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Weekend Events. July 29, 2016

FRIDAY

 6:30 pm: The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble Opening Night, Hipp Cinema, 25 SE 2nd Place; various days, times. The story of the renowned international musical collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Directed by Morgan Neville, Oscar-winner with the documentary 20 Feet from Stardom and the critically acclaimed Best of Enemies.

 

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7 pm: Artwalk, Downtown Gainesville. Free monthly self-guided tour that combines exciting visual art, live performance, and events with local galleries, eateries, and businesses participating. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

 

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8 pm: The Irie Ones, Free Friday Concert SeriesBo Diddley Community Plaza. Reggae, roots, ska, rock steady, lovers reggae, dance hall music from this five-piece band. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

 

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

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10am-6pm: Back to School Sale! Repurpose Project. ONS of gently used office and school supplies.  Now through the end of September we are having a 25% off sale on all school and office supplies for teachers and students.  Buy used!  Protect the planet!  Save $!  Study!

This non-profit community-based effort to divert resources from landfills through creativity also has:

zzGLOBbullet ReUse Store – A warehouse full of materials for art, construction, school projects, furniture -- Come and explore!

 

zzGLOBbullet Repurposed Art Gallery – A gallery of art made from creatively reused materials. Are you interested in selling your artwork in our gallery?  Stop in with some samples of your work or email photos: info@repurposeproject.org.  At least 75% of the artwork must crated from salvaged/reclaimed materials.

 

zzGLOBbulletFix It Café, Wed, 4-6 – If it’s broke, we fix it!  …and we will show you how! Come by or drop off small items (no bigger than a bread box 2′x3′x3′).  Examples: broken toys, favorite gifts, antiques, sailboats, lamps, things with cords.  Expect some creative repairs.  We don’t have any real “parts.” We will use donated items. 

 

 

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY

Swamp Dance Fest, UF School of Theater and Dance, G-6 Studio - Nadine M. McGuire Pavillion, School of Theatre and Dance. Dance performances created during the festival, performed by students and guests. Many events are free and open to the public. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information

 

SATURDAY

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5 pm: Celebrating Water and The Arts! Great Outdoors Restaurant, High Springs. Bid on your favorite art piece as the restaurant hosts a silent auction. Book signing by authors, artists, and photographers. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information

 

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7-11 pm: The Shane Wooten Band, Summer Concert Series, Silver Springs State Park. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a music-filled evening in a beautiful park setting. Performances will use the newly renovated Twin Oaks Mansion Stage at the headwaters of the Silver River. $25.

 

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7 pm: Battle of the Blues Song Writing and Concert, Market St. Pub & Cabaret, Downtown. The North Central Florida Blues Society and Leonardo's Music have teamed up to bring you a this competition and concert. Battle Compete with your original blues song to win a guitar and case or just enjoy the show. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information

 

SUNDAY

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1 pm: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' Birthday Bash, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, 18700 S. CR 325, Cross Creek. Though Rawlings' was born August 8th, 1896, The Friends of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm and park staff invite you to an "early" celebration in July since the historic house closes in August and September. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

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Ironwood Golf Course

Lunchstop is not just for birdies or the birds

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

IWsfI know of an off-the-beaten-path lunch stop I like to think is all mine. You know what I mean GLOBers. A hideaway place that's not too crowded. Somewhere I could take a special friend and not be bothered with other lunch outers in my space.

The irony (hint, hint) is this lunch stop is in the midst of a busy environment of customers talking seriously about the best round they ever had; the last time they birdied old number #17; or whether they will rent a golfcart or walk the 18 holes of Gainesville's Ironwood Golf Course on NE 39th Avenue. 

There are a number of good reason why this lunch stop deserves your consideration even if intimate conversation isn't important in your lunch world:

IWSilhouttePerhaps some of the most lowest lunch prices in G'ville including:

zzGLOBbullet Chipotle Black Bean Burger for $6.50
zzGLOBbullet Chicken Salad Sandwich for $4.50
zzGLOBbullet Chili Cheese Fries for $4.00 from a full list of appetizers
zzGLOBbullet Broccoli Cheddar Bacon Bites $5.50

For the Meatless Monday lunch outer, there is an extensive list of options including veggie wraps with hummus, guacamole, lettuce or spinach, tomato, onion, cucumber and salsa. A variety of sandwiches and a grilled cheese sandwich can also be made for the vegetarian luncher.

For the meat eater, there is an Italian sausage dog and pizza.

 

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The Ironwood pro-shop is run by staffers Erin Maynard, behind the counter, and John Andreu with kitchen responsibilities. John made several visits with us at the golf course lunch counter to make sure we were impressed with his lunch time creations.

Erin mentioned there is ample table seating in the adjacent meeting room for lunch customers who would like a bit more privacy. 

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"We do get customers stopping in from time to time to eat on the golf course patio, or who just want a little more privacy during their lunch hour," Erin said.

 

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My lunch pal this visit was GLOB Advertising Manager Gary Miller and he selected the Chipotle Black Bean Burger which had a spicy patty made with a blend of black beans, brown rice, onions, corn, fresh red bell peppers and Anaheim chilies with a touch of cilantro and garlic, served with lettuce, tomato, and onion for $6.50. IMO Anaheim chilies are a great addition with loads of pepper flavor but not necessarily all the heat.

Eating every bit of his spicy burger, Miller said it was very tasty. 

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I was pleased to see old fashioned sandwiches available on the menu with the choice of white, wheat, or marbled rye bread. My turkey sandwich was stacked very nicely with breast of turkey, lettuce, tomato, and Muenster cheese. The Muenster cheese was a special tasty surprise for the GLOB Master in a very good $4.75 sandwich. You can also order a ham sandwich or a sandwich with both ham and turkey for the same low price. All sandwiches are served with chips, fries, or sweet potato fries for an additional $1.50

 

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I enjoyed my sandwich, but I thanked the lunch gods for including a bowl of soup with the Ironwood Burger, Basket, or Sandwich order for $1.50. The very cool thing about my bowl of cream of broccoli soup was the packet of Oyster Crackers floating in my Styrofoam tureen that gave a delightful crunch to the creamy, cheesy goodness.

I used to play golf and frequented the Ironwood course for my fair share of sporting punishment. It's nice to see all the upgrades the course has taken under the management of Jeff Cardoza

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If you need one more reason for this special lunch stop, the Audubon Society listed the Ironwood Gold Course as an "Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" as of July 1999.

The Pluses and Minuses of Ironwood Golf Course:

Ironwood Golf Course + indicators:  Low prices; great sports surroundings; can be a quiet, intimate lunch spot. A true NE Gainesville lunch outpost.

Ironwood Golf Course. - indicators: They need to post their menu online.  There is a menu on their Facebook site

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Wings & Teriyaki

The Pluses and Minuses of Wings & Teriyakii

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Govinda's Bakery & Cafe: CLOSED, Augustt, 2017

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Big Mill's Cheesesteaks

Bright smile, 'Stallion' work for lunch

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

You know how sometimes it is the little things that will make a lunch special GLOBers?

It was a Friday lunch time and I had an excellent week of managing my blood sugar levels and decided a Big Mills cheesesteak sub should be my reward for a culinary job well done.

JaimeBIGmills"You're the lunch blog guy aren't you," Big Mill's Staffer Ms. Jaime Martin yelled from begin the lunch counter. "What restaurant did you feature today," she asked with a bright smile.

Conversation quickly evolved into lunch as I explained my conflict of enjoying both the BM's cheesesteak sub and the BM sausage sub.  Not only that I have been dying to try one of their Hot dogs.  There is a complet Big Mills menu at the bottom of this page.

"The Italian Stallion Sandwich of the Month is really good," Jaime said pointing to the Sandwich of the month sign on the wall. "It's loaded with simmered beef, au jus, topped with cheese and fantastic Giardiniera Relish, or sweet peppers and it is SO GOOD," Jaime added.

Taking Jaime's advice the Italian Stallion sub with a side of crinkle cut French fries sounded like the perfect lunch to me. Regarding the French fries, I told I had been good, behaving, monitoring my culinary consumption.

 

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Big Mills is a good old fashioned diner full of old fashioned tables chairs and regulars where everyone seems to know everyone else. That makes it a friendly, comfortable lunch stop for the GLOB Master.  You can't call Big Mills fast casual. BM's is your lunch stop loaded with a baseball theme of great old pictures and baseball history.

Before opening Big Mill's Keith Miller had already earned a reputation for his subs, sandwiches selling out of the back of his truck at the gamed day Florida Gator games. That's why after being open a relatively short time this lunch stop has a good size following.

Waiting for my lunch I was thinking about other cheesesteaks in town and how they compared on the Cheesesteak Sliding Yummy scale. There are a couple of other good cheesesteaks including Charley's Philly Steaks in the Oaks Mall, and Piesano's makes a good cheesesteak. The Big Mill's Cheesesteak is right their at the top in the yummy-ness category.

 

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Jaime presented my lunch with a knowing smile and a platter of a steaming hot Italian Stallion sub, well done fries and a very nice accompaniment of fabulously dark and rich au jus, image at the top of this review.

The Italian Stallion was special. The flavors of the marinated beef combined with the tart flavors of the au jus made for a magnificent mouthful of joy. The soft sub roll, and melted provolone cheese complimented the crunchiness of the Giardiniera relish perfectly.

 

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The French Fries were incredibly tasty, crunchy and made me wish I was brave enough get a second helping of fried spuds. I use to have friend that always made a point of getting her fries cooked well done. These spuds would have received her passing grade.

"How was lunch GLOB Master," Jaime asked from across the diner as I was leaving.

I gave her the two thumbs up GLOB Master seal of approval as I happily exclaimed, "I'm coming back!"

The Pluses and Minuses of Big Mills Cheesesteaks:

Big Mills Cheesesteaks + indicators: Excellent monthly sandwich specials.  Happy, custopmer froend;ly place.

Big Mills Cheesesteaks - indicators: none noted.

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BM's Polish Boy 'Sandwich' is special

APRILspecial250It was Friday and everything was going the GLOB Master's way. It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood. I just published the Daily GLOB to 19,000 subscribers. A fabulous weekend was looking me straight in my face.So to hell with any diabetic counting, measuring, or grading my lunch plans which include Big Mill's Cheesesteaks and my very own order of French Fries. You got it. I was a very happy boy thinking seriously about chopped steak, onions, and cheese over-stuffing a sub roll.

Arriving early I scanned the menu and spied delicious sounding sausage subs the Italian Sausage Sub and the Polish Sausage sub. "Which of those Sausage subs is the hottest," I asked Jamie standing behind the counter.

"The Italian is a little sweeter with the pepper, the Polish sub is a little spicier," Jamie explained from behind the counter.

"Did you see the Big Mill's April Special on the wall," Jamie asked pointing upward toward the specials board. "That's a popular sandwich," she added.

The Big Mill's Polish Boy Special did sound good with Kielbasa sausage, French fried onions, slaw, Cheese Whiz, on a potato roll for $7.75 I decided ordering my fir BM Polish Boy Special.

I like the table in the back corner so I can watch Big Mill's fill up with patrons, and the staff delivers your lunch.

My Sub and fries appeared quickly as Jamie brought my devil-may-care lunch to my table. "You're gonna like this sandwich." Jamie said with a gleam in her eye. "I love Cheese Whiz and it as my idea on this special," She added proudly.

I cut the sandwich in half and the Cheese Whiz flowed out onto my plate. My first bite was meat protein nirvana. The spicy sausage enveloped by the yummy goo of the Cheese Whiz. The slaw and onions added tart, and crunchy features to an incredible sandwich fulfilling my desires to perfect. 

I was for certain  eating outside the GLOB Master lunch box.

I'm not sure what the BBQ ingredient was on the special but I don't care, I could happily eat this Sammy every day.

The French Fries were amazingly crunchy on the outside, yummy, creamy spuds-like on the inside, and I ate every one of them.

- Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

 

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Supreme Cheesesteak is top flight sandwich

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

BIGMILLSsfSometimes you have to stand up, and take one for the team.

You know, give it up, be brave for all your GLOB compadres.

I was ready to jump in front of that hurtling dill pickle spear to protect my fellow lunch outers.

Those were my thoughts as I checked out the Cheese steak menu in the Big Mill's Cheesesteaks house on NW 13th near NW 23rd St.

Sure GLOBer, I knew I was trashing a day, or two of good diabetes blood sugar numbers by even thinking should I eat a whole cheesesteak sub,. Or even just a half? But I was thinking of you fellow GLOBer as I gazed upon a menu of Chicago style, Hoagie Style. Italian and polish sausage subs.

I'm not even going to talk about the six different hot dogs on the Big Mill's menu. Those are for another day of being bad, er, ugh, doing what must be done for all good lunch time GLOBers.

 

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We're talking lunch time diner food here GLOBers. Nothing fancy, a good number of tables with all the lunch time pit stop, deli style kitsch. A nicely moving lunch counter line, guided by a customer friendly Big Mill's staffer named Elizabeth.

Elizabeth keeps the orders moving and isn't afraid to talk over customers, staffers and even Big Mill himself.

You have to like that I thought to myself knowing my lunch will be efficiently served to the GLOB Master at my checkerboard covered table for two.

 

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I decided since I was a newbie at Big Mill's I should go for the tried and true and ordered the Big Mill's Supreme Cheesesteak topped with bacon, your choice of cheese and toppings (Reg $10.25, Big $13.85).

Big Mill's has an impressive list of free sandwich toppings including marinara sauce, giardiniera peppers, and sauerkraut. Bacon, Pepperoni, Extra Cheese, and extra meat can be added to your sandwich for an additional charge. There is a complete Big Mill'S Cheesesteak menu at the restaurant link below this review.

 

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Big Mill's was jumping with a steady line of customers with most of the tables filled. This was a happy lunch stop. It was obvious there is much enthusiasm on this side of Gainesville for a cheese steak shop they can call their won.

There did appear to be many customers that new Big Mill's Cheesesteaks and hotdogs. These tailgators made a lunch trip just to catch up with Big Mill who has been serving sandwiches and hot dogs to Florida football game fans for a while.

My lunch of certified angus beef sirloin was masterful in appearance with an amazing regular sub ($8.25, Large $11.85) that easily could have fed two customers.

 

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I tried to be traditional by adding provolone cheese, peppers, onions a, and mushroom to my sub. The bacon was automatically included and added an additional salty flavor to my sub.

The bacon was unique, however for a $1.95 up charge. I won't do that again. 100% chicken breast may be substituted in place of the beef protein.

The supremely soft sub roll encasing my sandwich was divine holding all my toppings together with the bread melding into my sandwich almost like an extra cheese.

 

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The onion rings were spectacular ($8.75). With an extra thick, crisp crunchy coating the O-Rings created a nice crunch factor amidst my cheesesteak's sautéed toppings. Elizabeth was doling out free boxes of Crackerjacks to happy customers

Big Mill's is going to work here on NW13th St. I'm thinking you can expect lunch lines at the busier times of the day. That said this is a very good cheese steak sub certainly worth waiting in line for.

The Pluses and Minuses of Big Mills Cheesesteaks:

Big Mills Cheesesteaks + indicators: Sandwiches large enough to share. An abundance of free toppings. Onion rings are a nice treat. I'm thinking the GLOB Master is waiting to check his blood sugar in the morning . . .

Big Mills Cheesesteaks - indicators: Pricey for a sub. But they are big enough to share. If lines bother you need to be first in the lunch line or lunch later in the day. A serious one hour walk prior to lunch could lessen my bodies carbohydrate shock.

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Twisted Peacock, CLOSED

The Peacock quickly generates 'restaurant buzz'

By Melissa Kahan, GLOB Correspondent

TpeacockSFI have to admit: When I heard that the owners of Gainesville's Reggae Shack and Southern Charm Kitchen restaurants were looking to open another restaurant, my ears perked up quickly. Holding Southern Charm Kitche nin a dear place in my heart, cracking my top 5 favorite restaurants in Gainesville, I had high expectations for any sibling restaurant. The Indian fusion restaurant that had been in the works for some time, now dubbed the Twisted Peacock, finally opened its doors.

Despite lacking any advertisement or promotion of the newly-opened, niche restaurant, the youngest restaurant sibling was already creating some buzz. Other than a few Instagram photos tagged at the Twisted Peacock, a menu was nowhere in sight either. I was diving — or I guess, dining—in blind. At least I had seven other blind, yet willing, participants to accompany me on the restaurant's first Saturday open. In fact, everyone at the table was pretty unfamiliar with Indian cuisine. I believe some Googling was involved.

While eight glasses of water were promptly brought to the table upon our arrival, our server became somewhat sparse throughout the duration of our meal. I'm not sure if the restaurant wasn't anticipating a solid 40 percent of the dining area full of hungry patrons and they were slightly short-staffed, or if the opening week just came with a few challenges, but our slightly scatter-brained server was a good indication of the slower service. The meal, from the first glass of water to the last check returned, took about 2.5 hours, which is a bit lengthy for a restaurant visit, especially considering we did not delay ordering.

 

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That brings us to the food. I was pleased with the menu, probably because of the association I made to it and that of Southern Charm's menu. It was laid out very similarly, but it certainly had very different menu items. Curry was not a main theme of the menu, which surprised me some, but the other menu items, including Tandoori, Tikka Masala, and Vindaloo all were representative of popular Indian cuisine. However, this was Indian fusion, which I tried to keep in mind.

 

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The first menu section, Street Food, had a handful of appetizer-sized dishes. Samosa was the one item on that list that I was familiar with, so of course a couple orders of those hit the table first (and by first, I meant a solid 30 minutes after ordering). I had heard the naan bread wasn't made in-house, so I avoided that, although I hope that changes. Nonetheless, the samosas, $5.95, which I described to the uninformed as being akin to empanadas, were adequately-sized and very full of vegetables and potatoes. I appreciated that, as many flaky pastry-type items are too airy inside.

There was a decent mix of entrees present on the table about an hour after initial ordering, which seemed a little too long considering the restaurant did not meet even half-full capacity. Nonetheless, everyone dove into the decent-sized portions of proteins over a silver dish full of a couple of cups of basmati rice per person.

 

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Three hungry members of our party ordered the Pig Vindaloo, $11.95. Originally a Portuguese dish, "carne de vinhad'alhos," it is now typically served in India with lamb, which apparently was the protein in front of us despite "pig" in the name. The sauce was not as spicy as the server suggested it might be — a somewhat disappointing discovery — but it was flavorful nonetheless. Another person at the table got the Duck Korma, $17.95, and she certainly received her money's worth of duck with a few thighs, a breast, and drumsticks filling the silver bowl. It was cooked well, but the curry gravy lining the bottom of the bowl certainly made it shine.

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Two friends ordered the Tandoori Chicken, $10.95, with a sizeable number of pieces stuffed in their respective bowls. However, both agreed it was the least satisfactory entrée at the table, commenting on its "blandness." The green-colored sauce brushed over a few pieces didn't lend much to the red chili powder marinade the menu claimed it to be cooked in.

 

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One of my two favorite entrees of the night was my friend's surprising order (he typically sticks to what he knows) of the goat dish, comically named the "Rogan Josh," $11.95. The goat was submerged in a deep red-orange sauce of Indian spices, and the meat fell apart so tenderly with the swipe of a fork. My dish, the Chicken Tikka Masala, $11.95, was my second favorite. The waitress considered it one of the more popular dishes at the restaurant, and I have experience eating it at an Indian restaurant in London, so I was familiar with the flavors.

The masala gravy should have been doubled in quantity: The strong spice-filled sauce was soaked up by the tender white meat chicken, which I wished didn't run out as soon cause it was so tasty, despite it being a dinner-size portion. It was clear that the sauces of the night were what helped make or break the experience. The one thing I also had hoped was an option to include cooked veggies in the dish, as those would have been a great addition to round out my tikka masala.

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Of course there is always a second stomach for dessert. The GulabJamun, $5.95, peaked multiple interests, so three servings of that came next. Each hot bowl of two, larger than donut hole-sized Indian donuts floated over a "rosewater and cardamom-scented syrup." After one bite, one person thought the donut was doughy and undercooked, but it actually appeared to just not have a cake-type filling as an American donut hold would. The outside was so crispy and evenly-cooked that I thought it played well into the somewhat doughy insides, and I loved it. The syrup really stole the show, sugary and rich with some noticeable punches of flavor from the cardamom and rosewater.

PeacockARTAfter getting through the menu, I noticed the little description of why the Twisted Peacock got its name, and I learned the musical symbolism behind the animal. That certainly explained the décor: Two large walls toward the back were covered with Indian music posters; the very back wall was splattered with Indian musical instruments, such as the Sarod and Sitar, which resemble a thinner guitar/violin/banjo combination. Indian musicals were playing on the overhead TVs; two children at an adjacent table were enamored by the screens all night. It certainly had a cozy feel, although seemed a bit above just a casual jeans and tee experience.

No one ordered a vegetarian entrée, and I think if I came back I would try one of those and another "Street Food" item to expand my Indian taste palette. I do not have an extensive knowledge of Indian cuisine, only having had it a handful of times and never having been to India. I do not claim myself to be an expert of the cuisine, but I do know what works well. With that being said, it is not a dining spot I will be rushing back to, as it was overall somewhat subpar considering the collective dining experience of myself and the other seven at the table. However, I could have drank the syrup those donuts were in, so I will say it left some memorable moments with me.

The Pluses and Minuses of the Twisted Peacock

Twisted Peacock + indicators: Unique food entrees, good quality food items, good value for price, open for lunch and dinner

Twisted Peacock - indicators:  Not quite cohesive service, long waits for food (don't go if in a rush)

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Road Trip: Cilantro Tacos, Newberry

W. Coast Mex food love brought East

By Melissa Kahan, GLOB Correspondent

Nothing against Mexican food, but it's never been my go-to meal for dining out. Taco salads are in my rotation every so often, but I guess I haven't been to a restaurant that truly inspired a must-return reaction. Usually, I'm in it for the margaritas. Perhaps that is why it took me so long to venture over to Cilantro Tacos; well, that and the fact that it is in Newberry, about 30 minutes from 34th Street in Gainesville. Once Cilantro Tacos had a food truck that started circulating at local brewery events, food truck rallies, and even occasionally at Midnight Cookies, the family-owned, 3-year-old Mexican restaurant has been on my radar.

 

020516CilantroA trip out to Newberry for some outdoor laser tag — yes, the kind of laser tag that has you running around shooting opponents in the woods — brought my group right around the corner from Cilantro Tacos. We were all new to the very simplydecorated establishment, a dozen tables scattered around the dining area with a bar in the back for ordering beer and checking out.

 

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The eight of us took up a few of those tables, while only two other parties were dining around us. After our server, Sam, promptly helped us set up the tables, she asked if we wanted to start with anything and got a flurry of "guacamole," "queso," and "salsa" requests thrown her way. She was a trooper. The tortilla chips, which seem very fresh, certainly possessed the crisp, seasoned mark of homemade freshness. The tomatillo salsa verde and roasted chile red sauce each had a unique, very pronounced, flavor, and the guacamole was creamy and zesty. However, I think I speak for a few members of the group when I say the pico de gallo was the star, each bite of the very chunky, cilantro-topped condiment as flavorful as the last.

 

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On to the main event: If I was going to Cilantro Tacos, I surely was going to order the one thing the proprietor's felt a need to highlight above the rest – tacos. If the restaurant doesn't excel at what it is "known" for, that is a strong indication of quality. I already had my order in mind, but I was extremely pleased to hear that each taco in my order of three, $6.99, could hold a different meat. Carnitas is a go-to for me, and the barbacoa and the soft corn tortillas were highly recommended by the server.

The real adventure would be the lengua taco, which, for those unfamiliar, is beef tongue. Don't shy away from the sound of it: My previous experiences with the Mexican delicacy is that, if prepared correctly, it is pretty tender and should certainly have good flavor. It was my favorite taco of the trio, the chunks of meat just as savory and tender as I remembered. The carnitas and barbacoa were both good, too, but the carnitas was a close second to the lengua, the flavors of the marinade-soaked pulled pork indicative of hours simmering in a spice-laden sauce and pulled tender.

020516TacosVERTICALI opted to get my taco "all-the-way", which included cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion. and cilantro toppings, instead of the authentic style with just the basic onion, cilantro and lime, which I will be ordering next time for sure. I may or may not have snuck that pico de gallo in a few bites, too.

I had a bite of the al pastor pork, and it was a bit sweeter than expected (apparently due to marinating with pineapples and some other spices), and a bite of the fish, which was probably my least favorite protein, as I didn't feel the heavy seasoning was as cohesive with the white fish.

The burrito truly was a two-hander, as reaffirmed on the menu online, and the steak in it was well prepared, not dry or tough at all. I love nachos, and the beef ones I tried were well loaded, but the combination of the queso cheese, sour cream, and refried beans quickly made the chips soggy. The amount of lettuce, tomatoes and handful of cilantro perched atop the hill of protein topping was just right, though.

The fajitas seemed a good size, my friend remarking how flavorful the carnitas were, also, and how it was just the right portion size, even if eaten as a bowl without tortillas. Another friend even said the refried beans were very good "for refried beans," commenting that they did not get a thicker, glob consistency when cooled down as many lower quality types do.

 

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The Southern California family brought generations of cooking with them to Newberry. Priding themselves on cooking fresh meat that hasn't been previously frozen, it is a tried-and-true family operation. Our server, Sam, was not only very attentive, but was extremely fun and friendly throughout our visit, chatting about everything from our interests to her background. Before we left, she introduced me to the chef who she fondly called "Mama," and who was just as charming as Sam.

 

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Mama first mentioned how, although she had been in Newberry cooking at Cilantro Tacos for 3 years, she had been cooking with Grandma for over 10 years. She said that's where she got a lot of her recipes and tricks of the trade. She emphasized most how Grandma made sure Mama knew how to prepare meat, and that it is not just as simple as salting and grilling. "The meat takes time, it needs to be marinated."

I asked Mama about the delicious marinade she spoke so highly of, and she told me it was family secrets. Despite that, I had to also ask about the addicting pico de gallo, and she said there is much more to it than just lime juice and salt. When pressed further, she revealed spices were the key, mentioning cloves as a component. Interesting, no?
The time and cooking skills certainly showed in each dish, and I will be back to try another menu item, probably the fajitas, and chat with these extremely passionate, fun (and food)-loving people.

One friend at the table asked about how shrimp would fare in a quesadilla, and I am intrigued enough to return and find out once and for all. And to potentially buy out their stock of pico.

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Weekend Events, January 22, 2016

FRIDAY

012215HippCinema6:30 pm: Boy & the World - Opening Night, Hipp Cinema, various days, times. Oscar Nominee for Best Animated Feature Film. When his father leaves for the city, Cuca's cozy rural life is shattered and he embarks on a quest to reunite his family. The young boy's journey unfolds like a tapestry, the animation taking on greater complexity as his small world expands. Entering civilization, industrial landscapes are inhabited by animal-machines with barrios of decoupage streets and shop windows,

 

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7:30 pm: Orchestra Fireworks, Gainesville Orchestra, SFC Fine Arts Hall. GO rings in the New Year with a sound blast spectacular of beloved masterpieces.

8 pm: Cat (Black) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Opening Night, Actors' Warehouse, 608 N Main St. Directed by Shamrock McShane & Carol Velasques Richardson. Following in the footsteps of Broadway's successful production with James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad, this all-black production of Tennessee Williams' classic focuses on a family celebrating the 65th birthday of Big Daddy. The knowledge that Big Daddy is dying, slowly makes the rounds.

SATURDAY

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11 am: Alachua County Animal Services Open House, 2400 NE 52rd Ave. FREE MICROCHIPPING while supplies last, door prizes, and food. Find out about volunteer opportunities. Learn more about local community cat programs and low cost spay/neuter services for your pet and more. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

 

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11 am: Creepy, Crawly Critters- Music and Rhythm, Dudley Farm Historic State Park, 18730 W Newberry Rd. A fun morning for children 4 to 5 years of age. Learn about teaching rhythm and movements with nature-based songs. Meet at the Visitor Center at 10:50 am and bring a blanket to sit on. This educational program is limited to 20 participants, and parents must accompany the child. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

 

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2:30 pm: Victoria Christian Murray, Alachua County Library Headquarters Branch, Downtown. Murray will speak about her latest novel, Stand Your Ground (2015). Murray has written over 20 adult novels, including JOY, Grown Folks Business, The Ex Files, and The Deal, and has received numerous awards including the Golden Pen Award for Best Inspirational Fiction and the Phyllis Wheatley Trailblazer Award for being a pioneer in African American fiction. Since 2007, Murray has won six African American Literary Awards for best novel, best Christian fiction, and Author of the Year - Female. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information

 

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3-5 pm: Rally to Save Our Parks, Protect Paynes Prairie, First Magnitude Brewery, 1220 SE Veitch St. Music by Whitey Markle and the Swamprooters followed by special guest speakers Jim Stevenson, former chief naturalist of Florida's State Parks; Leslie Pool, award-winning writer and historian; and Pat Harden, coordinator of the Protect Payne's Prairie Coalition. After the speakers, participants will march north on Main Street to University Ave for a rally in support of Paynes Prairie and other state parks. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

7 pm: Superfun! Protocol Group Exhibition, 2033 NW 6th St. UF School of Art and Art History Group exhibition featuring works of students and alumni along with local artists: Christian Casas, Chelsea Collison, Bridget Fairbank, Juan Griego, Kane Hambrick, Jaclyn Lambert, Keely Lubin, Daniela Ortiz, Q, Cris Robles, Sanders Soloman, Zac Thompson, Casey Wooster and Steven Zill. Superfun! is a "pop-up" gallery and event space located in the old Doug's Dairy Twirl building at the corner of NW 6th St and 21st Lane.

 

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7 pm: Song Writers Spotlight, Bardon Community Cultural Center, 1315 S. Main St. Rachel Grubb, Stephen Langer, Kimberly LeCouteur and Rebecca Vincent perform in the new performance and display space of The Doris.

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9 am: 2016 International Brass Festival of the Trumpet, University of Florida School of Music. The 3-day event will feature internationally recognized guest artists Jens Lindemann, Roger Blackburn, Luis Araya, Joe Jamerson, the Potsdam Brass Quintet, and the Gainesville Brass Quintet. Free and open to the public. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

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Art & About: 'Hometown Knights'

Hot dog politicos are a picnic in this satire

By Sullivan Alfred-Sanford, GLOB Guest Reviewer

In its latest production of Hometown Knights, The Acrosstown Repertory Theatr introduces us to the city of Fainburg, obsessed with sports, politics, and hotdogs, not necessarily in that order. Regardless of which side of the political aisle you sit on, comparisons to 2016 sitting senators and governors are impossible to deny. In Hometown Knights, the characters take many wrong turns and try to cover them up with hotdog puns and condiment banter. The result is both well-seasoned and delicious.

As the nation is currently em-"broiled" in an election cycle, the Hometown Knights audience can easily identify with the characters and issues that Director Chuck Lipsig, and Jessica Arnold has introduced. Social issues are replaced with politically-biased hot dog ordinances and election reforms that ensure incumbent victory. Dead candidates are prequalified for a mayoral run and a legitimate candidate is rendered politically impotent. Empty promises are applauded, while reform is shamed. The production, however, diverges from 2016 poltical campaigns by remaining engaging and entertaining.

The leads, Nicky (played by Meagan Reagle) and Frankie (played by D'Andre Carter), are political consultants to a small town mayor. Mayor Perry Halfgallon (played by Dean Carvalho) has been mayor for 30 years and has left a wake of political foes in less than good condition. Through fear mongering, Mayor Halfgallon has remained unchallenged for nearly 15 years of his 30-year tenure. The Mayor's voice has two volumes, loud and much louder. He is self-absorbed, arrogant, and mostly oblivious. Nicky and Frankie are the true brains of the operation, and that isn't saying much. Nicky matches being temperamental tit for tat with Frankie's debilitating naiveté. In their pursuit of "justice" which is simply due credit for their work on behalf of the town, mixed in with just a bit of old school revenge, Nicky and Frankie will stop at nothing. The power couple are true imagineers in the line of television actor Don Knotts and TV wrestler Randy Macho Man Savage as they set up a perfect game of political chess. They host a roll call of potential pawns for their shenanigans and settle on retired athlete and local hero Tom Jones (played by Adam Lishawa). He is innocent, moral, upright, and inexperienced--the perfect patsy. Tom Jones' greatest asset is his fame, and both his sports record and political inexperience are lambasted throughout the contentious campaign and debate circuit.

As in all that is politically scandalous, the town and its future is of minor concern to either of the Hometown Knights as they battle for the Mayor's Office. The Knights prepare for an epic battle and it is winner takes all. Will the homerun hero overtake the hotdog king or will Tom Jones be counted out at the plate? During the showdown, the establishment is pitted against a political outsider and only Nicky and Frankie can sort out the message from the civic rubble. Don't expect any fact checking from either side. The truth will not gain the acknowledgement or accolades that Nicky and Frankie seek so it is avoided at all cost. By the end, the audience cannot determine whether the Hometown Knights are Mayor Perry Halfgallon and Tom Jones or Nicky and Frankie. However, it is clear that the town remains unprotected as a gateway for the political ambition.

Political satire runs throughout this production, and political ridiculousness, running amuck, connects the audience to the town of Fainburg by pairing people and politicians through the lowest common denominators of self-interest and the pursuit of ultimate power. Of course the legitimization of high profile politics requires a group of gullible "sheeple" to be believable. Lipsig provides the gullibility component in the form of a chorus. The chorus (played by Saylor McKinley, Victor Moser, Mandy Fugate, and Chuck Lipsig) plays multiple roles and makes the audience want to sing along.

Thanks to the set design by Jessica Arnold and Adam Lishawa many times during the play the chorus sits with the audience, expanding the town and recreating the realism of a true political juggernaut. In fact, the political system becomes the sixth character in the production.

Major news networks could not hold a candle to the active coverage of this campaign and I shudder to imagine their vain attempt.

Oscar Wilde once said "There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it." Hometown Knights barbecues that premise and presents it well done. Just how far will people go for their personal ambitions? Hometown Knights proves that the standard varies with your level of rationality and sanity. Fortunately, both are in short supply, and the audience is grateful for that omission.

This world premier production of Hometown Knights continues with weekend performances through January 31, 2016 and should not be missed. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more Hometown Knights production information.

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Lunch stop openings close out 2016

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

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

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

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

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Butler Plaza opens new lunch stops

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

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

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

 

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New lunch stops open for business

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

Also now open for lunch:

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

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

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Chipotle Mexican Grille opens third location

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

 

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V Pizza opens in Vello's Building downtown

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

 

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Humble Pie opens store front, changes name

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

 

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

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

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

 

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Maple St. Biscuit opens in Butler Plaza

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

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Three restaurants open April 4, 2016

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

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

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

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Grill Fresh opens behind the Swamp

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

- Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

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Harvest Thyme burgers, SweetBerries buy local specials

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

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

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

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

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Sandwich Depot moves into Adam's Rib Co. building

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

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Twisted Peacock opens on SW 13th St.

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

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Lisa's Corner opens on NW 23rd Ave

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

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Buffalo Wild Wings opens in Oaks Mall

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

ainesville's oldest restaurant closes Saturday after 82 years.
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Louis' Lunch at Southeast Fifth Avenue and Second Street, which is also open today, serves the last of its hamburgers and shakes from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Owner Tom Pennisi, 75, cited slow business and his age for his decision to close the diner and sell the property.
His father, Louis Pennisi, opened the business in 1928.
 


Hey Jules I want to start running the feature below every day. 
I would like to include CHOW NOW with a new location but I would need your location by 8:30 in the morning . . .?
Today’s Lunch Plans
Tuesday, October 27, 2010

The GLOB’s Lunch Plans:  Sandwich Inn, Northeast, 110 NE 16th Ave.

CHOW NOW Food Truck Plans: Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Northeast, Hawthorne Rd.
GLOB Lunch Spot Update
Downtown:
Newly Opened:
Urban Flatbread, Warehouse
Closed: Louis Lunch, Tori's Big Burger

Midtown:
Newly Opened
: Anthony's Pizza & Subs, O!O Garden Grill (Tentative)
Closed for lunch: Farah's on the Avenue

Archer Rd.:
Newly Opened:
Ghengis Grill, Michael's

34th St.:
Newly Opened:
Bagle Land (tentative)
Closed: J. Doobies Wraps
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