COOS BAY — Want to step back in time? The Art Deco period is alive and well at Flappers Coffee House in downtown Coos Bay.

Antiques line the walls, from buffets and side tables to lamps, slot machines and coffee grinders.

Then there are the flapper era photos along the entire south wall. Where Sports Editor John Gunther and I sat, there was a large photo of a flapper holding a golf club. 

Appropriate? I think so.

Since neither of us had been to Flappers before, we took a few minutes looking over the menu. It's not a huge menu, but there is the full coffee house selection as well as smoothies and Italian sodas. There is also a selection of pastries and scones as well as bagels and croissants.

John gave me first choice, so I ordered the steak sandwich. You get a choice of soup or salad, so having heard the former owner of The Grounds Cafe (Chef Kristin Ledyard) was now at Flappers, I immediately knew I wanted the soup.

I will let you know now, when the weather gets a little colder and rainier, this is going to be a very popular place. Nice chilly day and a nice hot cup of homemade soup. Yep, I can see it now.

The tomato soup on Monday was fabulous.

"This soup is very good," John said when we were only halfway through.

The steak sandwich comes with caramelized onions, bleu cheese and spring greens, served panini style. As you can see from the photo, the portion of steak is very generous.

John's chicken panini comes with grilled chicken, Monterey Jack cheese, caramelized onions, grilled red bell pepper, house mayo and spring greens.

Also on their lunch menu is a chicken salad wrap, a veggie sandwich and wrap, a couple of salads and a hummus plate. They also have a soup or salad and half sandwich combo and a soup/bread combo.

Now, I'm usually not a fan of bleu cheese, but I'm glad I decided not to substitute it out. With the onions and the thinly sliced steak, it was really good. The bread was really good too.

John and I have had a running joke all year about the correlation between the number of napkins you use when you eat a burger or a sandwich and how much you enjoy it.

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Toward the end of our meal, John looked down at the table and said, "This is my fourth napkin. That's a record for a non-burger." I was also on napkin No. 4.

Just in case you are wondering, John's record is seven at Yeong's in North Bend.

John's panini came to $10.25 and my steak sandwich was $10.95. Toss in a couple of drinks and our lunch total was $25.20.

As we left and were walking back to the office, we ran into Lisa Summa from Ticor Title next door to Flappers. She said that if we haven't tried the breakfast sandwiches, that we will want to do that. She said her office calls in orders all the time.

I will take her advice and give it a try soon.

Flappers is located at 375 Central Ave. in downtown Coos Bay (the old City Hall building). You can go in the main door and go through the antique store to the coffee house, or you can go right in using the 4th Street entrance which faces Anderson.

Flappers will hold its official Grand Opening on Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. There also will be a ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m.

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