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Blue Highway Pizza

Here's the making of a perfect lunch. Longtime pal, Andy Caldwell was driving north from Ocala, "Out on 441 where you can hear cars roll by like waves crashing on the beach." The GLOB Master and GLOB Content Editor were heading south on 441 to pay a visit to The Organic Chef store of Al Rosas just north of Ocala to pick up some of the best chicken sausage you can find. It was Lynn Dirk who came up with the idea of meeting Andy at Blue Highway Pizza in Micanopy for some pizza and beer. Andy had never been to Blue Highway. All I could think about is the Abruzzese, one of the best meatball pizzas on earth: Tomato sauce, mozzarella, giant house made meatballs, sliced roasted garlic, parsley, Parmesan and Romano cheese on the Sicilian crust. That is worth driving a long distance to consume. In a true 'have it your way' style, Lynn asked for artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, and Italian sausage on one half. The meatballs were incredibly spicy, flavorful and just like I remembered from my last Blue Highway visit. The artichoke hearts were larger than the giant meat balls! The garlic and the yeasty Sicilian crust with the marinara sauce are incomparable. Blue Highway for lunch is one of the best roadside attractions between here and Ocala, gosh, all of N. Florida.

 

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Dueling pizzas has two winners

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

GLOB Correspondent Lynn Dirk contributed to this restaurant feature.

I just had the best pizza lunch I have had in a very long time. I have been thinking about a trip out to Blue Highway in West Gainesville's Tioga Town Center for several days and it was easy to convince Lynn and her friend, J, to accompany me.

BluHighwayThis Blue Highway pizzaria off of Newberry Rd. is the younger sibling to the Blue Highway on US 441 near Micanopy. The menus are very similar, the Tioga menu being more extensive, but the quality of the pizzas are the same. The West Gainesville Blue Highway is a modern setting but more traditional with the chefs making pizzas within view of the dining area. We saw pizza crust flying in the air several times during our visit. The Micanopy BH is a cozy place where you can smell the pizza being cooked in the kitchen even if you don't see it.

Along with a choice of two types of pizza and an extensive list of pizza topping choices, Blue Highway presents an appetizer menu -- Blue Highway Small Plate entrees, sandwiches, salads, and piadines, which are flatbread sandwiches. One of those is Lamb Piadine -- roasted lamb, mint pesto aioli, mixed greens, red onion, feta, Parmesan, red wine vinaigrette. One of us is a lover of lamb and made a promise to herself that this would be her choice the next time she came. But today it was pizza for all of us.

Layla, the daughter of the owners and the Tioga BH manager, stopped by the table to see if we needed anything. Lynn mentioned she is very taken with the yeast crust BH cooks up and Layla explained the BH pizza crust process: They use semolina flour, which gives it extra oomph, and the let the dough "age," that is, it sits for 24 hours. There is yeast, so it rises, but they don't punch it down until they are ready to use it. How ever they do it, the texture of their crust is unique and almost outshines the toppings. It is crispy on the bottom but spongy on the inside. Everyone should try it at least once! There is a complete Blue Highway menu at the restaurant link below this feature.

With all the varied choices on the menu, I was feeling good about ordering my pizza, and thinking I would get to taste some other options with the orders my friends would place.

BHpizza2I opted to create my own custom Sicilian style pizza with meat balls, pepperoni, broccoli and roasted red peppers. My pizza served 2 - 4 people. BH is not your by-the-slice kinda place.

Lynn decided to share my pizza so we both looked at J waiting for her lunch decision. She said, "I hope I'm not going to disappoint, but the thin crust pizza special with fresh crab, bacon, and mushrooms sounds really good and I'm getting that."

"Aw right," I exclaimed. "It looks like we will have enough pizza for six people, not three," I said gleefully clapping my hands.

Lynn and J started their lunch with a cup of the Italian Wedding Soup that they enjoyed with many comments of "Oh my!" "Yum." "This is REALLY good." Lynn remarked how the meat balls included in the soup were excellent, perhaps forecasting the pleasure awaiting us on our Sicilian pizza.

I've heard of dueling banjos, on tour once famous blues man Taj Mahal played a tune he called dueling tubas. This is my first dueling pizza experience.

BHpizza3The BH Sicilian crust, meatball, pepperoni, broccoli, and roasted red pepper pizza presented to us contained the largest, yummiest, best tasting meat balls I have ever eaten on a pizza. These meatballs were not chopped, or diced onto the pizza, they were quartered into large bite size chunks of spicy meatball heaven with one or two pieces per slice of pie. These chunk of protein were mighty good and in combination with the other ingredients and the savory pizza sauce that included juicy pieces of tomato, created an unbelievably good pizza.

BHpizza1I noticed while eating my pizza, Lynn and J we reveling in their thin crust pizza special of crab meat, bacon, and mushrooms. The crab was sweet and in clumps. Perfect. Bacon is never bad. The mushrooms had that dark brown color a mushroom gets when it is perfectly sautéed; it's not soggy or chewy. It's a special treat to get mushrooms like that on a pizza. Lynn did comment that considering how special and delicate the crab flavor was, the bacon and mushroom might have been a little distracting or overpowering. But she did not let that stop her, she still considered it an exceptionally delicious pizza.

Tasting the thin crust pizza, I was surprised how good the bacon, crab and cheese mixed together without any noticeable pizza sauce. This thin crusted pizza was equally a prize winner today but in completely different flavor categories.

I've commented before that a trip to the outskirts of West Gainesville is a considerable effort for the GLOB Master. If this pizza shop was located near the GLOB corporate offices, I could eat at Blue Highway Pizza every day.

 

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I was out in West Gainesville Jules Gollner the White Apron Catering Queen when the subject of what's for lunch came up. "I'm not up for anything new, and we had Blue Highway Pizza for dinner and it was fabulous," the W. A. Maven said. "I met Blue Highway owner Frank Ruffino the other night and I begged him to open a B.H. in the Millhopper area." "Does that mean forget about Blue Highway for lunch," I asked. "No let's go I love their pizza," Jules said with a glazed look in her eye. And that's how our extraordinary lunch of a hand tossed, thin crust Carne Combo that included tomato sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, Genoa salami, Parmesan, Romano cheese, Sicilian thin crust pie became the best pizza I have eaten since the last time I was at Blue highway. You see they do something special to their crust. Personally I think they paint it with a melted garlic butter before they put the pie in the oven. What that means is they bring to your table a glorious brown toasted, golden glazed pizza pie with a crunchy garlic flavored crust sprinkled with cheese and a bit of salt. My heart is lucky, my cardiologist is pleased, my sister, children and friends are relieved that Blue Highway is on the other side of Gainesville so I can prevent myself from clogging my arteries daily, by the BHP slice. I could eat one of these pizzas every day. That would be 13 straight days in a row of Blue Highway Specialty pizza. Hic, burp . . .

- Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

Blue Highway (+) indicators: Gluten pizza crust is available. Friendly environment, extraordinary pizza choices. Try the meat balls!

Blue Highway (-) indicators: I think you need a passport to get back in to Gainesville from this GLOB outpost.

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Keke's Breakfast Cafe

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Electric Ramen

The Pluses and Minuses of Electric Ramen

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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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Piper Gi's

'Looking glass lunch,' wows GLOB Master

PGssfBy Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

I just ate the best Corned Beef Sandwich of my life.  I also enjoyed the most unique lunch experience I have had in some time.  It was as close to eating in someone's kitchen as you could get.

I was having flashbacks of driving through the old In-&-Out, a two-lane, burger drive thru on SW 2nd Avenue, to pick up a double cheeseburger all the way, a giant order of fries, and a large soda on my way to work at the Gainesville Sun when it was at the Sun Plaza location. Then I was slapped back into reality by Piper G's chef, owner, and brother, Jacob Reisch, filling the order window and confidently bragging about his new Piper Gi's hand-crafted soups and sandwiches that bring love back to food one sandwich at a time.

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"It may cost a little more, Mike," Jacob said as he leaned at the window, "but look what you're getting:  Homemade side items. We brine and age all of our meats. We buy locally whenever we can, including bread from the Vine Bakery,' he added enthusiastically.

"Piper Gi's specializes in hand-crafted sandwiches, soups and salads. We feature house cured bacon, oven roasted meats, scratch-made aiolis, chips and side," he continued and then paused to catch his breath.

And so began a refreshingly different lunch experience for me where I felt I was immediately accepted into the Piper Gi's family.

I still wasn't sure about picnic tables in the drive thru or the grassy area east of the building.

 

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"It's perfect Gainesville," GLOB Content Editor, Lynn Dirk said. "Like Satchel's Pizza and Public and General, the outdoor eating space has originality and creativity.  Also, it's beautiful out here with the plants and the shade from the trees that will keep it cool in the summer,' Lynn said, waving her hand toward the a family with children gleefully playing at the next table.  "Plus, the women's bathroom is perfectly charming, with nicely framed, fun positive messages. My favorite is 'Be-YOU-tiful!'"

Mike!" Piper's owner Jacob yelled from the pick-up window. "Your lunch is ready." 

PGsSTYROLiker I was in  'Wonderland' gazing through the looking glass', I picked up the styrofoam containers holding our lunches.

"We understand the dissatisfaction of using the styrofoam and we are working on that.  Also we will be getting a beer and wine license," Jacob said.

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The Piper Gi's menu categories are Subs & Sandwiches, Soups and Salads, and sides. Among the many interesting sounding side items I plan to try on future visits are the Pepper Jack Queso and the potato salad, which is described as a weekly rotation of whatever tickles our fancies.

There is also a list of '13 Piper Gi's Add Ons' like housemade Drunken Mustard or Roasted Garlic Bone Marrow Aioli at a la carte pricing.

"Would that Bone Marrow Aioli make my sandwich cost $20," I asked half teasingly.

"What it will make is your sandwich incredible,'" Jacob added quickly.

I was excited to try the Corned Beef sandwich. It sounded delicious with stewed cabbage, Harvarti cheese, and Drunken Mustard on a ciabatta roll. I couldn't wait and included the daily special of potato salad with sirachha sauce.

 

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The soft, flavorful ciabbata roll was perfect, and the delicious ingredients made this aa sandwich for the lunch gods. The inhouse cured corned beef was stacked high over the cabbage, and the Harvarti cheese enveloped this prize package with a mellow richness. The Drunken Mustard gave it an outstanding bite, and I will include it on any sandwich I order in the future.

Lynn was feeing courageous and ordered The Thanksgiving.

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"Now is that cold cut turkey?" Lynn asked, not being a big processed food fan.

"No ma'am," Tommy Newman said, "We roast our own turkey breasts and slice them right here," He added.

This mountain of a sandwich has your thanksgiving feast covered with oven roasted turkey, a stuffing patty, and cheddar cheese sauced with turkey gravy and house-made cranberry chutney served on ciabatta bread.  Lynn noted that, like any truly delicious sandwhich, it was quite messy, partly because of the stuffing, but she thought it was great.

Lynn and I also shared an order of panko bread-crumb coated fried cheese curds and French fries that were delicious. The cheese curds were a crunchy and chewy at the same time.

There is a complete Piper G's menu at the bottom of this review.

This Piper Gi's family proudly talks about their father being a Philly cheesesteak-cooking chef in Philadelphia. "Dad would have liked this restaurant idea," Tommy said. "We're all working for him," he added proudly.

 

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The menu is correct when it says this family is bringing love back to Hoggetowne's sandwich world. This amazing lunch stop is already grooming third generation chefs in Piper Bailee Newman, left, and Giana Jade Riesch, both 3, who are the namesakes for Piper Gi's. Photo courtesy of Gainesville Downtown and Lena Crane/Reflections of Light Photography.

 

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I'm a big sports fan and one of the disappointing things about supporting a team is when the star or other favorite player leaves for other places. This brother-sister combination of Shanti (left) Tommy (center),and Jacob (rear) are bound for greatness.

The Pluses and Minuses of Piper G's:

Piper G's (+) indicators: Delicious homemade like lunch with pride and love. Large portions big enough to share. Unique side items worth discovering, enjoying. Uniquely beautiful lunch environment and really friendly staffers.

Piper G's  (-) indicators:  There are no $5 lunch specials at piper Gi's. Think about sharing your lunch AND your lunch bill. Umbrella might be handy on bad weather days.

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Divot's Cafe and Banquet

Unique entrees discovered in 'hideaway cafe'

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

DIVOTSsfYou know how sometimes those secret, hide-away lunch stops the whole world doesn't know about makes you smile, feeling smug inside GLOBers?

I recently had one of the best hamburgers I have had in some time and it was wrapped in a burrito shell with amazingly delicious flavored chipotle sauce, lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup and cheese in a pressed tortilla.

I'm thinking unless you lived in the nearby 'hood you have no idea about the cozy, friendly lunch spot with an amazing menus that includes – according to lunch pal Jon Roosenraad the Divot's Eagle Cheeseburger ($7.99) with bacon, lettuce, tomato, pickle slices and ketchup on a toasted bun-- one of the best hamburgers he has had in some time.

"There are good burgers all over Gainesville but this is one of the best Excellent beef that stayed juicy cooked to perfection at medium well (that's right – cook the damn thing). But what also made this one was the very thick and tasty hickory bacon. Would like to try that alone in a BLT," Roosenraad said between bites

 

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"The standard fries with the burger were hardly "standard" – seasoned to perfection and no need for ketchup. I think the only other fries in town that are similar are at Piesanos," Roosenraad added.

Keep in mind that quote is coming from a long time, thrifty, Michagander that is very careful with his pennies and his compliments.

 

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With a golf course theme the cafés menu categories on the menu are themed with clever sports idioms like putting greens, Hole-In-Ones, and Par for the grill. An extensive menu of 'Lunch or Later Hot Hole in Ones' that includes unique, tasty sounding Half Pound Fried Mushrooms, Half Pound Crispy Broccoli Cheddar Bites, the Triple Bogey which is Mushrooms, and Broccoli Bites.  And look at this GLObers! This menu contains Jalapeno Cream Cheese Poppers Bites and sauces. I love fried cheese poppers . . .

Eight entrees are included in the Buddy Favorites list including hot dogs, wraps, and a yummy sounding Country Fried Steak Plate ($6.99), consisting of 2 fried beef steak patties with mashed potatoes, both covered with country gravy.

You can close out this round of lunch entrees with 5 Hamburgers, and also five familiar sounding sandwiches.

It was looking like I was going to select a burger and forego the bun when I came across the Chipotle Cheeseburger Burrito. ($7.99) In a city with more burrito shops than should be allowed GLOBers, if I was meeting someone for lunch and they asked for the best burrito in town I would have no problem directing them to this 'across the interstate lunch stop.'

Jonny is correct the Hamburger in my Burrito was really flavorful and juicy. The two halves of my Mexican Sammie were big enough to share. The ingredients were fresh, and the chipotle sauce made the burrito really special with a tangy hint of heat and flavor.

 

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I'm thinking it was the chipotle sauce combining with the other flavors made this burrito one of my better tortilla wrapped lunch surprises.

The café was clean and well attended with several tables. As we were leaving the café appeared to be filling up with lunch time regulars.

You know GLOBers I an almost reluctant talk much more about Divot's Café and Banquet Oh, Alright, FORE ON THE WEST SIDE! This excellent, intimate, friendly café on West Gainesville's Meadowbrook Golf Course certainly deserves you consideration if you're an all beef, carnivore kind of lunch time person.

The Pluses and Minuses of Divot's Cafe and Banquet:

Divot's Cafe and Banquet (+) indicators: Great sandwiches, burgers, prize winning hamburger burrito.

Divot's Cafe and Banquet  (-) indicators:  This cafe is hidden away in NW Gainesville off the regular 'eating path'

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Relish, Archer Rd.

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Curia on the Drag

'Alternative lunch' takes on new meaning

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

CURIAlunchWhen plans were made to meet friends at CURIA on the DRAG on NW 6th St. for lunch, I was expecting something different, but I didn't think I would be a gastronomical stranger in an alternative lunch world.

The CURIA on the DRAG collection of shops, boutiques, and coffee - tea cafe is an interesting group of unique, alternative ideas centered under the concept of creating a community space for individuals to hang out and share thoughts and ideas.

Back to the alternative lunch world:  CURIA describes its lunch menu as plant based.

Now I've been to my share of health food bars, veggie cafes, all natural lunch stops, meatless diners, pubs, juice bars, and restaurants, but this was my first trip to a 100 per cent vegan, plant-based restaurant.

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines VEGAN thus:

A strict vegetarian who consumes no food (as meat, eggs, or dairy products) that comes from animals; also : one who abstains from using animal products (as leather).

Needless to say I was curi-OUS what was for lunch at the CURI-a.

I like vegetables. They comprise a very important part of my new diet of trying very hard to avoid excessive carbohydrates, the ultimate nemesis, of my daily battle with Type 2 Diabetes

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I imagined a flurry of different colored question marks hovering over our table as Jane Osmond (image above left), Mark Olson, Lynn Dirk (image above right), and I scanned the CURIA menu looking for something delicious and familiar for lunch.

"I have always thought vegans failed Marketing 101 when they describe what they are eating," I said, searching for the "just like ground beef' or 'almost like chili but only better" descriptions. "To me it sounds like they are apologizing for a second class entrée that didn't quite make the standard," I added.  Jane, on the other hand, thought that foods should not be presented as substitutes but described as unique.

 

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In the meantime, I spied "breaded fishless filets" on the CURIA menu in the description of Baja Tacos with Mac 'n Cheese.

The Baja tacos (image at top) sounded interesting and my thought was, if you combine all the ingredients in a corn meal wrap, you don't really know what you are eating anyway. The tacos were delicious. The crunch of their fishless fish was a nice complement to red cabbage slaw, greens, avocado, and chipotle-lime dressing. The double wrapped taco shells were a special toasted flavor treat that would easily make tacos my choice next time I have a CURIA lunch.

My lunch partners were pleased with their lunch choices:

zzGLOBbullet Mark selected the Villy sandwich and Mac 'n Cheese and enjoyed the melted cheese like flavor combined with sliced smoked seitan, roasted peppers and onions, and cheese sauce on a toasted hoagie roll. Lynn tasted the Mac 'n Cheese and thought the pasta was overdone, however.

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zzGLOBbullet Jane was pleased with her Jackfruit Quesdailla, a pressed sandwich of shredded BBQ jackfruit, pepper jack cheese, grilled jalapeno, cashew cream.

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zzGLOBbullet Lynn was happy with her Korean Noodle Salad with many familiar crudités including roasted mushrooms, sauteéd carrots, massaged kale, gochujang-tahini dressing. (Massaged kale?)

It was a fun lunch adventure and a special treat to see a table of completely different mid-day entrees available that we all enjoyed and enjoyed talking about.

 

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The clean, fresh looking dining area added much to the lunch time ambience, and if you are CURIOUS to try something uniquely different, ALMOST just like yesterday's mainstream lunch, then CURIA on the Drag is the place for you.

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