Liberty Market in downtown Gilbert is rapidly escalating up the list of my favorite places to eat, drink and be merry.
I’ve had breakfast there several times, and it is always fabulous. The Scramble’s are great, and the Breakfast Quesadilla easily violates the “never eat anything bigger than your head” rule that I break any chance I get. Throw in a CafÃ© Mocha bowl with a lump of home made chocolate whipped cream and you’ve got to spend a good hour at the gym to work that meal off.
Tonight, Liberty Market hosted “East Valley Friday Nights” ”“ a weekly social gathering of people from across the East Valley organized primarily over Twitter (look for the #evfn hashtag). Anyone and everyone are welcome. The venue changes weekly and the agenda is formally billed as “Remember the agenda: no agenda. Have fun. Meet people. Party on!” The eclectic bunch of people that gather are a hoot to hang out with. (See the EVFN Upcoming Page for the current weeks venue.)
This was my first experience with Liberty Market’s lunch / dinner menu. Since Joe Johnston runs the place, and given my out-of-body experience with the breakfast food, I figured we were in for a treat.
And let me tell you, the food (and company) was outstanding!
I had the “Liberty Bowl” which consisted of roasted meatballs, marinara
sauce, pecorino romano cheese and grilled bread. I had to add the pasta too. Sinfully delicious. Francy had the Italia Sandwich, which is “sliced Molinari® salame, mortadella, sopressatta, dry cured Sicilian olives, roasted red pepper, provolone, olive oil, and balsamico”. I don’t even know what some of that stuff is, but it was outstanding.
Trust me, you want to check this place out. Joe (@RealJoe on Twitter) also heads up Joe’s Real B-B-Q and Joe’s Farm Grill (previously reviewed here). The man knows his food, and he’s a genuinely nice guy.
And get thee to East Valley Friday Nights. All the cool kids are doing it.