Saucy Focaccia

Many times I’ve been tempted to try Saucy Focaccia at NewBo City Market. But every time the pull of a gyro from Zaytoon’s has been stronger. Recently I learned that there was a second Saucy Focaccia restaurant on the Northeast side in a retail development called The Fountains. Taking the family there I didn’t have the distraction of Lebanese food to pull me away.

The restaurant is bright and airy. Not being a regular at NewBo we had to study the menu a little bit. You can build your own burger or order one of their gourmet combinations. They also have a variety of sandwiches. Saucy is a perennial winner of Best Burger in Cedar Rapids and Best Sandwich. So you can’t go wrong either way. The wife chose to build a burger, with house cut fries. The kiddo of course went with chicken tenders with a side of tater tots. And a chocolate shake. I was really tempted to order the Chicken Cordon Blue sandwich but decided I should have a burger for my first time. I went with the Baby Bella special. I got jalapeno poppers instead of fries because I’m just not a fan of fresh cut fries.

Saucy has the fast-casual model meaning you order at the register, take a seat at a table and they bring the food out to you. So no servers to wait on you. They do bus the tables though. I don’t think we spent any more on dinner than if we had gone to Hardees or Culvers. We didn’t partake but Saucy Focaccia also sells beer by the bottle. Our food came out astonishingly fast. Almost too fast for the mood I was in. It would definitely have been great for lunch but I was in the mood for a leisurely dinner.

As one might infer from the name, Saucy Focaccia’s shtick is burgers served with a cheese sauce on buns made of focaccia bread. The wife’s had a cheddar sauce. She claimed her sandwich to be good. My burger had a slice of Swiss cheese and a jalapeno garlic aioli. I love a mushroom Swiss burger and this one was fantastic. I craved a second one as soon as I was finished. My poppers were the standard green ones with cream cheese. However the raspberry jelly was a nice accompaniment, far better than ranch dressing.

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Chicken Tenders and Tots
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Cheddar Cheese Burger and House Cut Fries
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Baby Bella Burger and Jalapeno Poppers

I may not be able to resist the pull of Lebanese food at NewBo but would not hesitate to return to The Fountains location and try one of Saucy Focaccia’s many other burger combinations or even a try one of their highly rated sandwiches.

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I’m Now Jonesin’ For Joensy’s

In our first week in Iowa one of our priorities was get get Iowa drivers licenses as soon as possible. I have to say the Iowa DOT office on Edgewood is the nicest, friendliest license renewal office I have ever visited. I’ve had to get drivers licenses in six different states in my lifetime and this is the best one yet. It took an hour but in that time The Wife searched on MapQuest for a lunch option and said we should go to Joensy’s up the street. Good, because we were all starving!

I think Joensy’s began in Center Point but we were at the Cedar Rapids location, Joensy’s was a little better than a hole in the wall. You had to look for it or you’d miss it.You order at the counter and seat yourself wherever you can find a table. Drinks are self serve and a neat thing I had never seen before was the ability to add a flavor to your drink. For example, I could add a splash of cherry to my Diet Mountain Dew. So Cool! Daily specials are written on a whiteboard. The Child immediately saw Cheddar Nuggets and requested them to go with her chicken tender basket. The Wife followed and ordered the Fried Mushrooms. The Wife said Joensy’s was reknowned for it’s IBT. If you aren’t familiar with the IBT visit my post about Jerseys Downtown. That may be true, but the entire menu looked fantastic!  Both of us ordered IBTs, though she ordered hers all the way, mine was unadorned.

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Cheddar Nuggets
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Fried Mushrooms
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IBT and Waffle Fries

How can you not love this place! The appetizer ordered were HUGE! We ended up taking home half of the Cheddar Nuggets. I regretted not getting my IBT with lettuce and tomato, or at least a pickle but some mayonnaise did the trick. The pork was tender and juicy under the crust. It was so good that picky eater Kiddo ate a quarter of my pork rather than eat her chicken tenders. And while they weren’t crinkle cut fries, the waffle fries were really good making them  a close second.

On our way out, The Wife ordered a butter pecan milk shake. WOW! If you like butter pecan ice cream this thing was amazing. I might have to get one myself next time.