Lunch entree makes sharing lunch fun
This lunch at long time favorite Harry's Seafood Bar and Grille was a special lunch compensating for Gainesville Lunch Out Blog Image editor Erica Corbett missing the GLOB's holiday lunch and we were excited about taking advantage of the Harry's holiday menu and exchanging Christmas gifts.
This special lunch had me asking the question do you think it is the creative bones in my body that causes me to smile with delight when I am presented a beautiful plate of food?
Thanks to a customer friendly Harry's server Jean Marie Erica and I were sharing this special lunch and when we our salad entree arrived beautifully divided into two portion we were happily surprised and impressed. Harry's Server Jean Marie's presentation of our salads the perfect touch to the start of a fabulous lunch.
The fresh crunchy – obvious big enough for two - salad ingredients are highlighted the by bright, colorful salad greens decorated with julienned carrots, and plump cherry tomatoes ffor this evenly shared lunch entree. Image at the top of this review.
That said the mammoth plate of Harry's Holiday Trio of food consisting of grilled filet medallions topped with fried lobster and shrimp. th plate was accented with New Orleans sherry cream sauce and accompanied with classic smashed potatoes and green beans. The entrée looked so delicious on one plate Erica offered up a smart suggestion.
"We don't have to have this split up do we," Erica asked reaching for a perfectly cooked, fried golden brown shrimp off of the plate between us.
"That filet is really tender and flavorful," I said between bites dipping my protein into the the sherry sauce. The combination of fried seafood and steak covered with the sherry sauce was an equally impressive presentation of delicious mid-day lunch time offerings. The fresh green beans are extremely crisp and crunchy. The side order of collard greens were fresh with a slight taste of the veggies broth – pot liquor to the southern GLOBers.
Being a major fan of fried food the lobster and shrimp elements of our lunch were scrumptious bringing back memories of back home all-you-can-eat fried shrimp dinners.
It was fun discovering the yummy bites flavor surprises with Erica while discussing the events of the holiday season and her trek to Colorado for the holidays.
Our lunch was a perfect way for two foodies to revel in the here and now of lunch, friendship and amazing lunchtime delicacies. Even though we were sharing an entrée, Erica still had enough food for a very nice leftover plate of steak, shrimp and lobster covered in sherry sauce.
Kudos to Harry's and their delicious seasonal menus. I get more than a little excited thinking about what could be in store for the upcoming 2019 Mardi Gras menu.
Les Bons Temps Rouler!
- Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor
My salad was excellent, but that cheeseburger
By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor
Have you ever considered the fact some lunch outers in other places in the world have never eaten hamburgers.
This is the kinds of topic I was thinking about eyeing long time GLOBer, even longer time owner of GT Motorcars, and good friend Bob Sturm after I suggested he try the Harry's Seafood Bar & Grill every Wednesday Hamburger Special with your choice of French, Fries, cole slaw, or the vegetable of the day ($8.99).
Bob's burger was one of the better looking cheeseburgers I have seen in some time I was thinking to myself as the server served me a beautifully presented Harry's Garden Salad with Blacked Mahi, bleu cheese and bacon crumbles -or- feta cheese and sun dried cranberries ($9.50).
I need to repeat myself here GLOBers. I don't think I have ever seen a better looking hamburger . . .
This is a good example why -- for the GLOB Master -- sometimes lunch is all about the facts ma'am:
Look at my food, lunch, not what other people eat.
Think about how I have successfully managed to change my diet for the better in so many ways.
I love the way the cheese has coated the onion, running done the side of the. . . oh, sorry. I never said this diabetes adventure was easy you know.
Harry's does make an excellent salad. Actually they create six different salads.
I smile seeing the way they have partitioned, categorized my salad ingredients on my plate ready for me to mix them together as I choose. Plus I feel incredibly hip, smart, healthy, about adding the all white meat fish filet to my salad. Were you aware do the fact that eating fish may Increase grey matter in the brain and protect it from age-related deterioration.
My Garden salad was, as always, spectacular and always delicious. The crunch of the carrots, cucumbers, onions, combined with the tasty goo of the tomato melded nicely with the fresh, crunchy greens and feta cheese. There is a complete Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille menu at the bottom of this page.
Speaking of eating healthy I had a good discussion with my doctor(s) recently about whether a blood sugar spike that starts at 300 and spikes to 490 on the blood glucose monitor was worse than spike that started at 100 and spiked to 290 on the blood glucose monitor.
"Oh, blood sugar spikes into the 450-500 range can result in long term damage to your body in many ways," the doctor said. "Not so much with spikes at the lower ranges of the scale," the doctor added.
So my next test is to enjoy a Harry's Burger when my blood sugar is at the 100 mark. . . I think to myself thinking maybe I could still talk GT Bob into sharing his wonderfully yummy looking lunchtime cheeseburger prize.
Harry’s: A long time personal favorite
By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor
Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille has been one of my favorite restaurants for a very long time.
There I've said it. I'm staring at the horns of a dilemma here.
When I started this blog idea, my objective was to be journalistically correct by being impartial, fair, and objective about the restaurants I write about.
I can't do that in this GLOB entry -- I enjoy Harry's and the zillion of memories floating around the great old historic building in downtown Gainesville where Harry's lives.
All right, so I go to Harry's a lot. I go so often I'm surprised there isn't a seat emblazoned with 'Mike Sanford, Favorite Customer'. And there are many good reasons why Harry's is at the top of my list.
At Harry's they fry their seafood just like my daddy did -- using an egg wash so the cracker meal and spices create a light coating on the shrimp, oysters and fish. The result is a lightly crusted, golden brown, supremely tasty morsel from the sea that makes me smile just thinking about it.
For the late lunch GLOBers there is a Happy Hour special every day from 2:00-7:00 p.m. with drink specials and an early bird menu. In this professional's eaters point-of-view, there are no better chicken wings in town.
When you order their chicken wings, tell them you want them the Mike Sanford way: blackened, extra crispy, tossed in hot sauce. You can't beat 'em.
An important plus at Harry's is a staff of customer friendly folks that make you feel special. They are attentive, and supremely professional. Jessica, Collin, Kelly and Ami always make me feel welcome.
Remember the TV theme song that had the line, 'Every one knows your name?' Well people are not just names at Harry's. Long time patrons Bob and Jane, The two Pams -- either one of them --, the Alachua County government I T guys, a professor here, professional there, are all nice people with interesting opinions they like to share.
So do you see my dilemma?
Everything about Harry's makes me smile. How do I hide that glee in a shroud of objectivity and impartiality when I'm trying to convey to you what I think is a very special place for lunch?
The Harry's Seafood Bar and Grille 'Harry's Style' burger with bacon, caramelized onions, mushrooms, jack & cheddar cheeses is a really good hamburger. Nestled next to French fries the Harry's Burger fills your lunch plate with an extra large patty of excellent ground chuck is strategically embedded in the organized chaos of the juicy, savory flavors of bacon, onions, pickles, tomato, lettuce, mustard and catsup. This burger is so good that you don't mind the burger's juices and gooey goodness dripping onto your fingers. However I do try to remember, from time to time, to make sure I'm not wearing burger condiments on my shirt after lunch. One of the GLOB Master's better after lunch lines is pointing at the giant mustard stain on my shirt and remark, "I am saving that for a snack later . . ."
- Mike Sanford, GLOB Edior
The Pluses and Minuses of Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille:
The Harry's + indicators: Did I mention the great blues and Cajun music that adds to Harry's New Orleans ambiance? It makes a trip to the rest room feel like walking into the largest set of walk-in head phones around. It's a perfect Harry's moment for me when I go to the restroom only to hear 'I love you baby, like my dog loves meat' is playing. Yep, that's one more thing that makes me smile about Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille.
The Harry's - indicators: Like all of the down town restaurants and shops there aren't any parking spaces available because all the worker ants fill the parking spaces up at 8:00 in the morning and never give them up . . .
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The GLOB Master has a new friend that is the perfect theater partner. Ms. Kristina Steinfeldt is a research coordinator and has the note taking, recording of information down to a science GLOBers. (Eat your heart out, Ron Cunningham.) More importantly we have now established a routine of after show eats and discussion at Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille. It might be hard to believe, but I'm thinking Kristina could be a bigger fan of Harry's than the GLOB Master. While I'm not really sure that's true, I do know she is seriously in love with the Harry's Crab & Eggplant Napoleon appetizer ($9.99). And what's not to like about that? You have panko-crusted eggplant stacked with layers of crab meat topped with parmesan basil cream sauce. (Psst: That sauce would make a plate of neck bones delicious.) I'm thinking if parents would introduce their children to this eggplant entrée, there would never be a problem with the "EAT YOUR VEGETABLES" routine. This amazingly scrumptious Harry's Starter is big enough to share, which makes the extra large price more palatable. Plus the plump pieces of fresh crab and tender morsels of eggplant immersed in the parmesan basil cream sauce create a meal fit for the last day on earth.
- GLOB Master