Urbano's Mexican Restaurant at Twelve Bridges, located in Lincoln, CA, is the Lincoln link of a small chain of two restaurants located in the greater Sacramento restaurant, with the sister restaurant located in Carmichael. Urban's serves delicious Mexican cuisine, in a very "Mexican style" dining room, and is noted among diners in western Placer County for their amazing fresh chips and salsa...
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Photo: It's a little past the 10 o'clock opening time on Friday morning, June 18, 2021, and I've arrived at Urbano's Mexican Restaurant at Twelve Bridges to enjoy an amazing lunch. Note the amazing patio where I planed to enjoy my lunch, on this 90-degree Friday morning. No worries, as food tastes better when it's enjoyed outside.
Photo: The beautiful patio is located just outside the front door of the restaurant, and offers plenty of shade along with comfortable outdoor dining. Potted geraniums offer beauty, and if you choose to dine during evening hours, there are several strings of lights. Despite the warm weather, I chose to enjoy my lunch on the patio.
Photo: As you enter the restaurant, you'll notice the clean, medium-size dining room, that features mostly tables, but there are a few booths near the wall. The floor is polished tile, the walls are decorated with Mexican hats, photos and paintings, and there are lots of potted plants. Television monitors were tuned to what seemed to me Mexican soap operas - which are very popular in Mexico - and traditional "banda" music was playing in the background. The small bar is to the right as you enter the restaurant. The kitchen is located at the rear of the restaurant, in the center, hidden by a small partition, topped with potted plants.
It's a little past the 10 o'clock opening time, and was the the only diner, as I "opened" the restaurant. I like it that way, as it's easier to take photos and chat with the staff; that way I don't annoy other diners with my photography and endless questions.
Photo: The small bar - four stools - is located at the rear of the restaurant and serves beer and wine. Unfortunately, during my visit today, due to a "mechanical malfunction" with the tap, beer was only available in bottles. No worries, as when you pour beer from a bottle into a frosted mug, it's always wonderful!
Photo: The second page of the menu lists "House Specials, Dinners," along with "Urbano's Special." Since today was my first visit to this fine Mexican restaurant, I started at the "top" of the dinner menu and went with "Steak Ranchero."
A nice thing about Urbano's Mexican Restaurant at Twelve Bridges is you can order anything on the menu, any time the restaurant is open. So today, I enjoyed "dinner" for my "lunch..."
The menu is four pages, and you can check out the complete menu by clicking on THIS LINK. After you've enjoyed the menu, just click on one of the posted links to get back to the main article.
Photo: After making my lunch selection, and placing my order for a Pacifico beer, my server brought a complimentary bowl of chips and salsa to my table.
Urbano's Mexican Restaurant is noted among the Lincoln locals for their chips and salsa. The chips aren't "heat lamp" chips, as they were fresh from the kitchen, thin, crispy, and deep fried to a perfect light golden brown. Delicious tortilla chips! Like the chips, the salsa is fresh, and made in-house, and I suspect the salsa was made just before my visit, as it was simply bursting with flavor and freshness!
I was sitting under a red umbrella, to shade me from the hot sun, so many of the photos will have a reddish tint, thanks to light being filtered throught the umbrella.
Photo: I love this Corona beer display on the wall. The "faux" beer bottles are about four feet tall, so the display is striking.
Photo: Not to outdone, Modelo especial has a picture on the wall, showcasing their amazing produce, along with a map of Mexico, in the national colors of the country.
Photo: Meet Carlos, my amazingly friendly server, who brought my plate of "Steak Ranchero," along with corn tortillas to my table. Great guy! My lunch arrived about 15 minutes after placing my order, which makes for super-fast service.
Photo: Thanks, Carlos, for snapping my picture, as I prepare to enjoy my amazing lunch outside on the patio at Urbano's Mexican Restaurant at Twelve Bridges, located in Lincoln, CA.
Photo: From the "Dinners" section of the menu, I went with "Steak Ranchero," which the menu describes as, "Beef slices cooked with our special rancho sauce." All "Dinner" selections on the menu include Mexican rice, refried beans, lettuce, tomato, and your choice of corn or flour tortillas. I went with corn tortillas, I savor the "earthy" taste...
The menu didn't stay anything about the steak "dinner," or "lunch" in my case included diced potato, and the diced potato were a welcome surprise. Your plate includes a generous portion of marinated and seasoned steak slices, cut into bite-size pieces. Along with the steak, my meal included diced potato, diced chili pepper, diced white onion, along another surprise... diced celery, which is rarely seen in Mexican cuisine. The "Special Rancho Sauce" was tomato based, flavorful, yet mild with no heat whatsoever.
As the menu posted, the "lettuce and tomato" was simply shredded lettuce with a couple of Roma tomato slices on top. No salad dressing with included, but I'm certain had I asked my waiter he would have been happy to bring dressing of choice. There was nothing special about the lettuce and tomato except it was fresh, and added a nice "side" to the lunch.
The Mexican rice was solidly good and flavorful, but not really remarcable, as I could have closed my eyes and imagined that I was enjoying rice at practically any taqueria in western Placer County. The refried beans made up for the somewhat lackluster taste of the rice as you could taste the LARD, just like grandmother used to make! The beans were perfectly "refried," with a few of the beans on the "chunky" side, and the rest nice and creamy. The beans were perfectly cooked, seasoned, and topped with melted shredded Mexican cheese.
The tortilla warmer netted three medium size corn tortillas, as I had ordered corn. The tortillas were slightly toasted, warm, moist, and made a perfect side dish for my "dinner for lunch" at Urbano's Mexican Restaurant at Twelve Bridges.
Such a great lunch, especially when you add in the super-fresh tortilla chips, the amazing in-house made salsa, and a cold Pacifico beer, served in a frosted mug.
Photo: My plate of "Steak Ranchero" that I enjoyed for today's lunch at Urbano's Mexican Restaurant. You can see the goodness of the cut-up steak, "ranchero sauce," refried beans, Mexican rice, along with shredded lettuce and diced tomato. Such a great lunch, and all meals included super fresh tortilla chips, and delicious in-house made salsa.
The patio dining was pleasant on this hot Friday morning in mid-June, but I wouldn't have had it any way, as food simply tastes better when enjoyed outdoors! I loved the fine Mexican cuisine, the service was fast and friendly, and the whole dining experience was amazing. For great "south of the border" cuisine, plan to visit Urbano's Mexican Restaurant at Twelve Bridges, located in Lincoln, CA. My sabroso!
Urbano's Mexican Restaurant at Twelve Bridges
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