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heber ctity, Utah
April 23, 2005
The elk, buffalo, and beef-tenderloin meatloaf holds its own against all comers. We just wish it were served with more of the superb sauce (at this level, meatloaf comes with sauce, not gravy). The accompanying green beans were almost perfect, the best we have yet encountered in Utah, where the norm is to overcook them in cheap places and undercook them in high-priced joints to show they are above café fare. Glazed carrots were done to perfection. Then came the roast potatoes, nicely seasoned with rosemary and garlic, but ruined by too much pepper.
Our first dinner was so good, we returned the next night. C ordered the smoked trout and a Caesar salad, plenty for a light meal. This time, the trout revealed some inconsistency in the kitchen, as the pita toast was not as crisp as the night before, but still, even 2 days in a row, a knockout dish.
I had braised lamb shank, with nice meat that fell short only in comparison to the incredible lamb shank served at Park City’s Goldner Hirsch. Having been put off by the potatoes the night before, I asked the waiter to substitute green beans. After such success with the advice of the waitress the previous night, I took his suggestion to replace them with an extra serving of the mixed vegetable that also accompanied the lamb. Big mistake. Not only were these cooked veggies almost as overly loaded with pepper as were the potatoes, but they were also unevenly cooked and cold in spots and hot in others – bummer.
Bottom line: if you like spicy food, you’ll love Flannigan’s if you can overlook the occasional flaws that creep in, which aren’t that serious, except for the pepper dose. If you don’t like spicy food, insist on green beans or carrots as your vegetables.
Although right on the main street close to park entrance, the restaurant is a little hard to find since it seems it can’t make up its mind as to what its name is. I’ve seen it called Flannigan’s Inn, Blind Dog Café, and Spotted Dog Café in various guidebooks. The sign over the main entrance says Flannigan’s, and the sign facing the street says Spotted Dog Café. Prices are very reasonable for this high level of quality in a tourist-trap town.
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