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Jones Eatery, Taiko Sol's view

Delicious, healthy food highlights Jones lunch visit

Super Yummy!

Definitely my favorite place in Gainesville to eat... or at least up there with Satchel's and Civilization. :)

A quaint & unlikely place to find such delicious and healthy comfort food. Every time we have gone in, the faces of the wait staff & cooks are familiar. It is clear from listening to the friendly chatter that fills this small place that there are "regulars" who have a great relationship with the staff, who seem to know just what they want.

My husband Paul and I went there yesterday for lunch, and he got the special: Grass-fed Buffalo Burger with Avacado & Bacon with Home Fries. It was so big that he couldn't finish it. Photo top right.

I had a little taste and the meat was so fresh - you could tell that it was grass/grain-fed.

I opted for the Chicken Pesto Panini and Salad (including arugula & spinach) with Ginger Dressing. Photo top left.

The sandwich was filled with fresh grilled chicken, roasted red & yellow peppers, basil pesto, & melted provolone with sprouts I asked them to add.

It was more food than I could... or should eat; but I ate it all anyway. It was a warm, messy and absolutely soul-warming sandwich.

After stuffing ourselves with a hearty meal we didn't have room for desert, but since theirs taste like it came from Grandma's kitchen, we got the chocolate cupcake & lemon tart to go.

We just can't go there without getting one of their deserts. SO... if you find yourself super full - just grab it to go - you will be glad you did. :)

Blue Skies & Happy Eating!.

- Taiko Sol

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Adam's Rib Co.

ARC continues to be a great lunch stop with two smart meat eating lunch specials. The bright, way larger, and very friendly 'gator' environ males for an enthusiastic, hungry appetite. This is one of those lunch stops where you are making a mistake not checking their lunch Daily Special board. The Daily special was two burger sliders and a side for $5.99. Now that's a smart idea GLOBers. The GLOB Master doesn't have a problem shoving food in his mouth, so I appreciate lunch stops, service, entrees that are smaller portioned by design so I can feel good about cleaning my plate. It might be psychological at times but sitting at the ARC lunch counter I was feeling very good about enjoying TWO hamburgers perfectly cooked and appointed with ketchup, crispy lettuce and tomato. The toasted bun added yet another pleasing taste contribution to a very good lunch. It's hard for me not to automatically choose French fries with my hamburger, however the Adams Rib sides of green beans, corn, macaroni and cheese, BBQ baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, collard greens, Seasoned French fries, black eyed peas are all delicious. I'm going back to Adam's Rib Co. soon just to see what the Daily Special might be.

- Mike Sanford



BBQ + great location = great lunch spot!

zzGLOBbullet FOLLOW THIS LINK an Adam's Rib feature on the AR's SW 13th St. location

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

Bar-B-Que, BBQ, pork, ribs brisket, chopped, chicken, burnt ends, Memphis, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Korean, mustard base, smoked . . .

Did I missed a category?

AR13thstSF2016Adam's Rib Company on NW 13th St. has become one of Gainesville's lunch time favorite 'Que joints for folks serious about a healthy serving of their protein cooked over open flame red meat protein.

And I can't blame them.

The Rib Company serves up a different lunch special every day that would make any judicious lover of red meat slathered in one of their many sauces to stand up and take notice.



There are some serious eating food lovers in this small lunch stop. However the customers seem to move in and out of this diner atmosphere on a relatively speedy basis. You can thank the wait staff for that efficiency.

There are no frills at Adam's Rib Company. Excellent BBQed lunch fare is served to you with customer friendly attitude from people that understand you're on a lunch break and you don't have any time to dilly-dally.

So, BTW, have you ever dilly-dallied over lunch . . . ? !

I don't know who invented the chopped pork BBQ sandwich on texas toast so I am publicly thanking them here for what I call pure sandwich nirvana. Crispy toasted bread, tangy sauce with a little heat smothering a man size serving of deliciously smoked, chopped, tasty morsels of 'the other white meat'.

I've asked the friendly staffers behind the Adams Rib Company Counter to give me a call the next time the pork,Texas toast sandwich makes the ARC today's special board.

I'm guessing they have been busy doing other things . . . I haven't received the first phone call.

The GLOB counts fourteen restaurants in our Urban Glob making BBQ their speciality. Write the GLOB a comment and let us know what makes your favorite BBQ lunch spot special?



A.R.'s two-rib special w/fries and greens: PERFECT!

Just like that -- it was a little cooler at lunch time. The warm sun shining on my back as I crossed 13th St. in front of Adam's Rib made me think of those kitties you see curled up in windows absorbing vitamin D. I was in an absorption mode, but I was thinking of a stick-to-your-ribs lunch special from this 13th St. BBQ joint. Have you tried the 2-rib, 1-side-order $5.99 Adam's Rib Lunch Special? OK, I admit I ordered a second side of what could be the best collard greens in Hogtown. I'm a big guy, and that is a lot of food I absorbed. Speaking of absorbing, the Texas toast is perfect for absorbing pot liquor leftovers in the bottom of the greens container.  BTW, I just read that pot liquor is a heart healthy brew, and that makes this old Southern, green nectar of the gods a win/win lunch addition. Now THAT'S good news I can use.

- GLOB Master

The Pluses and Minuses of Adams Rib Company:

Adam's Rib Co. + indicators: Close to the corner of NW 13th and NW 23rd ave. Adams Rib Company rules the BBQ world in all directions for several miles.

Adam's Rib Co. - indicators:  With a small lunch counter, a few tables and many regulars, the FOTR approach to this lunch visit can some times be a good idea in this busy little diner.

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Jason's Deli

jason3I was counting on Jason's Deli in the Oaks Mall Plaza to have an interesting meatless entrée for the GLOB Master. It was like the meatless lunch gods had a meeting and decided to send me a message -- there my lunch was on a giant sign just as you enter Jason's Deli: ZUCHINI GRILLINI ON 9-GRAIN ARTISAN BREAD. The picture of the sandwich on the poster looked good. I like zucchini, but I've never had a zucchini sandwich. The idea of toasted bread and Muenster cheese had me smiling. Along with the gooey cheese were sliced grilled zucchini, organic spinach, red onions, roma tomatoes, kalamata olives, and roasted red pepper hummus – this sandwich has it all!  The meatless lunch gods did their job. Not only that, this sandwich is worth a try, GLOBers (above). The olives added a little punch to the mix. This sandwich would have been spectacular, however, with a little horseradish or some other spicy sauce. For the side that comes with the sandwich, the GLOB Master ordered fruit medley. The lunch was satisfying and tasty -- and I felt so darn healthy I could hardly stand myself. GLOB Emeritus Lynn Dirk joined me for lunch and she was raving about JD's very impressive salad bar – several times she said "It has EVERYthing – even artichokes!" There is a vegetarian section of the menu available on the web with 12 items listed: 2 sides, 5 kids items, 3 soups one of which is organic "vegetarian vegetable" (assurance there is no meat broth in the mix!), and 2 sandwiches – a Spinach Veggie Wrap and the Zucchini Grillini. I'm going back to Jason's Deli for another Zuchini Grillini but not for another seven days . . .

- Mike Sanford

Big box deli fulfills expectations

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

I was excited about my Monday lunch plans to go to the Jason's Deli (JD) in the Oaks Mall Plaza off of Newberry Rd.

Before lunch, I had reviewed the Jason's Deli website and was aware that JD wants to break the everyday deli mode with a new, contemporary, gluten-free, no trans fats, no fructose, calorie-counting, healthy, somewhat organic place to feed your lunch habit.

In fact Jason's Deli must be succeeding at that since it was recently recognized by Parenting Magazine as the Best Restaurant in America.

So why wouldn't I be expecting the best deli lunch I have ever had?



Jason's has earned a reputation for many good qualities including healthy food awareness, a good menu for families and children and a very impressive salad bar.  The salad bar can be included at half price when ordered with a meal.

SaladLINEatmThis big box deli does have a nice touch for those in a hurry -- an express pay "kiost" where you can swipe a credit card to skip the lunch line cashier and go straight to the salad bar to create your lunch.

Walking into JDs a little after 11:30, I realized this lunch stop was going to be busy as customers were already lining up at the door from all directions.

A Jason's Deli host standing outside the deli was distributing menus to customers much the same way you would receive orders before going into battle.

Walking inside the deli, it was quickly apparent that the lunch line started right inside the front door. Yep, I was standing in a lunch line.

It appears that if you are in the mood to go for a healthy lunch, you better plan ahead and have your healthy diet data handy.

The menu issued to me outside did not have all the healthy, smart-to- eat lunch information I saw on the Jason's Deli web site.  You can find that information on the restaurant web link below this feature

JasonsDeliSince I had no earlier experience by which to assess the 50-plus entree choices listed in front of me, I quickly focused on a Specialty Sandwich that sounded like my kind of lunch grub: "The Big Joe," which is named for the father of the Jason's Deli founder. This sandwich contained turkey breast, asiago cheese, roasted tomatoes, basil-pesto with pine nuts, and mayo sandwiched between toasted herb focaccia bread slices. When it was my turn to order, I was ready.

The lunch line I was standing in looked like it was as long as a bowling alley. However since I ordered from the menu and didn't choose the salad bar or build-my-own sandwich lunch special, I was able to quickly move past all the stops necessary in the "building" process.

I found a nice table at the back of the dining room and placed my ORDER NUMBER 56 card high off the table where it would be noticed.

There were a lot of North Florida Regional Hospital )NFRH) staffers in the dining room. This looks like a handy, obvious alternative to NFRH cafeteria food.



My Big Joe sandwich appeared at my table in a reasonable amount of time, and it was a good sandwich. The creamy asiago cheese melded very nicely with the herb focaccia bread. The roasted turkey breast was, well, unremarkable and thinly sliced. I couldn't spot any roasted tomatoes in my sandwich, but the flavor of the basil pesto was pronounced and enjoyable.

The Jason Deli potato chips were an ordinary crinkle-cut variety. I'm betting they have a scale somewhere to make sure I got just the right number of potato chips on my plate.

All that said, the sandwich was pretty good. However I'm not really sure what made my Big Joe a Specialty Sandwich.

Thinking about it -- I received two sandwich triangles of the Big Joe sandwich. Three sandwich triangles would have been better. That would have at least made my sandwich appear special.

Maybe they were thinking Specialty Math Problem, not Specialty Sandwich:

"The GLOB Master orders the 'The Big Joe' Specialty Sandwich, which is comprised of three tasty sandwich triangles. Unfortunately the Professional Eater only received two sandwich triangles on his plate. Using only fractions -- no whole numbers allowed -- how much of the GLOB Master's sandwich was missing?"

The Pluses and Minuses of Jason's Deli:

Jason's Deli PLUS (+) indicators: Handy location, a ton of food choices.

Jason's Deli MINUS (-) indicators: I'm sorry, these franchise deli food lunch stops are unremarkable in my opinion.

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Bagels Unlimited

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Sandwich gem found in Thornebrook cafe

BagellandSFBy Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

The GLOB Master's visit to Bageland in Thornebrook Village was long overdue.

This popular breakfast and lunch spot has been serving food to a large following of faithful customers for over 35 years.



Daily specials include breakfast dishes, sandwiches, a variety of quiches, and salads. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, they serve authentic Thai and Vietnamese lunch dishes. It's easy to see why this homey cafe has been filling lunch tables both inside and out throughout the years. It's a comfort restaurant – there are family pictures and flowers, comfortable chairs, and inviting food in the cases that make healthy comfort-food lunches -- except for that cream cheese, but they make up for with fresh fruit.


BLbeanBurgerMy lunch pal -- that wishes to remain nameless -- has been to Bageland before and was quick to decide the Black Bean Burger was her choice. She had tried the BBB before and wanted to see if this was a dish that she could count on, that it would be as good the second time as it was the first time she had it. Consistent quality is an essential ingredient of a good restaurant.

The Black Bean Burger starts with a bagel of your choice. There are 12 bagel options, although you might not want your black bean patty on a cinnamon raisin bagel! Also the bagels are made fresh. my lunch pal selected an Everything bagel. Other ingredients of the BBB include sprouts, cheese of your choice (melted!), tomato – and, something a little unexpected, cucumber slices.


BLCopenhagenDarn! Our sandwiches were cut in half but I forgot to suggest we split our lunches and try each other's sandwiches. It ended up being OK though because, now that I think about, it my Copenhagen sandwich was excellent, and I'm glad I ate the whole thing.

Made on a large, toasted, croissant, the Copenhagen contains smoked turkey breast, dill dijonaisse – can you guess what that is? -- and dill Havarti cheese. The combination was a dilly of a lunch: distinct and sharp accents complementing smokiness and creaminess.

The toasted croissant combined with the warm turkey beast and melted Harvarti cheese worked miracles on my taste buds.

The specials change daily at Bageland, however there are six regular sandwiches available: Black Bean Burger, Chicken Sandwich, Deli Case Sandwich, Copenhagen, Mediterranean, Midwestern, and the Hollander. All of these sandwiches specials include chips and fresh fruit and are priced at $6 or a little more.

The two of us for lunch split a lunch tab under $15.

Bageland is a friendly, comfortable lunch spot in the Millhopper area. I am disappointed I haven't spent more lunch hours in this excellent lunch environment.

I can tell you one thing: "I'm going back." There are a lot of interesting lunch adventures left on the Bageland menu I need to discover.

The Pluses and Minuses of Bageland:

Bageland + indicators: Excellent lunch fare. Bagels for lunch. Very friendly establishment.

Bageland - indicators: Plan your visit accordingly, Bageland can become crowded.

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I'm a bagel guy. Nothing is more fun than looking at rows of baskets chock full of different kinds of very tasty bagels. Jalapeno cheddar, sun dried tomato, everything, multi-grain, and onion are my FAB FIVE bagel choices. When an associate, that wishes to remain nameless, called me and said let's have lunch at Bageland in Thornebrook, my brain went directly to the Black Bean Burger on a Sun Dried Tomato Bagel dressed out all the way. Oh man. I don't how they squeeze all the spices into this bean burger patty, but this sandwich packs a punch. This is an excellent sandwich that has your taste buds remembering the heat, spice and flavor combination long after lunch. The crunchy lettuce and onions add a nice refreshing crisp texture to the flavorful chew of the bagel. And then they pile on cantaloupe and an orange slice for a very filling lunch entree. Let's think about it for minute. I have five favorite bagels, so technically I could have a different black bean bagel sandwich every day of the week. Should I order my sandwiches alphabetically by the bagel name or by the number of ingredients included in the bagel?

- GLOB Master


BlueBird Wings



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Wine & Cheese Gallery


The Pluses and Minuses of The Wine and Cheese Gallery:

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Flying Biscuit Cafe

You say potato, I say Hollandaise goodness

By Mike Sanford, GLOB EDITOR

FBstoreFrontThe GLOB Master has found his new favorite mealtime entrée.

Enter the Flying Biscuit breakfast all day Florentine Benedict.

Sure it is a breakfast entrée, but why not lunch?

I hate to use the Seinfeld comedy show argument here but, "Is a hot dog a sandwich?"

Then again you say 'puh-TAT-toe', and I say 'puh-RAH-toe' which I also a good defense for breakfast twice in one day.

FBmenuBRDI got lucky babe. The FB Florentine Benedict has been on the menu board for several days and I have already had it for lunch, and breakfast.

As a responsible eating professional I had the Florentine Benedict a third time without the Canadian bacon.

What an amazing amalgamation of ingredients collected for a perfect meatless, low carb lunch GLOBer:


- Canadian bacon A+

- Sauteed spinach A+

- Sundried tomatoes A+

- Hollandaise sauce A+


All served on a carb Friendly English muffin along with FB Dreamy Grits and a biscuit for a scant $10.

The friendly FB staffers are fine with substitutions so I omitted the Dreamy Grits a serving of Oven Roasted Moon Dusted potatoes. I take my potatoes plain and these spuds were crisp, crunchy on the outside, with a wonderful creamy texture inside.



Thank you Diabetes Gods for not punishing me for breaking my 'No White Foods Rule'. I understand nothing says Blood Sugar Spikes like carb loading a serving of tasty potatoes. Come On GLOBers. It's not like I eat potatoes every day. Maybe that's why these spuds were REALLY, perfectly, wonderfully delicious.



My Benedict was a Chef's masterpiece with an incredible goo-factor of Hollandaise running down all side of my breakfast/lunch entrée and onto my plate.  The spinach and tomatoes beautifully adorned my lunch with the appearance of the two veggies trying to escape their ultimate end one savory GLOB Master bite at a time.

I'm not sure if it is a fact but I have become an English Muffin fan of late trying to allay my guilt from sneaking white bread into my diet with the smaller sized, holier than most breads.

What a delightful lunch. The sharp flavor of the Hollandaise complimented nicely the textures and flavors of the spinach and tomatoes.



Did you know sun-dried tomatoes themselves are a product of the Mediterranean region, mainly southern Italy. So that the tomatoes could be used throughout the year, people would dry them out on a rooftop and then preserve them in olive oil. The drying process, they discovered, brought out an intense, sweet and tart flavor in the tomatoes, so sun drying became a widespread technique.



The extremely stacked entrée cut into individual bites of hollandaise, tomato, spinach onion, and muffin was a gastronomical smorgasbord of many different tastes and flavors.

I asked what happens when the Florentine Benedict is no longer on the Menu Board. Have no fear GLOBers. The Flying Biscuit Chef team will be happy to crate this meal time prize if all the ingredients are available.

The Pluses and Minuses of Flying Biscuit Cafe:

Flying Biscuit Cafe (+) Indicators: Breakfast all day, customer frendly staff, lunvh counter is special.

Flying Biscuit Cafe (-) Indicators: Busy, busy, always busy. A corproate feel to the restaurant is evident.




'Slammed cafes' result in lunch opportunity

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

FBstoreFrontIt's been right under my nose. Off of my lunchtime radar screen because the crowds of lunch outers filling up outside tables, standing, waiting in line for lunch.

That's not the GLOB Master's idea of a good start to an excellent meal. I got off to a late start this weekend morning and I knew my usual lunch stops were going to be slammed.

I opened the door to my favorite bagel shop and immediately saw the seven backs of customers waiting in line to make their meal choice. Scanning the restaurant tables most were filled with happy, conversational customer sipping coffee, reading papers, enjoying a good lunch.

FB0518VERTI turned exiting thinking I would cross the street to my favorite Deli lunch Stop. Cutting through the parking lot I realized I would be walking back for a Publix grocery visit.

This wasn't making sense this morning. I could walk directly across NW 16th Blvd. and have a Flying Biscuit lunch and drop into the Fresh Market to pick up a few things before walking home. Not real excited about the throngs of Flying Biscuit fans in line, already ahead of me I turned North to the Flying Biscuit café.

That was when I enjoyed a remarkable, AH-HA moment GLOBers. Walking in FB's front door I spied a eight-seat lunch counter I had no idea existed.

Hurrah! What Joy! An opportunity for an extraordinary noon-day meal, and breakfast find in the same visit. Plus I could add café my restaurant rotation.

Grabbing a seat at the counter it felt good to be in the lunch time driver's seat over seeing the Flying Biscuit ministrations, serving up breakfast/lunch to the hungry masses. Come on GLOBers. Did you know they the Flying Biscuit is open at 7:00 a.m. with an amazing selection of brunch entrees including a plethora of breakfast meatless entrées served all day. Of course that is over and above the usual breakfast meat protein selections.

This popular breakfast and lunch spot has a complete FB lunch menu as well a list of salads, sandwiches and the Featured Favorites list of seven interesting sounding, hearty entrees including the Coca-Cola BBQ Glazed Salmon. This entrée is pan-sautéed salmon lightly glazed and cooked to medium, served with mashed potatoes and green beans. There is a complete Flying Biscuit menu link at the bottom of this page.



Nicole Gomez the lone Flying Biscuit Server behind the counter appeared to have it all together managing the counter full of customers.

"I get it Mike," She said presenting my drink to me. "This counter service makes sense if you are in a hurry to be served," she added.

Nicole was digging her new gig having worked at the Flying Biscuit since last September. "It's fun, this is my first venture into the food service industry," Nicole said. "It's fast paced, and I have met some very interesting customers."



Since I was thinking meatless I quickly saw the Egg-Ceptional Eggs entrée in the menu that included two over medium eggs on black bean cakes, topped with oven-roasted tomatillo salsa, feta cheese, and sour cream, served with creamy dreamy grits. ($12.99).

"You can substitute a fried green tomato for the black bean cake if you," Nicole suggest. "And you have your choice of potatoes and a biscuit or toast GLOB Master/"

That sounds great," I say thinking of my plate covered with hash round potatoes a biscuit. "Deal with it Sanford," I think, no one is interested in my worn out diabetes stories.



Service was quick and Ms. Gomez served a delicious looking plate of tomatillo salsa, feta cheese delight to this ex cited customer.

I lived dangerously and chose a black bean cake, and a slice of fried tomatoes as a base for an impressive looking meal.

The tomatillo salsa was like a Christmas gift to my lunch. I made a point of including a small glob of the salsa in almost very bite. The Sour Cream topping was a good idea to make my lunch time mixture special.

The oven baked fried tomato was flavorful. The Black Bean cake, albeit slightly on the mushy side, made its flavor palette known. It was fun choosing which bite; A taste of tomato, or a taste of black bean to accompany all of the magnificent flavors of this breakfast/lunch.



Finishing the last bite of my Egg-Ceptional Eggs I noticed my plate was till half full with the potatoes and biscuit.

"My momma would slap me across the head if she saw me leave my plate half-full with such yummy looking potatoes," I said out loud to myself.

"Be a man Mike it's up to you," Nicole said. "You got to do, what you got to do."

"That was great Nicole, I'm coming back, see you soon," I said feeling quite smug about my restaurant rotation addition. What a fabulous restaurant find hiding away a nine minute walk from my front door.

The Pluses and Minuses of Flying Biscuit Cafe:

Flying Biscuit Cafe (+) Indicators: Serves Breakfast all day, multiple meatless choice, seven hearty FEATURED FAVORITE hot meal plates.

Flying Biscuit Cafe (-) Indicators: Way crowded all the time. Be prepared for a long lunch, unless you sit at the counter with customer friendly Nicole Gomez.




FB experience falls flat on busy brunch day

By Melissa Kahan, GLOB Correspondent

FBstoreFrontThere have been a few disappointments that have unraveled this past year in Gatorland, specifically on the food front. Yes, the Gator football team has left much to be desired, but I digress. The true reason behind my woes involves perfectly good — great, in fact — brunch dining establishments closing their doors. I found a cozy, scenically-located brunch stop that never failed in Sisters, which even satisfied my breakfast-fare-picky friend, but alas it has closed once more (perhaps indicating it might reopen one day...). The Jones Eastside was another go-to brunch stop when any relative, friend, or Eastside newbie was hungry for some delicious, local eats, but this favored stop has closed to combine with its less-attractive, disappointing counterpart, Jones B-Side.

The closing of these two favorite local joints for the best meal of the day indicates all good things must come to an end — at least I'll keep reminding myself that this must be the reason. In any event, I have been on the hunt for a worthy counterpart to fill my brunch-time void. Leonardo's 706 Sunday brunch is absolutely fantastic, but a tad pricier then a casual Sunday may allow. I've heard endless chatter about Flying Biscuit located on 43rd and 16th in the Fresh Market plaza, and I finally had to give it a try. To many of your disbelief, it has taken four years in Gainesville for me to try this highly recommended all-day breakfast spot.



I think my first mistake was choosing to dine at the café on a, as of late, absolutely beautiful October Saturday. The café is located in a pretty bustling weekend spot as it was, but the wait to get a seat stayed consistent. Whether an early bird diner or a snooze-button, late brunch goer, at no time between 7 am and 4 pm was FB immune to a line of hungry patrons waiting before you. At 2 pm, we were looking at a 30-minute wait, and I have heard plenty of friends complain about long waits at a myriad of times. Is this place truly worth the hype?



I feel the need to preface my experience with the fact that I was ravenous by the time we were finally seated, not having had a morsel of food prior to arrival. By the time we were seated, I was practically ready to eat the menu. However, I was adamant to not let this cloud my healthier eating judgment, and I opted for the omelet side of the extremely extensive menu. There did seem to be something for everyone I have to admit, with more omelet choices than my impatient stomach could handle. Alas, I settled on the southern omelet option (at top) with shrimp, crab, cheese, collard greens, onion, and I opted for no red/green peppers (note: this item is not on the online menu for some reason). I had to make sure it came with a biscuit, as that is probably one of my favorite parts of a southern-style meal, in addition to bacon and the "creamy dreamy" grits I've heard so much about. Thomas, my omelet-loving friend, selected the Piedmont Omelet with chicken sausage, turkey bacon, onions, cheese, and he added in red/green peppers, in addition to a side of "moon dusted" potatoes.

I was a little displeased to see the omelet a tad on the over-cooked side, but it was huge and I could not abstain from diving in. The best part was the gooey cheese oozing over the hearty helping of collards and large chunks of shrimp folded in. I opted out of the red/green peppers that typically come with the omelet, and I'm glad I did, as I feel they give a more southwestern feel as opposed to the down-home, southern approach I was searching for. The crab was not as present as the shrimp, but all of the flavors, including the onions, which happily only made a subtle appearance, satiated my hungry belly.



On to the sides: The bacon was cooked just to my liking, the right balance of crispy and chewy. The biscuit, while I can never turn one down, was not quite what I had hoped. I had to scrape off all of the sugar from the top of it, as I prefer a more savory over sweet approach although I'm sure it was placed as a backdrop for their apple butter. I felt the butter was a tad too sweet. Thomas' potatoes were certainly tasty, but I attribute that fully to the rosemary generously speckled across them, without which it would have been a very standard breakfast potato helping. In terms of the grits, Thomas and I agreed they were a little too creamy, creating a bowl of mush rather than the fluffier, yet still creamy grits I prefer. I have tried grits at over 10 establishments in Gainesville, and these were still in the top five at least for flavor. Also, I opted for an iced soy chai, which was quite delicious although I don't want to know how much sugar it took to create the rounded flavor.

Overall, this was a pretty standard brunch experience. I know I only had an omelet, and perhaps I should have chosen an eggs benedict dish that might have demonstrated an FB-unique flavor, so to speak. I was not displeased with my experience, but nothing stood out in my head to make me think this is the new "it" spot. The service was good, and the number of tables was many and they were crammed in to make as much room as possible, but Thomas and I agreed this was just another brunch on a beautiful day. I'm sure the lines will still be long, so my advice is to call ahead if you want to check it out!

The Pluses and Minuses of Flying Biscuit Cafe:

Flying Biscuit Cafe (+) Indicators: Something for everyone, breakfast all day, lunch options also, open 7 days a week, central location, standard prices

Flying Biscuit Cafe (-) Indicators: Not local, very run-of-the-mill, long waits.

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Ordering hint: The F B is a breakfast house

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

A friend of mine once said buying lunch at a breakfast house was like drinking beer at a winery.

So I was torn with the lunch decision facing me at the Flying Biscuit Cafe on NW 16th Blvd, but I've eaten breakfast many times at lunch. Fried eggs, omelets, quiche can make for a different kind of lunch adventure.

flyingbiscuitmenuboardThere has been a lot of buzz about this new breakfast house the last few months. It could be the real estate adage of location, location, location, since the Flying Biscuit is conveniently nestled in a sea of NW neighborhoods. maybe it's the popularity of breakfast places, it works for I-HOP. Shoot, it could the Flying Biscuit Cafe is serving up some delicious food.

Long-time friend Jane Medley and I made it to the Flying Biscuit just before noon. Fortunately for us a table opened up as we walked into the cafe. The breakfast cafe was filled inside and outside with hungry customers. I'm glad we didn't have to sit at one of the many outside tables because it was getting kinda warm for lunch on their sidewalk patio.

Once inside with menu in hand it appeared that the Flying Biscuit franchise, which started in Atlanta, Georgia, had done a nice job of imparting southern charm into the decor and the menu.

I was set for some of the Biscuit's dreamy grits and a giant egg scramble when I noticed the: Fried Green Tomato BLT, with crisp turkey bacon, fried green tomatoes, lettuce, cashew-jalapeno relish, and goat cheese served on a whole wheat bun.

Fbiscuit600I opted for the FB special BLT. Bacon is a breakfast item, correct?

Jane disregarded my breakfast-at-lunch angst and ordered the: Black Bean Quesadilla with refried black beans and white cheddar cheese folded in a flour tortilla, topped with sour cream, and chipotle sauce. Jane added some salsa to round out her Mexican lunch.

The Flying Biscuit has done a good job of creating a southern style list of side items, including southern roasted moon dusted potatoes and a mac & cheese side dish they call Grilled Mac & Cheese. Other sides are collard greens, green beans, and pudge. Pudge is an old, southern family recipe for garlic and basil mashed potatoes.

I am a mac 'n cheese guy. I could eat this concoction every day. ( I cook up a mean dish of a special recipe called Upscale Mac 'n Cheese that makes me the star chef every time I cook it for friends. It's so good I can't help sharing it: .)

Meanwhile, Jane wanted to try the roasted potatoes, so we decided to share our lunches with each other -- small bites mind you -- to find out what all the Flying Biscuit buzz was all about.

I have heard that service can be sub-par during busy times at the FB. We must have caught them just right, because the staff was attentive to our needs and very helpful to our making up our lunch time minds.

When our lunch arrived, the server presented us with a lot of calories.

Jane was taking photos of our lunch as I sized up the noon time meal that filled the top our small cafe size table.

Fbiscuit1With a flair only a talented graphic designer could conjure up, Jane decided her quesadilla looked naked and painted the tortilla wedges with strips of sour cream, salsa, and chipotle goodness (photo right).

A point goes to Jane's plate for presentation.

Especially relative to my order. The BLT looked unremarkable on my plate, with a flattened mac 'n cheese concoction that appeared to have been sliced off a giant slab of mac 'n cheese.

I had high expectations about my BLT. Unfortunately my expectations were not met in that the fried green tomatoes were not freshly cooked, the bacon was not crispy, and the whole wheat bun that enveloped my sandwich was dense, not toasted and uninspiring.  The feta cheese did add a nice sharp flavor to my sandwich.

flyingbiscuitJane and I traded some of our lunches, and I got to try her black bean quesadilla. The sauces Jane added were a nice addition. Jane created a flavor bonanza with spicy black beans mixed with white, red and green sauces.

Another point to Jane for the taste of her entree.

The side items of roasted, dusted potatoes and grilled mac 'n cheese, we felt, were similar in unique presentations, but both had a flavor problems: My slice of mac 'n cheese didn't work for me. The seeming absence of any noticeable pasta in this overcooked dish was disappointing. The supposedly multiple flavors contained in Jane's roasted potatoes were not apparent.

I made a bad choice with the BLT for a lunch entree, but there were some other lunch entrees that certainly looked deserving of serious attention on a future visit.

Then again, this is a breakfast house, and I think ordering breakfast is what this place is all about.


Even on a thoroughly unremarkable Thursday, the Flying Biscuit Café is busy with many of the tables full both inside and outside on the patio. Waiting on a friend while I was perusing the menu, I noticed the Biscuit had a good number of meatless entrees on their lunch menu. The one that caught my eye was the FB Devil Burger. According to the menu, The Devil Burger is:  "Spicy and hot! Veggie and grain patty topped with feta cheese, red onions, smoky jalapeno sauce, lettuce, and tomato." My thought was that any meatless veggie patty with ingredients that add some spice is worth my attention. The sandwich was good. The same old issue I have with the meatless world is how to give veggie patties a little more personality. After a good first bite of The Devil, I liked the flavors of the feta cheese and peppers combined with the crunchy of the lettuce, combined with the cool taste of the tomato. The veggie and grain patty offered very little to this tasty sandwich other than a mushy back drop for the other ingredients. I added some hot sauce from the table and--Voila!--I discovered The Devil that was mentioned on the menu. I don't know who invented the first bottle of hot-pepper-sauce-that-goes-on-everything but this meatless Monday I was praising its culinary magic.

- GLOB Master

The Pluses and Minuses of Flying Biscuit Cafe:

Flying Biscuit Cafe (+) Indicators: Breakfast all day. the black bean quesadilla is worth your consideration.

Flying Biscuit Cafe (-) Indicators: The pre-prepared food items were disappointing.

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East End Eatery

A tale of lunch-time diet comparisons

By Mike Sanford, GLOB EDITOR

EasrtEndSTOREFRONTI was looking forward to lunch with SweetBerries Eatery and Frozen Custard co-owner Jane Osmond and I became more than a little excited when she selected the East End Eatery on NE Eighth Ave. as our lunch stop.

This was going to be an educable lunch for me since Jane has been a serious Ketogenic Diet participant for over two years and I was eager to hear some first-hand observations about this popular dietary approach to eating healthy.



With a focus on homemade, fresh and healthy plus a spectacular Daily Special Menu Board EEE owner Sandra Carlisi's approach to lunch is in my opinion what a diner/deli lunch stop is all about.

With standard assortment of paninis, wraps, sandwiches, salads and soups, the East End Eatery cooking team prides themselves with creating unique, "Today Only" lunch specials fresh from the kitchen for this particular lunch hour.

"Today we have a delicious pasta primavera customers are eating up," Said Sandra. "And a homemade vegetable soup you need to try GLOB Master," she added.



It wasn't necessarily a competition of diets between Jane and I , but I couldn't help thinking about Jane perusing the menu for an entree that will satisfy her Keto discipline.

I marveled at the yummy diner sandwiches including a Turkey & Brie pressed on whole wheat bread with EEE Roasted red pepper aioli, $9.50. Then I saw the wild caught Blackened Flounder Wrap. The two-eyes-on-the-top filet is wrapped in a flour tortilla with pico de gallo, lettuce, tomato, and cheddar cheese, $9.00.

What is becoming more noticeable to Diabetes friendly lunch outer the majority of lunch stops in town pay serious consideration to the non-meat eating lunch outer with a multitude of meatless lunch opportunities from a yummy sounding Buffalo Tempeh $9.50, to Caprese Salads $9.00, and a Tabouleh platter $4.00.



Common sense, better sense, and my very large ego prevailed when I opted for the soup and salad Daily Special of homemade vegetable soup, and a house salad with baby greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, croutons and the EEE house balsamic vinaigrette $9.00.

Ms. Osmond was demonstrating much more discipline and chose the Egg Salad BLT Salad comprised of a generous portion of homemade egg salad over a bed of baby greens, bacon, tomatoes, croutons and a side off balsamic vinaigrette, $9.50.

There is a complete East End Eatery menu at the restaurant link on the bottom of this page.



"I really liked my salad and the generous portion of egg salad on top of a beautiful lunch time salad presentation," Jane said.

I'm not sure if it is because of diet constraints, or the fact that I just don't eat as much as I use GLOBers but flavors, tastes seem to be more pronounced than for the old Mike Sanford. My vegetable soup had a glorious garden fresh taste including a powerful onion soup broth flavor that made a unique – for me – flavor treat of onion, celery chunks, carrots. My salad was fresh, crunchy with a strong garden fresh presentation.



Jane was open and frank about her Keto diet approach to life:  "Ha ha! I've been eating keto for about 2 years. The hardest thing is understanding where my carbs are coming from. I miss fruit the most although I do eat some berries. Passing on the popcorn was really hard at the movies yesterday! I've lost about 10 pounds. Still shooting for 5 more. I don't see myself ever not eating keto again, but I do plan in some cheat days like birthdays and Christmas."







Working lunch, long time friends, yummy Treubin!

EasrtEndSTOREFRONTBy Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

It was a special working lunch for the three of us meeting at the East End Eatery in the Northeast located at 1202 NE 8th Ave. Special for the GLOB Master because he was lunching out with two very good, longtime friends.



zzGLOBbullet Alachua County Library District Marketing & Public Relations Professional Nickie Kortus. Nicki and I spent years together working at the Gainesville Sun in what we old-time Sun Employees fondly call the Sun's golden years.

zzGLOBbullet Long time friend and retired IFAS Economics Professor PJ van Blokland is now volunteering with the Friends of the Library as their current President of that enterprising group individuals.

It was cause for celebration as EEE Owner Sondra Carlis was excited to announce the East End Eatery was celebrating their 10th anniversary on NE 8th Avenue this week.

There was much to talk about, and catch up with, as the mission of our lunch was to find new ways for the Library and the Gainesville Lunch Out Blog to partner allowing GLOB readers more regular access to all the various events happening in the 13 branch locations of the Alachua County Library. Now that is exciting news so stay tuned GLOBers for some exciting upcoming news.

102418EEEmenubrdA cool thing about lunch at the East End Eatery the menu board is one of the more informative menu boards in Hoggetowne. Updated every morning there are so many interesting lunch opportunities the EEE menu is almost unnecessary.

And that was certainly the modus operandi for our lunch table:

- Nickie Kortus choosing the Taco Tuesday Special of two flour tortillas one with Jerk Chicken, and the orther with ground chicken pieces. Both taco included lettuce, home made pico de gallo, guacamole, black beans and rice. ($9.25)  "Being a home-grown, longtime Gainesville resident visiting East End Eatery for the first time. The Tuesday Tacos, served with black beans and rice, were tasty with just the right amount of jerk seasoning and satisfying. My companions and their stories completed the authentic Gainesville vibe that will add this restaurant to my list of local favorites," Nickie said.

- PJ van Bokland gave up his obligatory EEE Panini and chose the Huevos Rancheros consisting of 2 eggs over medium, topped with cheddar cheese and our house made salsa atop a crispy corn tortilla, black beans and roasted breakfast potatoes. Can be vegan with our "Tofu Eggs"and vegan cheese. ($10.25)

- I couldn't resist the TREUBEN. This glorious, pressed, Rye bread sandwich included turkey pastrami, swiss cheese, 1000 island sauce, and sauer kraut. ($9.25)  There is a complete East End Eatery menu at the restaurant link at the bottom of this page.

Conversation did slow down considerably as we devoured our lunches. PJ did comment that his lunch looked somewhat over whelming too big for him. My suggestion was we share our lunch with me giving PJ half of my sandwich.

"Thank you Mikey but I have no desire to share my lunch with you," PJ said somewhat surprised at the idea.



My Treuben was very good with many pronounced flavors including a tasty pork pastrami, pickles, and a strong flavor of 1,000 island dressing. The sauer kraut was a sharp divine old flavor I haven't experienced in a while. (BTW I'm glad PJ didn't take me up on my idea of sharing our lunches.)



PJ enjoyed his lunch of perfectly cooked ranch eggs with generous scoops of cheese and salsa and a plateful of red skin potatoes. "The eggs were very good Mikey," PJ said. "But I will return to my Pork Panini when I return," he added



102418EEEfakebirdNickie was pleased with her 'dos tacos' and was feeling good about foregoing red meat at lunches. "It is something I have been trying to do with a modicum of success," Nicki said. "After watching an industrial farming show slaughtering animals I decided I can't eat meat any more."

The EEE lunch was a success with a host of reason for the GLOB Master. The Lunch was delicious. We came to several initial agreements about giving Alachua County Library news more GLOB emphasis.

Most importantly for the GLOB Master was I could have set there all afternoon with such interesting long time friends sharing many special, captivating stories and information with these two excellent GLOBers..





Perfect salads, cold soup make ideal lunch

 EVCmugb250By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

The GLOB Master had the pleasure watching Gainesville Lunch Out Blog Image Editor Erica Corbett in Action recently explaining the useful functionality of a smart FaceBook page to a small business owner. The woman knows her stuff GLOBers. We are very lucky to have her assistance on the GLOB Team of professional staffers.

After the meeting we adjourned to NE Gainesville and the East End Eatery for a celebratory lunch to discuss our meeting.


Remember Kramer on Jerry Seinfeld talking about coffee table books? I think if I ever had the idea of retiring I would like to create a coffee table book of restaurant menu boards. The good menu boards are cleverly done, offer boat loads of yummy information and the best ones have the restaurant's personality all over them.

After much consideration of the yummy MB lunch selections both Erica and the GLOB Master went the Salad route with Erica choosing the Egg Salad BLT Salad with "Simply perfect egg salad," organic greens bacon, tomatoes, croutons and a side of our Dijon vinaigrette. ($8.50)

"That BLT egg salad is the best egg salad I have ever tasted, image at top of this review," Erica said. "Especially since it didn't look like much on my plate," Erica added.



Erica was excited about there being a Gazpacho on the menu. "The cold soup with a hint of spice was perfect for an unseasonably warm Florida February day," Ms. Corbett said eagerly finishing off her cold soup.

I struggled with not selecting the Meat Loaf Special. However I did just make my own meat loaf last week and it was fabulous, I was thinking out loud, for a greener, healthier lunch decision.



So trying very hard to forego bad carbs I chose the EEE Blue and Green Salad with grilled chicken, organic baby greens with green apples, bleu cheese, walnuts, croutons and a side of our raspberry vinaigrette.

I must admit I still feel somewhat smug about my eating habits. ME, the Eating Professional, involuntarily choosing so many salads as part of my diet is a foodie paradigm shift I will never take for granted.

This salad worked tremendously on my hunger with the crunch of the walnut, and apples. The greens were a delicious palate for the flavorful roasted chicken strips and tart crumbles of Bleu Cheese. The portion was just the right size for this X-Large individual in that I had no hunger pangs when done with lunch. Smart maybe, happy yes, very satisfied, but certainly not hungry.




I met long time pal and UF Professor Emeritus, Wayne Smith, for lunch at the East End Eatery, and I wasn't really thinking about a meatless lunch, but when I checked out the most excellent menu board, the EEE Frittata really sounded good: Oven dried tomato, spinach, potato, egg, and five delicious cheeses served on a bed of baby organic greens with toasted croutons and a roasted garlic vinaigrette. I caught the server by surprise when I asked her if she could name the five cheeses in the Frittata. "No, but I'm going to find out now," she said scurrying to the kitchen. The answer to the East End Eatery lunch time special question was Mozzarella, Swiss, Provolone, Gouda, and American -- all loaded into a very tasty egg pie. With a nice brown crust, this excellent frittata featured all the ingredients' flavors individually along with a very nice crunch of baby spinach leaves. The roasted garlic vinaigrette was delicious. With all those ingredients, the Frittata was a tasty cornucopia taste of crunch and creamy texture of the cheeses. The EEE posts their lunch specials on the East End Eatery FaceBook page every day. That's handy for the lunch time planners out in the Urban GLOB. I'm going back for another EEE Frittata lunch, and I don't care what day it is.




Good meatloaf, that's what I'm talking about

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

East End Eatery. is nestled on the corner of NE 8th Ave and NE 12th St.  Back in my twenty-something days, I lived in a couple of places close by this corner.

Those were the good-ol-newspaper days, and we had many fine card games in that same neighborhood.

This older-than-most, charmingly-decorated little building also has a lot of memories, just like me, including a brief stint as Rex's Bakery (I liked Rex's motto, "Try the rest, then buy the best"), when it moved from its downtown location.

Thus, happy memories had me smiling as I walked into East End Eatery, but on top of that, I was also very happy that I learned that EEE had a Monday Meatloaf Special.

On a recent Monday, my mission was to take the advice of former East End Eatery server, Lorent, and give this meatloaf a try.

Thank you, Lorent, for this exceptional information. I consider it a very lucky coincidence that we happened to bump into each other on the bus and you mentioned Monday is EEE meatloaf day.


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Sandra Carlisi, the EEE owner, like many other catering business owners, is enhancing her catering income by utilizing her kitchen to feed unique and interesting lunch specials to folks on the Northeast side of town.

When someone mentions meatloaf, especially when they start bragging about how good it is, I want to taste what they're talking about. To see how it measures up on the MLB (that's the Meatloaf Barometer).

Alright, I heard you wonder, "Unique, interesting special meatloaf?"

Yes. This trip to the EEE was about the meatloaf. I told you that already. They have some very interesting other specials as well. My lunch partner opted for the Mango Jerk Wrap with Chicken, and she liked it a lot. However after taking a bite out of my meatloaf, she agreed it was very tasty too.



I'm telling you, when my plate arrived with a heaping mountain of mashed potatoes around and on top of a delectable portion of heavenly protein, only to be 'dressed' with a savory brown gravy, my first thought was, "This is what it's all about." The veggie side was a terrific fresh broccoli and carrots saute, see photo above.

I've had breakfast several times at the EEE, but this was my first lunch experience. To repeat myself, the menu offers some delectable lunch entrees. But from now own it will be hard for me to go the East End Eatery for lunch on any day other than Monday for the meatloaf. What's up with that, Doctor? Why do I limit my culinary adventure by choosing the same entree every time . . .?

The Pluses and Minuses of East End Eatery:

EAST END (+) indicators: Casual, friendly, interesting menu with many lunch options. Oh yes, the meatloaf is excellent.

EAST END (-) indicators: For a manly lunch protein option, the meatloaf entree could have been a little bigger . . .

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Pita Pit, Archer Rd.

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