Los Alamos' downtown is roughly a two block stretch with two gas stations, a motel, and roughly half a dozen restaurants/bars. American Flatbread sits at the Northern end of this downtown strip. My in-laws took us there boasting that the flatbread style pizza was so good that there is always a one and a half hour wait. My in-laws also relayed the fact that the flatbread is so popular that the restaurant is only open on Friday's and Saturday's from 5pm- 10pm. With these facts in mind I was expecting pizza better than in Naples. The restaurant itself is in a fairly modern building with a full bar in the front, then a nicely sized dining room. Guests can also dine outside on the side patio as there are several nicely sized picnic tables, or on the front landing where there are several tables set up. As we drove up right at 4:30 pm to wait for the restaurant to open, my mother in law exclaimed "I have never seen it this empty before!" Indeed we were the first customers in line. Oh by the way, the reason for this is because we went on July 4th and not on a typically busy Friday or Saturday.
The staff was very friendly inviting us to the bar for a drink fifteen minutes prior to seating us for dinner as the dining room did not open until 5 pm. I ordered a Firestone Draft beer pint and was slightly surprised that a local pint cost almost $6.00. We opted for a table outside as the weather was nice and had our pick of which picnic table we wanted. There were eight of us in our party and therefore were able to order a nice sampling of the flat breads. My in-laws are vegetarian and opted for the basic Tomato salsa flatbread with corn, jalapenos,black beans, and one with Kalamata Olives, feta, rosemary, and garlic. The five carnivores in the group opted for the local fennel sausage flatbread with red onion, sun dried tomato, red onions, and various herbs. We also tried the pepperoni flatbread with roasted poblano peppers and and onions. Finally we tried the special of the night which was a roasted garlic chicken flatbread with arugala, feta cheese, and sage.
The flatbreads came quickly and were hot, and the servers were very attentive to our party.
The Pepperoni was the star of the show. The poblanos gave the flatbread some heat which was off set by the globs of cheese. The next favorite was the Special Flatbread as the chicken was roasted to perfection and was off set by the fresh, crunchy Arugala, and creamy feta cheese cubes. The Sausage flatbread left a lot to be desired for. The sausage crumbles did not mesh well with the tomatoes. The vegetarian flatbreads were simply variations of the meat ones, without the meat!
The restaurant boasts that it only uses the freshest, local ingredients and by all accounts this appears to be the case. The vegetables all tasted fresh and looked pleasing. The presentation of the flatbreads was also well done!
This was an excellent meal and I would highly recommend it for visitors passing through. Would I wait up to an hour and a half for the experience? Probably not. If you do go, make sure you check out the enormous wood burning oven inside of the main dining room, it is quite the site to behold.
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