots are just the start. The menu takes you on a wild ride of world flavors with a distinct slant towards Asian ingredients. The results are an "Italian" meal that's completely original, and judging by the dining room the locals are into it.
Almost too into it.
You did make that reservation, right?
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