First Look: Village Cafe & Pub, Flat Rock

It’s too soon to do a full-on review of Flat Rock’s newly opened Village Cafe & Pub, but I wanted to let you know how happily surprised I was when three of us stopped in for lunch (11am – 3pm) a week or so ago.

Owners, Dustin and Shannon Zlacki have done a great job remodeling the former gas station convenience store/cafe. It’s not fancy, but has a clean, friendly, comfortable feel. According to overheard conversation snippets, there are more improvements in the works.

Village Cafe & Pub

It can be a little confusing at first, but when you walk in, go to the counter through an open doorway to your right to place your order. The lunch menu is on a large board behind the counter. There are printed menus on the counter, also.

Sit anywhere, including the bar, and your order will be brought to you as soon as it’s ready.

Wine and beer are available during the day and into the evening. A few beers are on tap, and I think I saw a local (Naked Apple?) hard cider. I could easily see the place turning into the neighborhood spot to meet with friends for a bite to eat and a drink.

Sandwiches at the Cafe are a tasty handful. Only suggestion would be to take them off the press a little sooner, or check to be sure the press is working correctly. One side of both hot sandwiches was over-grilled.

My Reuben was very good. For a low $6.79, you get the sandwich, chips and a pickle spear. On the menu as: “Your choice of Corned Beef or Pastrami and Swiss cheese with sauerkraut and 1000 Island dressing grilled on Rye.”

Reuben, Village Cafe & Pub

Tuna and Chicken Salads are on the menu under “Salad Plates”, but they’ll put either on bread or toast for you if you ask. A plate with one side is $6.49.

Sandwich, Village Cafe & Pub

This Beefy Blue is made with Roast Beef, Blue Cheese, red onions and tomatoes, grilled on their Tuscan bread goes for $7.89.

Beefy Blue, Village Cafe & Pub

Looking at what you get for the price, you’ll know eating at Village Cafe & Pub is a deal.

A few minor tweaks might improve the overall experience, but you should go anyway. Many locals are already regulars, greeted by name when they walk in the door.

Epicurean Notes:

  • An abbreviated bar menu is offered in the evening.
  • Additional seating in a room that feels like an enclosed porch is somewhat hidden to the side and behind the counter, but open for use. If it’s hot outside, choose the main dining area.
  • There IS an Ice Cream “shop” (Hershey’s) attached to the Cafe, but for now, you’ll need to order ice cream from inside the Cafe.
  • I wasn’t able to find a Facebook or Twitter presence for the Cafe, or a website.
  • For more in-depth information, read this Hendersonville Lightening article, “Flat Rock gets a nighttime spot

Village Cafe & Pub
2770 Greenville Hwy.
Flat Rock, NC 28731

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  1. The “pub food” from the evening menu is even more outstanding….and very reasonably priced!

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