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ChefView- American Latin Mingle

Chef View
By Dana Johnson

The New American~Latin Mingle

Urbano California Bistro is blending a lot more than American and Latin flavors as I found Japanese chilies, Mediterranean pasta dishes, Tuscany grilled salmon, and Mahi Mahi tostadas as just a hint to this bounty of tastes on the menu that I’m drooling over! So awesome while your lips & tongue are mingling your bod has the opportunity to share in the motion. Yes, on Monday nights you can learn how to Tango from a pro! Wed., Fri., and Sat. nights 7-pm to midnight feature free live entertainment and ask about salsa night, sometimes they have lessons and other times it’s all about the salmon with pineapple cranberry salsa!

I know, I had you at “pineapple!” Urbano had me at “pineapple” margarita! That was a 1st for me and in my morning interview I’m thinking this could be out my usual Bloody Mary:). Urbano has a full bar and several specialty cocktails, wine, and 12 brews on tap including local favorites like Dust Bowl and Sandude!

While I was so enjoying a mojito NY steak, I was shocked to find myself eyeballing the Dana~licious looking salads that kept parading by as lunch time rolled around. Right when I started to focus again, I overheard the entire buzz about the Nasty Burger! Say what?! Nasty-good! Onions, mushrooms, bacon, Gorgonzola, rosemary yellow mustard mayonnaise, oh Baby it’s on with this burger!

Urbano is family owned and operated. The Sanchez family of brothers; Noe, Noel, Lydia, and Edgar have been busy for years in bringing their sensational blend of taste and smell to the table. The family also owns Jacob’s Fine Dining that once was on McHenry. No worries if you have been missing them; Jacob’s is about to re-open at 910 12th St. in Modesto and only a short jaunt from Urbano.

I often wish there were more places in Modesto and its surrounding cities that serve brunch. What a great way to wind down from the weekend and spoil myself before I’m immersed into another work week. Urbano granted my wish! Starting at 10am on Sundays you will likely find me as the first one seated and ordering the waffles with fried chicken and yes I’m going to tease you and say it…BACON!!! Oh whatever bikini season is overrated! My seafood loving family will also be thrilled to find sole and calamari with eggs gracing this menu.

Modesto View signature question: Beatles or Stones? Noel looked baffled as he guessed Beatles while he followed up with they both are very good. Nice save!

Urbano California Bistro also on FB

1016 H Street Modesto


Hours: M-Fri. 11am – 3pm

M-Thurs. 5pm-10pm

Sat. 5pm- Midnight

Sunday Brunch 10am-3pm


Dana~licious Quick Dip

3/4 c. sour cream
1/2 c. jarred green salsa
1/2 c. diced tomatoes
2 tsp. fresh chopped cilantro

Combine all ingredients. Serve with corn tortilla chips or

pita bread 🙂



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