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Perfect location for beautiful lunch outside

DragonflySFBy Anonymous, Guest Columnist

I was looking forward to a wonderful lunch at Dragonfly in downtown Gainesville last Thursday, and I was not disappointed. These guys sure know how to run a restaurant. From the minute you walk in the front door, you feel special. The hostess always remembers where I like to sit, and I have never had a so-so waiter here. Pleasance, not 'attitude,' seems to be a key component to employee training at this sushi/Asian restaurant. Customer friendliness is so refreshing to see in bigger Gainesville establishments like this one.

DFhomepageMy friend -- the Gainesville Lunch Out Blog Editor Mike Sanford -- and I chose to sit outside and watch downtown meander by this lunch hour.

Mike had never been to Dragonfly for lunch, so I took it upon myself to order for him.

DflyquoteWe started our lunch order with Edamame, which the GLOB Master devoured pod and all. Fine with me. Edamame is a preparation of immature soybeans still in the pod commonly found in Japan, China, and Hawaii. The pods are boiled in water together with condiments such as salt and served whole.

We next enjoyed a Tuna Flatbread, plenty for a full lunch or to share as a starter. This is thinly sliced tuna sashimi over a crisply grilled wheat pita with tomatoes, onions, jalapenos and shiso and is finished with a honey wasabi aioli

This was the favorite selection of the day.

The GLOB Master's lunch entrée was Chicken Katsu Don, which is panko-crusted chicken breast over brown rice with veggies and an egg omelette sandwiched in with the other ingredients.

I had Thai Bangkok Noodles with tofu and veggies. This can also be made with chicken or beef. A cooked egg 'round' is placed under the noodles and tofu as a base so the other flavors of the dish sit atop the egg. This is a very good dish. I love the spiciness; it needs no additional srirachi sauce.

I do wish Dragonfly was open for lunch every day, but alas, only Thursday and Friday.

Sitting outside, enjoying the fall, greeting an occasional passerby and comparing lunch time notes with pet dog Rusty makes Dragonfly a favorite Gainesville lunch spot for me.




063015dragonflyFISHY For International Sushi Day, Dragonfly Restaurant used their popularity in the Gainesville and Orlando communities to create a more impactful type of awareness. Both locations decided to "use their margin for a mission" to raise money for two local charities: the Ronald McDonald House of Gainesville and Community Food and Outreach Center in Orlando. The proceeds from this "Craft Your Roll" night at each Dragonfly location not only drew quite the crowd, but allowed patrons to become the sushi masters for a night while knowing that 100 percent - yes, all of the money spent - would become a charitable donation. Dragonfly took it one step further by asking sushi creators to name their masterpiece and let the social media realm know that's just #HowIRoll. Above is an image of Dragonfly's popular Volcanic Rolls. We named our roll the Here Fishy, Fishy Roll, image right the And the charitable numbers are in: Dragonfly Restaurant raised $1,850 for the Ronald McDonald House that night.

- Melissa Kahan

The Pluses and Minuses of Dragonfly

Dragonfly + Indicators:  Taste, style, customer frendly, professional approach to th art of cooking.

Dragonfly - Indicators:  They should serve lunch every day!

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Philippine Express

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Happy Buddha


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Good Fortune

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The Pluses and Minuses of Las Americas Latin Cafe:

Good Fortune (+) indicators:

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Gator Suyaki

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Garlic & Ginger

Gagnam style cuisine in far West G'ville

By Melissa Kahan, GLOB Correspondent

GarlicGingerSFI am only familiar with Korean food because of my friend, Dorothy. She frequents a Korean BBQ place so often that I joke should should be paid for the amount of publicity she provides to this restaurant. I have accompanied her there, and it is pretty great, although I only have one other point of comparison. My friend, Thomas, and I have accompanied her to a similar place where we actually cooked our own food hibachi style at the table, and that was an experience in itself. What I'm getting at is:  Korean food is somewhat uncharted waters for a majority of food categories.

I have been wanting to try Garlic & Ginger for some time, as I have heard positive reviews and been curious about how another Korean location might measure up Dorothy's regular spot. G&G, tucked to the side of the Publix in Tower Square at Archer Rd and SW 75th St, is a spacious venue with many booths, long tables for larger parties, and a large open dining area with a view of the entire space.


Although dimly lit, a trend that seems to be common at many Asian restaurants I've been to, it was not hard to see why this place is widely visited. There was a little bit of everything displayed on the menu: a few noodle options, a handful of rice options, a smattering of hibachi dishes, and a good number of specialty dishes, including a seafood medley with udon noodles, which appeared very appetizing. However, a little research never hurts, especially when at a location for the first time with high expectations.

I figured a traditional dish would give me a good indication of quality, and Thomas and I had come ready to split a couple of dishes. We were trying to find a noodle-based dish that would fit the bill, but with only soup or a sweet potato noodle dish, that option was in short supply. The seafood specialty dish that I referred to earlier did have udon, but if I was trying Korean, I needed some traditional protein to supplement, in this case bulgogi. After some debate, I figured that the Bulgogi Dolsot Bibimbap was a solid traditional option, as well as an seafood pancake appetizer, a rendition of which I have tried at Dorothy's go-to Korean spot and loved.

There is a complete Garlic & Ginger menu at the restaurant link below.



GGsoupI was very surprised by how quickly the food came out. All at once we were brought multiple smaller dishes that are customary as condiments, including kimchi, Tteokbokki made from soft rice cakes, and a cabbage-lettuce mixture with creamy dressing. A miso soup also came with the bibimbap, and the soup was one of the better ones I have tasted--a rich broth seemingly typical of longer simmering times and quality ingredients. After a few spoonfuls of soup were consumed, the seafood pancake emerged. This medium pizza-size creation (image top) was well received: It had a potato pancake-like flavor and was filled with scallions and shrimp and came with a sauce on the side that was likely ganjang, a kind of Korean soy sauce. The "seafood" aspect was a tad limited and the scallions were a tad longer than I would have liked to consume in each bite, but, all in all, it was a decent appetizer. While certainly big enough, it was not quite as well done as the one at Dorothy's spot.




Before a slice of seafood pancake was extracted from the skillet, the bibimbap sizzled its way onto the small table for two. We attempted to finish most of the seafood pancake first before venturing into the steaming hot clay pot, and we were pleased to find how well the pot kept the bibimbap warm. I couldn't resist popping the egg yolk of the fried egg atop the mound, although I should have been prepared for it hardening with the high temp instead of saucing the food underneath, which consisted of an average amount of bulgogi, or Korean barbeque beef, as well as carrot slivers, sautéed spinach and Kongnamul, all atop a bed of white rice. Bibimbap translates literally to "mixed rice." After adding a bit of each of the condiments into the pot for the full experience, we dug in and truly enjoyed it. The clay pot did continue to cook some of the rice, some of which was hard at the bottom of the pot, but all of the flavors melded well. It was nothing crazy, but simple is sometimes the way to go. I must say I was not at all a fan of the Gochujang red chili paste in a bottle labeled as "Bibimbap Sauce."

While not somewhere we may visit regularly, G&G was a good experience and the service was quite speedy for how busy it was. I would have to try a few more dishes to truly judge the venue's success with Korean dishes, and I think next time I will try the hibachi option, where a small portable grill is brought to your table.

The Pluses and Minuses of the Garlic and Ginger:

Garlic and Ginger + indicators: Good food, fast and friendly service, no wait despite how busy, nice covered outdoor seating.

Garlic and Ginger - indicators:  Not the best I've had, a tad out of the way if you don't live on the west side of town.



Bulgogi, bibimbap are good lunch lunch mates

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

The GLOB has a new eating explorer in SweetBerries Eatery and Frozen Custard co-owner Jane Osmond. Jane has been in town a little over a year and her culinary background compels her to experience all the different cuisines available to this new Gainesville foodie.

Ms. Osmond was excited that our destination was Garlic and Ginger, the popular Korean lunch stop in the Tower Square Plaza on the corner of Archer Rd. and Tower Rd. I became excited over Jane's excitement, thinking I was going to have a knowledgeable Asian lunch expert guiding my palate a somewhat curious and confounding lunch time menu.

I had been here before, but selected food that was familiar to me.  This time, I was determined to try all things Korean with many tastes, flavors, and, textures that would be firsts for this this Florida boy.



To start our lunch off, Jane and I ordered a cup of miso soup and some pot stickers. The pot stickers were very tasty, deep fried vegetable dumplings called Gyoza. Later on I was also served a steamed version of this same dumpling. Coming from a southern boy who thinks tennis shoes would not be too bad deep fried, the fried Gyoza won over the steamed version hands down. The abundance of teriyaki sauce available made sense as these little dumplings screamed outloud, "Dunk me GLOB Master!" Dishes of pickled radish, kimchi, a noodle like pickled appetizer, were include in our pre-lunch appetizer order.

The miso soup was warm, and a very good palate cleanser. Miso soup is a traditional Japanese soup consisting of a stock called "dashi" into which softened miso paste is mixed. Many ingredients are added depending on regional and seasonal recipes and personal preference.



Jane went the bowl route for her lunch and ordered the Bibimbap for her entrée. She was pleased with her spicy rice dish with stir fried beef and vegetables served over noodles with a fried egg egg atop it all.




Speaking of palates, er, uh plates, I smiled when my marinated sliced beef Bulgogi lunch was presented with many delicious looking ingredients to add to my bulgogi as I chose, including fried pumpkin, kimchi, steamed gyoza, round fried balls that looked like corn fritters, a small salad, and fluffy rice.  There is a complete Garlic & Ginger menu available at the restaurant link below.

After commenting to Jane that I am not a big food-in-the-bowl kind of luncher, I quickly took my Korean 'palette' of ingredients and mixed them into the tiny bowl of my bulgogi mixture.  Somehow, I was about to eat my words along with the bulgogi.

The spiciness of the bulgogi added a very nice component to the other elements of my lunch. The fried pumpkin was interesting, but I think it should have been crispier or crunchier to really be considered fried.

The flavors were all distinct with the spicy beef winning out above the others. I thought Jane's Bibimbap was an interesting bowl of lunch, with the egg and black sprouts accenting the dish. Of course the entrée was so large Jane took as much home as she ate at lunch.

Jane looked at me in disbelief when I told her I once saw an octopus tentacle coming out of someone's lunch pot at the corner table.

Our lunch was made special by excellent, professional attention from the G&G staff, and Jane is very good company.  I'll be going back to Garlic and Ginger, and when I do, I will take a picture of whatever seems to crawling out of the pot on someone else's table.

The GLOB Master felt like a real stranger in a strange lunch time land.

The Pluses and Minuses of the Garlic and Ginger:

Garlic and Ginger + indicators: Stylish Asian flare in the West Gainesville lunch stop. There is an Eastern world of new lunch time adventures to discover.

Garlic and Ginger - indicators:  The GLOB Master really felt like a stranger in a strange lunch time land.


Authenticity, Korean flavors highlight G & G lunch stop

By Bubba Scott, GLOB Correspondent

Editor's Note: Farmer Bubba Scott is a container vegetable farmer. To help support the farm, he is also a P.H.D., Professional Home Developer.

Recently, my good friend and editor of the GLOB, Mike Sanford, and I went searching for an authentic Korean restaurant for lunch. We found Garlic and Ginger located in Tower Square Plaza on the corner of Tower Rd and Archer Rd in West Gainesville.

What I was seeking was real Korean food with Korean atmosphere.

GingerGarlicfoodWhile living in Hawaii for several years, I was able to enjoy authentic Korean cuisine. It was nice to leave memories of fried chicken and mashed potatoes on the US mainland.

Now this lunch outing was the test. My skepticism was running high. Was Garlic and Ginger going to be a 'eat quick to free up a table' lunch stop or some watered down Korean meal?

Upon arriving at the restaurant, we were greeted by Sherry the hostess. After being seated, I noticed several eye-catching positive indicators:

zzGLOBbullet No condiments on the table,
zzGLOBbullet One spoon and chopsticks
zzGLOBbullet  Korean news on the G and G Television.
zzGLOBbullet The menu items were listed in Korean first and English second.

Also, the music wasn't rock and roll or country. The music set the mood of being in a Korean restaurant.  This is great, I think to myself.

Our waiter was Daniel, who explained the menu. Along with Daniel was Yujin, who was also our server. Throughout the meal, Yujin checked, again and again, to see if we were enjoying our lunch, and she answered our questions in a very customer friendly way.

Now on to our meal.

We both had a G & G Lunch Special Korean variety plate. The only difference was Mike had the ribs and I had the beef. This was a plate of food and the items didn't run together on the plate. In a very appealing way each item on this Korean style plate had its own special place.

A lot of lunch outers -- like the GLOB Editor -- might mix these ingredients together. I explained to Mike that's not how you taste the food. Each item has its own flavor and should not be over spiced or heavy with sauces. I have found some restaurants overseason the food, as to drown out what they're cooking. What I liked about this lunch special is I could taste the vegetables over the seasoning. Being a genuine farmer, I know what vegetables are supposed to taste like, and G&G does a great job in the kitchen highlighting veggies.

After our meal, I didn't feel stuffed or like I wanted a nap. As a matter of fact, I was still hungry. I have already spotted a Korean hot soup on the G&G menu -- that will be my next lunch visit, which will be soon.

Over all, I give Garlic and Ginger a 5-star rating. Not just on the meal, but from the time we walked through the door until we walked out, the service was truly Korean style, with Korean atmosphere.

Thank you Sherry, Daniel and Yujin for an authentic Korean lunch.  I'm looking forward to a return visit.

The Pluses and Minuses of the Garlic and Ginger:

Garlic and Ginger + indicators: Authentic Korean cuisine served with impeccable Korean style.

Garlic and Ginger - indicators:  Close to $10 for a G & G Korean variety plate  and a drink.

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Saboré, CLOSED: Jan. 2018

Sabore pushes past brunch expectations

By: Melissa Kahan, GLOB Correspondent

brunchCHEFOver a year ago I dined at Sabore for the first time. It was a Tuesday night — a predominantly empty dining room bursting with color greeting my party of two—and I had only heard high praise about the restaurant boasting international cuisine and an innovative tapas menu. I had witnessed Sabore's Chef Valero in action at the 2014 Gainesville Iron Chef competition during the Taste of Gainesville event earlier in the year, and I was eager to try the winner's cuisine myself. To make a long story short, it did not disappoint. In fact, it blew even my high expectations out of the water.

SaboreSFImagine my delight when Sabore announced they would be serving brunch on the weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If any of my previous articles have surmised one thing, to put it mildly, I am a huge fan of brunch. I could only dream of the culinary masterpieces Chef Valero would have on his menu, mainly because the brunch menu isn't posted online.

Nevertheless, I was ready to have my taste buds blown away once more. I do realize I set very high expectations, but I was confident in Sabore's capabilities.

The nudge to finally make the trek up to the Tioga Town Center, however, is mainly due to none other than my dining companion, Ken of the popular local food blog Ken Eats Gainesville. He had been to this brunch and posted some scrumptious-looking photos on his Instagram page, so I already had a few images to hold me over and enough anticipation to make the drive more than worth it.



Upon arrival on a sunny Gainesville Saturday at 11 a.m., it was very similar to my first experience at Sabore: A dimly-lit, deep red room opened up into only a few tables occupied, only this time we were greeted with some Christmas decorations. Ken and I were ushered to a large booth, complete with plush red seats and iPads for menus.

300SyrupA server was quick to arrive at the table, followed shortly by a personal greeting from Chef Valero himself. He bustled about the dining room, cradling black truffles to be freshly grated to this table and special maple syrup to that table. Luckily, we were one of those syrup stops, as a plate of freshly-made in-house brioche French toast aptly named "mon dieu what a French toast!" arrived to the table, garnished with a few "healthy things," as Ken put it a.k.a. fruit. The brioche was very light, but had a slight crispness to the outside that kept it all together. Well, it was the syrups—yes, that is plural—that truly made the seemingly simple dish come alive. The first special one, a thicker, almost balsamic-like Deseve Birch Nectar syrup, was certainly richer and more viscous than I was used to (although truth be told I use Aunt Jemima at home so this was out of my league). The second was the restaurant's "everyday" Gold Maple Syrup with a texture more in-tune with syrups I typically use on breakfast foods, but this one had an almost pure, semi-sweet flavor. The third was a very special syrup that was aged for so long the consistency was only slightly thicker than water. All were absolutely worth every douse.

The Basque Omelet with shrimp seemed like a relatively safe, yet appetizing meal option, but my heart was set on two of the meals Ken raved about from previous dining: the Bombenedictine, $12, and the Duck French Toast, $23. Let's start with the benedict, image at top if this review,  because the name speaks for itself: This truly was the of benedicts. The chorizo hollandaise spread generously over two well-cooked, poached eggs was not overly rich, even with the addition of a thick layer of pork sausage and scalloped potatoes that created the base for the meat-lovers breakfast. It was probably my overall favorite dish of the day. That is not to say the Duck French Toast wasn't an other-worldly experience in and of itself, or at least that of another country. In fact, it took me back to Paris where I enjoyed more Foie Gras, creamy sauces, and bread than I care to share. One fork swipe of the duck egg yolk and the yolk-fall quickly ran down the length of that fluffy brioche French toast slab. The duck meat perched atop was just the right size for the extremely rich taste of it. However, it wasn't until Chef Valero arrived to the table once more with a small honey pot of truffle honey that he proceeded to drizzle over top that sealed the deal. I was glad to be sharing this dish with Ken, as I can't imagine having it as my sole entrée mainly due to how flavor-rich it was.

As if the mounds of carefully-crafted brunch fare wasn't enough, Ken and I felt a seemingly simple order of churros with chocolate sauce would be a welcome conclusion to one of the most decadent brunches I have ever consumed. As soon as the tray of churros arrived, I was immediately drawn to the thick coating of sugar around the crispy fried dough. The sous chef informed us that it was actually vanilla bean-infused sugar, just in case we made the mistake of thinking this was a typically-made churro. Ken's first reaction to the sauce was that it tasted like everyone's childhood favorite Ovaltine chocolate powder mix. I thought it tasted pretty close to what a hot chocolate sauce would be. The server confirmed it was not Ovaltine, for the record.



I think I prepared myself so well for how intense of a brunch experience this would be that I paced myself to not being overly full. That, or the richness of the food almost forced me to portion out each dish more frugally. Next on the list — because there will absolutely be another visit in the near future — is the Huevos Estrellados, mainly because of the generous portion of Iberico ham nesting the eggs, which Ken claims is delicious ham. I stand by my previous Sabore write-up when I say that the chef has truly created an "alluring ambiance and an unforgettable menu." If you ask me, Sabore's attention to detail, from the atmosphere to the dining options to the service, is unparalleled against any other dining establishment in town.

The Pluses and Minuses of Saboré:

Saboré (+) indicators: Brunch available every Saturday and Sunday, somewhat pricey but value worth the price tag, completely unique menu, more standard brunch options also available, friendly service, accommodating and involved chef, great ambiance for any occasion, good portion sizes, attention to detail.

Saboré (-) indicators: Slightly out of the way in Tioga, prices not conducive to a regular dining option if looking to eat cheaper.

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S. Beach decor, style, highlight lunch experience

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

The GLOB Editor headed out to West Gainesville last Saturday to see what all the excitement was about with the new restaurant called Saboré in the Town of Tioga shopping area.

SaboreSFWith Miami-backing, Executive Chef and Co-Owner, William "Willy" Hernandez, has created a contemporary, very stylish restaurant that is visually stunning to the eye. Mr. Hernandez has put a lot of thought and detail into the design of this very large dining area.

The Saboré website is representative of their style and has many photos of the restaurant and their food.

Their menu touts a world fusion theme combining dishes, "from countries such as Peru, Japan, Greece and Italy."

I was there for the weekend brunch menu that included some very interesting egg and breakfast entrees in the $10 range including:

zzGLOBbullet Tomato, basil & bufala mozzarella frittata

zzGLOBbullet Poached eggs, spinach on toast

zzGLOBbullet Saboré eggs Benedict, crab cake, asparagus

The breakfast choices caught my eye, however I have a hard time paying $10 for an egg entree.

Going for the lunch menu, my friend Lynn was riding the horns of a lunchtime dilemma: Crab Cake Salad, which included organic mixed greens and a honey mustard dressing, or Crispy Duck Salad, which included almond-coated duck strips, mixed greens, mandarin oranges, and honey sesame seed vinaigrette.

SaboreDUCKsaladThe Crispy Duck salad won out, and Lynn was presented with a salad that look appetizing but also quite elegant with strands of cabbage circling lightly around the top and pieces of crispy fried duck peeking out around the sides (or should I say Peking?).

Besides salads, Saboré has an extensive list of sandwiches from which I selected the Naked Grilled Chicken sandwich. My sandwich contained buffalo chicken, mozzarella, romaine lettuce, crispy bacon strips (except for one bite that was not so crispy), and herb aioli sauce. Does anyone know what buffalo chicken is? I think that is a menu error and probably should read buffalo mozzarella. The sandwich comes with a side order of home fries. The Saboré fries reminded me of McDonalds fries to be honest. Lynn thought they were very good and crispier and lighter than McDonald's fries.

The soft roll that the sandwich came on added an interesting texture combined with the other ingredients. The melted mozzarella cheese was a very nice accompaniment to the breast of chicken.

Lynn was happy with her lunch salad. The coating on the duck was very crispy and the duck itself tasty. If Lynn had read the NYT story I had read earlier in the day, she would have paraphrased the best line of that story and declared, "Winner, Winner, Duck Dinner!" Sorry I just had to use that line for some reason.



As usual, Lynn and I happily split our lunches so we could taste what each other ordered. Lynn thought the bread on the sandwich was rather ordinary and the amount of ingredients a little skimpy except for the tomatoes and the bacon, but then bacon has a very strong flavor. She preferred her salad.

Toward the end of our lunch, Lynn offered back to me the remaining portion of the Chicken sandwich she couldn't finish. Another standard lunch practice. Taking a bite of her-half-of-my- sandwich, I exclaimed, "Your sandwich is better than mine!" My half had been drier. "I didn't get any herb aioli sauce on my half of the sandwich," I said in a disappointed voice.

Spreading sauce on the entire sandwich is a small detail I guess. If I had eaten the entire sandwich MAYBE I wouldn't have noticed the difference.

Walking to the car after lunch, I summarized my Saturday lunch experience. "The next time I am driving this far for lunch I am going to the Blue Highway for pizza."

The Pluses and Minuses of Saboré:

Saboré (+) indicators: Decor, style and a very diverse menu

Saboré (-) indicators: Saboré identifies themselves as a haute cuisine restaurant. But the quality is uneven. Perhaps a little more focus on the food might be in order to attain five star status. Also, our waiter was perfunctory. Lynn wanted to ask him how long the restaurant had been open and twice she wasn't fast enough. She did finally get an answer – about 2 months later.

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2015 Restaurant News

Chicken Salad Chick opens on SW 34th St.

December 9, 2015 – Chicken Salad Chick has opened adjacent to Earth Fare in the University Towne Center on SW 34th St. Specializing in 15 different kinds of chicken salad, including Cranberry Kelly and Jalapeno Holly. There are also four different deli sandwiches available, including a pimento Cheese for $5.95. Chicken Salad Chick has four Specials including soup and a half of sandwich for $6.95. Gainesville Chicken Salad Chick owner is Mark Singletary. His daughter introduced him to the Chicken Salad Chick and, "after a good bit of conversation, I decided that buying a Chicken Salad Chick franchise and opening a restaurant in Gainesville was exactly the way I wanted to spend the rest of my life." His daughter and her husband, Lauryn and Cope Smith, thought it was a good idea too, and they are now CSC Gainesville business partners.


BurgerQue Opens in Midtown, A Perfect Pie relocates to Oaks Mall

BurgerQueSFNovember 23, 2015 - Hand pattied burgers, fresh ingredients, house smoked BBQ, and craft beers are the hallmarks of BurgerQue next to Bagel & Noodles near the corner of University Avenue and 13th St. Touting 11 hamburgers, eight BBQ sandwiches, "little burgers," and hot dogs, this lunch stop also serves wings, salads, wraps, malts and shakes, and breakfast all day according to the BurgerQue Ft. Myers menu. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more BurgerQue information.



A Perfect Pie, which first opened recently on Waldo Rd., closed that pickup and delivery stand in NE Gainesville and relocated to the Oaks Mall. According to A Perfect Pie owner, Charles Germond, APP is ready to show off his secret family recipe for fresh pizza dough and unique Italian pizza sauce. "This is the best NY Style pizza you will find in Gainesville," says D.M., restaurant manager. The complete Perfect Pie menu is available at the Mall and includes several Italian entrees, salads, subs, and wings. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more A Perfect Pie information.


Candy's opens on SW 20th Ave

CANDYsSFzNonember 18, 2015 - Candy's Latin Restaurant is one of several Latin food stops that have appeared in this strip shopping center over the years. According to the Candy's menu, Latin American food is servied "like your mom and grandma do it." Featuring 12 entrees, (Flatos Especiales), including a stir fried beef and ground beef arepas, Candy's also has five seafood entrees (Mariscos) that include shrimp, tilapia, snapper, and mojarra. Candy's serves beer, wine, natural juices, and milk shakes (Batidos). You will also find empanadas, soft shell tacos, and eight different kinds of arepas. The 12 side orders include both red beans and black beans, plaintains, and yucca. This Latin lunch stop opens at noon. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more Candy's information.


The Sweet Tea opens on E. Univ.  Ave.

REALSweetTeaLOGONovember 9, 2015 – The opening of The Sweet Tea lunch stop in the Sweetwater Branch Inn on East University Avenue almost slipped under the radar of the GLOB's worldwide offices. Open Mon-Fri from 11 am-2 pm, according to the Sweetwater Branch website, "The Sweet Tea is located in the Historic McKenzie House on the property of Sweetwater Branch Inn. Our menu features a New Century Southern Cuisine which includes complimentary boiled peanuts, soups, fresh salads, delicious sandwiches and main dishes, bottomless specialty iced tea, house made sodas and one-of-a-kind desserts." Some menu examples include Cracker Crumb Breaded & Butterfly Fried Shrimp, Country Tomato and Corn Custard Pie, Drunken Blueberry BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich. The Sweet Tea deserves your noon day meal consideration. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more The Sweet Tea information.


New restaurants open in Midtown


November 2, 2015 – Two new restaurants opened recently in Midtown.  One restaurant has taken an alternative approach to lunch and eating healthy, and another is serving up fast-fired pizza in a matter of minutes:

zzGLOBbullet The 3 Natives Acai & Juice Bar, a Florida-based franchise with only 2 other locations so far (Juno and Tequesta), touts an appreciation for lifestyle and protecting the environment. According to their website, "Our organic, cold-pressed juices are always sold in glass bottles, not plastic, and are never watered down or supplemented with sugar, preservatives, or other additives. The Acai Bowls are made with organic acai and granola and topped with the freshest organic fruit that we aim to source locally when available. Acai also offers an assortment of wraps and salads for customers who appreciate fast, healthy food for lunch."  According to the Mayo Clinic website, "Acai berries are widely touted as a so-called superfood, with proponents claiming that they are helpful for a variety of health concerns, including arthritis, weight loss, high cholesterol, erectile dysfunction, skin appearance, detoxification, and general health."

zzGLOBbullet  DRstorefrontA few blocks west and located directly in front of the Burrito Brothers Taco Company, the new Dough Religion spews out 8-inch signature pizzas faster than you can spell f-a-s-t f-i-r-e-d p-i-z-z-a, including The Maize--mozzarella, ham, corn, garlic, ricotta, and kalamata olives, and The Veggie--tomato sauce, mozzarella, mushroom, red onion, zucchini, and hummus. You can also create your own 8-inch pizza for $7.95 out of four different sauces and a straw basket full of toppings including broccolini, capers, and grilled chicken. Dough Religion also has a build-your-own salad bar and Signature Caesar and Pizzeria Salads. For dessert you can try the Sweet Pie Nutella and Banana Pizza. Dough Religion is sharing its Gainesville space with ooZoo bar, which serves craft beer and cocktails and gourmet sandwiches.


Jax's Metro Diner opens on SW 34 St.

October 12, 2015 - From being featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives to winning top restaurant awards year after year, Jacksonville's Metro Diner is where the locals eat. Now Gainesville locals can also order Metro Diner award-winning lunch, breakfast, and dinner entrees at SW 34th St. and SW 20th Ave. Serving a different Daily Special every day for breakfast and lunch. FOLLOW THIS LINK for the Metro Diners Daily Specials.



2nd Cheese Daddy opens on Archer Rd

CheeseDaddyARCHERaSeptember 14, 2015 – Cheese Daddy has opened its second location at 3841 Archer Rd. next to Chipotle. Serving gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, Cheese Daddy owners also have plans to open a third Cheese Daddy on Tower Rd. in the near future. Cheese Daddy offers a variety of standardized sandwich melts on its menu, plus you have the option to create your own cheese sandwich delight. Sandwiches range from $5 to $8, and all sandwiches come with a small portion of tomato basil soup for dipping. Featured among the 10 different cheese melt sandwiches is a Grilled Cheese Doughnut -- a glazed doughnut paired with American cheese. 


Omi's Playa Azul opens in Sun center

OMISsunCENTERsfSeptember 1, 2015 - Omi's Playa Azul is now open in the Sun Center in Downtown Gainesville. Omi Risco who until recently ran Omi's Kitchen in West Gainesville is now specializing in Cuban cuisine with Latin American lunches including sandwiches, soups, and a Cuban lunch buffet for $10.00. Omi's also serves five 'American' lunches for $9.50 including post roast & gravy, meatloaf and gravy, and beef brisket. Chef Risco asked me to let GLOBers know Omi's will be open Saturday night to view the Gator football game with a full Cuban buffet.  Playa Azul translates to blue beach, and Omi's  Playa Azul is planning for a very cool looking blue surface for their wall-to-wall bar.


Hosse's Grill opens in Newberry

090115HgrillAugust 3, 2015: Amy Tillman, the daughter of the creator of the nationally famous Sonny's BBQ chain, Sonny Tillman, has opened her own restaurant in Newberry called Hoss's Grill. One block off of Newberry's main road, Hoss's Grill serves lunch and dinner every day, with Daily Specials and regular menu entrees including hamburgers, fried chicken, chicken wings, and country fried steak. The HG serves breakfast on Sunday from opening until closing at 3 pm.


16th Avenue Diner opens adjacent to NE Park

16thAveDinerAJuly 27, 3015 – After 32 years there are new managers, and owners serving breakfast and lunch on 207 NE 16th Ave, next to NE Park.  New 16th Avenue Diner owner Keith McKinney has a new team of staff and managers ready to take over and welcome all the old Karol & Bill's customers back into one of the more friendly diner's in Hogtown. "We might tweak the menu here, and there," said the new manager. "The big difference is the staff will not be talking any politics or sharing opinions with the 16th Ave. Diner customers.". 16th Avenue Diner is open for breakfast and lunch starting at 7:00 Mon.-Sat.


Wing Stop opens second location in NE

WINSTOPneSFJuly 22, 3015 – The Wing Stop franchise has opened a second wing shop in the old Buddha Belly/Tasty Buddha  location just west of the corner of NW 16th Avenue and North Main St. Selling classic wings, boneless Wings, and chicken strips, the Wing Stop touts 11 different sauces, including Mango Habanero, Louisiana Rub, and Garlic Parmesan. Side orders of fries, beans, and coleslaw are available, and wings can be purchased in combos, family packs, and by the piece. The Wing Stops are open seven days a week from 11 am – 11 pm.


Full service Korean BBQ opens in RPP

BEQUEsfJuly 20, 2015 - BeQue Holic, a full-service Korean barbecue restaurant, opened Monday om 3812 Newberry Road in Royal Park Plaza in the former Stonewood Grill location.  This building  was recently home to Shila Korean BBQ. BeQue Holic does not serve lunch during the week.  BeQue is open on Saturday and Sunday at noon and serves lunch from the dinner menu.  Meals include the option of diners cooking their own meats on a grill in the center of the table. BeQue staff will also help with the cooking according to the restauarant manager. The dining tables include a downdraft system to remove annoying cooking smoke from customers environment. The menu includes three all-you-can-eat options ranging from $23.95 for five meats to $33.95 for 11 meats.



Fork & Pasta opens in Stadium Club building


June 22, 2015 - Fork & Pasta is having their Grand Opening this week. Located at 1800 W. University Ave., Fork & Pasta offers homemade pasta and homemade sauces made daily. You choose a pasta, a sauce, and extras in a fast casual lunch line format much like Chipotle Grill. During the upcoming Grand Opening Week, the F&P is offering free sangria or cappuccino with every meal. F&P staffer, Cris Robles, suggests you give the sweet potato and goat cheese ravioli a try: "I had it for lunch the other day and, oh my gosh, the goat cheese was an amazing flavor." F&P has a pasta machine from Italy and also the F&P creates their own house made sauces, said manager Jennifer Kaiden. Fork & Pasta is open 7 days a week beginning at 10 am for lunch Mon-Fri. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.


Burrito Brothers Taco Co. opens in new location

BBstAJune 11, 2015 - The Burrito Brothers Taco Company has opened a new restaurant approximately 2 blocks from the where the restaurant began business on NW 13th St. The brand new 2,000-square-foot taco stand is one one block North of University Ave. on the corner of NW 1st Avenue and NW 14th St. In the former Presbyterian Student Center at 1402 W. University Ave. "I thought this day would never get here. We started over there in 1977," Burrito brothers co-owner said Janet Akersson said pointing toward NW 13th St. "And you know what, I still have fond memories of the way we all worked together in that tiny space," Janet added. The burritos, tacos, and the famous Burrito Brothers Guacamole is still made fresh daily. 12 beer taps have been added along with a bar with two large big screen televisions. 12 Beer taps are available including Swamphead Cottonmouth, Wild Night, Big Nose, and Stumpknocker. First Magnitude's Siren 72 Pale Ale Draft, Cigar City's Hard Cider Hotter Than Helles, and Hornswaggle Irish Red


A Perfect Pie opens on Waldo Rd.

APPIEsfMay 28, 2015 - A Perfect Pie is born. And Owner Charles Germond III is ready to show off his secret family recipe for fresh dough, and unique Italian pizza sauce. "This is the best NY Style pizza you will find in Gainesville," Says D.M. A Perfect Pie pizza stand manager. Open for two days this drive thru, walk-up window, red concrete block building is ready to serve you pizza, pasta, chicken wings, salads, hamburgers, French fries and appetizers fast, ready and hot. Located 2 blocks North of NE 16th Ave., A Perfect Pie is open late, MON-Wed 10am-1am, and ​THUR-SUN 10am-3am where you can have your pizza  where you can walk up, drive thru, pick up, or have your pizza delivered.


Applebee's opens Newberry Rd. location

ApplebeesNEWBERRYrdSFFOLLOW THIS LINK for  a Gainesville Lunch Out Blog Applebee's Gril & Bar review.

May 4, 2015 - Applebee's Grill & Bar has branced out with a second, new lunch stop heading West on Newberry Rd. just past Iintersate 75.  With eight new menu entrees, and a completely new Bar Food Menu touting 19 new appetizxers, this big box lunch stop is serious about being your mid-day meal house.  FOLLOW THIS LINK for more Applebee's information.


Steamers resurrected on Bo Diddley Plaza

STEAMERSsfWednesday, April 15, 2015Steamers has opened in the old Lunch Box building in downtown Gainesville. Many years back, Steamers was a popular walk-up lunch stop in Midtown close to th U.S. Post Office. The Steamers menu boasts "mid-western style sandwiches steamed, NOT grilled = less fat!" The Steamers menu lists 9 sandwiches including the SPICY TWISTER, a combination of beef, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, and jalapenos grilled with homemade habanero pepper sauce, served with lettuce and tomato. The Twister and Veggie Twister Are available in mild, medium and hot. The Steamer menu also includes fried rice with egg, onions, carrots, cabbage, peas, special seasonings and a protein including veggie and tempeh and scallops. Indonesian Curry rice dishes are available with steak, chicken, eggie tofu, and tempeh. Beer and soda are also available.Steamers is located on the corner of the Bo Diddey Plaza and is open for lunch every day. Plans are to expand to breakfast at a later date.

PEPPER ALERT:  Reportedly "mild" Steamers heat is very hot, and "hot" is BLAZING hot!


MOJO Bar-B-Que opens on SE 2nd Ave.

MOJOsfWednesday, April 8, 2015 - Now tooting five locations in North Florida the MoJo Q Holdings, LLC has opened MOJO Hogtown Bar-B-Que in the old livery warehouse building behind the Havana's Wine & Cigar Lounge on SEnd Second Ave. A lunch menu featuring BBQ has five different BBQ sandwiches, 9 different kinds of BBQ, 8 kinds of Southern platters, 9 Appetizers, 13 Homemade sides, soups, salads, and desserts. The MOJO Bar-B- Que bar span the entire western wall of Mojo's and the bar boasts 9 different Florida craft beers 12 cocktails, and a boatload of select whiskeys, 'typically aged in wooden casks.' You may buy wine by the glass or bottle. This smoked meats and whiskey bar is open for lunch seven days a week. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.


Original American Kitchen opens Downtown

OACsfThursday, April 2, 2015 - O.A.K. is celebrating their opening today with cocktail, beer, and food samples. According to their website, "Original American Kitchen", features gourmet comfort foods as well as old southern classics. Enjoy our locally sourced ingredients, GMO free dishes, full service bar, and 16 self-service taps for our patrons to enjoy." FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.



Friday, March 27, 2015Sababa Israeli Cuisine has relocated from the midtown UF Hillel Center to the Sun Center in downtown Gainesville. The lunch stop boasts vegan, vegetarian, Kosher, and gluten-free fare for lunch and dinner. Sababa also serves a Sunday brunch of lox, bagels, challah and babaka French toast and shakshuka, which is eggs poached in homemade tomato sauce and served with pita bread and a salad. Sababa is open for lunch starting at 11 from Tuesday to Saturday and for Sunday brunch from 11 am – 8 pm.




Soul Shack opens on Waldo Road


Celebrations Catering has opened the Soul Shack serving home-cooked soul food from a walk-up window on NE Waldo Rd, "right around the corner from University Avenue." The menu features ox tails, fried and BBQ ribs, any chicken part you desire including wings, pork chop sandwiches, and a daily special. This is a lunch stop for that down home kinda girl we all know. Open Monday - Saturday from 11-8, the Soul Shack also has 10 side items that would make my momma smile with lunch-time glee.


Crafty Bastards opens for lunch on 39th Ave.

CraftBastardsSFFebruary 17, 2015 – The space previously housing Kazbor's in The Magnolia Park complex across from David's Real Pit BBQ, and Northeast Grill is home to a new tenant touting craft beers and pub grub, including prize-winning chili.  Crafty Bastards, a craft beer pub, serves appetizers--Fried Mac n' Cheese Bites, Onion Rings, Beer Cheese Dip w/Pretzels, Naked Wings, and Basket O'Bacon; garden and Caesar salads; and entrees--Shepherd's Pie, Banger n' Mash, Fish n' Chips, Johnsonville Bratwurst w/Fries, and Sliders w/Fries. Crafty Bastards also serves Margot's Impeccable Chili, which won the 2014 Gainesville Harley Davidson Chili Cook-off. With over 20 craft beers including First Magnitude and Swamp Head options, Crafty Bastard opens for lunch at 11 am. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.


PDQ opens in Grandy's location

PDQsfFebruary 9, 2015 - The People Dedicated to Quality chicken parts lunch stop known as PDQ is open on the corner of 34th St. and University Ave. With a mission of fresh-everything quality, PDQ does not have a freezer or microwave on its premises.  All their food products are delivered and made fresh every day. With a complete focus on chicken, "PDQ is a fast casual restaurant specializing in fresh hand-battered chicken tenders, made-to-order sandwiches, daily cut fries, hand-spun milkshakes, and fresh salads. The original PDQ restaurant opened its doors across from Plant High School in Tampa, Florida. PDQ now has locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas."


Greek-American lunch spot opens in Midtown'

TheSpotSFJanuary 26, 2015 - Toting Greek and American cuisine, The Spot restaurant located in the Robert's Stadium Club building adjacent to Cheese Daddy has opened.  Wtih Greek sandwiches, platters, and salads including dishes such as Chicken Souviaki, Spanikopita, and Greek salad, The Spot also fearues Angus burgers, wings, speciality sandwiches, ands quesadillas. Open for lunch at 11 am every day. The Spot closes at 9 pm except on Friday and Saturday, when they are open until 3 am.  FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.


Blaze Fast Fired Pizza opens on Archer rd.

BLAZE450January 8, 2015 – Blaze Pizza, in the old Willy's Mexican lunch stop, touts blaze-fired cooked in a have-it-your- way process: You select artisanal toppings for a personal 11"-pizza, and the pizza is "fast fire'd" for 180 seconds (GLOB Content Editor Note:  That quote is exact.  Can ANYONE figure out what letters are missing in "fire'd"?). This Friday, from 11 am to 10:30 pm, Blaze Pizza celebrates its opening by offering you a free 11-inch pizza of your choice. Founded in Irvine, California, in August 2012, Blaze Pizza is a chain franchise with restaurants in 14 states and the District of Columbia, according to information provided by the company.


Wholly BBQ opens downtown


To paraphrase the Trailer Park Troubadours, it's not a restaurant until the wheels come off, and the Wholly BBQ food truck has now become a real restaurant by taking residence in the once empty drive through restaurant on SW 2nd Avenue across from the Jones B-Side. Serving all the BBQ standards such as pulled pork, ribs, and chicken, the Wholly BBQ also plans to put BBQ goat on the menu. We applaud Wholly BBQ owner, David Williams, for partnering with Gainesvile's Workforce Innovation to hire young adults in need of acquiring GED credits towards a high school degree.


Panera Bread opens Newberry Rd. location

PANERAsfNEWBERRYrdDecember 7, 2014 – Panera Bread has opened a second big box lunch stop in front of the Hobby Lobby on Newberry Road near the Oaks Mall.  With a varied menu of nine categories including Soups, Salads, Pasta, Panini, Sandwiches, and Flatbreads, PB has something for every GLOBer walking in the front door. Last Summer PB created a plan to eliminate all artificial ingredients and preservatives from the food menu by the end of 2016.


Crane Ramen opens for lunch

CraneRamenSFDecember 1, 2014 – Crane Ramen, Ramen Restaurant, between The Bull and Paramount Grill, in downtown Gainesville opens for lunch today amid great expectations from the designer ramen noodle fan base in North Florida. WRONG. We're not talking about the real cheap, and marginally tasty bag of dried squiggles you boiled up for dinner while you were a student. We're talking Japanese Ramen. Crane Ramen offers a limited menu of nine items, and five types of ramen. Crane Ramen is open Monday through Saturday for lunch from 11 am-3 pm and for dinner from 5-11 pm.

According to the Japan Food Blog, "Ramen soup is generally made from stock based on chicken or pork, combined with a variety of ingredients such as kombu (kelp), katsuobushi (skipjack tuna flakes), niboshi (dried baby sardines), beef bones, shiitake, and onions, and then flavored with the likes of salt, miso, or soy sauce. The resulting combination is generally divided into four categories: Shio ("salt") ramen soup is clear, Tonkotsu ("pork bone") ramen is usually cloudy white, shoyu ("soy sauce") ramen soup is made from chicken and various vegetables, and Miso ramen." FOLLOW THIS LINK for more ramen noodle information.


Two Asian restaurants open for business

SHILAsfNovember 12, 2014 - Shila Korean BBQ, and the Volcanic Sushi & Saki Bar have been added to the Urban Glob list of Asian restaurants as the 52nd. and 53rd. restaurants serving Asian cuisine. Shila Korean BBQ cuisine opened last week with Saturday, and Sunday lunch only starting at 12:00. The lunch menu includes Spicy BBQ chicken, Spicy Pork Belly, Beef Bulgolgi (marinated beef), Baby Octopus, and Korean seafood pancakes. SKBBQ is open seven days a week for dinner 4:30 – midnight, except Sunday when they close at 10:00 pm.

Volcanic Sushsi and Saki Bar has opened in Haile Shopping Village next door to the Limerock Road café. Chef and owner Nestor Espartero was previously the Sushi Chef at Sabore and planned a 'silent opening ' to 'get things right.' The new sushi bar has several lunch specials including sushi combos, lunch bowls and the self titled 'raw bowl' with your choice of tuna or salmon sashimi, with avocado, cucumber, scallions, sesame seeds, and wakami salad over seasoned sushi rice for #11. Volcanic Sushsi is open for lunch at 11:00 with no lunch on Sunday.

Cairo Grill opens behind Garden Gate Nursery

CAIROgrillSFOctober 20, 2014 - the Cairo Grill has opened in the old Buddha Belly location behind the Garden Gate Nursery on NW 43rd St. Touting a complete Egyptian menu the CG website says, "On our menu you will find many examples of the foods Egyptians eat daily, from kabobs, falafel and hummus, to kochary." Open every day for lunch with a 12:00 opening on Sunday the Cairo Grill offers vegan, gluten free menu entrees, and catering, as well as a full dessert menu.


Cheese Daddy opens in Roberts' Stadium Club

CheeseDaddySFAugust 25, 2014 – Grilled cheese sandwich lovers now have a convenient lunch stop for acquiring melted cheese in a toasted sandwich directly across the street from the St. Augustine Catholic Church. Founder and UF graduate, Andre Norman, thinks he has found the perfect model for melted fast food on the run happiness.  Cheese Daddy offers a variety of sandwich melts on its menu, plus options to create your own cheese sandwich delight. Sandwiches range from $5 to $8, and all sandwiches come with a small portion of tomato basil soup for dipping. Featured among the grilled cheese melts is a Grilled Cheese Doughnut -- a glazed doughnut paired with American cheese--and 10 different cheese melt sandwiches. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more Cheese Daddy information.


Piesano's Pizza opens in Midtown

August 16, 2014 - Piesano's Stone Fired Pizza has created a tri-fecta of pizza shops in Gainesville with today's opening in Midtown in the Holiday Inn on the corner of University Ave. and 13th Street. With an extensive menu of Italian and American cuisine, Piesano's website touts appetizers, baked breads, soup, salads, pizza, calzones, subs, burgers, entrées, specialty entrées, sides, a kids menu, and desserts. Oh, they also have veggie selections, gluten-free crust, and 30 different pizzas on their Gourmet Specialty Pizza Category. FOLLOW THIS LINK for a complete Piesano's menu.


Square 1 Burgers & Bar opens on SW 34th St.

SQUAREsfJuly 21, 2014 - Square 1 Burgers and Bar has opened on SW 34th St. in the old Maui Tewriyaki building.  Touting more than 20 burgers including veggie, turkey, buffalo, and lamb burgers in this Tampa bay based chain of popular restaurants. Square 1 is ranked in the Top 10% Worldwide on TripAdvisor, plus readers recognize the Square 1 burger as tops in the hamburger category.


Relish opens Royal Park location, Wharf Express becomes Po Boys

July 7, 2014 - Relish Big & Tasty Burgers has opened a third location in Royal Park Plaza at 3822 W. Newberry Rd. Suite D, close to the Coldstone Creamery in the old Coffee Culture location. Relish is celebrating the Grand Opening of their new Location Monday, July 7. Recognized as one of the better burger lunch stops Relish makes your burger to order with a plethora of choices including fried egg, and a boatload of sauces and toppings.

zzGLOBbulletPoBoysZPo Boy's Seafood and Grill has replaced the Wharf Express at the University Towne Center on SW 34th St. Po Boy's opened in May keeping much of the Wharf's menu but adding some new items. According to the new menu, Po Boy's specializes in 'Famous' Po Boy sandwiches, seafood combo platters, seafood tacos, grouper, scallops and several signature seafood side item favorites.


Daylight Donut opens downtown, Maui Grill Midtown

May 12, 2014 – To quote GLOBer Alan Morrow, "Breakfast is a good meal any time of the day." If you agree with that statement and you are near the Publix on N. Main St. you will want to give serious lunch time consideration to the recently opened Daylight Donuts. This national chain is touting sausage rolls and bacon, ham, and cheese breakfast sandwiches for lunch outers. Plus Daylight Donut also serves fresh made kolaches, croissants, pastries, fancies, and specialties daily. Daylight D is open Mon-Sat, 6 am-6 pm and Sun 6 am-2 pm.

MAUIGrillSFThe Maui Grill has replaced Latin CORNER Fusion restaurant in midtown near the Holiday Inn. According to Justin, the Maui Grill lunch manager, the Maui Grill is different from Gainesville's sister Maui restaurants because the midtown location specializes in Hawaiian barbecue. "Where the other Maui restaurants specialize in teriyaki dishes, we also serve our meals ala carte where customers can choose their specific ingredients when ordering," Justin added. Maui Grill also serves a Maui Burger and a Maui hoagie sandwich.  Vegetable Medley, Power veggies, French fries, plaintains, grilled onions, mushrooms, and pepper sides items are available.


BugerFi opens on Archer Rd.

BFstorefrontMarch 14, 2014 - the nationally popular BurgerFi hamburger chain -- with over 100 restaitants in the country -- will open a 'gourmet' hamburger stand at 3518 SW Archer Road. Touting hamburgers, "with a focus on all-natural, free-range beef, no chemicals, and no additives. BurgerFi® has built a menu with specialty items like Kobe beef hot dogs, gourmet toppings, delectable desserts, craft beer & wine, and an overall focus on a healthier menu selection." An extensive menu that includes Natural Angus Beef, Veggie Burgers, Breakfast Burgers, you can also order your burger Green Style, which is any burger or dog in a crisp lettuce instead of a bun. BurgerFi has a menu category called the Secret Menu that lists eight designer burger and fries selections. Craft beer and wine choices are also available .


Formaggio's Bistro & Wine Bar opens in Thornebrook Village

FormaggiosSTOREFRONTMarch 10, 2014 - The Formaggio family has just opened a Bistro and Wine Bar in Thornebrook Village Shopping Center near Thornebrook Chocolates that will make a lot of lunch outers very happy for a lot of reasons. Formaggio's Bistro and Wine Bar does have a lunch special for $7.95 that is your choice of one-half of six different sandwiches, and a cup of the Soup Du Jour. Cream of tomato soup is always available at Formaggio's. Offering a lunch menu of salads, sandwiches, and antipasto platters this Italian Bistro also has ample outdoor seating on the patio immediately outside Formaggios'.




Xpress Grill Opens on NE 23rd Ave.

March 3, 2014, The Xpress Grille has opened in the restaurant that formerly housed Mamma Mia's Pizzaeria on NW 23rd Ave. close to N. Main St. With a menu of cold sandwiches, salads, soups, grilled sandwiches, hamburgers, burritos, Cuban sandwiches, and a spicy black bean veggie burger. the Xpress Grille also has an assortment of interesting side dishes including Paremsan Crispy Coated French Fries, and Sweet Potato Fries that can be ordered by the basket with bacon, melted cheese. 'Hot Baskets' are on the menu including baskets of chicken tenders, jumbo chicken wings, fried chicken bites, and a 1/2 pound Hot Basket of Fish & Chips.  Currently the Xpress Grille is open for lunch every day at 11:00 am.  Ecening closing times are still under consideration.


Bangkok Square opens near I-75

BangkokSQUAREsfFebruary 17, 2014, Thai cuisine fans can rejoice at the second Thai restaurant opening in the Urban GLOB in 2014. Bangkok Square recently opened on Archer Rd. near Interstate I-75. Offering both Thai, including Pad, Thai Japanese cuisine, sushi, shrimp tempura rolls or a combination plate. Bangkok Square also has an extensive sushi menu. 

zzGLOBbulletMatsu Sushi &  Grill has changed their name to reflect the owners Identity.  A'xin Sushi & Grill is still the popular Asian lunch stop in the Williston Plaza off od the corner of Willsiton Rd., and SW 34th St.  Only the name has changed and continues with the same owner and chef according to the Matsu Sushi & Grill FaceBook Page, "Same Chef, Same Service, Same Place, With a NEW NAME~ We're still the same, Always fresh Fishes..."


WhichWichSFWhichWich? Opens on Archer Rd.

January 21, 2014 - WhichWich? Superior Sandwiches has opened in Butler Plaza at 3524 Archer Rd.  Whichwich? touts more than 50 customizable “wiches”, including the signature 'Wicked' loaded with five meats and three cheeses.  Serving Sandwiches, bowls, and lettuce wraps Whichwich creates 10 sandwiches including a breakfast sandwich.  According to the WhichWich website, "Which Wich is known for its revolutionary ordering system. Find the bag with the category you want, grab a red Sharpie®, and mark up the pre-printed menu on the sandwich bag. Select your sandwich, then choose the bread, cheese, spreads, and veggies. Your wich is prepared just the way you want it and delivered in your personalized sandwich bag. After you’ve enjoyed your wich, grab another red Sharpie, doodle on the back of your bag, and hang your masterpiece on the community wall. Wicked, right?"

ainesville's oldest restaurant closes Saturday after 82 years.
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Louis' Lunch at Southeast Fifth Avenue and Second Street, which is also open today, serves the last of its hamburgers and shakes from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Owner Tom Pennisi, 75, cited slow business and his age for his decision to close the diner and sell the property.
His father, Louis Pennisi, opened the business in 1928.

Hey Jules I want to start running the feature below every day. 
I would like to include CHOW NOW with a new location but I would need your location by 8:30 in the morning . . .?
Today’s Lunch Plans
Tuesday, October 27, 2010

The GLOB’s Lunch Plans:  Sandwich Inn, Northeast, 110 NE 16th Ave.

CHOW NOW Food Truck Plans: Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Northeast, Hawthorne Rd.
GLOB Lunch Spot Update
Newly Opened:
Urban Flatbread, Warehouse
Closed: Louis Lunch, Tori's Big Burger

Newly Opened
: Anthony's Pizza & Subs, O!O Garden Grill (Tentative)
Closed for lunch: Farah's on the Avenue

Archer Rd.:
Newly Opened:
Ghengis Grill, Michael's

34th St.:
Newly Opened:
Bagle Land (tentative)
Closed: J. Doobies Wraps


Sandwich gem found in Thornebrook cafe

BagellandSFBy Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

The GLOB Master's visit to Bageland in Thornebrook Village was long overdue.

This popular breakfast and lunch spot has been serving food to a large following of faithful customers for over 35 years.



Daily specials include breakfast dishes, sandwiches, a variety of quiches, and salads. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, they serve authentic Thai and Vietnamese lunch dishes. It's easy to see why this homey cafe has been filling lunch tables both inside and out throughout the years. It's a comfort restaurant – there are family pictures and flowers, comfortable chairs, and inviting food in the cases that make healthy comfort-food lunches -- except for that cream cheese, but they make up for with fresh fruit.


BLbeanBurgerMy lunch pal -- that wishes to remain nameless -- has been to Bageland before and was quick to decide the Black Bean Burger was her choice. She had tried the BBB before and wanted to see if this was a dish that she could count on, that it would be as good the second time as it was the first time she had it. Consistent quality is an essential ingredient of a good restaurant.

The Black Bean Burger starts with a bagel of your choice. There are 12 bagel options, although you might not want your black bean patty on a cinnamon raisin bagel! Also the bagels are made fresh. my lunch pal selected an Everything bagel. Other ingredients of the BBB include sprouts, cheese of your choice (melted!), tomato – and, something a little unexpected, cucumber slices.


BLCopenhagenDarn! Our sandwiches were cut in half but I forgot to suggest we split our lunches and try each other's sandwiches. It ended up being OK though because, now that I think about, it my Copenhagen sandwich was excellent, and I'm glad I ate the whole thing.

Made on a large, toasted, croissant, the Copenhagen contains smoked turkey breast, dill dijonaisse – can you guess what that is? -- and dill Havarti cheese. The combination was a dilly of a lunch: distinct and sharp accents complementing smokiness and creaminess.

The toasted croissant combined with the warm turkey beast and melted Harvarti cheese worked miracles on my taste buds.

The specials change daily at Bageland, however there are six regular sandwiches available: Black Bean Burger, Chicken Sandwich, Deli Case Sandwich, Copenhagen, Mediterranean, Midwestern, and the Hollander. All of these sandwiches specials include chips and fresh fruit and are priced at $6 or a little more.

The two of us for lunch split a lunch tab under $15.

Bageland is a friendly, comfortable lunch spot in the Millhopper area. I am disappointed I haven't spent more lunch hours in this excellent lunch environment.

I can tell you one thing: "I'm going back." There are a lot of interesting lunch adventures left on the Bageland menu I need to discover.

The Pluses and Minuses of Bageland:

Bageland + indicators: Excellent lunch fare. Bagels for lunch. Very friendly establishment.

Bageland - indicators: Plan your visit accordingly, Bageland can become crowded.

Offer your GLOB comments, lunch photographs and opinions about Bageland Bagels. Please identify your opinions with a PLUS SIGN (+) for positive comments, and a MINUS SIGN (-) for your negative comments. - THANKS!



I'm a bagel guy. Nothing is more fun than looking at rows of baskets chock full of different kinds of very tasty bagels. Jalapeno cheddar, sun dried tomato, everything, multi-grain, and onion are my FAB FIVE bagel choices. When an associate, that wishes to remain nameless, called me and said let's have lunch at Bageland in Thornebrook, my brain went directly to the Black Bean Burger on a Sun Dried Tomato Bagel dressed out all the way. Oh man. I don't how they squeeze all the spices into this bean burger patty, but this sandwich packs a punch. This is an excellent sandwich that has your taste buds remembering the heat, spice and flavor combination long after lunch. The crunchy lettuce and onions add a nice refreshing crisp texture to the flavorful chew of the bagel. And then they pile on cantaloupe and an orange slice for a very filling lunch entree. Let's think about it for minute. I have five favorite bagels, so technically I could have a different black bean bagel sandwich every day of the week. Should I order my sandwiches alphabetically by the bagel name or by the number of ingredients included in the bagel?

- GLOB Master


Ocean Buffet

The OB is an Eating Professional's paradise

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

OBstoreFrontI walked into the Ocean Buffet Asian lunch stop on the corner of the Oaks Mall Plaza, and the first thing I saw was rows, and rows of lighted food trays. Lunch time customers were busy scurrying from the lines of food trays searching out their favorite ABE.  That's Asian Buffet Entrée for the non-eating professional.

You have to trust me, GLOBers. I was witnessing a lunch-time professional eating convention where the weak, or timid lunchouter could be trampled, kicked under the buffet line, and left for the afternoon clean up crew.


OBshrimpVerticalThe Ocean Buffet has EVERYTHING!: Appetizers, soup, low mein, chow mein, egg foo young, beef, chicken, vegetables, and even a line of American dishes like pot roast, baked ham, baked fish, roasted turkey, and non-stir fried vegetables.

Ocean Buffet also has a complete sushi and sashimi bar, a raw bar of oysters and an assortment of crab and crab claws.

Last but not least, there is a spectacular dessert bar!

Of course all of this is subject to change as the eating professionals (EPs) attack these islands of gluttonous, masticating delights.


OBriceThis isn't my first buffet foraging rodeo, so I had a strategy.  I casually strolled the isles searching out my favorites,  AND making sure sure I didn't miss any special yummy entrees gems that would pleasantly surprise my taste buds.



I quickly adopted the EP assumption that this lunch would be a two-trip visit to the food islands. My plan was to first select my favorite lunch time goodies, and then capture a second helping of my buffet world favorites.



My mother would have been proud of the OB choices I made on my first lunch plate creation (pic at top), which consisted of fried rice, a vegetable medley of broccoli, carrots, baby corn, peppers, and mushrooms. For proteins I selected some stir-fried pork, fried shrimp, and an interesting looking raw oyster. I added a dollop of some of the hottest Chinese mustard I have tasted in some time.

Stir-fried veggies done right have to be the crispiest, most colorful, crunchiest and flavorful way to please a homo sapiens palette. Mixed with the fried rice, the veggies won the GLOB Master best lunch entrée of the day award. The pork was just OK, with an unremarkable taste. Still, I ate all my pork. The fried shrimp were too heavily battered for my prawn pleasure. I think the oyster was of the smoked variety, albeit on the dry and chewy side of yummy. There is an image of my first lunch plate at the top of this feature.

I also picked out a spring roll for the same reason I always order a taco in Mexican cafés. When in Hong Kong . . . ? The roll was crunchy and provided a nice  scoop for the Chinese mustard. How hot was the mustard? Imagine one of those Looney Tune cartoons where the top of your head explodes.  Imagine your sinuses swelling and burning so bad you can't breathe. 

Then I went back for a second Ocean Buffet plate of gastronomic pleasure. It would be disrespectful not to try all the entrees or at least as many as possible, correct?

I did get some more fried rice and veggies the second time and they were very good. I also went American and tried the sliced pot roast and gravy. The pot roast was ok but a little chewy and on the dry side. (Just like that unusual looking oyster!!)


OBdessertsI skipped the dessert bar, however there were some baked goods that ALMOST pulled me into their web of sugar love.

The buffet lunch is nominally priced at $8. It is easy to see why this is such a popular lunch spot for serious Hogtown eaters.

I'm going back to Ocean Buffet -- but not any time soon.

The pluses and minuses of Ocean Buffet:

Ocean Buffet (+) indicators: A zillion lunch time choices; fresh, crisp veggies; and excellent fried rice.

Ocean Buffet (-) indicators: Crowded, lunch line-like attitude; I ate too much.

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