“Now That’s a Good Sandwich!”

5 Aug

A few weeks back I mentioned my fondness for the Blackened Tuna Sandwich at The Monkey Room (inside The Colony Resort on Longboat Key). Well, here’s another beauty for you. This one is called the Lear 55 sandwich — served exclusively at The Flying Dog Cafe. It’s a panini style creation made with super lean roast beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and a zesty horseradish sauce. Once assembled, it is placed in a panini hot press resulting in a slightly flattened sandwich with gooey swiss dripping off the sides. Really delicious and a true value at just $6.25 (includes one side item and a dill pickle wedge). I opted for the fruit salad for my side. It featured nice little chunks of fresh pineapple and melon. 

The Flying Dog Cafe doesn’t look like much from the outside. The structure looks almost like an aircraft hangar. As a matter of fact, the eatery is so close to the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport that you can hear the planes roaring overhead while you dine. The interior (as you can imagine) has very high ceilings, but they have done a nice job of giving the place a cozy feel. It’s quite a colorful place painted with pastel shades and enhanced with lots of corrugated metals. The bar features some good brews on tap — including Yuengling (a classic PA brew) and – you guessed it – Flying Dog Ale (brewed in Frederick, MD; www.flyingdogales.com ).

The Flying Dog’s primary clientele is the lunch crowd from the surrounding industrial park. They also get a lot of locals who gather for the good food and live music on Thursday and Friday nights. It has a friendly pub kind of feel to the joint. They use Boars Head meats on their sandwiches and that should tell you about their attention to detail and focus on serving quality food to their loyal customers. Keep it up, guys — I will be back and will spread the word as best I can.


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