Though there are still bumps and kinks to work out, it
appears to me that the new team is busting its hump to turn Urban Grind
back into an open gathering place with quality products and friendly
The Range shares a corner with The Ruby Room nightclub
and has a bright, shiny disposition. There’s plenty of seating upstairs,
downstairs and along the bar, as well as in a more private—and,
ironically, caged-looking—area called “The Chicken Coop.”
The warm and bright dining room is open without feeling cavernous. The wooden beams supporting the ceiling lend a gorgeous rustic feel, and the zebra wood tables keep the natural theme going with a modern look.
Even in late fall, one menu special was the panzanella salad filled with
explosively juicy tomatoes the color of sunshine and hunks of ciabatta
that soaked up the oily dressing without turning into limp sponges of
Though pho is certainly the house specialty, the menu is a
playground of things to try. I’m sorry, gentle readers, that in my
pregnant condition I couldn’t stomach the thought of trying the fried
frogs legs or skewered chicken hearts, but they are there, and based on
everything else I ate, I bet they’re tasty.
Andiamo is perched in that sweet middle spot, with the
gracious (if not at all hip or trendy), welcoming attitude of a
neighborhood restaurant and behind-the-line food know-how that offers
you something more than vague food smothered in mozzarella.