Liberty Market – A Nod to Gilbert’s Roots in a Contemporary Vibe

by Molly Smith

Liberty Market resides in the heart of bustling Historic Old Town Gilbert and serves as a nod to the town’s rich roots, its vibrant present and its future. The all-day café and restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, with a wide selection of food and beverages to choose from throughout the day. For East Valley businesspeople, it serves as a perfect spot for a power lunch.

Earlier this year, Liberty Market underwent a major overhaul of its space as well as its menu offerings to better serve its customers. The renovations, designed by Scottsdale-based boutique hospitality design firm House of Form, include an aesthetic makeover with a new look and feel that owner Joe Johnston envisioned to be more visually and physically inviting. The welcoming atmosphere that diners have come to expect at Liberty Station remains intact, allowing businesspeople to conduct meetings or interviews in style and comfort. 

Design elements seamlessly meld the restaurant’s history and its current vibe into a cohesive space that is inviting and intimate, elegant and sophisticated. Among the upgrades are additional seating options, including traditional tables, booths and party/community dining spaces to increase spaciousness and allow for groups or larger lunch meetings; a new waiting area (where guests can relax and enjoy a beverage); a dedicated take-out spot for to-go orders; and enhancement of the exterior for an improved patio dining experience.

With the renovation reveal, the restaurant also debuted new breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Including many of diners’ beloved favorites along with new dishes, the menus are complemented by a comprehensive bar menu featuring specialty cocktails, beer and wine and an extensive array of espresso selections and “spirited” coffees.

The lunch menu is varied and all inclusive, accommodating an array of dietary preferences and needs. Served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the lunch menu features delectable sharables to break the ice such as Jalapeno Popper Empanadas, Pretzel Twist with white cheddar-beer fondue, Caprese, Loaded Fries and more. Entrées range from specialties such as the Power Vegan Bowl or Grilled Salmon and Polenta to Wood Fired Pizza selections like Elote or the Four Corners, which features one fourth each of the Margherita, Pepperoni, Black Olive, and Onion and Sausage. 

Anything-but-ordinary sandwich choices include Liberty Market’s take on classic lunchtime staples such as the Roast Beef Dip (a warm pretzel bun piled high with roast beef, Havarti and horseradish aioli serve with au jus and a side of creamy coleslaw) and the Wood-Fired Turkey featuring turkey breast, roasted poblano, Havarti and rosemary habanero aioli on a ciabatta role and served with creamy coleslaw. Salads and soups feature hearty and healthy choices such as the Sesame Ginger Noodle Salad, Roasted Beet Salad and the Liberty Minestrone, which offers an optional non-vegetarian addition of chicken or sausage. All-day breakfast choices include the Chilaquiles and Smothered Breakfast Burrito.

Whether they are stopping in for a quick coffee, grabbing lunch on the go or dining in for a more formal business lunch, Liberty Market offers East Valley businesspeople a variety of options and delicious dining opportunities.   

Liberty Market
230 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert
(480) 892-1900

Jalapeno Popper Empanadas

Puffed pastry, roasted jalapeños, cheddar, cream cheese, cotija, cilantro, charred avocado salsacheese, cotija, cilantro and charred avocado salsa

Palermo Salad

Shredded lettuce, chopped salami, sweetie drop peppers, ricotta salata, cured olives + peppers, crispy garbanzo, savory breadcrumbs and lemon vinaigrette

Vegan Power Bowl

Sweet potatoes, peppers, onions, zucchini, kale, fresh herbs, arugula, avocado and forbidden rice
$14 (add chicken +$4,
salmon +$8,
beyond burger +$6)

Did You Know: A modern twist on a classic diner, Liberty Market has the same bright colors expected from a diner, with a sophisticated application. In its renovations earlier this year, commercial interior design firm House of Form incorporated intentional design elements to pay homage to its history that dates back to 1935 and its days as a grocery store. 

Photos courtesy of Liberty Market

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