I became a foodie for a day, loved every minute of it


ANNIEPIZZA bwA brief binge-watching of “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” inspired me to ask myself the important question: WWGFD? (What Would Guy Fieri Do).  When it came time to review Flagship Commons, I felt ready to complete the task at hand. I was no longer just Annie Soener from Marian High School;I was Annie Soener,the review-writing machine minus the frosted tips.

As the beloved Guy Fieri once said, “You don’t have to eat a whole cheeseburger; just take a piece of the cheeseburger.” I took Guy’s enlightening advice. I wanted to review all eight restaurants at Flagship Commons, but I am only one foodie with a duty.

Flagship Commons began construction in early July, and opened its doors to the public Dec. 27, 2015. The original Westroads Food Court, adorned with palm trees and too-close-for-comfort distance between tables shut down this December. Flagship Commons is set up like the previous food court’s rich sister. The atmosphere at The Blatt feels much more like an actual sit-down restaurant as opposed to the typical fast food joint.

For starters, the new food court is extremely visually and aesthetically pleasing. Located between the AMC theater and Yonkers, the area is sure to get more attention.

I could not believe that this was the same region of the mall that was once filled with the smell of Auntie Ann’s pretzels and tweens flocking to Aeropostale. Now, the place has a hip, outdoorsy, California-type feel that I think everyone can get on board with.

As for the food portion of my review, I ordered a Crunchy Blue roll from YumRoll and mooched on friends’ food for the sake of my wallet. I had already violated one of my several unrealistic Lenten promises in which I vowed to stop spending my paychecks on food.

I would give YumRoll a 10/10, although I experienced some stomach uneasiness after the fact. I later discovered that this was not the sushi’s fault; rather, I had scarfed the rolls down as if they were my last meal. Guy’s words of wisdom about portion control was not something I took seriously enough, evidently. However, this did not take away from the experience. Any place that serves sushi at the rate of fast food is a place I trust.

If you’re into dropping $14 on a salad, please, by all means, go to Clever Greens. Personally, that is not my style. I would not like to spend any dollars or cents on a pile of leaves, but maybe that’s just me. I’m not a salad gal. When I am, I douse the thing with enough dressing that it might be a better choice to get a Big Mac. Sorry, Clever Greens, I think I am extremely biased as a devoted salad-hater. On a positive note, the salad was pretty, no doubt about it.

WeirDough, on the other hand, now that’s a movement I can get behind, folks. First of all, let’s just address that clever name. Secondly, one slice of pizza via the kids menu only set me back $3. The service was great and the ‘za was far from mediocre. I have never met a pizza I didn’t like, and WeirDough kept my track record perfectly in line.

As I said before, I was unable to review the other four places: Amsterdam, Aromas, Juan Taco, and Yoshi-Ya Ramen. I merely took a sample and decided that, all and all, I fully endorse the concept of Flagship Commons. The new addition will de nitely attract more customers, and it is no secret that the Westroads Food Court was struggling. I knew the place was doomed when Burger Palace shut down.

Overall, I give Flagship Commons two thumbs up. Excellent food, fabulous atmosphere, and exceptional service.

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