I AM BACK, and with an awesome gem tucked in Old Town Gilbert, AZ. Liberty Market is an award winning restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as craft beverages. I ate here once about 2 years ago and remembered that I loved the food, and began following them on Instagram, which I love and continue to do because they are always offering something new. They have weekly and weekend specials which they showcase on your news feed with beautiful and yummy pictures of the food their chefs create. I particularly love when they show off their new flavor of “dossants,” their take on the “Cronut“, a croissant-donut pastry, invented by New York based chef Dominique Ansel. I still have not had one, but have always wanted to try one, if you go and indulge in one, let me know how it goes! Located in a historic building dating all the way back to 1935. Liberty Market was founded by partners Chef David & Kiersten Traina and Gilbert restaurateur Joe & Cindy Johnston. They have a unique and creative take on their locally inspired food. My boyfriend and I went on Tuesday for lunch, it was a short drive down south on the 101, east on the 60, and then you get off on Gilbert Rd and ride that road down for about 10 minutes. When you get there, you are pleasantly surprised with a small old town that is bustling with families of all shapes and sizes. Makes you feel like you’re in a small town in the midwest. Walking in you wait in a small line to order your food, and then they bring it to your table, so it has a casual feel to it. My boyfriend had the burger of the week, Boomer Burger. It consisted of a local natural ground beef patty, with sauteed mushrooms, roasted garlic, boursin cream cheese, and arugula on a Pretzel Bun. It was also served with a side of Kettle Chips. He was really impressed with the boursin cheese and how they actually incorporated the sauteed mushrooms in it, and did not add any other cheese so that could be the main focus of the burger. He was unfortunately disappointed with the kettle chips they called a “side” because it was a sad sight, basically crumbs you find at the bottom of a bag. I on the other hand had minestrone soup. Packed with pasta, celery, tomatoes, carrots, and white beans. The broth was delicious, slightly oily with fat and jam packed with flavor. You might ask yourself, oily from fat? Where is the fat coming from? Well, unfortunately for me, they did put bacon in it, which I was unaware of and would not have ordered had I known because I am vegetarian, but I will admit it made the soup that much richer and tastier. Just a heads up to the vegetarians that might want to head over there. I also ordered a white flatbread with olive oil and garlic to dip in my soup, it was perfectly covered in delicious garlic, crispy on the outside, and warm and fluffy on the inside. After stuffing our bellies, we decided to stuff ourselves just a little bit more with some dessert! We then had a rice pudding to finish the tasty lunch off, and that by far was the gem of the afternoon. We wished we had ordered each our own. The creamy and thick cinnamon covered gooeyness was unmatchable. Usually no one can make rice pudding as good as my mommas, but good ole Liberty Market some how figured out how to top her. Sorry mom! Nonetheless, Liberty Market is a great spot to go with family, on a date, with friends, during the day or at night. Give yourself some time to walk through old Town Gilbert and then have a bite at Liberty Market, you won’t regret it.