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grub Burger & Bar

grub Burger & Bar new Butler plaza winner

 By Mike Sanford, GLOB EDITOR

GRUBsfIt had been a whirlwind week of lunches and dinner for the GLOB Master. It seemed like every meal was better than the last. There I was standing in front of the new grub Burger and Bar dreamily thinking of burger with unique names like: Bacon Love #9, Mac 'N' Cheeseburger, You're My Boy Blue and the Hippie Chickpea Veggie burger.

I like to think of myself as a good student of today's lunch time menus. After a serious perusal of the interesting online menu the day before lunch I quickly picked out my Friday birthday lunch. We will talk about my lunch order later on GLOBer

No doubt about GRUB being a big box corporate lunch stop. Celebrating five years since starting their first burger place in College Station, Texas.

From the GRUB BURGER & BAR website:

"You can go to a bunch of restaurants and get a burger and fries," College Station grub manager Jimmy Loupe says, but it's Grub's fun, laid-back and creative atmosphere that's really worth celebrating. He credits this positive atmosphere to the great people Grub employs. From the cooks and dishwashers to the servers and bartenders."

It must be working GLOBers. Walking into grub for lunch I was warmly greeted by every grub burger uniform I encountered. And the GLOB Master felt like each friendly greeting was an honest, friendly, considerate.

I was early and had the pleasure of Meeting Zachary at the bar who possessed a vast collection of IT, computer Tech ideas, and online web design.

 

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That was just the start as we stood in line waiting out turn to order when Jordan, image left. gave the impression she was a long lost friend. That was when grub Manager Jared lizak walked up with Nina wanting to know where was Mike, the Birthday boy.

 

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OMG with all the special attention we moved through the food line quickly and found a table close to the windows.

The grub menu is categorized into burgers, sandwich & tenders, salads, sides, shakes, snack and drinks.

This was lunch with my Entomology / Nematology pals Jane medley, Kathy Milne, and her husband Dave. And I appeared we cover the entrees well with three burgers and a salad between us:

 

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I started us off with a bowl of delicious Brussels Sprouts topped with ancho lime vinaigrette, and queso fresco. ($4.95). The image above does not fairly treat what were perfectly cooked sprouts with a tangy sauce, tart queso flavor, and magnificent tasting Sprouts.

 

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Dave opted for the Ahi Tuna Bowl of seared Ahi Tuna, bacon, black bean & charred corn medley, lettuce, campari tomatoes, avocado, queso fresco, sprouts & ancho lime vinaigrette. ($10.95(. Dave was generous enough to share his tuna that was absolutely heavenly. That is an impressive, electable looking salad to consider for my next grub lunch. How good was the Ahi Tuna GLOBers?  It was eaten BEFORE I could grab this image . . .


Kathy chose the Jive Turkey Burger. an awesome looking melted cheese delight sandwich with Jive Turkey ground & pesto seasoned turkey burger, bacon, Swiss, sprouts, avocado & chipotle aioli on a wheat bun. ($8.50). Kathy's lunch included some of the biggest, yummiest looking Onion Rings I have seen in some time.

 

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Jane ordered the Wild Caught Salmon burger with hand-chopped wild caught salmon and ancho chili burger, avocado, black bean & charred corn medley, tequila lime aioli & fresh cilantro on a white bun. ($8.50).  Kudos to grub and their tassty Sweet Potato Fries.

 

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Being adventurous Jane and I decided to share sammies and I gave her half of my California Chicken Sandwich with grilled chicken breast, bacon, Swiss, sprouts, avocado & chipotle aioli on a wheat bun. ($9.95).

 

 

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Finally be sure to check out the Milk Shakes list of hand Spun, and Spiked shakes including the Dirty Kitchen Sink with chocolate vodka, pretzels, peanut butter, salt, butterscotch sauce, caramel sauce, chocolate chips, coffee grounds & potato chips. Great Gosh A mighty! It was my birthday so the GLOB Master tried the standard chocolate shake. ($4.95).

There is a complete menu at the restaurant link at the bottom of this page.

 

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There was some spectacular flavors on our table including the Ahi Tuna, crunchy, yummy onion rings, and the chipotle sauce on my chicken sandwich. Jane Salmon sandwich was tasty, however I think she got the better deal as my chicken sandwich was a fives tar winner in my book. The Chipotle sauce must have been home made because it screamed my name in every bite. NOTE TO DIABETES GODS: I only, reluctantly. Ate half of the hamburger bun.

grub was busy for lunch. The lunch entrees were excellently delicious. We had a nice table and friendly service that kept us in a very good mood.

I'm going back to GRUB Burger & Bar. It is right on Archer Rd just past the SW 34th St., Archer Rd intersection.

The Pluses and Minuses of grub Burger & Bar

grub Burger & Bar + indicators:  Delicious Brussels Sprouts. Very nice selection of lunch entrees, salads and an amazing milk shake list. Customer friendly service.

grub Burger & Bar - indicators:  This busy, popular lunch spot would be a suicidal experience on a Saturday game day . . .

Be the first to offer your GLOB comments, lunch photographs and opinions about grub Burger Bar.  Please identify your opinions with a PLUS SIGN (+) for positive comments, and a MINUS SIGN (-) for your negative comments.  - THANKS

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PF Chang's opens in Butler Town Center

September 11, 2018 - PF Chang's has opened in Butler Town Center, 3597 SW 32nd Ct., serving rice and noodle lunch bowls, Street Fare, Dim Sum, Sushi and market side are also available. Open every day from 11- 10:00 pm with catering, happy hour, reservations, and a rewards program. According to the P.F. Chang website the. P.F. Chang's new Farm to Wok® menu highlights its wholesome, scratch-cooking approach and introducing new dishes and drinks for lunch, and dinner. Today, P.F. Chang's has 210+ U.S. restaurants, including airport locations, plus over 95 restaurants in more than 25 countries across the globe.
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Kevin's Kitchen opens across from David's BBQ

After working 25 years as a chef Kevin's Kitchen Owner Kevin Sommers was ready to open his own restaurant at 2201 NE 2nd. Ave. With a 'Southern Cuisine' influence the KK menu includes all the stick-to-your-ribs southern cooking famous in N. Florida including Pork Chops and gravy, collard greens, mac and cheese, beans, black-eyed peas, fried okra, rice and skillet cake, sweet potato pie for dessert. KK's hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 to 8, Sunday12 to 6.

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Maple St. Biscuit opens second location

Maple St Biscuit Co., Tioga Town & Country Square, 140 SW 128th Street, Building 5, Suite D. The Maple St Biscuit Co. owners Jason Hurst and his wife have opened its second Gainesville location in the Town of Tioga serving breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. With a menu serving 12 different Biscuit sandwiches Biscuits & Gravy, waffles, breakfast bowls and salads are also available.

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MOD Pizza opens in The Standard

A corporate pizza stand has opened next door to Miami Subs in the Standard, 50 NW 13th St, Suite 30. With a specific list of entrees including three salads and 10 pizzas including the Lucy Sunshine with mozzarella, parmesan, artichokes, garlic, dollops of red sauce, Calexico with mozzarella, gorgonzola, chicken, jalapenos, hot buffalo sauce, red sauce, and the Pizza Salad where you create your own salad on a warm asiago pizza crust

MODsfFROM THE MOD PIZZA website:
Founded in 2008 by husband and wife, Scott and Ally Svenson, in their hometown of Seattle. Inspired by their own search for quick, affordable, wholesome restaurant options for their growing family, they started to wonder if there were a better pizza way.

With 31 MOD Pizza locations nationwide in 2015 MP is open seven days a week. MOD PIZZA is open late night every darn night.

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Red Rice Kitchen opens on Archer Rd.

The recently opened Red Rice Kitchen -- 3316 SW 35th Blvd. Archer Rd. Located in the Five Guys Burger & Fries plaza – touting authentic Thai, Vietnamese and Pan-Asian cuisine. With a menu featuring noodles, curry, and skewers Red Rice also serves Special fresh rolls, Asian Street food, salads, edame, wings, and wraps. Lunch is served every day starting at 11:00. Dinner is served at 5:00.

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Wing Zone is now WZ EATS

Wing Zone is the new WZ Eats, 923 West University Avenue with a new name, new look, and a boat load specials demonstrating this is not you momma's Wing Zone. After 25 years, the former Wing Zone on West University Ave. has a new look. According to their FaceBook page, "We have a new menu, and a new look but same great flavors." Specials like the $25 Mega Meal, $8 Wednesday Chicken Sandwich, and the $25 Mix & Match Deal are available for your lunch time consideration.

 

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Ale House moves to Celebration Pointe

August 1, 2018: Gainesville's Ale House has moved west on Archer Rd. to Celebration Point with a brend new restaurant design seating 241 guests inside and on the outdoor patio. "Gainesville is one of our original restaurants so it's only appropriate that we debut our new design to some of our most loyal guests," said Ray Holden, President and COO of Miller's Ale House. a quarter mile from the original resrtaurant the new lunch stop features two bars both inside or on the open-air patio, and 60+ TV screens.

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Sushi, Thai, Pizza, Bowl lunch stops open

July 22, 2018: MidiCi - THE NEAPOLITAN PIZZA COMPANY opened in Celebration Pointe, 4949 Celebration Pointe Blvd Ste T560, last weekend amid fanfare, rhythm & Blues, and crowds finding out what exactly is Neapolitan pizza. According to the MidiCi website:

MIDICIopenNeapolitan Pizza is the way Italians invented it 300 years ago. During her summer vacation in Naples with the King, Queen Margherita was presented a pizza by a local pizzaiolo with tomato, fresh mozzarella, olive oil, and a touch of basil to represent the 3 colors of the new born Italian flag. She liked it so much that it was named in her honor. The classic Margherita was born. Over the centuries, Neapolitan Pizza has become an institution. Since 1998, its ingredients and method of preparation are protected by the Italian legislation.

The MididCi pizza crust has only four ingredients: Non-GMO Double zero Neapolitan flour, water, sea salt and yeast. The sauce contains only non-gmo crushed Italian peeled tomatoes. Serving 18 different pizzas on their light, thin, soft and chewy signature Neapolitan dough from vegetarian to the White Bianca and the classic Margherita & Prosciutto pizza.  Midici also serves six different salads and a full Appetizer menu.

 

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III Thai/Sushi bar opens on S. Main St.

IFITIS is the new Thai and Sushi Bar downtown on NE 1st Ave, and Main St. Serving a variety of sushi and Thai dishes including fried rice and PadThai noodles. III makes it  Currie dishes fresh every day and features fish like like bluefin tuna shipped overnight from places Seattle, Washington, and Japan. Sushi is available from nigiri sushi to ikura(salmon roe) and mackerel, & braised eel. Opening at 11;00 III serves lunch every day.

 

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Bolay opens in Butler Plaza

'So Fresh an So Bold' is the Bolay focus at their new restaurant in Butler Plaza, 2905 SW 42nd St Suite 70. Serving lunch on their custom designed 'bowls' Bolay has broken lunch into a five step process including base ingredients, proteins, and veggies in what they call Add-Ons. The Bolay lunch line process results in a Small Bol Lunch, $ 7.99, or a Large Bol Lunch, $10.99. With a focus on healthy entrees like Miso glazed tofu, and Spicy Thai Shrimp, and forbidden black rice Boly brags on 100 per cent GLUTEN free. FOLLOW THIS LINK for a Gainesville Lunch Out Blog Bolay review.

 

 

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grub Burger & Bar opens on Archer Rd.

June 22, 2018: grub Burger & Bar has opened for business in Archer Road's Butler Plaza in the redesigned Butler Town Center.  Offering a 13 different hamburgers including some with clever names and with unique toppings like macaroni and cheese, and its homemade Dr. Pepper barbecue sauce. Burgers are served on made-from-scratch buns. The spacious restaurant with a full bar and patio seating also serves salads and bowls with a proteins like wild Alaskan salmon, chicken breast and pesto-seasoned turkey. Chicken is featured on the menu with chicken sandwiches and chicken Tenders. Grub Burger & Bar prides itself on hand spun milkshakes in six varieties, and 4 crafted milk shakes including the Worms & Dirt, and ET milk shakes.

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New Cuban cafe on NW 23rd Ave.

June 15, 2018: Sneaking in from around the corner La Cocina De Abuela has been open at 125 NW 23rd Avenue for 3 months. Returning the building to a Cuban buffet will bring back memories from years ago when two Latin American restaurants back-ti-back were open this location. Abuela's offers a complete buffet line of latin Amerian delicacies including rice, black beans, plantains, chicken Fricasse,lentils beans, pot roast,Yucca Fries with garlic sauce and many more lunch time entrees plus a daily lunch special. This Cuban restaurant opens daily at 11:00 - 7:30 pm.

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June 8, 2018: According to the website everything goes at the Miami Grill that just opened in The Standard on the corner of University Avenue and 13th St. The website also says "Miami Subs is now Miami Grill. From salads and wings, to cheese steaks and grilled mahi mahi, if it's on your mind it's on our menu." A quick look at the menu tells you they are not kidding with a menu that starts with Limited Time Only Specials, Cheese Steaks, Greek Gyros, Burgers, Wings, Subs, chicken, salads, seafood, Hot Dogs, and kids meals.  Thpse are just the sub titles with at least six or seven entrees for each sub title.  The Miami Grill delivers, and is open everyday from 10:00 - 10:00.

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1,000 Degrees Pizza opens in Butler Plaza

May 14, 2018: 1000 Degrees Pizza, Salad, & Wings has opened in Butler Plaza at 4062 Plaza Blvd suite 20. Open seven days a week, The fast fired lunch line pizza option touts 12 classic pizzas you may customize your lunch time pizzas to your own satisfaction. You may also create you own pizza as you travel their fast causal lunch line of pizza choices including eight kinds of sauces, seven varieties of cheese, and seven meat and 18 veggie toppings. After you have created your pizza it is fast fired and ready to eat in just about 2 minutes.

 

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Caribbean Spice re-opens on NW 23rd Ave.

May 14, 2018:  The Caribbean Spice cafe has opened next to Hungry Howies just off of NW 13th St. Jamaican cuisine cuisine lovers are happy to know the CS still serves lunch with positive vibes. Closed only a few months after being dislocated from their old, familiar, W. University Ave. location Caribbesn Spica is back in business with their menu that includes Daily Specials of jerk Chicken, Ox Tails, and curried chicken and goat and many more Island delicacies. The CS is open Mon- Sat. from 11-7:00 pm. FOLLOW THIS LINK for menu, more information.

 

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Copper Monkey re-opens in Creekside Mall

May 1, 2018: An old familiar lunch stop has reared its popular head in the Creekside Mall with the Copper Monkey Sports Bar & Restaurant opening in the former Mancini Italian restaurant Location. After 37 years in Midtown CM owners Rob and Ashlee Zeller closed the Midtown location citing the constant, ongoing construction around NW 17th Ave. Calling the SW 2nd location a sports bar, and American restaurant you will find a lot of the Cooper Monkey favorites including the world famous Copper Monkey Wings, chicken sandwiches, and one of the best hamburgers on Gainesville.

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The Grand Cafe opens Downtown

May 1, 2018: The Grand Café has opened downtown just off the corner of University Avenue, and Main St. next to the  Dowtown Barber Shop.  Rr-elocating from New York the father and son Fiorillo team has created a New York style lunch stop that starts the day with 5:00 am breakfast specials including sandwiches, wraps, pancakes, waffles, and breakfast platters. The lunch menu includes burgers, salads, and wraps and five specialty burgers including the Rodeo Burger with bacon, onion rings, and BBQ sauce. The Grand Café has Senior Citizen Discounts, free WIFI and fresh brewed coffee.

 

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BTWsf600Hurricane BTW opens in Burrito Bros location

February 19, 2018 – The name of the new lunch stop in the old Burrito Brothers location pretty says it all GLOBers  S. Florida's Hurricane Burgers Tacos Wings opened last week amid a flurry of curious, hungry customers wanting to know more about the Guacamole Burger, Korean BBQ Beef tacos, and Coco Chicken Wings. "BTW is big in Palm Beach," said BTW owner Jack Gandolfo. "My wife and I just bought property outside of Ocala and this is our new home," He added. With 10 chicken wing sauces, and seven taco choices you might think hamburgers take a back seat until you talk to Jack G. "I know there are a lot of good burgers in Gainesville," Gandolfo said. "I want to hear what you think of our premium double cheese burger with bacon, and Guacamole," the Hurricane BTW owner said with a knowing look.

 

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Fehrenbacher's Artisan Sausages open downtown

January 30, 2018: Gainesville now has a new sausage maker and lunch stop downtown. Adam, and Tatania Fehrenbacher have opened Fehrenbacher's Artisan Sausages at 411 SW 4th Ave. Adam has over 20 years cooking experience with a bachelor's degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University. His wife, Tatania, is a UF graduate with 10 plus years of Hospitality Management with the Ritz-Carlton, Marriott, Islamorada Fish Company and Bass Pro Shops.

"We are excited about serving lunch here at the Butcher shop," Adam said. "With several stools at our indoor counter, and tables out back on our new patio we look forward to bringing special, homemade style, artisan sausages to our Gainesville Customers," the butcher added. Open Monday-Friday 10-6:00, and Saturday's 3-10:00. Customers can check out the latest menu on the sausage shop's FaceBook page, Instagram page. "We post our menu every morning on the socila media regarding what the shop is featuring for lunch,' Adam said,

 

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Golf course cafe serving New Orleans seafood

January 30, 2018:  The lunch stop at NW Gainesville's Meadowbrook Golf Course has opened the Nola Cajun Po'Boys & Seafood at Meadowbrook Located at 3200 NW 98th St. NOLA hours are Monday - Saturday 11am - 8pm and Sunday Brunch will be available 11am - 5pm. New Orleans style seafood has been added to a menu featuring hamburgers and chicken wings. NOLA Happy Hour Specials are daily from 4 to 7pm with a wide selections of quality beers from our full service bar.

 

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Mancini's now open for lunch

Mancini's Tuscan Grille, January 30, 2018: located in the Creekside Mall according to the website, " The MTG is classic steakhouse with Italian flair open every day for lunch. The lunch menu includes appetizers, salads, soups and sandwiches including the Meatball Pomodoro of house-made lean beef and veal meatball simmered in our house-made marinara sauce and served in a bowl of spaghetti. FOLLOW THIS LINK for a complete Mancini's Tuscan Grille menu.

 

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Mediterrean cafe opens in Butler Plaza

Taziki's Mediterranean Café, January 30, 2018: has opened in Butler Plaza at 2905 SW 42nd St. Taziki's embraces the "Mediterranean Lifestyle" which emphasizes: Eating primarily plant-based. Replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oi. Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods. Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month. Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week, Taziki's boasts being a fresh concept restaurant with. "NO Freezers, NO Fryers, and NO Microwaves!" FOLLOW THIS LINK for ore information.

 

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Kabab House relocates to NW 13th St.

January 30, 2018:, The Kabob House has moved around the corner to 604 NW 13th St. Serving Biryani, Tandoor, Kababs, wraps, and curries this long time Gainesville lunch stop used to be located across from the bank on University Avenue. The Kabob Hopuse menu include chicken, goat, ham, and veggie entrees. The KH owners proudly proclaim, "Our Naan is handmade fresh daily and cooked in our tandoor clay oven, while serving Halal حلالا). meat."

 OGGI Italiana opens for Sunday lunch

January 30, 2018: OGGI Italian on 3117 SW 34th St. Opens for lunch on Saturday and Sunday this Tampa based restaurant takes a sustainable approach to their complete Italian menu. According to OGGI website: "All of OGGI roasted chickens are free range, naturally raised without antibiotics or hormones. OGGIs chickens are marinated fresh daily for the freshest and best flavors. OGGI mozzarella is made daily, in house, free of preservatives, without GMOs, by our dedicated staff. OGGI prides itself on supporting local farmers, buying only the highest quality of ingredients for our guest

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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
Downtown:
Newly Opened:
Urban Flatbread, Warehouse
Closed: Louis Lunch, Tori's Big Burger

Midtown:
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
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afternoon opens on NW 10th Ave.

October 9, 2017 – The afternoon restaurant has opened on NE 10th Ave. This lunch stop is serving a mid-day meal with a brunch attitude. Co-Owner Grace Gannon has just relocated back to Gainesville from Seattle and is excited about showing Gainesville how they do food on the NW coast. The fast casual approach to lunch with counter service, locally sourced products and several teas and coffees including black, green and herbal tea, and Panther drip coffee, and Tea-Project Hot teas selections from Seattle.  Afternoon Entrees are available with a meatless attitude including Whipped Feta Toast, and White Corn Grits. Meat proteins are available to add to your meal as extras. There another six entrees including several sandwiches and the Shakshouka -- tomato baked eggs, za'atar, and sourdough toast. The brunch/lunch stop is open every day except Wednesday from 9-4:00

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Shula's American Steakhouse opens on SW 34th St.

Gainesville now has a steakhouse serving lunch seven days a week from 11:30-2:00 on SW 34th St in the University of Florida Hilton Conference Center, 1714 SW 34th St. Founded by Miami Dolphins football coaching legend Don in 1989, and today encompasses several restaurant brands with nearly 30 locations spanning nine states Shula's presents a complete lunch menu including appetizers, Lunch Salads and Knife and Fork sandwiches including the French Onion Burger with caramelized onions, double Gruyère cheese, garlic herb mayo and crushed croutons on a brioche style bun ($15). The complete steak menu is available at lunch. FOLLOW THIS LINK for a complete Shula's menu.

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Big Mill's Cheesesteak opens on NW 13th St.

September 25, 2017 – There is a new cheesesteak and hot dog stand at 2111 NW 13th St. Next to Adam's Rib Co. You have one week left for their September special of a Big Mill's Chicago Style Cheesesteak for $8.75. Big Mill's Cheesesteaks is all about carnivores, and meat proteins. With hot dogs, sausage subs, and cheesesteak subs, both steak or chicken. Chicago native Keith Miller has been selling his sandwiches on game days and he decided it was time to give Big Mill's 100 per cent of his attention. With a menu featuring cheesesteak sub sandwiches you can try the BM Cheesesteak in either angus sirloin beef, or chicken breast. The menu includes four kinds of sausage sandwiches including a combo steak and sausage sub. In addition to hot dogs Big Mills also serves a hamburger, meatball sub and three salads. Open Monday – Saturday at 11:00 FOLLOW THIS LINK for a complete Big Mill's Cheesesteaks menu

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August 22, 2017 – Dave's New York Deli has opened a second location, Dave's NY Deli Express at the corner of Tower Road and Archer road in the Park Lane Plaza next to Dominos Pizza.. The new deli serves the same NY Bagels, Opus Coffee, Pastrami, Corned Beef, hot and cold subs, sandwiches and more as the Dave's NY Deli in Tioga Town Center on Newberry Rd. Both restaurants are open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, 7:30 to 3:00 M-F and 8:30-3:00 Saturday and Sunday.

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1 Pizza Plus opens on NW 23rd Ave

August 10, 2017 – 1 Pizza Plus has opened for business in the building that formerly housed Lisa's Corner Café on NW 23rd Ave. near Salvation Army. In addition to 16 different specialty pizzas, whole pies, and pizza by the slice, the menu includes The menu includes pastas, baked chicken wings, toasted and cold sub sandwiches, and six different made-to-order salads. 1PP is open Monday thru Saturday from 11 am - 8 pm. The Owner, Mike Case, who formerly owned I LOVE NY Pizza, has plans in the works to sell beer and to create a mozzarella bar at a later date.

 

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Tropical Smoothie opens 2nd location

August 4, 2017 - The Tropical Smoothie Café at 4125 NW 16th Blvd. will open its doors today with a Grand Opening starting at 7:00 this morning. Free samples, giveaways and a free smoothies for a year will be available for the first 50 customers Friday morning. TSC owner Dhairya Chaudhari is opening his second Tropical Smoothie franchise with the first located South of Archer Rd. at 3345 SW 34th St. Primarily a dessert stop TSC serves a varied menu of wraps, sandwiches, flatbreads, bowls and salads. A savory smoothie is available in the Avocolada consisting of avocado, pineapple, spinach, kale, coconut & lime as well as the Watermelon Mojito. Open seven days at 7:00 in the morning serving a light breakfast menu. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

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Wood fired pizza moves into Cairo Grill buidling

August 4, 2017 - Another artisan pizza shop has opened on NW 43rd St. in the old Cairo Grille restaurant building. Rising from the food truck ashes Ameraucana wood fired pizza ls now serving what they describe as "PRE-INDUSTRIAL STYLE WILD YEAST SOURDOUGH PIZZA" in their new restaurant at 2410 NW 43rd St. Currently Ameraucana serves appetizers they call Small Plates that includes salads, meatball, and Marinated Olives with Burnt Citrus & Rosemary. Three desserts are available and six pizzas starting at $10. The Fromage A Trois pizza caught the GLOB Master's eye with Fior Di Latte, Gorgonzola, Parmesan, thinly sliced red onions, Fresh oregano, olive oil. pancetta, and other additional toppings. Open Tuesday – Saturday beginning at 5:00, lunch hour plans will be discussed at a later date. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

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Bahama Breeze opens in Butler Plaza

BbreezeMEGHANJuly 26, 2017 – The Caribbean islands have opened for lunch in Butler Plaza world Mon'. Located at 3989 Plaza Blvd. This big box lunch stop -- with 43 plus locations in 13 states – opens the door to tropical island cuisine in SW Gainesville. Drinks with parasols, an every day lunch special, and a menu with 40 plus entrees including Appetizers. Snacks & Small Plates. Soups, Side Salads, Entree Salads, Steak & Beef, Pork, Seafood, Rice Bowls, Chicken, Burgers, Tacos, Sandwiches, Lunch Combos, Fresh Catches. Appetizers. Snacks & Small Plates. Soups, Side Salads, Entree Salads, Steak & Beef, Pork, Seafood, Rice Bowls, Chicken, Burgers, Tacos, Sandwiches, Lunch Combos, Fresh Catches, await your mealtime delight. A dessert menu with seven choices, and a kid's menu category featuring seven selections including hamburgers, Mac 'n Cheese, and chicken tenders are also available. Bahama Breeze has live music in the evenings, handcrafted island cocktails, happy hour drink specials Mon.- Fri, from 4 – 6:00. A late night happy hour continues the evening Sun. – Thurs. from 9:00 to closing with beer, wine, cocktails, and premium Tequilas. Now GLOBer. Is that big box enough for you? FOLLOW THIS LINK for more Bahama Breeze information I might I have missed.

 

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Electric Ramen Opens on NE 23rd Avenue

ElectriRamenLOGOMay 1, 2017: Is Gainesville big enough for two soup shops GLOBers? Electric Ramen on NW 23rd Avenue -- in the former The Jones location at 401 NE 23rd Ave thinks so with their lunch time soup & noodle cafe now open Monday - Saturday 11-3 pm. Still in the formative stages, Electric Ramen is offering a limited menu:
Shoyu Ramen with Pork, $7.99
shoyu (soy sauce) based broth, dashi (fish broth), pork, soft egg, scallions
Vegetarian Ramen, 7.99
miso based broth, tofu, soft egg, scallions
Steamed Bun with Pork or Tofu, $3.25
   pork or tofu, hoisin sauce, pickled cucumber, scallions

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Keke's Breakfast Cafe opens in Butler Plaza

KekesSFApril 24, 2017: Keke's Breakfast Café in Butler Plaza, at 4062 Plaza Blvd. With 26 locations, this franchisee generator is open and serving lunch and breakfast every day from 7- 2:20. Keke's menu lists 10 paninis, 5 burgers, and 9 wraps including an Italian Chicken Panini: Chicken breast, pesto sauce, roasted red pepper and provolone cheese (8.99), a Turkey Burger: One-third pound turkey burger on toasted ciabatta bread with your choice of toppings (7.99), and a Portabella wrap: Grilled Portabella, pesto sauce, roasted red pepper, provolone and romaine (8.49). The Keke's lunch menu also includes 8 salads including the Tuna Salad and Fresh Fruit: Tuna Salad, strawberry, banana, blueberry, grape & orange slices on romaine (9.99). Keke's is open every day and you can FOLLOW THIS LiNK for breakfast and lunch menus that have more entrees than you than you can shake a strip of crisp, crunchy bacon at.

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Warehouse Restaurant & lounge reopens for lunch

April 3, 2017: Downtown's Warehouse Restaurant & Lounge is one once again open for lunch. Located in the new, and growing Power District South of downtown Gainesville. This multi cuisine restaurant now serves lunch, dinner and drinks from a menu of salads, seafood, pork, and poultry with daily specials.

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zzGLOBbullet HEROsfIT'S HERO'S NOT HOGAN'S! Since the GLOB's outset seven years ago the GLOB Master has enjoyed saying, "there are 243 places to eat lunch in Gainesville." That statement makes it a tough task of keeping track of all the openings, and closing that happen each and every month. And that's not even talking about name changes, and lunch stops that sneak up, open for business without any kind of public notice.

The GLOB worldwide offices received a nice comment from Heros 'Great Sandwiches' owner Aaron Newbold about our failure to mention the Hogan's heroes sub shop on SW 34th St. changed owners over a year ago and is now HEROS 'Great Sandwiches':

"The owner of Hogan's a year ago April 18 sold me 34th location and I renamed Heros and have tried to become my own entity while also showing where I was inspired from by keeping a lot of the things that makes Hogan's so great. " - READ MORE.

Thanks for the wakeup call Aaron. I love your sandwiches, and tomato crowns!

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Downtown adds three new restaurants

Just like that three new restaurants have opened in 2017 and they are all available, downtown lunch stops:

zzGLOBbullet Celebrity's Soul Seafood, 201 SE 2nd Ave #101, Downtown. Located behind next to Mark's Prime Steakhouse, this neck bones-and-rice lunch stop also serves chicken wings, and fried chicken. A veritable smorgasbord of traditional Southern food, this is the third restaurant opening for owners Fredrick and Taja Jacobs. The first was opened in California and the 3rd is ... in Ft White of all places!

zzGLOBbullet China Garden, Gainesville Shopping Center, 1216 N. Main St. Just south of the Main Street Publix, Café Gardens owner Fiona Liangfoiny is serving a complete Chinese menu with $5.49 lunch specials served with fried rice from 10:30 am to 3 pm. The menu also includes a $7.49 Dinner Special, House Combination Specials, and a diet menu, all dishes available for take-out or in-house dining.

zzGLOBbullet Flaming Subs, Gainesville Shopping Center, 1122.N. Main StNot a lot has changed in this poplar lunch time sub shop except ownership and the new name. Open from 10 am to 4 pm, Flaming Subs serves the same menu of salads and hot and cold sub sandwiches as Larry's Giant Subs.

 

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December 16, 2017 - Three new restaurants have recently opened including a sandwich shop, a vegan restaurant, and a golf course café:

zzGLOBbullet With outdoor seating and a drive-through pickup window, Piper Gi's will be open starting with lunch from 11 am -3 pm and other times. Piper at 204 SW 2nd Ave.  According to owner Tommy Newman the former Wholly BBQ location next to the High Dive will be run with his wife, Shanti Aura Riesch-Newman, and brother-in-law, Jacob Riesch, with combined experience as chefs for several notable Gainesville restaurants including Manuel's Vintage Room, Emiliano's Cafe, and Napalanto's. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

zzGLOBbullet Curia On the Drag, 2029 NW 6th Street, has opened a vegan café to complement their coffee shop and wine bar. Serving lunch, dinner, drinks, and coffee, Curia presents a complete vegan menu. Including mac 'n cheese, jackfruit, fish-less tacos, and many more plant-based entrees. The three-building location also touts domestic and imported beer, sparkling wines, happy hour, board games, and entertainment. FOLLOW THIS LINK for a complete Curia menu

zzGLOBbulletDivot's Café & Banquet has opened in the Meadow Brook Golf Club on 3200 NW 98th and NW 39th Ave. Lisa's Corner Café owner and manager, Lisa Freeze, has jumped across town to accommodate lunch outers and golf enthusiasts with a $7 Cheeseburger and French fry specials and a varied menu of sandwiches, salads, wraps, and hot entrees

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Butler Plaza opens new lunch stops

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 – The Longhorn Steakhouse returns after several years to Gainesville at 2933 Clark Butler Blvd with more steaks than you shake a prime cut at. Featuring 100% grade A beef in over 30 different combinations, entrees with chicken and salmon, and salads and burgers. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

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Culver's, a restaurant that features "butterburgers" and frozen custard for dessert has opened in Butler Plaza at 912 NW 56 Terr. In 1984, George and Ruth Culver had the idea for a restaurant no one could resist: a combination of his "love for his mom's homemade hamburgers with his favorite childhood treat." Four flavors of frozen custard are offered each day with over 30 mix-ins and toppings. In addition to dessert, the menu also includes fried Wisconsin cheese curds, salads, chicken and fish sandwiches, and dinner entres and kids' meals. Culver's is open from 10 am to 11 pm Sunday through Thursday and 10 am to midnight Friday and Saturday. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

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Jersey Mike's Subs touting 'east coast style' sub sandwiches Jersey Mike's  has opened a second location in Gainesville at at 2803 SW 42nd Street in Butler Plaza. Franchise owners Angelo and Kimberly Crowell own two Jersey Mike's in Tallahassee. Jersey Mike's is open from 10 am to 9 pm 7 days a week. This nationwide franchise has over 750 locations, the first having been established on the New Jersey shore in 1956. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

 

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
Downtown:
Newly Opened:
Urban Flatbread, Warehouse
Closed: Louis Lunch, Tori's Big Burger

Midtown:
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
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World of Beer

WOB tacos, street or otherwise, are great

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

WOBstorefrontUF Professor Emeritus Dr. Jon Roosenraad, and I go a long way back. At this point it appears he and I will most likely make it to the end of the line together. We have shared a ton of philosophical conversations about hypothetical issues over the years and one of my favorites is about heaven and hell.

With Roosenraad being a practicing Catholic, I'm sure you could guess his understanding of the hereafter.

Years back I discovered a great drinking song all about beer. When Jon and I are drinking with pals, often times I will stand up, raise my glass, and recite to my good friends the lyrics praising the nectar of the gods:

In heaven there is no beer
That's why I drink it here
And when I'm gone from here
All my friends will drink all the beer

After which I have grown accustomed to hearing Jonny's retort "You're wrong Mike! Heaven is one big, giant beer cooler that I will be thrown into the middle of when I die."

WOBopenNow here we are a zillion years later, and I see a notice on the worldwide web that the World of Beer is now serving lunch.

Now who do you think my first choice is for a lunch partner at The World of Beer?

Speaking of time flying by, it seems like only a few years ago Hooter's uprooted their 'Breasturant' from downtown and relocated to this building on SW 34th St. just off Archer Rd.

After Hooter's, a Mexican, La nopalero, restaurant opened their doors in this building and survived for a couple of years. They didn't last long. Have you seen all the Mexican lunch stops in what I call the Archer Rd. triangle?

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World of Beer has done an excellent job of remodeling the inside of their new world. They have removed the bar that sat in the middle of the room, which has created a much more spacious environment. So this is a new, customer friendly lunch spot with a multitude of seating choices and a very impressive bar that runs the length of the building.

I didn't count the televisions but believe me when I say there are more TVs than you can throw an empty beer mug at.

Jon and I arrived on the early side of noon and selected a table dead center in this golden nectar emporium.

 

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You can't help but notice all the beer taps lining the wall behind the bar. "We have 53 beers on tap, and 533 bottled beers," The bar keep proudly said as she poured Rosey his xxx xxx.

World of Beer seems to have its act together, and this lunch with my pal was looking like a good idea.

I did a little research before lunch and I saw the WOB has some interesting-sounding lunch entrees including a Flat Iron Steak Sandwich, ($12), an Artisan Sausage Board, ($15), FlatBreads, ($8), and Street Tacos. 2  tacos for $7, and 3 for $10. There is a WOB restaurant menu link below under Additional Info. 

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Roosenraad, being a completely serious midwesterner, ordered the Guiness Bratwurst with Guiness- infused bratwurst, sauerkraut, sautéed onions and peppers, and a house mustard on a toasted Hoagie roll.

Our server didn't do a very good job of explaining what Street Tacos were, but I liked the sound of a different kind of taco. According to the WOB menu, Street Tacos are:"Topped with freshly-made roasted tomato & corn salsa, shredded lettuce, avocado, fresh cilantro & queso fresco, served in lightly grilled tortillas":

zzGLOBbullet Beer-Battered Shrimp with Sriracha Lime Aioli
zzGLOBbullet Crispy Beer-Brined Chicken with House-made Ranch dressing
zzGLOBbullet Ahi Tuna (raw) with Sriracha Lime Aioli

WOBtaco300Still thinking about tacos I looked up the definition of street taco:

"So far as I can tell the only difference between a run-of-the-mill taco and a street taco is the location from whence you bought it! If you bought it from a Taco Stand or Food Truck on the Street...it's a "street taco", if you made it at home or got it in a restaurant-NOT!!! That's right. All those expensive new menu items, are basically just a sales gimmick, and a very lucrative one at that!"

Two tacos for $7 bucks was a hard deal to beat, so I ordered the shrimp and chicken tacos and a small Spring Greens and Kale Salad. Yep, that's correct GLOBers, The GLOB Master ordered a kale salad! What the kale, it was very good. In fact it was delicious. My salad also contained goat cheese, apples, sweet pickled red onions, and candied pecans tossed that were tossed with the greens in a house-made framboise vinaigrette.

 

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You know GLOBers I am trying very hard to maintain some control over my diet. I get excited when I see things like tacos on the menu because of the small amount of carb from the thin flour tortillas, which fits well in my diet mission of proteins, veggies, and very little else.

The chicken and shrimp tacos were very good. I could taste the lime aioli, and goat cheese, and all the ingredients were fresh and cris and blended together to create a most excellent taco.

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Once again you can see how the little things make a difference. I was at a Mexican lunch stop over the weekend and ordered a soft shell taco and a burrito. Unlike the WOB taco shells that were quickly toasted on the gril, the tacos came to me limp, mushy, and unappealing right out of the package.

I'm going back to the World of Beer. There are some other interesting sounding lunch entrees on the WOB menu that I must try at this SW 34th St. lunch stop.

The Pluses and Minuses of the World Of Beer

World Of Beer + indicators: For the non-craft beer drinker the menu suggest different beersto pair withr different entrees

World Of Beer - indicators: None noted.  This lunch stop will become popular, and crowded come september . . .

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WOB: Appearance no indicator of success

By Melissa Kahan, GLOB Correspondent

I know I am not alone in thinking "If you are going to do something, do it well." If that means focusing on one subject, so be it. As the name implies, beer is World of Beer's specialty, but the new location on 34th Street is trying its hand at many different crafts, namely cocktails and cooking. I will just say the cocktails need some work. For now, though, let's focus on one of my most-anticipated weekend mealtime experiences: brunch.

 

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Considering the new World of Beer (WOB) is in the same plaza as brunch heavy-hitter Peach Valley Café, it is safe to assume there will be competition, what with the line at Peach Valley tending to be long due to its consistency and quality, which keep hungry patrons pacing outside and drinking complimentary coffee for over an hour on any given Sunday. Hearing about WOB's 'Beerunch' every Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm. I was hoping for déjà vu: Great menu with a variety of tantalizingly decadent and intriguing brunch options. It seemed almost too good to be true. Local owner David Menard reassured me that this WOB would rectify complaints of other locations, including serving food in general and hosting good live music at a reasonable volume, so I went into brunch with an open mind.

Let me preface this by saying that I had this WOB brunch a few weeks before the official opening, which will occur on Friday, May 27. Menard said the kitchen and bar staff were still in training, but food will be served from now until the location's official opening date. Here is a brief overview of a few items:

 

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Chicken & Waffles Sandwich ($11): This was actually the last thing to arrive to the table, as apparently it was an oversight and there was a mix-up. The presentation was somewhat lacking. The 'Belgian beer-infused waffles' not only lacked a hint of beer taste, they didn't have much of any taste. They were nice and crispy, though. The 'beer-brined' chicken was also lacking, as well despite it seeming to be a decent cut of meat. To my dismay, even the maple syrup lacked flavor.

 

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Blueberry Wheat French Toast ($8.50): When I read 'maple-infused brioche bread,' I envisioned thick slices of sweet, crisped brioche, but the reality was thin, soggy, and sad. Again, the syrup was lacking. Once again, not a hint of beer seemed to be present in the blueberry compote, which seemed to be premade, pairing well with the previously-frozen blueberries.

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Hangover Skillet ($12.50): I was particularly excited about this one, but once I saw the size of the skillet, I knew I would not get the best bang for my buck, image at the top of this review. The eggs-cheese-veggie combo was fine, but the candied bacon not only lacked the typical sweeter taste, but it was actually unbelievably over-seasoned. On cutting into the sausage, the cheese center was a tasty surprise, but sadly the tots, like many other ingredients incorporated into brunch, seemed previously frozen. Even the Texas Toast was more like thin slices of white bread.

 

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It's not technically on the brunch menu, but the one redeeming aspect of the brunch was the Smores Waffles ($5.50), listed in the Dessert section. However, that is purely due to ingredients, not execution. Of course adding marshmallow fluff and chocolate would create a pleasing taste sensation. I will be back to test for improvement. I certainly would love it if the food were as well-crafted as the newly-renovated space's ambiance, an inviting, open-air atmosphere with multiple sections of various seating styles, ideal space for a night out.

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Wings & Teriyaki

The Pluses and Minuses of Wings & Teriyakii

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Lunch stop openings close out 2016

December 16, 2017 - Three new restaurants have recently opened including a sandwich shop, a vegan restaurant, and a golf course café:

zzGLOBbullet With outdoor seating and a drive-through pickup window, Piper Gi's will be open starting with lunch from 11 am -3 pm and other times. Piper at 204 SW 2nd Ave.  According to owner Tommy Newman the former Wholly BBQ location next to the High Dive will be run with his wife, Shanti Aura Riesch-Newman, and brother-in-law, Jacob Riesch, with combined experience as chefs for several notable Gainesville restaurants including Manuel's Vintage Room, Emiliano's Cafe, and Napalanto's. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

zzGLOBbullet Curia On the Drag, 2029 NW 6th Street, has opened a vegan café to complement their coffee shop and wine bar. Serving lunch, dinner, drinks, and coffee, Curia presents a complete vegan menu. Including mac 'n cheese, jackfruit, fish-less tacos, and many more plant-based entrees. The three-building location also touts domestic and imported beer, sparkling wines, happy hour, board games, and entertainment. FOLLOW THIS LINK for a complete Curia menu

zzGLOBbulletDivot's Café & Banquet has opened in the Meadow Brook Golf Club on 3200 NW 98th and NW 39th Ave. Lisa's Corner Café owner and manager, Lisa Freeze, has jumped across town to accommodate lunch outers and golf enthusiasts with a $7 Cheeseburger and French fry specials and a varied menu of sandwiches, salads, wraps, and hot entrees

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Butler Plaza opens new lunch stops

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 – The Longhorn Steakhouse returns after several years to Gainesville at 2933 Clark Butler Blvd with more steaks than you shake a prime cut at. Featuring 100% grade A beef in over 30 different combinations, entrees with chicken and salmon, and salads and burgers. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

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Culver's, a restaurant that features "butterburgers" and frozen custard for dessert has opened in Butler Plaza at 912 NW 56 Terr. In 1984, George and Ruth Culver had the idea for a restaurant no one could resist: a combination of his "love for his mom's homemade hamburgers with his favorite childhood treat." Four flavors of frozen custard are offered each day with over 30 mix-ins and toppings. In addition to dessert, the menu also includes fried Wisconsin cheese curds, salads, chicken and fish sandwiches, and dinner entres and kids' meals. Culver's is open from 10 am to 11 pm Sunday through Thursday and 10 am to midnight Friday and Saturday. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

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Jersey Mike's Subs touting 'east coast style' sub sandwiches Jersey Mike's  has opened a second location in Gainesville at at 2803 SW 42nd Street in Butler Plaza. Franchise owners Angelo and Kimberly Crowell own two Jersey Mike's in Tallahassee. Jersey Mike's is open from 10 am to 9 pm 7 days a week. This nationwide franchise has over 750 locations, the first having been established on the New Jersey shore in 1956. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

 

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New lunch stops open for business

MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2016: From fresh tamales to breakfast all day new lunch stops are popping up all over Gainesville:

zzGLOBbullet TAMALhorseATamale shop opens downtown: "When the Tamale Horse is on the sidewalk, there are fresh, hot tamales waiting inside," Tamal Head Cook and Owner Rachel Iannelli, said proudly scratching Tamale's white mane. Two blocks north of the new Depot Park complex, in the heart of Gainesville's South Main arts district, daily Tamal offers unique and healthy meat, vegetarian, and vegan tamales at reasonable prices. Owners, Cecil Iannelli and Rachel Nicholas, who are also long-time Gainesvillians and food lovers, use locally sourced meat, produce, and eggs whenever possible, and the aquas frescas are sweetened only with turbinado sugar. After three decades in the restaurant business and working on her doctorate degree, a tamale shop wasn't always Rachel's first career consideration, but now, she says, "As far as I know, we are the first tamale shop in Gainesville, and we are excited sharing our passion for handmade tamales." FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

 

KRAZYGtopperzzGLOBbullet Krazy G'opens in Midtown: Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner and open from 7 AM – 2 AM (yes, 2 AM in the morning!) every day, Krazy G's will be serving organic gourmet burgers from grass-fed beef, locally brewed beer, and biscuits and other breakfast food. This fast casual spot will host a smoker for burgers, brisket, pork shoulder, house-made bacon, and bologna. For long-time Hog Towners, the breakfast menu includes the return of the Asher Special from Skeeter's Breakfast House -- a popular Gainesville restaurant from the late 1970s to 1995 -- that includes Skeeter potatoes, melted cheese, a choice of eggs, choice of sausage or bacon, and a biscuit. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information

zzGLOBbullet Fresh Corner opens in Stadium Club Bldg: Specializing in breakfast all day, the Fresh Corner is open and ready to serve you breakfast "In hand. " With a menu that includes bagels, toast, crispy waffles, and fresh bowls, there are many breakfast entrée variations such as the Captain's Way Bagel consisting of smoked salmon, sliced bananas, honey, and sunflower seeds. There are three kinds of bowls all featuring a base of coconut chia seed pudding, Greek yogurt, and fresh fruit. Smoked Chicken & Waffles has already become a Fresh Corner favorite. Open Daily 8 am -5 pm, the Fresh Corner offers gluten-free and vegan options along with avocado toast and mini-bagels.

 

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zzGLOBbullet Big Island Bowls opens in Root & Pecker facility: To paraphrase the Trailer Park Troubadours, "It ain't a restaurant until the wheels come off." A Big Island food truck has planted itself on the Root & Pecker grounds at 5432 NW 8th Ave. With tentative plans to be open from 9 am-6 pm daily, lunch every day at the Big Island Bowls features smoothies and fruit and acai bowls. All of their bowls are free of additives, preservatives, artificial ingredients, and dairy. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information

 

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September 12, 2016 - Patticakes on the Bo Diddley Plaza downtown has opened on the NE corner of the Plaza with a limited menu this week. Open from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, the lunch menu includes salads, sandwiches, wraps, and paninis. Patticakes will have a full espresso menu with lattes and cappuccinos plus tea, smoothies, and milk shakes. Breakfast items include muffins, scones, pastries, quiche, bagels, and yogurt. Next week Patticakes will be open Monday through Saturday until 9 p.m. and later when there are concerts on the Plaza and will be open on Sundays during festivals. Seating includes a limjited number of lunch counter seats, a patio, and the Bo Diddley Plaza.

Also now open for lunch:

zzGLOBbullet Felipe's Mexican Taqueria has opened in midtown on the corner of W. University Ave and NW 12th St. With the standard tacos, burritos, and quesadilla, Felipe's also offers Tinga Chicken Breast, Al Pastor, Chorizo, and Grilled Vegetables. With several restaurants in Louisiana, this is Felipe's second venture into Florida, the other being in Naples. Felipe's offers three ways top place you lunch order: a fast casual lunch line, by cell phone from your table, or from a server at the bar or in the bar area. FOLLOW THIS LINK for a complete Felipe's menu.

zzGLOBbullet The Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grille has opened at 3581 SW Archer Rd. "Costa Vida is a laid-back counter-serve Mexican restaurant with Baja-style tacos and burritos plus gluten-free options. Fresh food created with using real ingredients." Offering the standard Tex-Mex lunch fare, Costa Vida lists some interesting specialties such as Fajita Burritos, Mango Chicken Salad, and Sweet Shrimp Salad or Tacos. FOLLOW THJIS LINK for a complete Costa Vida menu.

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Chipotle Mexican Grille opens third location

CHIPOTLEsfASeptember 6, 2016: Chipotle Mexican Grille has opened a third Gainesville location on the corner of NW 13th St. and NW 23rd Ave. Chipotle touts 'Food with Integrity" such as "Vegetables grown in healthy soil, and pork from pigs allowed to freely root and roam outdoors or in deeply bedded barns" and claim that "with every burrito we roll or bowl we fill, we're working to cultivate a better world." Chipotle serves burritos with meats, sofritas, rice, beans, fajita veggies, several salsa options, quacamole, sour cream, cheese, and/or romaine lettuce. FOLLOW THIS LINK for Chipotle reviews.

 

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V Pizza opens in Vello's Building downtown

August 29, 2016: V Pizza/Sidecar Bar have opened in the space vacated by Vello's in downtown Gainesville.  Serving an Italian menu of specialty pizzas, create your own pizzas, calzones, and strombolis, the fast casual restaurant (order at the counter) has a "Lunch Special Pricing" at $9.95 for a beverage, cheese pizza plus 1 topping or 10.95 with any house pizza. For gluten free pizza, add $3. Other Lunch Special options for $9.95: A calzone plus 1 topping; a panini, or chicken wings. Touting authenticity, the Jacksonville creators of V Pizza feature imported and dry-aged Italian meats, San Marzano tomatoes, '00 flour', water buffalo mozzarella (mozzarella di bufala), pizzas that aren't perfectly round, and burn marks on the crust. These are the elements V Pizza creators believe that validate their authentic Napoletana pizza. According to the About Food website Neapolitan pizza originated in Naples, Italy, and is made from simple basic dough, raw tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and olive oil--no fancy toppings here. According to the Jacksonville Sidecar website,  "Sidecar honors the original definition of the cocktail – a combination of spirits, sugar, water, and bitters [and] spirit-forward drinks are accompanied by rotating draft beers, over 50 bottled beers, two cocktails on tap, whiskey on tap, and a great list of old and new world wine varietals." FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information and a complete Z Pizza menu.

 

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Humble Pie opens store front, changes name

081816HUMBLEwoodfireLOGOAugust 21, 2016:  After much planning, and making arrangements the Humble Pie food truck has opened a 'brick and mortar' lunch stop at 405 SW 4th Ave. next to their Humble Wood Fire kitchen. The new lunch stop will have a daily $10 lunch special for an 8" pizza and the Humble Wood Fire salad of the day. The Humble staff will post the daily special on their social media connections.After being named in a lawsuit for using the Humble Pie name by a Manhattan, New York law firm representing a Humble Pie pizza chain in Arizona, the HWF pizza boys have decided to change their name to Humble Wood Fire. According to their FaceBook page: "Our new name embodies the heart of what we have always been about. Humble Wood Fire also enables us to move beyond being known solely for our wood fired pies." FOLLOW THIS LINKfor more information, and a Humble Wood Fire menu.

 

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Wings & Teriyaki opens in NE, Flaming Crab on Newberry Rd.

May 10, 2016: Listing a complete menu of hibachi/teriyaki entrees including chicken, beef, shrimp, steak and tofu, the Wings & Teriyaki lunch stop on NE 23rd Ave. also specializes in chicken wings in 25 different flavors. Need more lunch GLOBer? Wings & Teriyaki also serves gyros, Philly steaks sandwiches, hamburgers, and salads. You can also get fried shrimp with white or fried rice and a drink for $9.99. There are two chicken wing combos on the menu and 12 combos served with steamed veggies and white or fried rice. Wings & Teriyaki is Open seven days a week.

FLAMINGcrabLOGOThe Flaming Crab has opened on Newberry Rd. near Tower Rd. in the old Yummy House location. Taking seafood boils to a new level, the Flaming Crab touts Cajun style crab boils with a twist -- your fresh catch is boiled in a Cajun-style-blend of spices, then tossed with a choice of signature seasonings, and served in a bag to preserve the flavors. Menu items range from $27 to $65: The Flaming Crab has a Po Boy Sandwich Special at $7.99 and a 2-lb fresh crawfish special for $18.99.

 

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Maple St. Biscuit opens in Butler Plaza

April 15, 2016: The Maple Street Biscuit Company opened yesterday in Butler Plaza in the Target Shopping area. Touting consistent southern comfort food with a modern twist.  The MSBC serves an assortment of sandwiches including the Chicken Club, the Iron Goeat, and the Sticky Maple ll served on Flaky Biscuits. Side orders include oatmeal, Hashups, (home fries with chopped smoked ham, red and green peppers, grilled onions, mushrooms, and melted cheese & Gravy), and Sweet Potato Fries with maple mustard dipping sauce. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

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Three restaurants open April 4, 2016

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zzGLOBbullet GOVINDA'S BAKERY & CAFÉ: The big, green building on NW 13th St. has a bright new coat of beige pain and is now selling breakfast delights and lunch. Soups with free refills and veggie sandwiches served on ciabatta rolls are the main components of the veggie menu. According to GOVINDA's website, "We are a vegetarian bakery and café . . . We specialize in healthy, wholesome, yummy food prepared with love and care! Our mission here at Govinda's is to encourage an atmosphere of peace, serenity, and harmony in our community and in ourselves."

zzGLOBbullet WINE & CHEESE GALLERY: This long time downtown favorite has been resurrected with new lunch ideas and a fast causal approach to lunch. With a menu that includes lads, sandwiches, and soups the Wine and Cheese has included cheese boards totheir menu.

zzGLOBbullet YUMMYHOUSUEsf2016YUMMY HOUSE: After a short hiatus, Yummy House has reopened in the old Crispers location on 34th St. A dimly-lit atmosphere houses multiple tables adorning white tablecloths, a long bar area, and sharp, clean decor. Yummy House's extensive menu is still available on the inside with added, east parking now available at this SW 24th location.

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Grill Fresh opens behind the Swamp

GRILLfreshSFMarch 21, 2016: Grill Fresh opens for lunch today in the old Café Gardens location behind the Swamp in mid-town. With a mix 'n match of bowl entrees with a base foundation ranging from sweet potato noodles for salad to warm veggie spiced rice and fresh herb roasted potatoes. After the base ingredient, the choices are toppings of veggies, protein, and sauce. Bowls can be ordered in three categories: GREEN BOWL that includes 2 greens, 2 veggies and 1 protein, the FOUR BOWL that consists of 2 base ingredients, 1 veggie, and 1 protein, to the SIX BOWL that includes 2 base ingredients, 2 veggies, and 2 proteins. Breakfast is available every morning with breakfast bowls of 1 base ingredient, 1 egg or tofu, 2 proteins, and 1 cheese.

- Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

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Harvest Thyme burgers, SweetBerries buy local specials

March 14, 2016: The NW 39th Ave. Harvest Thyme Café is now serving hamburgers and brunch. You can choose from two $8.25 burgers, both with grass fed, local beef: The Cheeseburger – with lettuce, tomato, and cheddar, Swiss, provolone, or American cheese, OR the Carolina Classic with chili, coleslaw, mustard, and onions. Two additional of the following toppings included in price: raw onion, pickles, coleslaw, bacon, grilled peppers, grilled onions, and jalapenos; each additional topping at $0.50 (Be sure to add one of the HT brownies to your lunch for dessert, they are really yummy.  - GLOB Master.).)

031416HarvestHarvest Thyme Café at this location is also serving Brunch until 2 pm with Omelettes and Skillets, both types with eggs and Michael's home style potatoes along with your choice of meat and/or cheese and two of the following ingredients: spinach, tomato, onion, jalapeno, black olives, mushrooms, scallions, green peppers. Other brunch items include waffles, gluten free waffles, pancakes, French toast, and plates, which consist of two eggs served your way with Michael's homestyle potatoes, toast, and bacon, sausage or ham. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

zzGLOBbullet Sweetberries Eatery and Frozen Custard has come up with a smart Friday-Saturday-Sunday Special with an emphasis on buying local.  The Osmond sisters will be attending the Wednesday Unions St. Downtown Farmers Market each week with the purpose of seeking out a local farmer or food artisan's locally grown or locally made product to feature in their upcoming Weekend Special. "We decided after featuring White Apron's Fig Preserves on our Chicken, Brie and Fig Preserve sandwich, image at the top of this news, last weekend this would be a good way to showcase the abundance of produce and artisanal food items available in our area," Co-Owner Jane Osmond said. "If at all possible, we'll also have their products for sale in our store during the Special in which their product if featured"

KUDOS to SweetBerries! That is such a good idea the Daily GLOB will start featuring Sweetberrie’s Weekend End specials Friday mornings and including a link to the participating local farmer and producer.

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Sandwich Depot moves into Adam's Rib Co. building

March 7, 2016: The Sandwich Depot has opened shop in the old Adam's Rib Co. building on NW 13th. St. adjacent to the new Adam's Rib Co. Open for lunch and dinner with the same menu Monday – Saturday the Sandwich Depot boasts over 15 different sandwiches featuring wraps, hamburgers, tacos, a veggie burger and various salads including a chicken Caesar salad and a Cobb salad. Sandwich depot was established in 2013 as a food truck. Family-owned-and-operated menu items are original, inspired creations by chef and owner Travis Mylott. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information

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Twisted Peacock opens on SW 13th St.

TpeacockSFJanuary 9, 2016: The Twisted Peacock has opened on SW 13th St. for lunch and dinner and serves Indian cuisine "in a contemporary fashion rooted in Indian cooking. " The full Indian menu includes entrees like Palak Chole (creamed spinach and chick peas), Nandu Varuval (South Indian fried, spicy, soft shell crab), and Chicken Tikki Masala. There are also sandwiches, salads, vegetarian entrees such as Malai Kofta ("dumplings made with cashews and tossed in a rich, creamy gravy"), and both meat and seafood entrees. Appetizers, which are called Street Food, consist of five options, and three kinds of Indian bread are available. The Twisted Peacock opens at 11 am seven days a week.

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Lisa's Corner opens on NW 23rd Ave

February 2, 2016: Lisa's Corner Café has opened on the corner of NW 23rd Ave at 125 NW 23rd Ave. Suite 9 in the former location of La Fortuna. With a new homey décor, options include a hot lunch buffet and a soup and salad bar. The menu includes sandwiches, wraps, Hot Baskets, chicken wings, fried fish, and daily Hot Bar Specials. Lisa's Corner Café is open 7 days a week at 8 am for breakfast, including a breakfast bar until 11:30 am.

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Buffalo Wild Wings opens in Oaks Mall

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BWWwingsJanuary 13, 2016: With Chicken Wings, Beer, and sports the Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar in front of the Oaks Mall you can count on this second, and third joint lunch palace being a busy. Chicken wings. and boneless wings are available in 17 flavors including Bourbon Honey Mustard,Thai Curry, And a Reformulated Blazin' wing. There is a Veggie boat, potato wedges, and Cheddar Cheese Curds available for the veggie lunch outer. Add seven kinds of salads including a prime rib salad, seven different wraps, street tacos, five kinds of hamburgers, two kinds of chicken sandwiches, a pulled pork sandwich, and a Southwest Philly sandwich it becomes apparent why BFW emphasises a "Fast Break Lunch" approach.  The FBL menu allows customers to create a customizable lunch order and eat in 30 to 40 minutes. The Fast Break Lunch is available Monday - Friday, 11- 2:00 pm. NOTE TO BOB SANFORD: BWW has chicken tenders in both a naked, and crispy variety

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
Downtown:
Newly Opened:
Urban Flatbread, Warehouse
Closed: Louis Lunch, Tori's Big Burger

Midtown:
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
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Public & General

Neighborhood pub works for everybody

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

You know how some lunch stops just have that special look?

zzGLOBbullet Root & Pecker quickly has me seeing myself sitting on a grand veranda waiting for a picnic lunch.

zzGLOBbullet CHOPSpatioFormaggio's Bistro & Wine Bar has me on a beautiful patio with the sense of enjoying a very civilized lunch complete with tea and English cookies and eyeing crisp salads and a variety of scrumptious, petite, French bread sandwiches.

zzGLOBbullet Crane Ramen has me off to the Big Apple and downtown Manhattan N.Y. with my very own spot at a hip lunch spot happily discussing the finer attributes of bone broth compared with vegan broth.

 

PGstorefrontNortheast Gainesville's Public & General breaks all the imagination rules as I go through the wood and glass double doors into a new lunchtime experience. Upon entering P&G I am dreamily sent to a far away planet not very far in the future.

There are no aliens or jazz bands in this Eastside pub and grill, however it wouldn't surprise me to see Jar Jar Binks rounding the corner to belly up to the bar.

050317PGmenuBRDThat's what Public & General is all about GLOBers. It's a brew house, local diner, meet-up place with a Tuesday night burger special night and some really interesting lunch entrees from pork and brisket sandwiches to some very good chicken wings – 8 for $9.

And here I was. The GLOB Master. Standing smack dab in the middle of a lunchtime daydream.

The Public & General menu that is available at the restaurant link below is a handy reference to start this noon-day mealtime odyssey. Special lunch items are hand written in categories on the wall near the ordering counter. The Daily Specials may overwhelm your decision making power as you scan down the list of amazing food descriptions.

Captain Dirk and I decided to tag-team lunch and share our entrees with Lynn choosing the large Kale and Chard ($9) (image at top). This salad included beets and feta and was fantastic.

 

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I selected the Chicken Wings, which consists of 8 wings with only 1 sauce – Dijon Buffalo sauce ($9). Eight is just the right number for me because it always seems when I get the 10-wings order, I have two left over on my plate. Also, those 8 wings were plump, very flavorful, and cooked perfectly.

 

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What the kale, GLOBers! The Kale and Chard Salad was the high noon lunch star. This was my first experience with kale as a main salad ingredient and I found the crisp, curly, crunchy chard, beets, radishes, feta cheese and cilantro vinaigrette dressing a delightful surprise. The textures of the salad elements made for thoughtful chewing as I tried to account for the veggie flavors. The cilantro dressing and feta cheese wowed my taste buds!

I have been to P&G before and always enjoy the food, and once again, it lived up to my fantastical expectations on this lunch visit. The only thing that would have made lunch better was if Ry Cooder was singing UFO Has Landed in the Ghetto in the background.

The Pluses and Minuses of Public & General:

Public & General + indicators: Amazing daily menu choices; friendly staff; very nice tree-covered outdoor patio.

Public & General - indicators: The low-light atmosphere.

 

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NE 'General Store' serves unique lunch

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

If you are looking for a different kind of lunch time experience Public and General at 1000 NE 16th Ave Bldg H in northeast Gainesville is a lunch stop worth your consideration. Open since September, this is a building, business sporting several unique characteristics. According to the P&G website:

"Public and General is a reference to a public house (a bar) and general store (a flashback to convenience stores of past). The eatery will offer a high-quality, house-prepared lunch and dinner along with local and international grocery items, a charcuterie and cheese counter, and a unique wine and beer selection."

Ya think it was some kind of synchronicity that I discovered that New York Times story on chartreuse as the supreme lunch or dinner entrée.

In a friendlier than usual, fast casual approach, a Public and General lunch starts with ordering your lunch at the counter that immediately greets you as you enter this unique neighborhood island of communal gathering.

 

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Also, as you walk into Public and General, you will quickly recognize the "convenience" idea of the building with deli-like cases of cheeses, cured meats, and a varied selection of wines, craft beers, and sodas. This can all be experienced while waiting to place your lunch order.

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Walking into the separate dining and bar area adjacent to the general store area is a very nice, wide, natural wood bar allowing for comfortable, friendly conversation I imagine much like it was done in the neighborhood pubs of old.

Also, a door on the far side of the dining area opens up to an outdoor patio dining area, and P&G has a acquired a fan club of local patrons who enjoy the idea of outdoor eating and letting their children enjoy themselves playing under their feet as well as at the play area in one corner of the patio while you enjoy lunch.

 

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It was refreshing to see a menu with a smaller list than usual in an uncluttered format and detailing interesting lunch time entrees that are standard daily choices. The lunch options consist of sandwiches, including brisket, a BBQ Mushroom, and a very good hamburger. There are always three salads available, including a Roasted Cabbage Salad with sautéed breadcrumbs, anchovies, and Parmesan buttermilk dressing that deserves your consideration. Fried beets with horseradish mayo for $6 and fried turnips with honey herb vinegar highlight a list of side orders that are big enough to share. There is a complete Public and General menu at the link below.

While the limited menu of standard options is smart and easy to peruse, kudos to the P&G staff for also including daily specials that will surprise and please many lunch outers. You can check out their FaceBook page for several images of prior menu boards that include things like bucatini with Brussels, bacon, butternut squash, arugula, and parsley and the popular DiMarco Classico with Italian loose meats, spinach and provolone for $10.

I recently had lunch with the GLOB's Content Editor Lynn Dirk and the three taco special caught my eye with 'double wrapped' soft shell corn tacos of pork, chicken, and a surprisingly tasty bacon, egg, and cheese and onion taco that was delicious with a complementary dollop of hot sauce. The house cut fries with a side of house mayo were very flavorful. I'm OK with fries not being cooked to a deep crunch. My friend Jules Gollner would have sent these fries back to be "extra well done."

 

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Captain Dirk has become a big fan of Public and General and adds the following: "The food has been fantastic every time. Turnips and beets? I'm sold. The soft tacos, which are mainly available on Sundays I think, just might be the best town. Had one of the pasta dishes and it was delectable. The outdoor patio is perfect with lots of trees around. This is now one of my favorite lunch spots."

There are a lot of yummy good reasons to make a few more trips to this friendly, pub-like lunch stop. I am going back just to check out the menu board for lunch time surprises.

The Pluses and Minuses of Public & General:

Public & General + indicators: Friendly atmosphere, a neighborhood sense of comfort. Interesting, unique entrees. I could sit at the P&G bar for a considerable amount of time. FYI: Saturday night is Bingo night.

Public & General - indicators: Unique 'family pub' experience could be disconcerting to some GLOBers.

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Soul Shack

 

 

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

The Pluses and Minuses of Soul Shack:

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Mission Epicurious, Food Adventurer birthday dinner

Birthday adventure discovers Sweet Mel's cuisine

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By: Melissa Kahan, GLOB Correspondent

My birthday was supposed to be simple: cheering on the Gators at The Swamp, heading downtown to meet up with friends, and sharing a nice dinner just me and my beau. But every other year I have a birthday dinner of sorts; it's the one aspect of my typically drawn out birthday celebration that is the most low key. We eat good food, catch up on what's new with each other and celebrate another year of Melissa. This year I did not want the hassle of planning and coordinating another birthday dinner to fall on my tired shoulders. But after much inquiry of "Why not?" it seemed giving in was just easier.

After multiple failed attempts to seat eight of us in a restaurant in downtown Gainesville on the Friday before game day, the search seemed futile – let's face it, I walked right into that. It wasn't until stumbling upon Sweet Mel's on the corner of University Ave. and Main Street that hope was restored. I had been inside the restaurant one other time but had not eaten there. It was the raves over the eclectic and uniquely assembled burgers that sparked my interest – that and they would seat all of us without wait.

 

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The restaurant was pretty full with tables of mostly two, three and four. Our table was by far the largest with the bar lining the length of the small restaurant and encompassing about half of the dining area. Everyone immediately scoured the burger menu, but seeing as how it would be somewhat of a wait until we could order, the staff being sparse compared with the number of hungry customers, we first ordered two appetizers for the table. Now, I've never heard of Philly Cheese Chips, but who could resist ordering basically the nacho version of a classic Philly cheese steak? Alongside that, the Battle of Rings complete with multiple warm, breaded onion rings and a spicy dipping sauce left us at the beginnings of full stomachs.

As far as the main attraction was concerned, everyone ordered a different, equally interesting-sounding masterpiece of flavors. It was quite a challenge for this food adventurer to narrow down just one option, though. Each plate brought to the table was nothing short of a piece of art. Luckily I asked about the rarity levels of the meat, and I was told my usual medium-rare order was to be a slab of meat pretty much still "bleeding." The medium was cooked to my liking with a slight pink center, and everyone else seemed pleased with how their burger was cooked, too, which has definitely not always been the case in previous dining out experiences.

 

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I'm getting sidetracked. My Smokey Mountain "mouth-watering" burger with a side of sweet potato waffle fries (right) was an all-around tasty treat. Complete with the usual fixings, minus onions, of lettuce, pickles and tomato, it distinguished itself from the other 17 listed burgers with a smattering of BBQ sauce on the inside of the buns and crispy bacon and onion rings atop a cheddar cheese-coated Angus beef patty. Each bite oozed with flavor: the cheese rich against the crispness of the lettuce and tomato while the sweet and smoky BBQ sauce complemented the hearty bacon and onion rings that sizzled in the middle with the other burger fixings. It took all that I had to even finish half of the burger, as I felt the sweet potato fries deserved some attention as well, although I feel these typically sweet and hearty fries merit a thicker form than the thin lattice of waffle fries Sweet Mel's prepares.

 

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sweetmelsMANfriendI was very proud of my fellow diners' adventurous burger choices, allowing me to sample a little more of the vast burger menu. Mariel's Guido burger, a heaping bite about to be had (image right), was an Italian's dream of fried cheese, parmesan and marinara atop a juicy patty. Thomas, my boyfriend, about to enjoy another bite of burger, image right, ordered the Baby Bella burger. I was considering this option for myself as well despite it veering on the safer side of the menu, complete with sautéed baby portabella mushrooms, caramelized onions and Swiss cheese sandwiched together in a rich combination of flavors. Even my friend's Bacon Mac, complete with a heart-stopping combination of fried Mac and Cheese, bacon and even more melted American cheese atop a beef patty, sounded like a burger worth the feat, image at right.

All in all, good burgers were promised, and good burgers were received. The server was not knowledgeable of what was in most of the alcoholic drinks, let alone which were being served/on tap, but the food was great. The company, I must admit, was better. I think this sweet Mel will be back at Sweet Mel's for a go at maybe one of the other many food options, from pastas to open-faced sandwich "Stuffers" and pita pocket sandwich "Humps."

The Pluses and Minuses of Sweet Mel's

Sweet Mel's + indicators: Well-made, unique burgers, large portions for the price, quick seating for larger group, variety of menu items.

Sweet Mel's - indicators: Staff not very knowledgeable of menu.

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4 Rivers Smokehouse

The last time I tried 4 Rivers BBQ for lunch, the line was out the door. I'm not big on waiting in line for anything, especially lunch. There are just too many good places to eat quicker, faster, and just as tasty. So I was pleased when I walked into this popular 'Que shop and was able to step right up and place my order. Alright, so I felt a little out of place as I craned my neck upwards looking at a lunch menu that was 10 feet off the ground with a yellow background. 'Geez," I thought to myself. I could stand here for 20 minutes looking up at all these choices. Looking straight ahead, three 4 Rivers servers were standing in front of me with blank faces, serving tongs at the ready, waiting to hear my lunch selection. Yes I was intimidated. I wasn't about to hold the lunch line up. "Let me have the Quarter Bird and a side of collard greens please," I said in a knowing manner like I was a 4 Rivers regular. Two pieces of chicken (three with the wing) and two sides for $6.99 sounded like a decent lunch time deal. Shuffling down the line, I spied stuffed jalapeno peppers. OMG! What a pleasant surprise. I ordered a serving of that too.

You know how sometimes things just don't work for you, though, GLOBers? I've come to expect BBQ meat to be fall-off-the-bone cooked and ready to enjoy. Maybe it was because it was shortly after the lunch hour. Or perhaps this bird was at the end of the cooking line and didn't get the attention the other cluckers received. When I tried to separate the wing from the chicken breast, I couldn't pull it apart. Reaching for my handy, black plasticware my knife, I was still unsuccessful at cutting the tendons holding the parts together. So I did what any good ole southern boy would do: I grabbed each part with both hands, and twisted and pulled the wing off the breast. It would have made a good image, this larger than most carnivores wrestling a second and third joint piece of chicken. I won, I guess. I must have been a sight with sloppy BBQ covered hands biting off the almost done chicken. Being the fifth of six children, I know better than to complain. I would hear "Shut up and eat" as often as "Pass the gravy." As I reached for the still connected drumstick, I noticed a puddle of red liquid collecting on my plate. That was it for me. I enjoyed the jalapeno peppers even though most of the flavor and heat had been baked out of the pepper pods. The collard greens were excellent, really crunchy, flavorful, and delicious with generous pieces of 'cue meat nestled among the greens.

bakeryThe criticism I hear most about my restaurant reviews is that I am too easy on the restaurants, but I get the pressure of preparing a meal for customers as fast as possible. Being an old newspaper guy, I appreciate the ability to work under pressure, but sometimes things just don't come out as planned. Who would know it would be my luck to get the almost cooked white meat. I'm going back to 4 Rivers Smokehouse. Next time I will be clear I want my 'cue cooked to the bone.

I couldn't resist walking by the 4 Rivers bakery on the way out. Wow! Yum! You don't know how good I felt ignoring my palette as I dashed outside before my sweet tooth won the inner battle of self-denial.

- GLOB Master

 

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Archer Rd. Q-stand has E A's attention

By: Melissa Kahan, GLOB Correspondent

4RIVERSstorefrontPerhaps it was the fancy logo or the immaculate website that led me to believe that 4 Rivers Smokehouse was to be a more formal dine-in barbeque option than the average. Honestly, it was my friends' raves even before the Texas-style smokehouse opened here that peaked my interest long before the franchise landed in Gainesville. What I finally encountered on arrival to the highly touted barbeque eatery was beyond the typical experience -- I was not disappointed.

4RiversSWAMPlifeIf you haven't had the good  fortune to visit a 4 Rivers Smokehouse, whether in Gainesville or in the other four locations across Florida -- Winter Park, Winter Garden, Longwood, or Jacksonville --you have not seen a restaurant at the threshold of success and expansion. 

The location of the Gainesville 4 Rivers, at 3562 SW 35th Blvd. in Butler Plaza, adds to the pleasurable occasion of dining there. I would even say that the pleasure of the experience is almost undermined by calling it "going out to eat." That just doesn't sound special enough.

I was particularly happy it was the fast-casual, go-through-the-line-and-pay-at-the-register approach to dining because, when you think of the stick-to-your-ribs, down and dirty home-style barbeque cooked in your backyard that you grew up with, was there a server and a nice dining room? Heaping helpings and outdoor/rustic seating? That's what I thought.

4riversLINEJoining me on this dining venture was none other than the Gainesville Lunch Out Blog GLOB Master himself, Mike Sanford.  "I've done this food thing for a long time; I don't want to wait in this line," he said.  I understood his feeling:  The line was spilling outside and wrapping around the outdoor sidewalk. I assured Mike that taking in the full experience — long line and all — would be well worth it, as it would give us time to browse the unfamiliar menu and learn first hand the level of craving this establishment was creating in its hungry audience.

Being the "professional eaters" that we are, it only felt right to order a variety of dishes, namely the Texas Destroyer, the Smokehouse Sliders, and the Six Shooter. The side dishes looked too appetizing to pass up, so we added mac and cheese, fried okra, Texas cornbread, collards and— after being offered to try them first —smoked jalapenos to our trays. The entire 4 Rivers crew was accommodating throughout, checking on us at the long, crowded, rustic wooden tables spanning the length of the dining area.  We wondered if our eyes were bigger than our stomachs (image at top of this feature).

The sliders proved perfect portions of each of the meats: chicken, pulled pork, and brisket. Needing no other topping than the  smattering of 4 Rivers sauce, the chicken was tender and refreshingly different; the pulled pork smoky and hearty; and the brisket chewy and thick. The sliders were winners for both myself and Mike, although he thought the smoked jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese and 4riversBRISKETencased in a blanket of crispy bacon sealed the deal and certainly the spice.

I'd heard remarkable things about the brisket that took 18 years to perfect, so the Texas Destroyer with smoked brisket, onion rings, jalapenos and melted provolone cheese was what I was most anxious to try. After an extra dollop of 4R sauce, I eagerly took a very big bite to experience every flavor at once. Although I am not typically a brisket eater, this proved to be a smoky change from the kind my mom makes, it had some different flavers that melding in a welcome way. The Six Shooter was a feat in itself, composed of cheese grits topped with pulled pork, pickles, southern slaw, jalapenos — starting to see a trend — and of course that 4R sauce that Mr. Rivers himself concocted. This proved to be the most interesting array of ingredients - the tender, juicy pulled pork combined with the cole slaw, thick grits and heat from the jalapenos to create a tantalizing sensation on my taste buds.

4riversDESSERTWith all the sides, from the cake-like cornbread to the crisp fried okra and the pot licker-immersed collards, we were satiated, perhaps a tad too much in fact, as I could barely roll off my stool. I couldn't let the barbeque defeat me just yet, as no 4 Rivers experience is complete without a trip to the Sweet Shop where Mike and I ventured to the S'more Brownie, Double Chocolate Cake, and a Gainesville specialty orange and blue cake surrounded by orange and blue sprinkles. One bite of the rich Gator cake, moist mousse-filled chocolate cake, and marshmallow-topped thick brownie — I'm a sucker for a good brownie — and the 4Rivers extravaganza was complete.

4riversCARAAlthough the amazing array and combinations of food left this foodie in awe, it was the friendly and accommodating service and the warmth radiating from owner and chef John Rivers that really distinguished this already one-of-a-kind smokehouse from other places in Gainesville and, dare I say, across Florida. It's this personal touch from 4Rivers staffers like Cara Smith that sealed the deal for so many loyal customers, myself now included.

The Pluses and Minuses of 4 Rivers Smokehouse

4 Rivers Smokehouse + indicators: Stuffed jalapeno peppers, brisket sandwich.

4 Rivers Smokehouse- indicators: Popularity could create long lunch lines.

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