We discovered a pretty good Cuban sandwich at Flaco’s Cuban Bakery in Gainesville, FL. The Cubans we’ve had around town are usually too dry to be as tasty. These pressed sandwiches, however, had the perfect mix of fillings. For our first try we tried the regular Cuban and Pan Con Lechon sandwich. This will definitely be a place we will frequent on our visits to Gainesville!
From Vegas we headed straight for The Grand Canyon! This was our first time visiting the National Park and it was quite a breathtaking experience. Arizona was probably our favorite place to drive through. The scenery was so distinct from the West and East Coast.
Our hotel location was in Flagstaff, AZ, a small, college like town. Pita Jungle had a hipster yet classy feel with a mixed crowd of people. They had a wide selection of Mediterranean food as well as healthy veggie dishes.
Our appetizer was a pick from our norm. We had Dolmades, rice with tomatoes, onions, and parsley wrapped in grape leaves, drizzled with olive oil and lemon. Pita #1 was the Shwarma and #2 was the Falafel pita. The chicken in the shwarma was a little bland but the falafel pita was pretty good.
Thought that we should take a break from the West Coast. Florida after all is our home base. I felt an urgent need to eat at all the favorite food spots before I leave Gainesville, my home for the past four years. With a good friend of mine we arrived just before the dinner rush. I heard this place can get pretty busy. I recognized Satchels right away from the street with its quirky design and eclectic decorations.
“The Satch Salad” was a hit. The dressing was a unique tasting vinaigrette and the apple bits were stand outs. I ordered the Mama Pizza and picked my own toppings; pepperoni, mushrooms, tomatoes, and fresh basil. For dessert, was a Cannoli with fluffy vanilla filling.
The restaurant had both outside and inside dinning. Once you enter, we noticed an old van where you can actually eat inside of! Behind the restaurant is a small shop that sells old school toys and trinkets as well as a live band area and seating. The entire property is designed with recycled toys and colorful decorations.