And by SE Valley, I mean EXTREME South East valley. Ellsworth and Hunt Highway to be exact. Last night we tried San Tan Flats out. It is a pretty cool concept. You enter into the middle of a series of buildings giving you the feeling of sort of a picnic compound area. In this picnic area are plenty of picnic tables and with about half of them situated right next to fire pits. Most of the pits were going last night and there was a trailer with firewood for people to keep their fire stoked. There was a musical stage with a gentleman on guitar playing some cowboy tunes and a few tables set up around the dance floor, next to fire pits to allow you to hang out and enjoy the shows there. I actually saw people roasting marshmallows (don't know if they brought there own or you can buy mallows there)! In one of the buildings was three pool tables and a couple of dart boards. One of the buildings, which was closed at the time was a bar which looks like it was intended to serve the courtyard area. Another building had a couple of tables, but what intrigued me there was four big leather couches and a big screen TV. Would be a cool place to watch a game! For food they have a walk up bar to order food, I would assume to eat at the picnic tables. They also have a sit down restaraunt, which is where we went.
The menu is nothing to get too excited about, but the food was decent. I had the Poor Man's steak (I think they also had a Ribeye and a Filet) for about 10 bucks. It was good. My wife had some decent chili (unfortunately it was hamburger and not steak for the meat) and my son had a cheeseburger, that he really liked. According to the menu, they grind their own beef there. We each had desserts and they were pretty good as well. Oh and our service was excellent.
Really you wouldn't want to make the drive just for the food, like I said it was good, but not Chowhound recommendation worthy. However, if you are in that neck of the woods and you wanted to treat some guests to a country atmosphere and sit around the campfire and listen to cowboy tunes, San Tan Flats would fit the bill nicely.
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