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You have to admire the creativity of Flancer’s customers. The restaurant recently asked for help in coming up with clever, tongue-in-cheek names for the items on its new breakfast menu.

Here are the winning entries (which earned free gift certificates):

  • Smothered breakfast burrito: Hunk ‘a Burnin Love
  • Eggs un-Benedict: B-b-b Benny and the Eggs
  • Avocado toast: California Dreamin’
  • Potato & chorizo hash: The Notorious P.I.G
  • Pancakes: Leader of the Stack
  • Hand-held breakfast sandwich: Two Handed Heaven
  • Egg & cheddar biscuit: Mind Your Own Biscuit
  • Hand held breakfast burrito: I Want To Hold Your Hand-held Burrito
  • The Standard: Good Day Sunshine
  • Make your own scramble or omelet: Go Your Own Way
  • Steak & eggs: When a Cow loves a Chicken
  • Biscuit & sausage gravy plate: Goin’ Off the Rails on a Gravy Train

Flancer’s, which has locations in Gilbert and northeast Mesa, serves breakfast from 8-11 a.m. Friday-Sunday.

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AZ Food Crafters features seasonal Hatch green chile hand pies & more

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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It’s the annual Hatch green chile season at AZ Food Crafters, and the Chandler hand pie shop and cafe is offering a variety of chile-based empanadas, stews, soups, and other dishes.

The items are available at the cafe, located on the southeast corner of Alma School and Ray, or at Valley farmers markets on weekends. They can be purchased ready to eat, or frozen to bring home.

There are three savory hand pies (empanadas):

  • Hatch Green Chile Pork: Their best-seller the past four years.
  • Hatch Green Chile Chicken: All the flavor with less guilt.
  • Hatch Green Chile & Cheese Relleno: Fire roasted green chilies and cheese.

There also is a dessert (sweet) hand pie:

  • Green Chile & Apple Hand Pie: Fire-roasted Hatch green chilies, Granny Smith apples, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice sauteed in a splash of butter and stuffed into a flaky cheddar cheese crumb crust.

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  • Hatch Green Chile Chicken Stew: Grilled chicken breast, green chiles, potatoes, and pinto beans.
  • Green Chile, Corn & Potato Chowder: Fire-roasted corn, potatoes, and chiles in our house-made veggie stock (vegan).
  • Green Chile Mac n Cheese: Packaged to heat and serve at home (pictured).
  • Green Chile Cheesy Potatoes

AZ Food Crafters’ cafe is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

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Post image for Fibber Magees in Chandler adds more than a dozen new dishes to revamped menu

Bangers & Colcannon, a Curry Chicken Sandwich, and Fibber’s Nachos (pictured above) are just a few of the new menu additions at Fibber Magees Irish Pub in Chandler.

In an effort to ‘‘summerize’’ its menu with some lighter options, the popular neighborhood hangout has added more than a dozen new items, including:

  • Bangers & Colcannon ($11.99, shown below): Irish sausage with traditional Colcannon mashed potatoes with kale and mushroom-onion gravy.
  • Bistro Steak ($14.99): Grilled beef tenderloin with Bushmaills whiskey glaze, scalloped potatoes, and roasted Brussels sprouts.
  • Lemon Garlic Shrimp Linguine ($11.99): Extra jumbo shrimp sauteed in garlic, lemon, spinach, kale, grape tomatoes, and parmesan.
  • Curry Chicken Sandwich ($10.99) on toasted brioche bread.
  • Steak Sandwich ($12.99): Grilled tenderloin with melted bleu cheese, mixed greens, and pickled red onion.
  • County Cork ($10.99): Rashers, roasted potato slices, leeks, tomato, cheddar, and garlic aioli.
  • B.C.T. ($10.99); Crispy bacon, lettuce, Caesar dressing, and parmesan.

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  • Fibber’s Nachos ($12.49): Fresh-cut potato chips topped with smoked queso sauce, pulled pork, pico de gallo, and pickled jalapenos.
  • Spinach & Kale Salad ($9.99): With fresh strawberries, goat cheese, candied walnuts, and strawberry vinaigrette.
  • Steak Salad ($13.99): Cajun spice-rubbed tenderloin, corn, black beans, red pepper, pickled red onion, and jalapeno-lime dressing.
  • 4 Cheese & Spinach Flat Bread ($11.29)
  • Brussels Sprouts ($7.69): Pan-roasted with butter, bacon, onion, garlic, and chili flakes.
  • Strawberry Streusel ($7.49)

In addition, Fibber’s still has happy hour from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 3-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Post image for Flanny’s Bar & Grill in Tempe adds more mac & cheese, taco options to menu

Mac and cheese and tacos highlight a menu revamp at Flanny’s Bar and Grill in south Tempe.

Three mac and cheese dishes ($11.59) are now available: original, chipotle, and poblano, and each comes with a side salad.

Taco lovers will find four options ($10.49): ancho chili shrimp, mango habanero chicken, pineapple pulled pork or steak tacos.

Other new additions:

  • Popper Burger ($11.89, pictured) stuffed with jalapenos, onion straws, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese.
  • Veggie Burger ($11.29) topped with pesto aioli, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and red onion.
  • “Jersey Style” Sloppy Joe ($10.49) with hand-carved turkey, Swiss cheese, coleslaw, and Russian dressing on toasted sourdough.
  • Beer Braised Sausage Sandwich ($10.79) with Schreiner’s local hot link, sautéed onions, coleslaw, and melted pepper jack cheese.
  • BBQ Chicken Breast ($9.89) with house BBQ sauce, onion straws, and shredded cheddar and jack cheese.

Lunch specials are still available from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. A Sonoran Chicken Salad Sandwich, Cheese Crisp, Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap, and a half sandwich with a side salad are just $8.50.

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JC’s Steakhouse to launch lunch service on Thursday

BY Jess Harter Tuesday, May 30, 2017

If you’re anything like me, you’re always on the lookout for good yet inexpensive lunch spots. This week, there’s a new one – well, kinda new – in Gilbert.

JC’s Steakhouse, a popular nighttime destination since opening in 2014, is expanding its hours to launch its first-ever lunch menu on Thursday.

To start, lunch will be available just three days a week – from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. If there’s enough business, other days will be added.

Chef and owner Dennis Petty has created an extensive lunch menu of soups and salads, hot and cold sandwiches, and third-pound burgers.

The best part? Thirty of the 37 menu items are under $10 (see lunch menu).

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Highlights of the lunch menu include the Oh My Darling Crab Melt ($10.99, shown at top) and the Open-Face Prime Rib Sandwich ($14.99, shown above).

All sandwiches and burgers come with a choice of soup, salad, or hand-cut fries.

Daily specials will include a soup and salad combo for $6.99 and a sandwich and soup combo for $6.99.

JC’s Steakhouse is located on the southeast corner of Gilbert and Ray.

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Romeo’s Euro Cafe in Gilbert holds its weekly ‘‘Taste of Romeo’s’’ dinner, hosted by chef Romeo Taus and his wife, Janice, in a private dinning room, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The dinners typically feature five courses selected from the restaurant’s regular menu. This week’s menu:

  • Feta Dill Fritters: A blend of gyros meat, feta cheese, fresh dill, spinach, and pine nuts. With yogurt sauce.
  • Teriyaki Chicken Salad: Sauteed chicken, black beans, cilantro, tomatoes, onions, avocado, feta, and lemon over romaine.
  • Goat Shrimp: Bacon-wrapped jumbo shrimp with feta and sun-dried tomato stuffing. Served with sauteed vegetables.
  • Paella Barcelona: Shrimp, chicken, clams, Italian sausage, vegetables, and brown rice (pictured).
  • Ricotta-Cherry Tart

Cost is $30 per person plus tax and tip. Add five wine tastes for $10. RSVP: 480-962-4224.

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Slow-roasted leg of lamb will be the featured entree at this month’s ‘‘3rd Tuesday’’ dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Romeo’s Euro Cafe in downtown Gilbert.

The three-course dinners feature three new dishes from chef Romeo Taus’ creative kitchen crew paired with three wines selected by the knowledgable waitstaff:

  • Appetizers: Spicy baked brie, scallion pancake with ahi tuna poke, roasted eggplant salad, and lamb meatball, paired with 2014 Halter Ranch Adelaida District Grenache Blanc.
  • Entree: Roasted leg of lamb with Israeli couscous, paired with 2013 Terra Valentine Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • Dessert: Ricotta-cherry tart, paired with Ventura Orangecello Blood Orange Seasonal.

Cost is $36 per person plus tax and tip. RSVP: 480-962-4224.

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Thursday: Spicy Putanesca at ‘Taste of Romeo’s Euro Cafe’

BY Jess Harter Monday, February 27, 2017

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Spicy Putanesca (pictured) and Chicken Veneto are the two featured entrees at this week’s five-course ‘‘Taste of Romeo’s Euro Cafe’’ dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Gilbert restaurant’s private dining room. Starters will be Hungarian Mushrooms and Tortellini Feta Salad, with Cheesecake Brownies for dessert. Cost is $30 per person plus tax and tip. Add five wine tastes for $10. RSVP: 480-962-4224.

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Romeo’s Euro Cafe in Gilbert holds its weekly ‘‘Taste of Romeo’s’’ dinner, hosted by chef Romeo Taus and his wife, Janice, in a private dinning room, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The dinners typically feature five courses selected from the restaurant’s regular menu. This week’s menu:

  • Vegeta Skins: Grilled hearts of palm, artichokes, onions, peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, Italian dressing, and provolone (pictured).
  • Ravioli Salad: Deep-fried cheese ravioli with black olives, bell peppers, tomatoes, Genoa salami, hearts of palm, peas, and red onions in mustard-vinaigrette dressing.
  • Spicy Apricot Chicken: Blackened chicken breast, smashed crispy potatoes, zucchini, grape tomatoes, roasted garlic, balsamic Cipollini onions, and spicy apricot agrogolce.
  • Ravioli Marco Polo: Cheese ravioli, meat sauce with Italian sausage, ricotta topped with mozzarella, and a touch of cinnamon
  • Mini Mocha Tartlets

Cost is $30 per person plus tax and tip. Add five wine tastes for $10. RSVP: 480-962-4224.

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Flancer’s joins growing ranks of E.V. restaurants offering breakfast

BY Jess Harter Thursday, December 29, 2016

It’s hard to believe the East Valley restaurant scene once had limited breakfast options. Thirty years ago, your choice typically came down to one of two national chains – Denny’s or IHOP.

The late ’80s saw the emergence of a few locally owned breakfast concepts like U.S. Egg in Tempe, T.C. Eggington’s in Mesa, and The Farmhouse in Gilbert.

In recent years, though, the breakfast niche has swelled with even well-established restaurants, ranging from SanTan Brewing Company to Joe’s Real BBQ, experimenting with morning menus.

One of the latest to introduce breakfast service is Flancer’s. Although it’s been a local favorite since opening in Gilbert in 2000 (and Mesa in 2008), Flancer’s didn’t debut breakfast until this October.

Offered from 8-11 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the breakfast menu includes such temptations as:

  • Smothered Breakfast Burrito: A three-egg burro in a house-made tortilla with ham, chorizo, bacon, chicken, or sausage and smothered with green or red chile sauce and cheese.
  • Eggs UnBenedict: Two eggs over easy on a biscuit with ham and smothered with green or red chile sauce and cheese.
  • Potato & Chorizo Hash: Chorizo, potatoes, and onions sautéed in skillet with over-easy eggs on top.
  • Avocado Toast: Toasted baguette with lots of avocado, tomato, melted cheddar, eggs, and hash browns.

See Flancer’s entire new breakfast menu here.

As is typical for Flancer’s, the hash browns, baguettes, biscuits, and tortillas all are made in-house from scratch.

“In order to keep with our truly homemade traditions, we are proud to offer some exciting items you may not be able to find anywhere close,” owner Jeff Flancer says.

“We are taking the road less traveled, and we think you’ll be glad we did.”

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