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Uptown Cafe

The Uptown Cafe 

Every month BIRA provides a peek behind the scenes as it showcases a specific member and what’s behind their establishment’s success.  This month we are proud to present Michael’s Uptown Cafe located on Kirkwood Avenue.


Review by Lynn Schwartzberg-

The Uptown Cafe began as a small casual cafe on North Walnut Street in 1976.  The restaurant served big breakfasts that were some of the best in town.  Owner Michael Cassady, then in his mid-twenties, and the Uptown have certainly matured over the years.

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Uptown has become a Bloomington mainstay.  Still serving famous breakfasts and casual lunches, the Uptown also serves a full dinner menu.

In the evenings, the Uptown is transformed from a casual, fast paced cafe to a more elegant dining roon with linens and candles at every table.  The dining room, decorated with season flowers is filled with diners feasting on classic American fare prepared with close attention to every detail.  Nightly specials may include Chicken Marsala, Crispy Glazed Duck Breast with wild mushroon bread pudding or expertly prepared seafood.  Portions are generous and beautifully plated, a feast for both the eyes and the taste buds.  A well rounded selection of first courses includes kyuuri tuna, seared and served with house made pickled vegetables, classic house pate and fried rock shrimp and calamari served with two delightful sauces.   The details really make the difference at the Uptown.  Salads are served on well chilled plates, entrees on heated ones.  The staff is well versed on the wine list and can make excellent recommendations for pairings.

The Uptown Cafe

new bar added in April

The long anticipated opening of the new bar area on April 13  falls nothing short of the expected. Complete with Brazilian cherry bar, the attention to quality and detail is the calling card of the Uptown Cafe.

The Uptown has truly matured into one of Bloomington’s finest go-to restaurants for fine dining in the evening. while still keeping it’s comfortable and casual appeal.

 

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