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Village Cafe of Flanders

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It’s easy to miss it and drive right by.

But please, you will not be disappointed if you stop and break some bread! 


Let me introduce you to Village Café in East Lyme. The beautiful spot is situated on the way to Flanders Four Corners or on the way to the beach of Niantic in a cozy little diner atmosphere restaurant that opened in the midst of the pandemic.


The friendly staff welcomes you and a plethora of items to choose from.


We went with the BLT with friends, BLT with salad, Chicken Sandwich with fries, and Reuben with salad. All of the servings were much bigger than we could have ever imagined. 


The bread was nice and freshly toasted, sprinkled herbs were over the plates, and the server came back often to make sure everything was tasting alright. The view was exhilarating– getting to see all the traffic going in and out of Flanders on a hot summer day! 

You had the feeling that it was summertime in Flanders — what’s better than that? 

The dishes are reasonably priced at about $10 plus or minus for their lunch sandwiches that will certainly fill you up. 


The Greek influence runs strong with a few of the more famous Greek dishes as an option to choose from. 


The BLT was the hottest hit — simply because it was the smallest sandwich and easily enough to be devoured by two people. The chicken sandwich seemed to have one big piece of meat, or even multiple pieces of meat on the sandwich! And the pastrami reuben was overflowing with sauerkraut and thousand island dressing. 


When you’re looking for a nice simple spot to stop for breakfast or lunch, definitely consider the Village Cafe in Flanders. The staff is working hard to provide the best service and making it work in a tough location.


Have you been there before? What has been your favorite dish that you’ve tried?