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Beef O'Brady's: CLOSED: October, 2019

The devils’ in the fries at B-O-B’s

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

BOBstorefrontI took my son Bob to his first Florida Gator Sports event when he was 10 years-old.

“Look Bob,” I said standing in front of what we called the O’Dome back then pointing at the Ben Hill Griffen football stadium.

“Gator football, Gator basketball, and Gator baseball all right here side by side,” I added waving my hand from left, to right.

Bob and I saw the Gators win a Saturday basketball game that day and then we headed over to Beef O’Brady’s on NW 43rd St. to catch another game on television and share a victory meal.

The GLOB Master might have more great Beef O’Brady’s memories than they have Gator sports memorabilia. Well, I have a lot of great memories . . .

 

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Last weekend I was excited thinking about catching the end of the regular season Gators vs. Wildcats basketball game while enjoying a Beef O’ Brady’s Saturday lunch. Plus it was an opportunity to experience all things deep fried, and grilled to game day satisfaction.  And on Florida Gator game day everyone at Beef O’Brady’s is wearing orange, and blue.

Beef O’Brady’s calls their restaurant a family sports bar. I think that moniker works at Beef’s. Every time I have been to this lunch stop there is usually one each of every kind of customer you could think of including moms, sisters, dad’s, sons, sports fans. Gosh GLOBer there is a good chance there might be one or two non-sports fans in the building, however if I was a betting man, I wouldn’t bet on it.

‘Beef’s menu’ has all the heart stopping, artery clogging bad food prizes, and some new B-O-B entrees – to me -- for the daring, brave, first time customers,  For example Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders ($10.29) that are 3 chicken tenders hand-breaded, fried and served with BBQ sauce or honey mustard dressing sounds like a good lunch item.. Plus a yummy sounding Seafood Combo ($12.99) consisting of a fillet of mild white fish and shrimp served with fries, coleslaw, tartar sauce, lemon and cocktail sauce should be large enough to share..

Those entrees were in addition to the burgers, char grill , chicken wings, sandwiches, wraps, salads, tacos, and bowls.

There are several lunch combos available, and a ‘Build Your Own Premium Burger Combo’. Combos include ‘straight cut’ French fries, and a soft drink or tea for ($8.49).

 

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A good friend has more than once mentioned he thinks the Beef O’Brady’s chicken wings are the best in town. With their own webpages on the website chicken wings come in many different flavors, and different levels of heat from Garlic Parmesan to Nuclear for the manly man chicken wing eater. Wings can be bought in sizes ranging from six wings to 20 wings starting at $10.29

There is a complete Beef O’Brady’s menu at the restaurant link below this review.

So I was engrossed in the menu, seriously thinking about an award winning poultry lunch when I spied the flyer on the bar describing Saturday’s featured Item:

SMOKED SIRLOIN STACKER ($10.00)
Delicious, sliced, tender smoked sirloin with caramelized onions,
pepper jack cheese with a drizzle of Kentucky Bourbon sauce.
Served on a buttered brioche roll.

Surprisingly I over came my diabetes eating guilt trying not to think about the brioche bread and a plate of glorious French fries looming in my lunchtime horizon.

 

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My lunch arrived and right away I felt a sense of elation seeing my Smoked Sirloin Stack was in fact wedged between two slices of bread, not a sub sandwich roll.

It could have been the steak sandwich of my dreams GLOBers. With pieces of steak, cheese, onions oozing, creeping out the sides of my sandwich was completely in love with the flavors, tastes of this diabetes belly bomb.

 

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Remember stories about the the good angel, bad devil sitting on your shoulders? I know there is a French fry diabetes devil laughing, sticking, prodding me to take that giant step to spuds-ville and eat all the crispy, fried to perfection, potatoes on my plate.

I have reached a point in eating, a lifestyle with food restrictions, to realize there is no longer such thing as bad French fries. I must be re-programmed. Looking at the plate of white potato goodness my thoughts turn to, “That’s a lot of French Fries, maybe I will just eat a few.”

So be proud of me GLOBers. Please don’t rain on my lunchtime parade. I did eat some fries. But I didn’t eat all of them. And I only ate one slice of the brioche bread.

It may not sound like a big deal to you.   I find myself thinking of what my slightly built sister says about food, eating.   “Sometimes I feel like there is a 500 pound women trying come out of my body, so I have to be careful about what I eat all the time.”

And she doesn’t have a diabetes devil on her shoulder heaping guilt on her lunch time food fest.

The Pluses and Minuses of Beef O'Brady's:

Beef O'Brady's + indicators:  Tailgate, bar food, deep fried bliss, plus a sporting event on every television in the building.

Beef O'Brady'sn - indicators:  There are not many things in here your doctor, nutritionist, or the food police would applaud you for eating.

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Dairy Queen, Archer Rd.

 

The Pluses and Minuses of Dairy Queen, NW 39th Ave.

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Dairy Queen, NW 39th Ave.

 

The Pluses and Minuses of Dairy Queen, NW 39th Ave.

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David's Real Pit BBQ

DAVIDSbbqNEI'm a workin' guy. I am up every morning Mon.-Fri. between 4:30 and 6:00 getting the Gainesville Lunch Out Blog's Daily GLOB ready to publish by 8:15 am. So when I walked into the David's Real Pit BBQ on NE 23rd Ave. and saw they had a Working Person's Special of a BBQ sandwich, your choice of side item and a 16 oz. refillable drink for $6.00, that was one of the easier no-brainer decisions I have made in quite some time. This is David's BBQ. The pork sandwich is juicy, flavorful pulled and chopped pork stacked mountain high on some very tasty, perfectly toasted, thick-sliced Texas toast. I couldn't resist trying the fried okra. GLOBers . The okra wasn't the best fried okra ever made and then I proceeded to eat every bit of this southern taste treat. "You know, I prefer my okra just boiled and served slimy or it is sublime with tomatoes over rice,' I said to no one special reaching for the last nugget of okra goodness. David's dining room filled up for lunch, and the David's staffers demonstrated that this wasn't their first BBQ rodeo and kept the trays of smoke protein specialties moving out to waiting customers in a very fine fashion. I'm going back to David's Real Pit BBQ! Well, maybe not today, but certainly the next time I'm looking for BBQ pork goodness . . .

- GLOB Master

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A Gainesville Lunch out Blog feature story about David's BBQ can be found on the NW 39th Ave David's ReaL Pit BBQ page.

 

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Veggie burger works 'Cue stand

Jim Bruce works David's Real Pit BBQ, and he has a story to share with you. David has been cooking up, serving, and presenting happy customers some of Gaineville's best BBQ for over nine years. Jim has also been a vegetarian for over 12 years. Talk about being a'stranger in a strange land.' I was thinking of Leon Russell and the Mad Dogs and Englishmen as Jim explained to me how it wasn't that bad being a vegetarian in a kitchen full of fat, gristle, and meat.

"I'm used to it. It really doesn't bother me that much any more," Jim said.  "I have become the great explainer as to why we need to keep buying meatless patties for customers. It's a good sandwich." I am here to testify that David's is a good place for professional eaters. No need to say, "Upsize that would ya?" The fried potatoes could be the best in town. Big, fat, home style cut potato planks that let you know right away that you're eating potato. The David's veggie burger is cut from the same checkerboard BBQ table cloth. A giant wedge of tomato, half inch slices of albino white onions that dramatically contrast with the greenest designer lettuce you can find, and the biggest dill pickle slices this side of the Claussen pickle farm. Add a little mayonnaise and ketchup on top of a crispy crunchy, spicy veggie burger that includes some spicy red pepper flakes in it, and you have yourself a taste explosion of BIG flavors happening in your mouth.

- GLOB Master

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Dave's New York Deli

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W. Gainesville's slice of N. Y. heaven

By: Melissa Kahan, GLOB Correspondent

012814ddavesJANmenuBRDCreating a good deli experience is not an easy feat, no matter the location. In fact, a deli that boasts providing a "true New York deli experience" is another ballpark all its own. The Big Apple is known for having uniquely delectable food items, from New York-style bagels to a great New York slice of pizza. Claiming to provide that aforementioned "New York deli experience," Dave's New York Deli in Gainesville's Tioga Town Center says that it even gets all of its corned beef and pastrami meats directly from Carnegie Deli in New York.

I don't know about anyone else, but I was sold.

I wasn't sure exactly what to expect when walking up to the small shop with the Statue of Liberty and New York-esque signage out front. As an annual visitor to this northeast state, I have had countless deli sandwiches, one from Carnegie Hall itself which was an experience too lavish and detailed to go on a tangent about now. Needless to say I was ready to try what, in my opinion, is the most traditional of sandwiches at such a shop, especially with all the hype surrounding it. However, I was overwhelmed and surprised by the amazing selection of menu items available.

 

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DavesReubenI figured there would be the hot and cold sub list, with maybe a few salads thrown in for good measure. Dave's seemed to attempt to fit all — and I mean all — of New York's signature bests into one shop: the sweetness of the cannoli and black and white cookie to the savory of a breakfast sandwich and knish and the classics of wings and hotdogs. Despite this, the cashier was adamant that although Dave's sold everything from burgers and "grinders" to bagels and cheesecake, if I wasn't going to get a Philly cheesesteak or a Reuben, both of which she said people have come from all over to try, then I had to order off of the "Hot NY Deli Sandwiches" menu.

Thank goodness for the cashier's advice, or this food adventurer would have attempted to try one of everything. After settling on that one menu page out of many others, I was drawn to the classics: pastrami and corned beef. This led me to the New York, New York, which gave me the best of both worlds, and then some. Actually, I got the "special" version, which meant my sandwich would have coleslaw and Swiss cheese on it, too. My friend opted for the Reuben after the cashier's convincing argument. With a side pickle and a reasonable price (under $8 without a drink), I was salivating just envisioning it.

 

012814ddavesJANreubenAfter a brief parting from the menu of maybe 5-10 minutes tops, my friend and I were presented with our sandwiches, nay, masterpieces. My sandwich, image at the top of this feature, was a delicate assembly of both hot corned beef and pastrami piled high with a thick layer of creamy coleslaw and Swiss cheese gracing the bottom inner slice of rye bread that, according to the cashier, "makes the sandwich so special." I couldn't agree more. The flavorful seeded rye bread was the perfect blanket to encompass the rich fillings, from the hearty, but thinly-sliced meats to the creaminess of the homemade coleslaw and cheese. Each bite was a flavor explosion as exciting and tantalizing as the last, leaving me wanting more despite the sandwich's size. A bite of my friend's Reuben produced similar sensations, as the sauerkraut, dressing, Swiss cheese and hot corned beef married together perfectly as one of the better Reubens I've tasted.

Note: As I am writing all of this I find myself with an insatiable craving for a NY-style sandwich. This place may be the death of my diet (and wallet), so heed this word of warning.

 

012814davesJANstorefrontAfter a pleasant lunch outside on a cool, crisp, sunny Gainesville day, I have found another gem on the outskirts of Gainesville. However, it is very worth the drive. Maybe Dave's can even fill the void that TooJay's Gourmet Deli left after closing its Gainesville location. I have yet to find a black and white cookie as perfectly done as TooJay's, but perhaps next time I go back to Dave's I can find one that gives the TooJay's version a run for its money – and there will most certainly be a next time.

The Pluses and Minuses of Dave's New York Deli:

Dave's New York Deli (+) indicators: Delicious food, knowledgeable staff, timely food delivery, varied and abundant menu items, reasonably pricedt.

Dave's New York Deli (-) indicators: A bit of a drive out, may cause addiction.

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Reuben sandwich, deli, is NYC authentic

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

Editor's Noter: Dave's New York Deli has relocated to Tioga Town Center since this story has been written.  Look for a new Dave's feature soon!

The GLOB Master was in search of a very tasty Reuben sandwich leading up to St. Patty's Day on Saturday.

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Starting from the edges of the Urban GLOB on this corn beef odyssey, we decided to start with Dave's New York Deli at Jonesville. Inside Dave's to the right as you enter is counter after counter of delicious deli items and giant menus on the wall.

Could there be better place to seek out corn beef and kraut?

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The checkerboard taxi theme throughout this narrow lunch stop works. It's like an alley way of authentic lunch time joy with the other wall of Dave's lined with tables filled with hungry customers and on the wall a giant photo of New York City depicting the good 'ole days of NYC.

More importantly, Dave is right there in the middle of it all imparting his New York 'tude. But his demeanor is a demonstration of how he loves his deli and the folks he serves. Dave is a talker, and he keeps the deli jumping with his continual banters and friendly delivery of your order directly to your table in quick fashion.

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When it was time for the GLOB Historian, Jon Roosenraad, and myself to order, I told Dave, left in photo, we were in search of the most authentic corned beef and sauerkraut sandwich Gainesville.

He replied: "Well, if you're looking for authentic, then you want the Dave's Hot, Toasted Corn Beef Sandwich. And there's no need to go anywhere else because my Reuben is the best in town."

Dave suggested I order the New York size. It was filled with double the corned beef and sauerkraut, 1000 island dressing, and Swiss cheese.

"Is the dressing really an authentic aspect of the sandwich, Dave?" I asked, not being a big fan of mayo-ketchup mix.

"You said authentic didn't you," he says, looking at me puzzled.

That's when the sandwich maker behind the counter spoke up saying he would add a little spicy mustard on the side.

My lunch pal, whose last name, may I remind you, is ROOSENRAAD, is from the midwest -- if you couldn't guess from that last name, and I have noticed he always orders pastrami instead of corned beef. With a little Irish luck, he will add a comment explaining his preference of the two cured meats. I have added a link here to REUBENOGRAPHY for another take on the differences. It seems like the particulars are 'all about the deckle'.

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When Dave delivered our sandwiches I was flabbergasted at how my CB & SK was twice as big as Jonny's pastrami on rye.

I'm a big guy, and I could have eaten both halves of that giant sandwich. However I did feel better about taking half of my lunch home for later. The corned beef was sliced very thin and stacked impressively, mountain-like, between two perfectly toasted slices of rye bread. The sauerkraut had a nice crunch and very good tart, sour flavor that complemented the spices in the corned beef. The 1000 island dressing was all right. There is so much flavor from this sandwich that my indifference toward the dressing was not an issue, but I happily dunked bites of my sandwich into my mustard on the side.

That's kinda like a 'side order fries,' isn't it?

Kudos to Dave's sandwich maker for offering up the side order of mustard. This busy deli with the spicy mustard, my new pal Dave, and the excellent sandwich blended together to make a fabulous Reubenesque lunch experience.

DavesSFDr. Roosenraad's first question as we headed back into town was whether I thought Dave's New York Deli worth the drive. The GLOB Master's quick response was, "I'm going back."

Was there a mustard ban in the old days and THAT's why they created 1000 island dressing?

 

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Long time pal and GLOB Historian, Jon Roosenraad, and I were in serious conversation about the differences between a Dave's NY Deli Pastrami Sandwich on rye bread, and a DNYD Rueben with stacked corned beef, sauerkraut, and spicy mustard, when Dave's owner, Dave Anderson, walked up pointing at a packaged, hermetically sealed slab of beef brisket. "See this," he says proudly raising the brisket a little higher. The Boar's head regional sales guy says I am the only restaurant in his district selling this Boar's Head, USDA Choice Beef Mesquite Smokehouse 1st Cut Smoked Seasoned Beef Brisket. "You're making a big mistake if you don't try our Mesquite Smoked BBQ Beef brisket sandwich today," Dave said with that look–in-your-eye matter of fact-ness only a New Yorker can get away with. "Think about it," he added. "Slow smoked beef brisket topped with BBQ sauce, and our homemade, creamy cole slaw served on on a garlic toasted Kaiser roll." I understand when not to say no, and I was pleasantly pleased with my lunch time brisket sandwich. Like all of Dave's sammies, the thin- sliced, 100% natural mesquite smoked beef wasn't a tough chew like most briskets I have experienced. The cole slaw added a nice moist touch to the BBQ that included a very mild BBQ sauce. I'm more and more realizing a good sandwich is only as good as the bread encasing the yummy ingredients. This was an excellent Kaiser role -- crunchy on the outside with a divine texture of warm, chewy bread inside. NOTE TO TEE LEE: This beef brisket deserves your complete, red-meat protein attention.

The Pluses and Minuses of Dave's New York Deli:

Dave's New York Deli (+) indicators: An excellent lunch in an authentic N.Y. deli environment.

Dave's New York Deli (-) indicators: At times I think passports are necessary this far out of town .

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Relish - Downtown

Relish burger highlights best laid plans

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

It was a Florida Gator game day weekend and I was awakened with an excellent Blood Sugar number. What a fantastic feeling GLOBers. My mind was swirling with the upcoming day's events on ready in front of the GLOB Master:

zzGLOBbullet RELISHflipped300Lunch at the Relish Big & Tasty Downtown.

zzGLOBbullet Check out some of the 400 Fest 17 bands emanating from several downtown venues this mid-day day two of this international alternative rock fest bands.

zzGLOBbullet Go to the Alachua County Supervisor of Election's Office, 515 North Main Street, Suite 300. 2018 Early Voting last's until November 3. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information to assist you in accomplishing your voting responsibility.

zzGLOBbullet Meet a very interesting, long-time friend to watch the Mighty Florida Gators to match up against the Georgia Bulldogs for what is the biggest football game experience for the Gators in a very long time.

I decided I was entitled to break free of my Diabetes chains and treat the GLOB Master right this beautiful day with a relish Big & Tasty Double cheese burger and an order of delicious, crispy French Fres.

I entered the Downtown Relish at just the right time with no customers in front of me. After I walked in the burger stand filled up with FEST-ers and I was feeling very smug enjoying my burger as a line formed out the door.

This lunch stop is breaking all the burger franchise chain rules with now four locally owned, created Relish stops in Gainesville. Kudos to Relish Owner Rob Roche for mastering the art of excellent hamburgers right here, right now.

 

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FROM THE RELISH.COM WEBSITE:

Relish has been refining the art of the burger since opening in early 2009, after owner Rob Roche unleashed a whirlwind revamp on the smoothie shop positioned between a Pita Pit and beer bar that he owned. A self-made, visionary yet industrious import from Canada, Roche came to America in 2002 and started taking risks in the restaurant industry that really paid off. He eventually branched off from the known in the culinary world to create his own blend of the best qualities that he saw in other food service superstars. With the hopes of one day standing with them at the franchise level, Roche constructed the first Relish with his own two hands in eleven days, and he has since opened two more (but, he had help with those).

 

The Relish lunch stop has a varied assortment of toppings, many unique to this burger palace like spicy sauces, fresh and cooked peppers, corn relish, guacamole, and fresh avocado plus many more toppings, 16, and 19 sauces including Spicy Mayo (BOOM BOOM). Peanut Butter, and Curry Ketchup.

Feeling like the old Mike Sanford I went the traditional route of lettuce, tomato, pickle and American cheese on my burger. I did include the Spicy Mayo, and fresh Jalapeno peppers to give my belly bomb some additional heat.

 

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My custom designed mid-day, culinary, red meat lunch prize was an impressive sight to behold.

I'm not kidding GLOBers. The French fries circling my protein package atop the Relish aluminum burger in my eyes wrap created a gastronomical mid-day meal beauty.

Excuse me for getting carried away with lunch time joy GLOBers, but I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a cheese burger and fries for lunch.

The French fries were amazingly crisp, fresh, hot, crunchy, and everything I imagined about fried spuds.

I started a conversation with some out-of-town FEST-ers regarding the wonders of French fried potatoes.

"For your information Hastings is the potato capital of Florida and it is just a short drive East of Gainesville," I said thinking of the one stop-light small town on the way to St. Augustine.

"Really," The FEST-er said. "We are from Idaho if you really want to talk potatoes." He added with a smug look.

 

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It was fun watching my burger being created. The Relish server was into his hamburger art carefully stacking my topping one-by-one on top of my read meat protein allowing my imagination to happily RELISH the unique flavor, crunch, of the toppings and delicious spread.

Eating slower than usual I wanted to RELISH every bite and enjoy this unique, savory, infrequent experience.

 

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If you would like to know my planned Saturday with a boatload of expectations.  Unfortunately my mid-day meal was the high point of a Saturday of missed opportunities, changed plans with my planned Saturday partner. Plus a sound beating handed to the Gators by a better Red and Black collection of 'Dawgs.

The series of unfortunate events left me thinking it was a good thing I had planned to start my Saturday being good to Mike Sanford with a fantastic hamburger and French fries.

 

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My name is Mike Sanford and I am a Hamburger-aholic. There I've said it. My story is a simple one of pure satisfaction.  In the middle of the afternoon I can be downtown killing time until I meet my pals for some afternoon discussion and I think, "Go get a hamburger at Relish GLOB Master." This wouldn't be a big deal except I have now done this action twice in recent memory. If you are into blame you can heap a boat load on the friendly Relish Staffers that give the appearance of cordial, happy to please enablers in my ground beef have-it-my-way Jones. Last week it was a single with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, sprouts, fresh jalapeno peppers, horseradish sauce, and a semi hard cooked fried egg. A fried egg and sprouts you may ask. It sounded like a good idea at the time, and it tasted even better. This all beef patty was covered in distinct, spicy, crunch, gooey, creamy flavors and textures. I swear I tasted each, and every topping in an, oral individual inventory of what the heck was I eating. This was an excellent hamburger most likely never to be recreated by the GLOB Master.  That's because there are no cookie cutter burgers in this hamburger world.  Relish Staffer  Leslie, image below, told me there is a guy that comes into Relish and every time orders the same peanut butter, pickle and habanero pepper burger.  How boring is that? To paraphrase Tom Waits, "Now Mr, Jagger, and Mr. Richards I will be satisfied."

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I am struggling with a little conflict right at the moment GLOBers.  When I wrote this review I was an All American cheese burger lover.  I still love hamburgers.  On occasion I will even treat my self to a glorious two patty epicurean prize of a hamburger loaded all the way.  These days how ever I eat my burgers with out the bun due to Diabetes eating constraints.  The hamburgers are still delicious.  But the hamburger experience is completely different.  As Elaine in the Seinfeld comedy series would say, "Not that it's a bad thing . . . "

 

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Editor's Note: A Gainesville Lunch Out Blog feature story on of Relish hamburgers can be viewed on the Relish Midtown. GLOB page, and the Relish Tasty Burger in the Royai Park Plaza on Newberry Rd. page.. -- GLOB Master

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Five Guys Burgers & Fries

Home cut French fries worth living for

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By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

"BREAKDOWN! Go ahead and give it to me." That is what I was hearing Tom Petty singing in my head as I looked at some of the most delicious French fries I have ever seen. Sure it was a breakdown, I gave up, surrendered my regimen of watching what I eat all day, every damn day for an order of Five Guys Burger and Fries French fries.

I convinced myself the Five Guy Grilled Cheese with Kraft American cheese melted on an inside-out Five Guys bun and toppings of your choice, onions grilled until golden brown was the reason I was on the corner of NW 43rd St. and NW16th Blvd. for lunch.

VeggieFRIESBut who is really fooling who GLOBers. If that white cup of fresh cut, fried crispy on the outside tender on the inside spuds were not on the menu I would be eating somebody elses grilled cheese.

Don't get me wrong. This an excellent grilled cheese with a multitude of fresh veggie toppings that would make any food lover, veggie, vegan, even carnivore lunch outer a satisfied customer.

I selected my favorite sandwich veggies: Tomato, grilled onions, pickles, and jalapeno peppers for my meatless belly bomb. The sandwich was fantastic. Kudos to the original Five Guys and there idea of turning the hamburger bun over, toasting the inside creating a spectacularly cooked, crunchy, cheesy, gooey, mouthwatering grilled cheese.

As I sit here writing this review someone please STOP ME from returning to FGBF today for another order of the best French fries in Gainesville . . .

- GLOB Master, Cursing his Diabetes dilemma

 

The Pluses and Minuses of the Millhopper Five Guys Burgers and Fries:

The Five Guys + indicators: Very tasty Grilled Cheese with a lot of flavors. Be sure to add the jalapeno peppers.  EXCELLENT French fries.

Editor's Note: A Gainesville Lunch Out Blog feature of the Five Guys Burgers & Fries on Archer Rd can be viewed on a separate GLOB page -- Five Guys Archer Rd.  -- GLOB Master

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Sonic Drive-In, NW 39th. Ave.

Fast food heaven & roller-blade babes to boot!

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

There were a lot of happy GLOBers when the Sonic Drive-in reopened on NW 39th Ave.

SonicSFAfter an extended hiatus, America's drive-in restaurant reopened with a full line of burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, French fries, onion rings, and desserts.

In case you didn't already know, just like in the 'Happy Days' TV show, a server on roller skates happily delivers your lunch to your driver's side window with a giant smile at this nostalgic drive-in lunch stop.

You must admit seeing your lunch gliding down the sidewalk to your automobile is a very cool memorable experience.

 

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I think I was parked in the wrong space because I saw my roller-bladed server come out of the front door of Sonic. Then the view the of the server, and my lunch, was blocked by the giant menu screen displays positioned in the corner of each parking spot.

Finally her roller blades came into view below the displays and I was able to watch the black, four wheel roller-blades advance as my Sonic Drive-in lunch time bliss was effortlessly transported down the concrete path.

If you are in a hurry for a quick lunch of burger or a hot dog with French fries or onion rings, this Food On the Run hot spot is the place for you.

In past visits to this 39th Avenue FOTR oasis, I have sampled breakfast wraps (excellent), hamburgers (good, 9 different kinds), hot dogs (excellent, 7 choices), and chicken sandwiches (tasty, again 7 choices), that all satisfied my lunch time requirements. That's a lot of food choices for one drive-in.

sonicHotDogThis trip I decided on the 'two Hot Dog Combo.' I selected a chili dog with onions and the New York dog topped with spicy brown mustard, grilled onions and sauerkraut as my two hot dogs. I added an order of onion rings to my combo . . . because I love onion rings.

I have a friend that several years ago informed me that a trip to Sonic was not complete without onion rings. She is still correct. The onion rings are very good. Fried to a crispy crust and the thick onion slices complement the crunchy outside in a very special way.

 

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There are a lot of good lunch time menu choices at the Sonic. My suggestion is to go to the GLOB Sonic blog page and click on the Sonic website menu link so you can immerse yourself in fast food nirvana. Then come back to the GLOB's News Lunch Box (bottom of home page) for excellent reading material to feed your brain at the same time.

A special feature that puts Sonic over the top for some lunch outers is a desert menu that lists 37 different frozen desserts. This incredible list of sugary delights includes the Sonic Blast, real ice cream milk shakes, floats, and a banana split.

Sonic is a busy place for a bunch of reasons. The food is good, service is fast and friendly, and the roller-blade babes, er, uh, customer-friendly servers add up to an overall excellent lunch experience.

sonicDessertLet's see, 37 different frozen desserts. There's 31 days in July. I will need to eat a dessert every day, and two desserts on six days to eat all the desserts by the end of the month.

The Pluses and Minuses of Sonic Drive-thru:

THE SONIC DRIVE THRU PLUS (+) indicators: Good quick, tasty fast food. There is a frozen dessert selection for every customer.

THE SONIC DRIVE THRU MINUS (-) indicators: Speak slowly into the microphone to be sure your order is understood.

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Gator Dogs

No shoes, no service, here it's come as you are

By Bubba Scott

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.

Talking about a great walk up lunch spot, Food On The Run spot, there's a hot dog, burger stand outside Home Depot called Gator Dogs on NW 53rd and US 441 that is the one place in town where you can shop till you drop and have a meal ready for you when you leave.

This place is the Gainesville work force's every day diner.

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The food doesn't sit under grow lights like at a fast food palace, it's made when you place your order. You Just walk up, order, go in, and get what you need inside Home Depot and your meal is ready when you're ready to go back to the job site.

There's no need in changing your clothes on a hot day just to go to lunch. Instead of, no shoes, no shirt, not service, it's come as you are.

You may have just dropped out of an attic repair job, crawled out from under a house or been in the hot sun all morning. At the Gator Dog lunch stop, it doesn't matter to Matt and Stacy what you look like, or where you've been, what matters is that you get fed, and fed good.

Gator Dogs has daily specials and it changes from day to day. The philly cheese steak is Matt the owner's favorite. He's been using the same meat, bought from the same company, since he's beenthere. I guess that's why it tastes as good as it did 3 years ago when he opened this lunch stop

My favorite order is the jumbo dog and fries. Nothing like it. Especially when it's made fresh.

After I eat I want to feel full when I leave. Good food does that. And it's not just about the food, it's the people you're eating with that makes you feel at home.

To me, Gator Dog caters to to the idea 'when you're hungry, you eat'. Noon might be a good time for some to eat, but there's a whole bunch of us workers out there, who don't punch a time clock. We work for you. For us, noon could be at 10:30 in the morning or 2:00 in the afternoon. It's not the time of day when you can eat that matters. It's that you know a place that will feed you at that time of day.

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Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Archer Rd.

Ala carte new twist in this guy's burger world

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

It was an excellent Food On The Run (FOTR) opportunity for me.

As I was leaving Harmon's Photo off of SW 34th St., I was thinking I needed a hamburger, and I realized I could cut through the Archer Rd.-34th St. restaurant triangle and quickly get to Five Guys Burgers and Fries (FGBF) before the lunch crunch bunch scurried out of their offices.

So I had a good plan.

Pulling into the strip shopping center housing FGBF, I notice signs posted at all the parking spots but two in front of this burger palace and the business next door: 'Handicapped Parking' and '10-Minute Parking' customers were preferred at this lot.

"10-minute parking," I think to myself. Outloud I say: "I can make this happen," and I pull into a 10-minute parking spot.

Walking into Five Guys, I see I'm the only customer at the counter and figure 10 minutes should get me my food at this fast food place.

Looking back at me from the other side of the counter were 15 Burger Specialists preparing their group invite: "Welcome to Five Guys," they exclaim in unison.

Feeding off their enthusiasm, I shout back, "My car is out front and in 10 minutes they're towing it away!"

"No problem," the cashier says. "We have you covered!"

Looking at the menu board, I see a lot of different burger choices, fries of every size (BTW, the fries are served up in paper cups at FGBF), and the usual sodas.

Since I am in a hurry, I opt for a combo meal.

"We don't have combo meals. You order from each category above," the clerk said waiting for my selection.

"All right, I'll have a cheeseburger all the way, large fries, and a large soda," I said ordering my standard burger combo.

The cashier quickly rings up my order and in a friendly voice tells me, "That will be $11.95. Is that for here?"

With a blank look on my face, I look back at the menu boards, "I'm gonna rethink that order. Let's make that a burger, small fries, and a medium drink," I reply, thinking that is a lot of money for a fast food hamburger.

Turning from the counter to wait for my lunch I see, in the back of the restaurant, 8 customers sitting at tables and waiting for their orders.

"There's 8 guys back there waiting for food and I have seven minutes before my car gets towed away," I said directing my voice toward a manager furiously slinging sandwiches into bags.

"Have you tried our fries, there's none better," he says trying to diffuse a bad situation. "I'm going to give you an extra large order, and they are coming at you right now."

I guess the squeaky wheel won this lunch contest. My 'to go' lunch was quickly handed to me just as the customers behind me received their orders.

The manager was correct, the fries were tasty. The hamburger was good.  I'm not going back.

EDITOR's NOTE: Wanting to be fair, I gave Five Guys a second try recently at 11 am hoping for a quick burger. There was parking on the side of the building this time. I'm not sure, however, that navigating out of that tiny parking lot is a good idea during a busy lunch hour. Inside the restaurant, I was the only person waiting to place an order when I noticed there were four bags of lunch sitting on the counter waiting for orders to be completed. For the hefty price of a FGBF burger, it was tough standing there watching an army of assembly line people frantically making burgers, and those half-filled lunch bags not getting any attention . . .

I don't know . . . I am still expecting more.

The Pluses and Minuses of Five Guys Burgers and Fries:

The Five Guys + indicators: Tasty hamburger with a lot of flavors, excellent french fries.

The Five Guys - indicators: Parking, service, price, noise.

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