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Urban Standard

2320 Second Ave. North, Downtown
250-8200
www.urbanstandard.net
Breakfast menu features bagels, biscuits, scones, fruit, grits topped with smoked sausage and cheese. Serving coffee from Primavera Coffee Roasters in Cahaba Heights. Lunchtime offers hearty eats on a rotating basis, including homemade soups and sandwiches served on Continental Bakery and Big Sky bread. Also cold case items such as chicken salad, pimiento cheese, fruit, pasta salad, and other salads. You'll find baked goods, including cupcakes that Black & White said were "in the first-class category". In addition to the culinary offerings, enjoy shopping amongst a selection of antiques, handmade art, candles, books and other unusual and unique items.

Posted on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 09:10PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments5 Comments

Reader Comments (5)

I was on my way with the kids to the McWane Center and stop into the Urban Standard to pick up lunch top-go. My thinking was that it would be a healthy alternative to the greasy food court. It was Tuesday, so my son and I ordered two grilled cheese sandwiches and their house salad and carried it to the McWane Center food court. To our utter disappointment, the grilled was caked with butter and the cheese was bland as I would imagine cardboard being. The chips were just as greasy, although appeared to be homemade. At one point I turned to the child sitting next to me, wishing I would have ordered his pizza hut pizza. If this is the standard there needs to be some rethinking in the kitchen. I love when a restaurant can recreate a typical dish and do it well, use great cheese, little to no butter and fresh bread...easy.

I will say that my wife's salad was the highlight, with fresh fruit and a tasty raspberry vinaigrette.

I like the idea of the Urban Standard, location, decor but you must be able execute each dish perfectly if you are going to have only 5 choices on your menu.

August 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkmurray

I was on my way with the kids to the McWane Center and stop into the Urban Standard to pick up lunch to-go. My thinking was that it would be a healthy alternative to the greasy food court. It was Tuesday, so my son and I ordered two grilled cheese sandwiches and their house salad and carried it to the McWane Center food court. To our utter disappointment, the grilled was caked with butter and the cheese was bland as I would imagine cardboard being. The chips were just as greasy, although appeared to be homemade. At one point I turned to the child sitting next to me, wishing I would have ordered his pizza hut pizza. If this is the standard there needs to be some rethinking in the kitchen. I love when a restaurant can recreate a typical dish and do it well, use great cheese, little to no butter and fresh bread...easy.

I will say that my wife's salad was the highlight, with fresh fruit and a tasty raspberry vinaigrette.

I like the idea of the Urban Standard, location, decor but you must be able execute each dish perfectly if you are going to have only 5 choices on your menu.

August 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkmurray

Just had to come to Urban Standard's defense.....My best friend and I love to eat lunch here! It's always great! The chicken salad is TOPS!! We are quiet the chicken salad lovers, so we know Good!!

August 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCandi George

Their chicken salad is excellent. It's the overall attitude of the staff there that many people do not like to have to deal with. Good luck trying to get someone to smile and look you in the face when you get to the counter to order your food. I liked going there when it first opened but have made a point to not patron a place that does not make you feel welcome there.

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAllen

My husband and I tried Urban Standard for lunch recently and we found it to be average. I had a sandwich and a cup of soup. It was fine but nothing special. There are much better lunch spots downtown for the same money you spend here.

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Y.

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