Flapjacks, a restaurant specializing in pancakes and grilled cheese sandwiches, has opened in Fountain Hills.
The restaurant, which takes over the former Cattle Company Grill in the Bashas’ shopping center just northwest of the fountain, is owned by Mark and Donna Allen, who sold their popular J.P. Pancake in north Scottsdale last year.
In fact, much of Flapjacks’ breakfast menu is similar to J.P.’s, including their signature oven-baked apple pancakes ($8.25). Other specialties include oven-baked orange-cranberry pancakes ($8.95) and oven-baked German pancakes ($8.25).
Seven types of grilled cheese sandwiches, called “meltdowns,” are available for lunch, including the Classic (cheddar, jack and Jarlsberg, $6.95), goat cheese and fig ($6.95), brie and strawberry ($6.95), tuna melt ($8.95) and turkey melt ($8.95).
In addition, there are two nonmeltdown sandwiches — a BLT ($7.95) and a turkey club ($9.95) — and three salads ($3.95 to $8.95) on the menu.
Flapjacks, 16605 E. Palisades Blvd., is open 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Information: (480) 837-2910.
After closing for a few days, Brunello’s Italian Restaurant in Mesa has re-opened as Brunello’s Village Idiot Tavern.
The restaurant, located on the northwest corner of Dobson and Baseline roads, has switched from formal Italian cuisine to a more casual mix of American, English, Italian and northern European dishes.
The new menu includes such eclectic items as deep-fried bratwursts and hot dogs ($5.99 to $7.99), pork fritter sandwiches ($7.99), all-you-can-eat spaghetti ($11.99) and deep-fried Cornish game hens ($14.99).
Brunello’s Village Idiot Tavern, 1954 S. Dobson Road, is open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday. Information: (480) 897-0140 or www.thevillageidiottavern.com.
CAFÉ AZUL OPENS
A new Mediterranean restaurant, Cafe Azul, has opened at the Marriott Phoenix Mesa Hotel, located on Centennial Way just north of Main Street.
Breakfast, served from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., includes a Monte Cristo quesadilla ($8), strawberry-and-banana-stuffed French toast ($9), build-your-own omelets ($8) and a breakfast buffet ($11).
Lunch, served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., offers soups, salads and small plates, such as grilled corn bread ($5), nachos fondue ($7) and buffalo chicken quesadilla ($11).
Dinner, served 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., includes the lunch menu items with a few additional small plates, such as Cajun sausage and potatoes ($7) and shrimp Athena ($12).
Information: (480) 898-8300 or www.phoenix-marriott-mesa.pacificahost.com.