Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Eat Here-Flipside Burger in Santa Rosa, CA

A friend of mine wanted to take me out to dinner as a thank you for a favor. She knows I like food, so she did what she thought she should and looked up a few places from Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. We drove to one and it had closed at two. The other two restaurants on her list were Guy Fieri's Johnny Garlic's and Tex Wasabi's. I had eaten at Johnny Garlic's in Dublin. Unfortunately, I wasn't impressed at all. The pizza was disappointing and the pasta was mediocre. The service was horrendous, even though the restaurant was extremely over-staffed; enough that I said something to the manager, which I never do, and she didn't seem the slightest bit concerned. So, anyway, I talked my friend out of duplicating that experience, and we drove around downtown Santa Rosa for a few minutes, seeing if anything caught our attention. Of course, there are plenty of such restaurants, but it is just a bit difficult to find parking around there. What caught my friend's eye was a little place where it appeared that people were sitting on the sidewalk. Apparently, the glass side wall folds back on nice days.
We were greeted by the friendly staff of Flipside Burgers and quickly escorted to the table of our choice. My friend ordered the lamb burger with tzatziki and cucumbers. I had a bite and it was delicious. I ordered the Kobe Reuben, not my usual but it was amazing. Crispy slices of rye bread fried with a tad too much butter sandwiched tons of layers of pastrami topped with Gruyere, Russian dressing, and sauerkraut. We had the option of adding fries, soup, or salad to our entrees, so we both chose the salad. I had the honey mustard and it packed a tangy, sweet punch.
Their coffee was amazing, the staff was kind and well-informed. We never had to ask for anything, and the waitress anticipated our needs. We asked her about  menu suggestions and she was gave great suggestions and was very friendly.
The ambiance was nice, it was like an upscale rock-a-billy sort of place eclectic bits of Italian/Mediterranean mixed in. Their menu ranged with choices from ratatouille burgers to mac and cheese. Their fish and chips also sounded good. I would definitely return, and suggest anyone else to try it.

Flipside Burger and Bar
630 3rd street,  
Santa Rosa, CA 

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