Thursday, March 27, 2008

Flancer's - Gilbert, AZ

This past Easter Sunday, Tara and I were debating on where to go to eat. She didn't realize that being Easter, lots of places would probably be closed. First she suggested Mr. Greek, as she really wanted some of their hummus. I mentioned that I had a craving for Joe's Real BBQ, and after a brief thought, she agreed that that sounded REALLY good. So we headed down to Gilbert.

Of course, when we got there, they were closed. Given the family-friendliness of Joe's, I figured it would be a good place for an Easter meal and would be opened. Guess again. We had noticed that Flancer's just up the road was open when we drove by, so we decided to give them a try.

Flancer's has been on our radar for quite a while. I am Jack's Brain has mentioned them quite a few times and we've always wanted to give them a try. However, they are so close to Joe's and The Farmhouse, we are usually in the area specifically for one of them. With both of them closed, the time was right.

We got there around 3pm and were seated immediately. There were a couple other parties there and more came in while we were eating. The menu had a lot of very interesting options. The names are somewhat cutesy. Tara settled on the "it's about thyme" sandwich - balsamic-thyme marinated chicken breast with sauteed mushrooms, melted provolone, lettuce, tomato, and basil mayonnaise. I got the "hoagie & bacall" sandwich - a variety of italian meats with banana peppers, provolone cheese, onions, romaine, tomato, and vinaigrette. We both opted to get the combos which add soda, pickle & choice of fries, potato salad, cole slaw or chips. We selected fries and Cokes. We also got ours without tomato.

After a short wait, the food arrived. Both plates held sandwiches cut in half with a nice mound for fries and pickle. Flancer's makes their own bread and it's excellent. My sandwich had great flavor, with the vinaigrette and banana peppers working well together. I loved the tang they added and was thoroughly happy with my meal. The fries were very crispy and seasoned. No complaints.

Tara also enjoyed her sandwich, once she got over the fact that it wasn't BBQ pit beans from Joe's. The chicken had really good flavor and the thyme came through nicely. She also really liked the house-made bread.

Service was very good. Our drinks were refreshed and any questions we had were answered. There are still quite a few sandwiches on their menu that I really want to try. We're not sure we'll make a special trip to go to Flancer's, but we quite often go to Vonhanson's for bacon and meat, and they are only a few miles away.

All in all it was very much a success, even if Tara was left craving the beans from Joe's.

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