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Sandwich Inn

Nothing fancy about this sammie drive thru

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

I was driving west on NE 16th Ave. just east of Main St. when a Food On The Run thought hit me.

"You want to know where paradise lies, I call it two triple cheese side order of fries."

Of course I was decided to modify that chorus from Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen's tune when I saw the FOTR oasis looming on my right.

SandwichInnMenuIt must be synchronicity -- whatever that is -- that before I finished singing that great song there was the Sandwich Inn waiting for my lunch order.

There is nothing complicated about this longtime FOTR drive thru. As you drive in, the Sandwich Inn menu is waiting for you painted right up on the wall. Not a 1000 choices to choose from, but you will find very tasty burgers, double burgers, triple burgers, hot dogs, chicken, fish, hot ham and cheese, country fried steak, and sub sandwiches plus french fries and onions rings.

I couldn't help myself when I drove up to the microphone and placed my order in a catchy 4/4 beat, "Make mine one double cheese, side order of fries please."

"Drive forward,' was all I heard from the voice in the box, apparently unimpressed with my order delivery.

My Sandwich Inn expectation was a 'utilitarian' type of lunch. Nothing fancy, just a tasty belly bomb and some crispy shoe string french fries. This double cheese, fry and & drink cost me $7.00. It was the best $7.00 I have spent in a long time.



The two burger patties, cheese, mayo, onions, and lettuce packaged in a medium size hamburger roll brought back memories of some of the best burgers I've ever had.  This hamburger did what it was supposed to do.

The order of french fries sitting in a large pile next to my burger made me think of the classic Grant Wood's "American Gothic" painting.  Picture the hamburger as the man with the pitch fork, and the fries as his wife. Now how is that for abstract art symbolism? Americana stylized in today's FOTR lunch of hamburger and fries.



When I'm cruisn' in my cadillac I gotta have it bad
I pull on over 'cause I know I'll be glad
out comes the waitress with the gorgeous big teeth
right in her hand is my favorite treat
two triple cheese side order of fries
- Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen

The Pluses and Minuses of the Sandwich Inn:

Sandwich Inn (+) indicators: French fries, speedy service, one double cheese, side order of fries.

Sandwich Inn (-) indicators: No minuses here.

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Ward's Supermarket

Ward's BBQ passes Farmer Bubba's test

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By Bubba Scott, GLOB Correspondent

Editors Note: Farmer Bubba Scott is a container vegetable farmer. To help support the farm, he is a P.H.D., Professional Home Developer, AKA The House Doctor.

WardsGROCERYGoing through this web site (the GLOB) does one thing to me. It makes me hungry. Visiting with GLOB Editor Mike Sanford today, we started talking about BBQ and who has the best. With a name like Bubba and raised in Texas, I grew up on good BBQ. So, after leaving Mike's house my thoughts were on which BBQ place I'd try. I chose Ward's Supermarket.

When you walk in the door or Ward's Supermarket, you know what they sell. Fresh produce. It's all about the smell. However, I've never tried their BBQ. I've seen that big pit out front, but never tried what gets cooked in it. The adventure was on. I picked up some veggies and headed for the meat. The pit wasn't going, but they had a great variety of meat wrapped up on the shelf. BBQ tastes best right off the pit, so this was going to be a good test on taste.

After getting clearance from Ward's pit boss, Derrik, to take a couple of pictures, I found out he's been BBQ'ing for two years. That was good enough for me. Being a little hungry, I decided to pick up a few things for the ride home.



My selection was one whole Brown Sugar BBQ Chicken, Pulled Chicken, Homemade Smoked Sausage, photo at top of fature, and a couple of sides, Matt's Mac and Cheese and Potato Salad. I'm one who likes to taste the meat and not the sauce. I don't like dried out meat or meat that's been boiled, frozen, then BBQ'd the next day. BBQ should have a great pit taste. You can add the sauce later.



Well I have to say, this was like good ole Texas BBQ. The potato salad and mac and cheese tasted homemade. I do a lot of cooking and eat out very little, but when I do, I want the food to taste the way I would cook it or better.



So, Ward's BBQ get's a five star rating from Farmer Bubba. This 'que was wrapped up not right off the pit. The sausage was the best I've ever eat'n. It didn't make it to the first red light. The brown sugar chicken was moist with a real pit taste, the pulled chicken had a great ratio of chicken to BBQ sauce. As for the sides, they tasted homemade. The only thing missing in this BBQ dinner was a container of sliced sweet onions and dill pickles. Great cook'n Derrik and Ward's. Not only do you have a great store, you're staff is the friendliest around.

Remember to shop at Ward's and support the farmer.

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China 88

The GLOB Master is seeking Asian food and Chinese vegetables more and more for lunch. Talk about a walking, talking anomaly. One of my biggest diabetes heartbreaks has been the elimination of rice and potatoes from my diet. When I say that, images of scalloped potatoes, French fries, chicken and yellow rice, roast beef with rice and gravy, and Chinese food float though my brain like a culinary death March is taking place. Not to sound like one of the television home repair fix-up guys but there are some lunch time work-arounds. Replacing the white rice on the China 88 #9 Pepper Steak with onions is a spectacular lunch if you are a Chinese veggie fan. I substituted additional fresh, crisp, stir-fried Chinese veggies for rice in my $5.80 lunch combo. The water chestnut pieces are special. The onion and bell peppers make me smile with sharp flavor and a crisp texture that rival the water chestnut crunch. Forther the protein lover the pepper steak was sliced very thin, which made for a juicy, tender accompaniment to the veggies. I add additional soy sauce to my lunch to pump up my noon-day flavor volume. One week I think I will go to five Asian kitchens and try the same Chinese entrée to see if there is any difference in their PS&O #9 combos. BTW, I swear I heard John Lennon asking for his lunch time order of NUMBER NINE!

-Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

Perfectly prepared, 'cheap,' Chinese lunch

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

29 lunch specials all for just $5.25. You might ask about the other 59 dishes, but I was only interested in lunch. Actually, I don't really know if the 88 refers to dishes, ingredients, or just a lucky number, and I was so busy ordering lunch and then eating lunch I forgot to ask.

China88SFIf you are going to China 88 for lunch you might want to get there early. I think parking can get tricky at this Chinese restaurant on the SE corner of Millhopper Road and NW 16th Blvd.

To paraphrase an old fried chicken ad, these folks do Chinese right. Mon. thru Sat. they do lunch for less than $6, and that includes a drink.

I think that must be a pound of lunch they are selling in that aluminum tin. $5.25 a pound seems about right for this extra large lunch portion.

Lunch is an inviting entree organized in a practical aluminum take out container that is completely filled with rice, assorted Chinese veggies, and your choice of protein. My suggestion would be to ask for a second container to use as a plate if you want to mix these tasty ingredients together, otherwise they will be spilling over the edge because there is so much packed into that container.

CHINA88menuI love Chinese food. The unique flavors, perfectly chopped proteins, and the colorful palette of crisp, tasty vegetables served on rice as if it were a white canvass conjur up thoughts of a place on the other side of the world where I have never been.

Since I like spicy and a little heat in my food is a good thing, I ordered the Szechuan Chicken -- lunch special L23. It was not as spicy as I anticipated -- a little Chinese mustard helped the heat quotient -- but the food was otherwise excellently prepared while I waited.

The L23 is one of 10 lunch dishes with a hot and spicy designation.

I felt extraordinarily good about my $5.25 China 88 lunch experience as all of my Asian eating requirements were satisfied:

zzGLOBbullet A good portion of heat to wake up my taste buds

zzGLOBbullet An assortment of fresh veggies expertly cut and stir fried to perfection.

zzGLOBbullet A substantial amount of rice, soy sauce and Chinese mustard.

I am always surprised to eat as much Chinese food as I do. As I gorge myself on excellently prepared Chinese vegetables, I think It must be the perfect preparation.

The Pluses and Minuses of China 88:

The + indicators: A Great lunch prepared perfectly . . . cheap!

The - indicators: Parking

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Bohannon's 1 Stop

Gas, tires, peanuts & 'FOTR' personified

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

The Gainesville Lunch Out Blog hopes to regularly tell you about lunch places where you can make a quick stop, grab your lunch and go. Something like an ‘Order Here’ walk up window--a strategic hot dog stand, a grocery deli where you can stop, pick up something for lunch, and continue about your business.

BohannonsThe GLOB will call these lunch stops Food On The Run locations, or FOTR for short.

Stopping at the Italian Gator on University Ave. for a slice of pizza and a soda on the way to a UF sporting event is a traditional event for some. That’s a FOTR experience.

Arranging your work day to be near the Alachua County Court House at lunchtime to enjoy a sausage dog with onions and spicy mustard from the Court House Hot Dog Stand is just plain smart. That’s a FOTR experience.

What I do when possible is I plan my schedule to be close to the corner of N. Main St. and 23rd Ave at lunchtime where I can pick up an order of fried chicken gizzards from a FOTR location I consider to be southern fried chicken heaven.

Bohannon’s 1 Stop is a gas station, service center, all-in-one minute mart of days gone past and is my favorite FOTR experience.

Owner Louis Bohannon’s favorite seat at the 1 Stop is a small table and chair just to the left of the door that opens to a FOTR Southern fried bliss.

“Chicken livers and gizzards are very popular,” Bohannon says.  “But you would be surprised how many regular customers come in frequently just for a pork chop sandwich,” Bohannon added with smile.

Louis B. and his family have been holding court on this corner for many years.  If you have the time, he would like nothing better than to give you his friendly opinion about the way things are.

However, I have to admit the big reason I stop at the 1 Stop is their deep fryer is always working at high speed.

Being a third generation Floridian I understand Southern Fried.

I’ve even made a disk of Southern rock-n-roll tunes I call ‘Southern Fried’. I attend food-themed tailgate parties where the best tailgate of the season is called, “White Trash Week End.” That name isn’t because we enjoy Maine lobster with a nice goose pate entrees.

A favorite song of mine is about a guy singing how he loves fried chicken skin.

Trust me--Louis and the boys know how to fry chicken: Hot, crispy and very tasty, I almost think twice about adding Crystal hot sauce before I douse my gizzards. I like to call Bohannon's fried gizzards heart-stopping-good.

I’ve enjoyed my favorite chicken organ meats all over Gainesville, but I always end up comparing those gizzards to the gizzards at Bohannon’s.

So after a splash of salt and a good dose of hot sauce, I’m heading to the cash register thinking, “This is what it’s all about.”  This is a Gainesville Lunch Out Blog Food On The Run experience.

So what’s your favorite Food On The Run GLOBers?   The next time you’re at a FOTR send the GLOB a picture of you and/or your food.  Tell us what you are having for lunch.  Let other GLOBers know about your FOTR experience.  You can locate FOTR lunch sites on the GLOB Google maps.

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FOTR excellence: Great food, service & cool name

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

wokrollThe Wok-n-Roll Chinese Restaurant in the shopping center on the corner of SW 34th St. and SW 20th St. has all the qualities that make a perfect Food On The Run choice:

zzGLOBbullet A wide variety of Chinese entrees in a speedy fashion.

zzGLOBbullet Good food:  The vegetables are fresh, chopped, crisp and tasty; the rice is cooked to perfection; and your favorite protein is added in ample portions.

zzGLOBbullet An unforgettable, very cool name.

zzGLOBbullet With just four tables, it's easy to see Food On The Run is the main idea in this tiny restaurant.

Wok-n-Roll has the FOTR formula down to a science. I mean how much easier could it be? You walk in, check the menu out for your lunch choice, and tell the person behind the counter the number of the meal you want.

Recently, I stated that when I am in a Mexican restaurant, I always order a taco with my lunch. When I am having Chinese for lunch, you guessed it:  You will find an egg roll on my plate. The tasty Wok-n-Roll Spring Roll went very nicely with my "L 20".

Do I need to tell you what an "L20" is? The L indicates LUNCH . . . :)

Wok-n-Roll l.  I just like the sound of that name. Wok n Roll is up there with Chinese Takee Outee for 'Best GLOB Chinese Restaurant Name."

WokRollLOGOI'm a Chinese food fan. I like the crispy al dente vegetables, the flavors of all the ingredients are very pronounced in a texture-happy combination of rice, veggies, and proteins.

So, the next time you and your lunch mates are talking over where to eat, my suggestion to you is stand up and declare in a loud way:  "WOK n ROLL!"

The Pluses and Minuses of Wok-n-Roll Chinese Restaurant:

Wok-n-Roll (+) indicators: Fast service, varied menu, excellent name.

Wok-n-Roll (-) indicators: They get busy, but that's not a problem when you call in your order ahead of time.

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The Pluses and Minuses of La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant:

La Fiesta (+) indicators: Excellent Mexican food experience.

La Fiesta (-) indicators:
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