In a downward economy it’s unusual to find a restaurant with no empty chairs but Focaccia’s at 404 E ParkCenter was packed, on a Monday, no less! Throw in home cooking flavors with moderate prices and oversized meals and the secret is out. There’s simply no sign of slowdown in this booming eatery. Lemon and lime walls colors and funky art liven up the joint. Tantalizing cakes and cookies in display cases add pizzazz as well.
The lunch menu consists of many sandwich and entrees in the $8 and $9 price range, with robust salads in the $9 to $12 range. Salad dressings that are a bit out of the ordinary include Marionberry, Pesto Vinaigrette, Ginger Soy and Mango. All lunch entrees come with a side of fruit, house salad or soup. Another option is a side of tortellini which comes with an additional price of $1.25.
We selected several of Focaccia’s most requested lunch items: Roasted Chicken Club on Focaccia, a French Dip, and Chicken Pot Pie. The soup of the day was Curry Tortellini: large chunks of carrots and eggplant slices with mouth watering tortellini in a spicy broth. While two of us enjoyed the soup, another chose a side salad of fresh greens with slivers of carrots, red onion and cheese. A potent balsamic dressing enhanced this simple salad perfectly. The French Dip had peppers, onions, Swiss cheese and jalapeno mayonnaise, and a very flavorful dipping sauce. The Chicken Club was served on divine focaccia with a tasty green spread, lettuce and tomatoes and was so generous in size we brought almost half of it home. (Focaccia is thick, flat yeast bread usually sprinkled with salt, olive oil and herbs before baking.) The Pot Pie was topped with an overflowing crust of puff pastry, and while excellent comfort food, peas dominated the pie rather chicken. All lunch plates had a nice garnish of several chunks of melon and orange slices as well.
The dinner menu duplicates the lunch menu along with a few added entrees such as raspberry marinated pan seared pork with chutney; stuffed chicken manicotti in pesto cream sauce and catfish in mustard cheese sauce. A full wine and beer menu is available as well as a dessert menu that includes cookies, cheesecake, tiramisu, apple pie and an unusual item, ugly cake. We attempted to order ugly cake but the restaurant was out of the chocolate layered masterpiece.
There’s an appetizing Sunday brunch menu listed on a chalkboard inside the restaurant. Refer to the web site for lunch and dinner menus as well as catering services:
Open Sun 8am-2pm, Mon 6:30-4pm, Tues-Sat 6:30am-9pm.
Note this restaurant does not take American Express.