Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Today is Taco Tuesday at Urban Steam

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 1:01 PM

A lot of places in town do Taco Tuesday specials, including spots like Jose Muldoon's, T-Byrds Tacos & Tequila, and McCabe's Tavern. 

Last month, Urban Steam Coffee Bar and Cafe joined the gluttonous club, kicking out weekly salsa and taco creations, $3 house margaritas, $6 top-shelf specialty margs, $2 tacos and $8 to $14 big-ass nacho platters.

We stopped in last week to sample (on our own dime) and chat with owner Kelly Bubach, who's underway with another expansion into a neighboring storefront. When it's completed, he'll have gone from an initial 800 square feet when he first opened in 2012 to around 2,800 total square feet. 

Though coffee remains a focal point for the business, the bar and eatery sides have grown significantly and continue to undergo seasonal shifts to introduce new items, including cocktails, burgers and salads. 

Bubach remains a meticulous menu planner, properly obsessing over ingredients, from sourcing to treatment and plate presentation. Even simple dishes find a way to shine a little brighter with that attention. 

Taco Tuesday proves no exception. Take a look at a few items on display:
click to enlarge The pork, beef, jerk chicken and vegan black bean tacos all arrive with house pickled onions and/or carrots and lively garnishes like chipotle-lime sour cream and pineapple habanero salsa. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • The pork, beef, jerk chicken and vegan black bean tacos all arrive with house pickled onions and/or carrots and lively garnishes like chipotle-lime sour cream and pineapple habanero salsa.

click to enlarge Last week's excellent Margarita Excelsio featured Espolón Tequila, melon, agave, lime and a potent chili powdered rim. It's $6, but even the cheaper $3 house margaritas drink beautifully, not cloying, with fresh lime, triple sec and simple syrup — no nasty sweet and sour mix. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Last week's excellent Margarita Excelsio featured Espolón Tequila, melon, agave, lime and a potent chili powdered rim. It's $6, but even the cheaper $3 house margaritas drink beautifully, not cloying, with fresh lime, triple sec and simple syrup — no nasty sweet and sour mix.

click to enlarge The Muchos Nachos get a topping of carnitas, cheese, pickled veggies and a sour cream squirting. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • The Muchos Nachos get a topping of carnitas, cheese, pickled veggies and a sour cream squirting.

Here's a look at last week's menu:
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