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Los Pollos Rotisserie Chicken now open

November 21, 2018: Los Pollos Rotisserie Grill has opened on NW 43rd St. Across from Thornebrook Village.  Featuring  rotisserie chicken sporting a Latin American flavor this lunch stop cuts your fresh roasted chicken into quarters, halves, and whole birds. Los Pollos has also added to the menu Ribs, Carna Asada, Grilled Steak, sandwiches, wraps, and salads.    Cilantro sauce, Aji Sauce, and hot sauce are availabe along with Flan, and Arroz Con Leche for dessert.  Open Tuesday - Saturday 11-9:00 Los Pollos is the offspring of the neighboring Blue Agave as a trial run for a fast-er food model for the Tex-Mex chain.

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Eastside Pizza opens on Hawthorne Rd.

October 22, 2018: Eastside Pizza Cafe has opened on Hawthorne Rd. with the usual pizza stand lunch fare including some interesting slices and pies. Open Monday 0 Saturday from 11- 9:00 the lunch stop serves slices and pies, burgers, and wings, plus shrimp baskets.

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Japanese crepe, bowl shop opens

September 26, 2018 - A Japanese crepe and poke bowl restaurant has opened very close to the corner of SW Archer Rd. and SW 34th St. J-Petal & Poke has opened amidst a menus of Japanese Crepes, and Poke bowls. A menu consisting of of eight savory crepes and a Build Your Own Poke Bowl menu of six proteins, ten toppings, seven sauces, plus toppings, 'mix-ins' and crunch items for three different size poke bowls.

The Food & Wine website explains the word poke simply means "chunk" in Hawaiian. That said, in the past poke was typically any meat or seafood that is cut into small chunks and marinated. When referring to poke nowadays, it is generally seafood. It's unclear exactly what the origin is, though many agree that chunks of marinated seafood have been consumed for a long time by locals, and if you ask anyone from Hawaii.

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September 11, 2018 - PF Chang's has opened in Butler Town Center, 3597 SW 32nd Ct., serving rice and noodle lunch bowls, Street Fare, Dim Sum, Sushi and market side are also available. Open every day from 11- 10:00 pm with catering, happy hour, reservations, and a rewards program. According to the P.F. Chang website the. P.F. Chang's new Farm to Wok® menu highlights its wholesome, scratch-cooking approach and introducing new dishes and drinks for lunch, and dinner. Today, P.F. Chang's has 210+ U.S. restaurants, including airport locations, plus over 95 restaurants in more than 25 countries across the globe.
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Kevin's Kitchen opens across from David's BBQ

After working 25 years as a chef Kevin's Kitchen Owner Kevin Sommers was ready to open his own restaurant at 2201 NE 2nd. Ave. With a 'Southern Cuisine' influence the KK menu includes all the stick-to-your-ribs southern cooking famous in N. Florida including Pork Chops and gravy, collard greens, mac and cheese, beans, black-eyed peas, fried okra, rice and skillet cake, sweet potato pie for dessert. KK's hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 to 8, Sunday12 to 6.

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Maple St. Biscuit opens second location

Maple St Biscuit Co., Tioga Town & Country Square, 140 SW 128th Street, Building 5, Suite D. The Maple St Biscuit Co. owners Jason Hurst and his wife have opened its second Gainesville location in the Town of Tioga serving breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. With a menu serving 12 different Biscuit sandwiches Biscuits & Gravy, waffles, breakfast bowls and salads are also available.

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MOD Pizza opens in The Standard

A corporate pizza stand has opened next door to Miami Subs in the Standard, 50 NW 13th St, Suite 30. With a specific list of entrees including three salads and 10 pizzas including the Lucy Sunshine with mozzarella, parmesan, artichokes, garlic, dollops of red sauce, Calexico with mozzarella, gorgonzola, chicken, jalapenos, hot buffalo sauce, red sauce, and the Pizza Salad where you create your own salad on a warm asiago pizza crust

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Founded in 2008 by husband and wife, Scott and Ally Svenson, in their hometown of Seattle. Inspired by their own search for quick, affordable, wholesome restaurant options for their growing family, they started to wonder if there were a better pizza way.

With 31 MOD Pizza locations nationwide in 2015 MP is open seven days a week. MOD PIZZA is open late night every darn night.

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Red Rice Kitchen opens on Archer Rd.

The recently opened Red Rice Kitchen -- 3316 SW 35th Blvd. Archer Rd. Located in the Five Guys Burger & Fries plaza – touting authentic Thai, Vietnamese and Pan-Asian cuisine. With a menu featuring noodles, curry, and skewers Red Rice also serves Special fresh rolls, Asian Street food, salads, edame, wings, and wraps. Lunch is served every day starting at 11:00. Dinner is served at 5:00.

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Wing Zone is now WZ EATS

Wing Zone is the new WZ Eats, 923 West University Avenue with a new name, new look, and a boat load specials demonstrating this is not you momma's Wing Zone. After 25 years, the former Wing Zone on West University Ave. has a new look. According to their FaceBook page, "We have a new menu, and a new look but same great flavors." Specials like the $25 Mega Meal, $8 Wednesday Chicken Sandwich, and the $25 Mix & Match Deal are available for your lunch time consideration.

 

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Ale House moves to Celebration Pointe

August 1, 2018: Gainesville's Ale House has moved west on Archer Rd. to Celebration Point with a brend new restaurant design seating 241 guests inside and on the outdoor patio. "Gainesville is one of our original restaurants so it's only appropriate that we debut our new design to some of our most loyal guests," said Ray Holden, President and COO of Miller's Ale House. a quarter mile from the original resrtaurant the new lunch stop features two bars both inside or on the open-air patio, and 60+ TV screens.

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Sushi, Thai, Pizza, Bowl lunch stops open

July 22, 2018: MidiCi - THE NEAPOLITAN PIZZA COMPANY opened in Celebration Pointe, 4949 Celebration Pointe Blvd Ste T560, last weekend amid fanfare, rhythm & Blues, and crowds finding out what exactly is Neapolitan pizza. According to the MidiCi website:

MIDICIopenNeapolitan Pizza is the way Italians invented it 300 years ago. During her summer vacation in Naples with the King, Queen Margherita was presented a pizza by a local pizzaiolo with tomato, fresh mozzarella, olive oil, and a touch of basil to represent the 3 colors of the new born Italian flag. She liked it so much that it was named in her honor. The classic Margherita was born. Over the centuries, Neapolitan Pizza has become an institution. Since 1998, its ingredients and method of preparation are protected by the Italian legislation.

The MididCi pizza crust has only four ingredients: Non-GMO Double zero Neapolitan flour, water, sea salt and yeast. The sauce contains only non-gmo crushed Italian peeled tomatoes. Serving 18 different pizzas on their light, thin, soft and chewy signature Neapolitan dough from vegetarian to the White Bianca and the classic Margherita & Prosciutto pizza.  Midici also serves six different salads and a full Appetizer menu.

 

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III Thai/Sushi bar opens on S. Main St.

IFITIS is the new Thai and Sushi Bar downtown on NE 1st Ave, and Main St. Serving a variety of sushi and Thai dishes including fried rice and PadThai noodles. III makes it  Currie dishes fresh every day and features fish like like bluefin tuna shipped overnight from places Seattle, Washington, and Japan. Sushi is available from nigiri sushi to ikura(salmon roe) and mackerel, & braised eel. Opening at 11;00 III serves lunch every day.

 

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Bolay opens in Butler Plaza

'So Fresh an So Bold' is the Bolay focus at their new restaurant in Butler Plaza, 2905 SW 42nd St Suite 70. Serving lunch on their custom designed 'bowls' Bolay has broken lunch into a five step process including base ingredients, proteins, and veggies in what they call Add-Ons. The Bolay lunch line process results in a Small Bol Lunch, $ 7.99, or a Large Bol Lunch, $10.99. With a focus on healthy entrees like Miso glazed tofu, and Spicy Thai Shrimp, and forbidden black rice Boly brags on 100 per cent GLUTEN free. FOLLOW THIS LINK for a Gainesville Lunch Out Blog Bolay review.

 

 

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grub Burger & Bar opens on Archer Rd.

June 22, 2018: grub Burger & Bar has opened for business in Archer Road's Butler Plaza in the redesigned Butler Town Center.  Offering a 13 different hamburgers including some with clever names and with unique toppings like macaroni and cheese, and its homemade Dr. Pepper barbecue sauce. Burgers are served on made-from-scratch buns. The spacious restaurant with a full bar and patio seating also serves salads and bowls with a proteins like wild Alaskan salmon, chicken breast and pesto-seasoned turkey. Chicken is featured on the menu with chicken sandwiches and chicken Tenders. Grub Burger & Bar prides itself on hand spun milkshakes in six varieties, and 4 crafted milk shakes including the Worms & Dirt, and ET milk shakes.

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New Cuban cafe on NW 23rd Ave.

June 15, 2018: Sneaking in from around the corner La Cocina De Abuela has been open at 125 NW 23rd Avenue for 3 months. Returning the building to a Cuban buffet will bring back memories from years ago when two Latin American restaurants back-ti-back were open this location. Abuela's offers a complete buffet line of latin Amerian delicacies including rice, black beans, plantains, chicken Fricasse,lentils beans, pot roast,Yucca Fries with garlic sauce and many more lunch time entrees plus a daily lunch special. This Cuban restaurant opens daily at 11:00 - 7:30 pm.

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June 8, 2018: According to the website everything goes at the Miami Grill that just opened in The Standard on the corner of University Avenue and 13th St. The website also says "Miami Subs is now Miami Grill. From salads and wings, to cheese steaks and grilled mahi mahi, if it's on your mind it's on our menu." A quick look at the menu tells you they are not kidding with a menu that starts with Limited Time Only Specials, Cheese Steaks, Greek Gyros, Burgers, Wings, Subs, chicken, salads, seafood, Hot Dogs, and kids meals.  Thpse are just the sub titles with at least six or seven entrees for each sub title.  The Miami Grill delivers, and is open everyday from 10:00 - 10:00.

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1,000 Degrees Pizza opens in Butler Plaza

May 14, 2018: 1000 Degrees Pizza, Salad, & Wings has opened in Butler Plaza at 4062 Plaza Blvd suite 20. Open seven days a week, The fast fired lunch line pizza option touts 12 classic pizzas you may customize your lunch time pizzas to your own satisfaction. You may also create you own pizza as you travel their fast causal lunch line of pizza choices including eight kinds of sauces, seven varieties of cheese, and seven meat and 18 veggie toppings. After you have created your pizza it is fast fired and ready to eat in just about 2 minutes.

 

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Caribbean Spice re-opens on NW 23rd Ave.

May 14, 2018:  The Caribbean Spice cafe has opened next to Hungry Howies just off of NW 13th St. Jamaican cuisine cuisine lovers are happy to know the CS still serves lunch with positive vibes. Closed only a few months after being dislocated from their old, familiar, W. University Ave. location Caribbesn Spica is back in business with their menu that includes Daily Specials of jerk Chicken, Ox Tails, and curried chicken and goat and many more Island delicacies. The CS is open Mon- Sat. from 11-7:00 pm. FOLLOW THIS LINK for menu, more information.

 

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Copper Monkey re-opens in Creekside Mall

May 1, 2018: An old familiar lunch stop has reared its popular head in the Creekside Mall with the Copper Monkey Sports Bar & Restaurant opening in the former Mancini Italian restaurant Location. After 37 years in Midtown CM owners Rob and Ashlee Zeller closed the Midtown location citing the constant, ongoing construction around NW 17th Ave. Calling the SW 2nd location a sports bar, and American restaurant you will find a lot of the Cooper Monkey favorites including the world famous Copper Monkey Wings, chicken sandwiches, and one of the best hamburgers on Gainesville.

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The Grand Cafe opens Downtown

May 1, 2018: The Grand Café has opened downtown just off the corner of University Avenue, and Main St. next to the  Dowtown Barber Shop.  Rr-elocating from New York the father and son Fiorillo team has created a New York style lunch stop that starts the day with 5:00 am breakfast specials including sandwiches, wraps, pancakes, waffles, and breakfast platters. The lunch menu includes burgers, salads, and wraps and five specialty burgers including the Rodeo Burger with bacon, onion rings, and BBQ sauce. The Grand Café has Senior Citizen Discounts, free WIFI and fresh brewed coffee.

 

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February 19, 2018 – The name of the new lunch stop in the old Burrito Brothers location pretty says it all GLOBers  S. Florida's Hurricane Burgers Tacos Wings opened last week amid a flurry of curious, hungry customers wanting to know more about the Guacamole Burger, Korean BBQ Beef tacos, and Coco Chicken Wings. "BTW is big in Palm Beach," said BTW owner Jack Gandolfo. "My wife and I just bought property outside of Ocala and this is our new home," He added. With 10 chicken wing sauces, and seven taco choices you might think hamburgers take a back seat until you talk to Jack G. "I know there are a lot of good burgers in Gainesville," Gandolfo said. "I want to hear what you think of our premium double cheese burger with bacon, and Guacamole," the Hurricane BTW owner said with a knowing look.

 

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Fehrenbacher's Artisan Sausages open downtown

January 30, 2018: Gainesville now has a new sausage maker and lunch stop downtown. Adam, and Tatania Fehrenbacher have opened Fehrenbacher's Artisan Sausages at 411 SW 4th Ave. Adam has over 20 years cooking experience with a bachelor's degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University. His wife, Tatania, is a UF graduate with 10 plus years of Hospitality Management with the Ritz-Carlton, Marriott, Islamorada Fish Company and Bass Pro Shops.

"We are excited about serving lunch here at the Butcher shop," Adam said. "With several stools at our indoor counter, and tables out back on our new patio we look forward to bringing special, homemade style, artisan sausages to our Gainesville Customers," the butcher added. Open Monday-Friday 10-6:00, and Saturday's 3-10:00. Customers can check out the latest menu on the sausage shop's FaceBook page, Instagram page. "We post our menu every morning on the socila media regarding what the shop is featuring for lunch,' Adam said,

 

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Golf course cafe serving New Orleans seafood

January 30, 2018:  The lunch stop at NW Gainesville's Meadowbrook Golf Course has opened the Nola Cajun Po'Boys & Seafood at Meadowbrook Located at 3200 NW 98th St. NOLA hours are Monday - Saturday 11am - 8pm and Sunday Brunch will be available 11am - 5pm. New Orleans style seafood has been added to a menu featuring hamburgers and chicken wings. NOLA Happy Hour Specials are daily from 4 to 7pm with a wide selections of quality beers from our full service bar.

 

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Mancini's now open for lunch

Mancini's Tuscan Grille, January 30, 2018: located in the Creekside Mall according to the website, " The MTG is classic steakhouse with Italian flair open every day for lunch. The lunch menu includes appetizers, salads, soups and sandwiches including the Meatball Pomodoro of house-made lean beef and veal meatball simmered in our house-made marinara sauce and served in a bowl of spaghetti. FOLLOW THIS LINK for a complete Mancini's Tuscan Grille menu.

 

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Mediterrean cafe opens in Butler Plaza

Taziki's Mediterranean Café, January 30, 2018: has opened in Butler Plaza at 2905 SW 42nd St. Taziki's embraces the "Mediterranean Lifestyle" which emphasizes: Eating primarily plant-based. Replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oi. Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods. Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month. Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week, Taziki's boasts being a fresh concept restaurant with. "NO Freezers, NO Fryers, and NO Microwaves!" FOLLOW THIS LINK for ore information.

 

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Kabab House relocates to NW 13th St.

January 30, 2018:, The Kabob House has moved around the corner to 604 NW 13th St. Serving Biryani, Tandoor, Kababs, wraps, and curries this long time Gainesville lunch stop used to be located across from the bank on University Avenue. The Kabob Hopuse menu include chicken, goat, ham, and veggie entrees. The KH owners proudly proclaim, "Our Naan is handmade fresh daily and cooked in our tandoor clay oven, while serving Halal حلالا). meat."

 OGGI Italiana opens for Sunday lunch

January 30, 2018: OGGI Italian on 3117 SW 34th St. Opens for lunch on Saturday and Sunday this Tampa based restaurant takes a sustainable approach to their complete Italian menu. According to OGGI website: "All of OGGI roasted chickens are free range, naturally raised without antibiotics or hormones. OGGIs chickens are marinated fresh daily for the freshest and best flavors. OGGI mozzarella is made daily, in house, free of preservatives, without GMOs, by our dedicated staff. OGGI prides itself on supporting local farmers, buying only the highest quality of ingredients for our guest

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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
Read more...

afternoon opens on NW 10th Ave.

October 9, 2017 – The afternoon restaurant has opened on NE 10th Ave. This lunch stop is serving a mid-day meal with a brunch attitude. Co-Owner Grace Gannon has just relocated back to Gainesville from Seattle and is excited about showing Gainesville how they do food on the NW coast. The fast casual approach to lunch with counter service, locally sourced products and several teas and coffees including black, green and herbal tea, and Panther drip coffee, and Tea-Project Hot teas selections from Seattle.  Afternoon Entrees are available with a meatless attitude including Whipped Feta Toast, and White Corn Grits. Meat proteins are available to add to your meal as extras. There another six entrees including several sandwiches and the Shakshouka -- tomato baked eggs, za'atar, and sourdough toast. The brunch/lunch stop is open every day except Wednesday from 9-4:00

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Shula's American Steakhouse opens on SW 34th St.

Gainesville now has a steakhouse serving lunch seven days a week from 11:30-2:00 on SW 34th St in the University of Florida Hilton Conference Center, 1714 SW 34th St. Founded by Miami Dolphins football coaching legend Don in 1989, and today encompasses several restaurant brands with nearly 30 locations spanning nine states Shula's presents a complete lunch menu including appetizers, Lunch Salads and Knife and Fork sandwiches including the French Onion Burger with caramelized onions, double Gruyère cheese, garlic herb mayo and crushed croutons on a brioche style bun ($15). The complete steak menu is available at lunch. FOLLOW THIS LINK for a complete Shula's menu.

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Big Mill's Cheesesteak opens on NW 13th St.

September 25, 2017 – There is a new cheesesteak and hot dog stand at 2111 NW 13th St. Next to Adam's Rib Co. You have one week left for their September special of a Big Mill's Chicago Style Cheesesteak for $8.75. Big Mill's Cheesesteaks is all about carnivores, and meat proteins. With hot dogs, sausage subs, and cheesesteak subs, both steak or chicken. Chicago native Keith Miller has been selling his sandwiches on game days and he decided it was time to give Big Mill's 100 per cent of his attention. With a menu featuring cheesesteak sub sandwiches you can try the BM Cheesesteak in either angus sirloin beef, or chicken breast. The menu includes four kinds of sausage sandwiches including a combo steak and sausage sub. In addition to hot dogs Big Mills also serves a hamburger, meatball sub and three salads. Open Monday – Saturday at 11:00 FOLLOW THIS LINK for a complete Big Mill's Cheesesteaks menu

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August 22, 2017 – Dave's New York Deli has opened a second location, Dave's NY Deli Express at the corner of Tower Road and Archer road in the Park Lane Plaza next to Dominos Pizza.. The new deli serves the same NY Bagels, Opus Coffee, Pastrami, Corned Beef, hot and cold subs, sandwiches and more as the Dave's NY Deli in Tioga Town Center on Newberry Rd. Both restaurants are open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, 7:30 to 3:00 M-F and 8:30-3:00 Saturday and Sunday.

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1 Pizza Plus opens on NW 23rd Ave

August 10, 2017 – 1 Pizza Plus has opened for business in the building that formerly housed Lisa's Corner Café on NW 23rd Ave. near Salvation Army. In addition to 16 different specialty pizzas, whole pies, and pizza by the slice, the menu includes The menu includes pastas, baked chicken wings, toasted and cold sub sandwiches, and six different made-to-order salads. 1PP is open Monday thru Saturday from 11 am - 8 pm. The Owner, Mike Case, who formerly owned I LOVE NY Pizza, has plans in the works to sell beer and to create a mozzarella bar at a later date.

 

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Tropical Smoothie opens 2nd location

August 4, 2017 - The Tropical Smoothie Café at 4125 NW 16th Blvd. will open its doors today with a Grand Opening starting at 7:00 this morning. Free samples, giveaways and a free smoothies for a year will be available for the first 50 customers Friday morning. TSC owner Dhairya Chaudhari is opening his second Tropical Smoothie franchise with the first located South of Archer Rd. at 3345 SW 34th St. Primarily a dessert stop TSC serves a varied menu of wraps, sandwiches, flatbreads, bowls and salads. A savory smoothie is available in the Avocolada consisting of avocado, pineapple, spinach, kale, coconut & lime as well as the Watermelon Mojito. Open seven days at 7:00 in the morning serving a light breakfast menu. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

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Wood fired pizza moves into Cairo Grill buidling

August 4, 2017 - Another artisan pizza shop has opened on NW 43rd St. in the old Cairo Grille restaurant building. Rising from the food truck ashes Ameraucana wood fired pizza ls now serving what they describe as "PRE-INDUSTRIAL STYLE WILD YEAST SOURDOUGH PIZZA" in their new restaurant at 2410 NW 43rd St. Currently Ameraucana serves appetizers they call Small Plates that includes salads, meatball, and Marinated Olives with Burnt Citrus & Rosemary. Three desserts are available and six pizzas starting at $10. The Fromage A Trois pizza caught the GLOB Master's eye with Fior Di Latte, Gorgonzola, Parmesan, thinly sliced red onions, Fresh oregano, olive oil. pancetta, and other additional toppings. Open Tuesday – Saturday beginning at 5:00, lunch hour plans will be discussed at a later date. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

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Bahama Breeze opens in Butler Plaza

BbreezeMEGHANJuly 26, 2017 – The Caribbean islands have opened for lunch in Butler Plaza world Mon'. Located at 3989 Plaza Blvd. This big box lunch stop -- with 43 plus locations in 13 states – opens the door to tropical island cuisine in SW Gainesville. Drinks with parasols, an every day lunch special, and a menu with 40 plus entrees including Appetizers. Snacks & Small Plates. Soups, Side Salads, Entree Salads, Steak & Beef, Pork, Seafood, Rice Bowls, Chicken, Burgers, Tacos, Sandwiches, Lunch Combos, Fresh Catches. Appetizers. Snacks & Small Plates. Soups, Side Salads, Entree Salads, Steak & Beef, Pork, Seafood, Rice Bowls, Chicken, Burgers, Tacos, Sandwiches, Lunch Combos, Fresh Catches, await your mealtime delight. A dessert menu with seven choices, and a kid's menu category featuring seven selections including hamburgers, Mac 'n Cheese, and chicken tenders are also available. Bahama Breeze has live music in the evenings, handcrafted island cocktails, happy hour drink specials Mon.- Fri, from 4 – 6:00. A late night happy hour continues the evening Sun. – Thurs. from 9:00 to closing with beer, wine, cocktails, and premium Tequilas. Now GLOBer. Is that big box enough for you? FOLLOW THIS LINK for more Bahama Breeze information I might I have missed.

 

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Electric Ramen Opens on NE 23rd Avenue

ElectriRamenLOGOMay 1, 2017: Is Gainesville big enough for two soup shops GLOBers? Electric Ramen on NW 23rd Avenue -- in the former The Jones location at 401 NE 23rd Ave thinks so with their lunch time soup & noodle cafe now open Monday - Saturday 11-3 pm. Still in the formative stages, Electric Ramen is offering a limited menu:
Shoyu Ramen with Pork, $7.99
shoyu (soy sauce) based broth, dashi (fish broth), pork, soft egg, scallions
Vegetarian Ramen, 7.99
miso based broth, tofu, soft egg, scallions
Steamed Bun with Pork or Tofu, $3.25
   pork or tofu, hoisin sauce, pickled cucumber, scallions

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Keke's Breakfast Cafe opens in Butler Plaza

KekesSFApril 24, 2017: Keke's Breakfast Café in Butler Plaza, at 4062 Plaza Blvd. With 26 locations, this franchisee generator is open and serving lunch and breakfast every day from 7- 2:20. Keke's menu lists 10 paninis, 5 burgers, and 9 wraps including an Italian Chicken Panini: Chicken breast, pesto sauce, roasted red pepper and provolone cheese (8.99), a Turkey Burger: One-third pound turkey burger on toasted ciabatta bread with your choice of toppings (7.99), and a Portabella wrap: Grilled Portabella, pesto sauce, roasted red pepper, provolone and romaine (8.49). The Keke's lunch menu also includes 8 salads including the Tuna Salad and Fresh Fruit: Tuna Salad, strawberry, banana, blueberry, grape & orange slices on romaine (9.99). Keke's is open every day and you can FOLLOW THIS LiNK for breakfast and lunch menus that have more entrees than you than you can shake a strip of crisp, crunchy bacon at.

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Warehouse Restaurant & lounge reopens for lunch

April 3, 2017: Downtown's Warehouse Restaurant & Lounge is one once again open for lunch. Located in the new, and growing Power District South of downtown Gainesville. This multi cuisine restaurant now serves lunch, dinner and drinks from a menu of salads, seafood, pork, and poultry with daily specials.

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zzGLOBbullet HEROsfIT'S HERO'S NOT HOGAN'S! Since the GLOB's outset seven years ago the GLOB Master has enjoyed saying, "there are 243 places to eat lunch in Gainesville." That statement makes it a tough task of keeping track of all the openings, and closing that happen each and every month. And that's not even talking about name changes, and lunch stops that sneak up, open for business without any kind of public notice.

The GLOB worldwide offices received a nice comment from Heros 'Great Sandwiches' owner Aaron Newbold about our failure to mention the Hogan's heroes sub shop on SW 34th St. changed owners over a year ago and is now HEROS 'Great Sandwiches':

"The owner of Hogan's a year ago April 18 sold me 34th location and I renamed Heros and have tried to become my own entity while also showing where I was inspired from by keeping a lot of the things that makes Hogan's so great. " - READ MORE.

Thanks for the wakeup call Aaron. I love your sandwiches, and tomato crowns!

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Downtown adds three new restaurants

Just like that three new restaurants have opened in 2017 and they are all available, downtown lunch stops:

zzGLOBbullet Celebrity's Soul Seafood, 201 SE 2nd Ave #101, Downtown. Located behind next to Mark's Prime Steakhouse, this neck bones-and-rice lunch stop also serves chicken wings, and fried chicken. A veritable smorgasbord of traditional Southern food, this is the third restaurant opening for owners Fredrick and Taja Jacobs. The first was opened in California and the 3rd is ... in Ft White of all places!

zzGLOBbullet China Garden, Gainesville Shopping Center, 1216 N. Main St. Just south of the Main Street Publix, Café Gardens owner Fiona Liangfoiny is serving a complete Chinese menu with $5.49 lunch specials served with fried rice from 10:30 am to 3 pm. The menu also includes a $7.49 Dinner Special, House Combination Specials, and a diet menu, all dishes available for take-out or in-house dining.

zzGLOBbullet Flaming Subs, Gainesville Shopping Center, 1122.N. Main StNot a lot has changed in this poplar lunch time sub shop except ownership and the new name. Open from 10 am to 4 pm, Flaming Subs serves the same menu of salads and hot and cold sub sandwiches as Larry's Giant Subs.

 

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

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

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

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

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Butler Plaza opens new lunch stops

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

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

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

 

ainesville's oldest restaurant closes Saturday after 82 years.
Related Links:

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
Read more...

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.
Related Links:

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
Read more...

Lollicup Coffee & Tea

Be the first to offer your GLOB comments, lunch photographs and opinions about lollicup. Please identify your opinions with a PLUS SIGN (+) for positive comments, and a MINUS SIGN (-) for your negative comments. - THANKS!

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Yummy House

Superior lunch includes secret ingredient

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

YUMMYHOUSUEsf2016 It was a good day for a lunch advneture I was thinking to myself looking forward to meeting GLOB Content Editor Lynn Dirk, Sweetberries Eatery and Frozen Custard owner  Jane Osmond and her hiusband Mark Olson.

Emblazoned on the Yummy House website's home page is a statement that defines my Yummy House experience: "Our Continued Focus on Quality"

 

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From the time the friendly maitre'd seated us and until our leftovers were in a box, I was feeling like a very special customer. Starting with several dim sum carts circulating the dining area, from which customers may immediately select numerous appetizers to begin eating rather than waiting on food from the menu, this Asian restaurant has lunch figured out GLOBers.

Of course being Yummy House first timers, we didn't have that 'quick lunch' process figured out until after we ordered. But that's OK because the YH menu was an incredible cornucopia of choices including a YH 'secret ingredient' that contributes to making this lunch stop special.

 

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Literally meaning "to touch your heart," dim sum consists of a variety of dumplings, steamed dishes, and other goodies. They are similar to hors d'oeuvres, the hot and cold delicacies served at French restaurants.  It was fun to watch Jane and Mark perusing the dim sum carts that circled our table and tryinb to decide what their Chinese hors d'oeuvre lunch would consist of.

 

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Lynn ordered a fried tofu appetizer (image at top) that included the Yummy House Signature Salt and Pepper Mix. This condiment has been named a 'Top Appetizer in Tampa Bay' and includes green onions, cilantro, roasted garlic, and minced chili. There are seven Salt and Pepper appetizers available, but i'm thinking that soice mix will go on anything I order in the future. I'm telling you, little Grasshopper, this mix of YUMMY-ness stole all the applause and made everything else taste just a little bet better and more delicious.  The tofu was crispy on th outside and actually fluffy on the inside as opposed to the usual curd-type texture.  But it was all to hold the spice mix, which Lynn discovered had a lot of tiny roasted pieces of garlic that she though was the real secret by giving a bit of crunchiness, and yes, according to one of the servers, the garlic is roasted by the restaurant.  At the same time, the freshness of the green onions and cilantro kept it light.  However you try to describe it, everyone at our table agreed it was magic.

 

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Lynn and I ordered variations of fried rice. I selected the BBQ Pork Fried Rice that included diced BBQ pork, egg, green onions and cilantro with jasmine rice for a reasonable $8. Lynn ordered the Vegetable Fried Rice with mixed seasoned vegetables, eggs, green onion and cilantro with jasmine rice. Lynn is picky about her rice and she was very pleased with the texture.  Also, the fried rice was not greasy. There is a Yummy Housae menu at the restaurant link at bottom.

 

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With these servings, even the dim sum, all being big enough to share, the Gainesvile Lunch Out Blog table as usual became a tasting universe as all four lunch outers shared our meals. We hungrily and happily feasted on pork and Shrimp Steamed Buns, BBQ Pork Puffs, and a very good, beautifully fried-to-perfection something or other -- maybe it was the Chinese Style Fried Cruller. whatever it was, it was the 2nd best thing.  When Lynn and I got the gumption to order a dim sum dish, we probably picked the least successful one -- baby short ribs that were too chewy.

 

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The fried rice was very good with the added YH Salt and Pepper Mix. Dim sum was a fun adventure in Asian tastes, textures, and flavors. Next time I will print up the dim sum menu from the website and take it with me because there wasn't one provided at the restaurant -- then I will be more prepared to continue the adventure.

The Pluses and Minuses of Yummy House

Yummy House + indicators : YH Salt and Pepper Mix, Dim Sum selections.

Yummy House - indicators:  Lunch time is busy, parking is horrendous

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Yummy House, XO Sauce true to billing

By: Melissa Kahan, GLOB Correspondent

Sometimes I am overcome with such cravings that regardless of the dinner I planned to cook for myself, I cannot shake off this desire. Recently, I had an overwhelming hankering for Chinese food that I knew my homemade stir fry would not satisfy. My roommate, Alyssa, seemed to coincidentally have the same craving. Either that or I am very persuasive when I get hangry — yes hangry — and I thought that it merited an occasion to try a new place, specifically a place that had great ratings that I have been wanting to try.

True to form, Yummy House, close to the corner of Tower Rd. and Newberry Rd., resembled many other Chinese food establishments upon first glance: small, very long menu, the works. However, the dining area was definitely a few steps up from your typical greasy Chinese take-out joint, and that was refreshing. Now to deciding what we wanted to eat...

 

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After weeks of hearing about shrimp cravings from Alyssa, ordering something involving shrimp was an absolute certainty. I couldn't help but glance at the appetizers and, lo and behold, there was a dish to satisfy her craving and lend to our love of spicy food: The Wasabi Shrimp, image at top of this feature. The cooked shrimp was sautéed in a surprisingly light wasabi sauce, which actually turned out to be the perfect amount of sweet and spicy, as anyone who has tried wasabi before knows that just a smidge too much can clear out your sinuses immediately.

 

YH1pepperAlyssa decided on the Spicy Hunan Beef, which was your typical Chinese fare of mixed vegetables and plenty of beef. It was evident, though, that the quality of the meat was very good, as there weren't any chewy or stringier pieces amidst the heaping amounts of sauce, protein and veggies. However, Alyssa and I both noticed that the "spicy" dish wasn't exactly spicy at all, and it was actually quite mild for such a title. While tasty and high quality, it was not exactly unique.

YHfriedRice"Our signature fried rice dishes are the best in town." Now that is a claim I've heard before: best of this and best of that. This was one claim that was made a reality for my dining experience. I do not steer toward the fried rice side of the Chinese menus typically, as I find that fried rice tends to be quite dry or fake tasting at many take-out Chinese establishments. However, the Seafood Fried Rice with Spicy XO sauce was too intriguing not to order. It turned out to be the best fried rice I have ever had, a flavor so captivating I kept finding myself battling my chopsticks for more.

YHxosauce"XO Sauce is one of the most expensive sauces in Hong Kong Cuisine" was another intriguing claim I could not ignore. Made with dried scallops, shrimp, ham and chili with five different spices, the XO Sauce was not as overpowering as I thought it might be. In fact, it gave the fried rice just a brush of spiciness that carried throughout the dish. Alyssa noted, and I agreed, that with each bite of the fried rice dish a new flavor popped, from the freshly cooked shrimp, scallops and calamari to the bite of the green onions and savory egg.

I also agreed with Alyssa that we could have just ordered the fried rice dish with the wasabi shrimp appetizer and been fully satisfied. Now we just have heaping amounts of leftovers, minus the Wasabi Shrimp which we finished immediately, which is not a bad thing unless Yummy House is only appetizing upon serving and not reheated. I shall find out tomorrow!

The Pluses and Minuses of Yummy House

Yummy House + indicators : Extensive menu, something for everyone, high quality food, not your typical fast Chinese dining, large portions

Yummy House - indicators: Can get a tad pricey (can probably share one meal with another person, though)

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Southern Charm Kitchen: C:OSED: October, 2018

SC: Consistent, fantastic every time

By: Melissa Kahan, GLOB Correspondent

SCKsfThere is little doubt in my mind that I was born in the wrong region of the south. Yes, technically, Florida is one of the southern-most states in the U.S., but I would not consider the majority of Florida, especially the southeastern region where I grew up, to be "southern." There is a southern lifestyle I'm talking about; it is certainly found in southern states like Tennessee, Georgia, and Louisiana. I do love southern hospitality and charm, but the biggest thing I love is southern food. I cannot get enough of all types of southern food, from okra and cornbread to collard greens and fried chicken. I may even have an actual food addiction to southern biscuits.

When Southern Charm sprang to life in Gainesville, I was thrilled, yet skeptical. Despite the name and the menu, would this be an enjoyable southern food experience? I have since been a few times and I can say with confidence that southern consistency is certainly their thing: The food is fantastic every single time.

 

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My mom and her boyfriend were in Gainesville one Sunday, and I could think of nowhere better to take them than for some cozy comfort food with a twist. Southern Charm is off of Hawthorne Road, so just a few minutes drive from downtown Gainesville, which may not be particularly close for all the uptown residents. On arrival, the small building with about a dozen tables has a cozy, yet airy feel due to all the windows. This past visit there was an unfortunate dirty dish rag smell that seemed to stick to the walls and was perpetuated by a lack of air conditioning, as it was extremely warm for an indoor dining establishment. Nonetheless, I knew I was in for a memorable food experience, so it was hard to complain.

 

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After ordering a round of the raspberry hibiscus iced tea, which, after being diluted with some unsweetened tea, was very refreshing, and a creamy coconut mint julep, the three of us split an order of the Black-Eyed Pea Fritters. My mom is pretty picky, but even she commented how easily these fried balls of pureed black-eyed peas were quite moist and flavorful, especially when dipped in a ketchup-hot sauce mixture that gave an extra kick. My mom's boyfriend settled on the Cheatin Pig sandwich, complete with a blend of corned beef and pulled pork for a very tender BBQ creation with a pulled meat texture. The green fruit coleslaw provided a slightly refreshing contrast to the smoky, bold flavor of the BBQ sauce and was a very tasty rendition. The Sweet N Cajun Fries were heavily seasoned and I was surprised how well the sugar and spice worked together.

 

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My mom and I decided to split the Pentacostal Fried Chicken white meat plate, $11.59 (as I have yet to dine in and not order it for myself or eat it from someone else's plate because it is that good) and also try the Hopping John entree, $8.75. Consistency is absolutely a sign of a good restaurant, and the fried chicken was just as juicy and perfectly breaded as ever. A new favorite for me is the Hopping John; after one bite I was hooked. The blend of black-eyed peas and soy bean tempeh were so ridiculously flavorful that I wish I had asked what each square of vegetarian heaven was cooked in. The tomatoes, bell peppers, and extra black-eyed peas were a great addition. Each entree also came with two sides, so I ordered my favorite cornbread with this amazing glaze that makes the bread so moist, and the okra with sherry tomatoes and bacon, which was just as tasty as ever (although I actually could have done without the bacon in it, which is an option). My mom's two sides of mac and cheese and corn succotash were actually her favorite parts of the meal, although this picky eater claimed that everything was extremely satisfying. My mom is an excellent cook, so this is quite a compliment.  Therre is a Southern Charm Kitchen menu at the restaurant weblink below.

 

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I cannot wait to return for round two of that Hopping John, although I may still need to get my fix of Pentacostal Fried Chicken because, again, it is that good. I still have yet to try one of the cornbread waffles with chicken...I should just make a pact to eat my way through the menu. I am determined to wake up in time to enjoy a Southern Charm breakfast one Saturday or Sunday, because . . . . fried chicken AND biscuits. Need I say more?

The Pluses and Minuses of the Southern Charm Kitchen

 Southern Charm Kitchen + indicators: Friendly service, consistently tasty food, good quality, great value for large quantity of food, diverse selection with plenty of meat/vegetarian options

 Southern Charm Kitchen - indicators: Slightly out of the way location-wise, the smell and lack of AC was a bit uncomfortable

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Lunch spot hopes to defy longevity odds

By Jon Roosenraad, GLOB Historian

EDITOR'S NOTE: Dr. Jon Roosenraad is a University of Florida Professor Emeritus of Journalism. Dr. Jon loves sports, a good cigar, and the smart economy of a cheap, tasty lunch special.

Back in the day - as in way back when - Hawthorne Road meant four likely destinations - Hawthorne, Forest Meadows Cemetery, the Suburbia Drive In (remember where the other local drive in was?) and, perhaps the best Italian food in town and worth the drive, Manaro's Italian Restaurant.

Other than that, Hawthorne Road has never had much in the way of eating places. Oh there was an In and Out (now the Crab House), and maybe count the original Skeeters that really was on East University Avenue before the road split.

SCKsfSo what is on that road now?  It still goes to Hawthorne and the cemetery is doing fine (you know what they say about death and taxes), but until about a week ago, there was no place for a good meal. But then Southern Charm Kitchen  opened with hopes of changing that.

Make sure you know what city you are in, as there are restaurants with the same name in such places as Corpus Christi, Chicago, Thomasville (GA), Lebanon (KY), and Shelby (NC). Heck there even is one in Redmond (WA)!

Located in a new structure on the north side of the road just a few blocks from the Williston/Waldo crossroad, Southern Charm has an inviting appearance and a nice down-home feel inside. Joining me was the GLOB Master Mike and former Gainesville Sun Managing Editor, Rob Oglesby. We were warmly greeted by our server Matthew as we were the first customers there at 11:30.  Make a note of that time.

The menu reflects basic Southern/soul food dishes, which again raises the question - just what is the difference between Southern food and soul food?  I considered the Primrose Inn as a Southern and Mama Lo's as a soul food lunch stop. The Southern Charm (SC) Kitchen menu listed such classics as fried catfish, smothered pork chops, meatloaf, chicken & waffles and shrimp & grits along with BBQ fish, oxtail and BBQ goat. Prices range from $9.59 to $12.50 and come with two unremarkable side dishes.  There is a link to the SC Kitchen menu below.

SCKporkChopMike was impressed with his one-inch thick pork chop (right), and my catfish (pic at top) was nice and fresh, although buried in a little too much cornmeal batter. On the light side of lunch, Rob ordered an excellent smoked SCKsoupturkey and sweet corn chowder with a side order of sweet potato hush puppies. 

Mike and I got our food 50 minutes after we arrived -- at 12:20, but the restaurant has been open only a few days and hopefully that delay will change.

Sandwiches are served with Cajun fries and the menu includes burgers (for $10.59?), fish, chicken and an unusual combination of corned beef and pulled pork. There are several vegetarian entries also.

So the questions are: Is the food really charming and can it help revive Hawthorne Road?

The food is good, make no mistake about that, but a little overpriced and definitely not worth a 50-minute wait. As Mike said afterwards, it was basic diner food.

The location? Hawthorne Road is like 13th Street, both the Northwest and Southwest versions -- not much in the way of eating places.  So history is against the Southern Charm Kitchen having much success.

Would we go there again and is it worth the drive from other parts of Gainesville? Maybe in a couple of months after a few kinks are worked out. Gainesville may have nearly 30 Mexican and Southwest places to eat, but it is real short on Southern/soul food lunch stops. Bring back the two mentioned above!

(The Gainesville Drive In was where Sam's Club is now located on NW 13th Street.)

The Pluses and Minuses of the Southern Charm Kitchen

 Southern Charm Kitchen + indicators: Classic dishes on menu, nice variety, easy to find, good parking, friendly staff.

 Southern Charm Kitchen - indicators: Slow service, somewhat overpriced.

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Hook Fish & Chicken

 

The Pluses and Minuses of Hook Fish & Chicken

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Pepper's Mexican Grill & Cantina

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Blue Gill Quality Food

'Old Florida Café' perfect afternoon interlude

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

KSmeSMOOCHMy friendship with UF/Shands Research Coordinator, Ms. Kristina Steinfeldt, has pleasantly opened a lot of doors for the GLOB Master in the areas of the arts and entertainment. Kristina is a big music lover with a Texas flavor and we have spent many conversations on the topic of Joe Ely, Robert Earle Keen, and Lucinda Williams.

An interesting benefit for me is I have had the pleasure of Ms. Steinfeldt's lunch time company in places in Southwest Gainesville that have been off the GLOB Master's radar screen.

Blue Gill's Quality Food is one of those places. I was excited waiting for Kristina in the Shands lobby seriously thinking about a BG Fried Pig Sandwich and the gooey, cheesy pleasure awaiting there.

 

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It was a good, quick walk to lunch in spite of all the hospital construction work, noise, and pedestrian barricades positioned between us and the SW 13th St. building that housed our destination. The good news is we made it safely around they obstacles.

Entering the dimly lit café absent the loud, abrasive tractor, loader, heavy equipment noises was a wonderful, immediate confirmation of our intentions for a good lunch and even better conversation.

Many of the Blue Gill favorites were still on the lunch menu from past visits including the Tuna Melt ($8.00), Club Sandwich ($9.00), and the yummy sounding B.L.T.P. ($7.50). The B.L.T.P. is all about bacon, lettuce, tomato, and pimento on whole wheat. Come on GLOBers. You have to smile, smack your lips about any sammie with a dose of pimento cheese.

An interesting new entree that caught my attention was the Country Fried Chicken Sandwich with a saltine crusted chicken breast and a side item ($8.00).

Sandwiches and tacos at Blue Gills are served with sides of homemade potato chips or house salad.

There is a complete Blue Gills menu below for your eatification.

 

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The Blue Gill's Quality Seafood Fried Pig Sandwich was no longer on the menu.

Now don't get me wrong. I was excited about lunch with Kristina. Perhaps I was a little overboard in my adjective-filled description of what I was thinking was one of the better sandwiches I have ever eaten.

 

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I must admit a slight frown covered my face when the server very nicely said, "That sandwich has been replaced with the Country Fried Chicken Sandwich which is really good," with a re-assuring smile.

"It all looks good GLOB Master, and I'm not really that hungry," Kristina interjected.

I seem to be fixating on giant portion entrée sizes these days so rather than planning to take leftovers home we decide to share the Country Fried Chicken Sandwich entrée.

 

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"Will you be adding homemade potato chips to your lunch," The server asked with a knowing smile.

I looked at Kristina. She looked back at me with a blank, indifferent look to what sounded like prized lunch time delicacies.

"I think we will go with the side salad,' I said wistfully dreaming of crisp, golden brown, deep fried potatoes I no longer get to enjoy.

I like this SW 13th St. Café. I grew up in Brevard county not far from U.S. Highway #1 and Chef Bert Gill has done a excellent job of insinuating memories of old Florida highways going south all the way to the tropical palm trees, old Florida orange crates, and mason jar drink glasses.

 

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Thanks to the impeccable service I have come to expect at a Bert Gill restaurant, our shared chicken sandwich was halved and presented very nicely to Kristina and me.

 

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The chicken was fried perfectly. The white meat was juicy and tender with a ton of flavor. The saltines added an interesting crumble texture that created a crunch.

The tart, crisp, flavors of the house side salad with pickled onions, cucumbers, carrots and greens were a perfect, light complement to the fried chicken.

The company was fantastic. The setting was very special to this old born and bred Floridian. I could have easily spent the entire afternoon in Blue Gill's Quality Café enjoying the company, reminiscing about the good old days, and contemplating a fried pig sandwich never to be seen, eaten again.

The Pluses and Minuses of Blue Gill Quality Food:

Blue Gill Quality Food (+) indicators: Excellent lunch! Saltine fried chicken coating is a unique idea. pickled onions made hte salad.

Blue Gill Quality Food (-) indicators: Construction work around Shands hopsital is getting very old . . .

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'Foodie' GLOBers rejoice in holiday dinner

By Melissa Kahan, GLOB Correspondent

BlueGillSFGLOB gatherings are the perfect opportunity to talk shop and catch-up on the happenings of fellow staffers. I look forward to the periodic meet-ups and the prospect of dining out and enjoying each other's food, er, company. I will admit, half the fun of GLOB dinners is the communal dining experience. Even new GLOBer, Michelle Cardel, PhD, RD, right in image below, who we are pleased to welcome onto the GLOB team to contribute a regular nutrition column, says she will try just about anything. It seemed like Michelle would be a seamless fit to our food-happy bunch.

 

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Speaking of food-happy people, it truly is amazing how food can be discussed in such depth, critiqued, and picked apart, literally and figuratively. You know who those people are because when they get around food of all kinds, they won't shut up about it (in the best way of course). When it comes to food-happy folks talking about really great food, brace yourself for a whirlwind of elaborate sighs and an endless stream of alluring adjectives.

 

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To my delight, Blue Gill (BG) Quality Foods was the chosen spot for a GLOB get-together before the holidays, and for a few members to meet Michelle. In a previous GLOB article, I gave the BG burger a slot on my top-five Burgers in Gainesville list. To that I add that I have nothing negative to say about any of BG's other menu items either. The best part is that, despite each dish being of such consistent high quality, every menu item, including the items on the constantly-rotating specials board, sounds so great, I try something new every time I dine in there. Luckily, with four food enthusiasts looking to sample as many different things as possible comes four different opportunities for tasting.

 

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I must have gushed about the Blue Gill Burger, $10.25, for so long that Michelle felt obligated to order it. I didn't fight her. For those who have never had this delectable creation, a marriage of pork and beef in a juicy, thick patty that rests on a soft bun smothered with pimento cheese. Of course, what is a burger without a little bacon? Not a single bite was left on anyone's plates, and I was informed that I didn't oversell it.

 

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Mike had his heart set on a meat-lover's dish fit for a die-hard carnivore, so he landed on the pork chop special. This bone-in chop would have been a substantial size for one person and easily shareable. To our delight, The GLOB Master was happy to share -- the chop was lightly breaded with the chestnut-laden brown sauce, which was very satisfying. The true star on that plate, though, was the whipped, smooth-as-silk sweet potatoes that, given the chance, the lot of us would have licked the plate clean for.

 

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GLOB Content Editor Lynn Dirk was leaning toward a vegetarian dish, the Fiesta Mac and Cheese, until she happened to mention the Pork Rind Fried Chicken, $15, under the "Bird" section of the menu, and the rest of us insisted on ordering such a masterful-sounding creation. I was sold on its Southern-style sides, which I am always partial to in any setting – cornbread, collards, and mac and cheese are all golden in my book. Blue Gill did an exceptional job executing all three, actually. I was particularly glad the mac wasn't swimming in a cheap-tasting cheese concoction, but seemed to be baked with higher quality cheese. I could eat cornbread by the loaf, so I was in a love-hate relationship with the cornbread, which is one of the better versions in Hogtown. All sides aside, the chicken was cooked to perfection. As strong a statement as that is, I cannot get over the crispiness of the fried coating. It was so good I couldn't stop devouring it, especially when dipped in the most addicting honey mustard-esque sauce. Who would have known pork rinds make the most sinfully amazing crumb coating for chicken?

 

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My meal addition to round out the array of dishes was fish: the grouper special, $27, and was the unanimous choice. Compared with the other outstanding dishes, it paled a little in comparison. It was prepared very well, though, and the veggies with butternut squash risotto were very tasty, but I think everyone agreed the fried chicken and burger were the winners. Considering the cost difference between the burger and the fish entrée, that also speaks volumes.

 

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If for some reason you have another stomach reserved for dessert, as I do, the rotating dessert specials at Blue Gill are not to be missed. From fried pie to ice cream made in house, any choice is a sinfully decadent one. The four of us split one generously-sized slab of cheesecake that night, and let's just say we were glad we didn't order any more considering the number of entrees we had already devoured. It had a great balance of that density from the cream cheese while still having that whipped texture. Mike and Michelle used it as an opportunity to compare their respective cheesecake recipes, so I am hoping more cheesecake will be in our future very soon.

 

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GLOB Staffer selfie shows off their holiday gift clocks,
from left Mike Sanford, Lynn Dirk, Melissa Kahan, Michelle Cardel

There was nary a bite consumed between the four of us that didn't merit a "yum" or "mmmm" reaction. You would think with everyone ravenously devouring each morsel of food that there would be a silence that would fall over the table. It was quite the opposite: We all could not commenting on how great everything tasted and reiterating our favorites. For any non-enthusiast, we all might have sounded like we had too much good food and it went to our heads. Blue Gill is one of my favorite local spots not only because of the quality and consistency, but it doesn't try to be something it's not, and it excels at what it does. There doesn't need to be a fancy gastrique or impressively expensive exotic ingredients to make a memorable dish. Everything Blue Gill did, they did it right, and I was happy to share the experience with my band of food-happy GLOBers.

The Pluses and Minuses of Blue Gill Quality Food:

Blue Gill Quality Food (+) indicators: Consistent quality; good price for value; varied menu options; extremely tasty; sizeable portions; always friendly staff; excellent cocktails 

Blue Gill Quality Food (-) indicators: That they only serve biscuits on Sundays

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A couple of months ago, I created my GLOB best burger list with five of Gainesville's best burger choices, from the quality patties at Copper Monkey to the late night, greasy creations at Relish. However, upon a recent visit to Blue Gill, I feel it would be an injustice not to amend my best burger list and include the Blue Gill Quality Food Burger.

Complete with ground beef AND shredded pork, all melded into one succulent, thick patty, this burger was enjoyable from first to last bite. Perhaps it was the pimento cheese sauce smothered over the delicious patty, or perhaps it was the perfectly-crisped bacon that rested atop it, but I cannot even describe the enjoyment I had eating that burger. Admittedly, I did have great company, which always enhances a dining out experience. Further contributing to my enjoyment of the burger, however, was the lack of onion as a burger topping – it only including tomato and lettuce, which is exactly how I like my burgers. It seemed that this burger was made for me.

The side salad, also, was extremely enjoyable, as it was the same one served at another favored burger joint that did make the best burger list, New Deal Café. I just felt it would be a tragedy to not include a burger that truly merits a top five Gainesville burger spot. If you dine in at this establishment, it seems tempting to go for one of their seafood specials, which are very good as well, but the burger, for under $10, is an amazing meal choice.

- Melissa Kahan

Cafe takes lunch to another dimension

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor  

So let me get this right. I am sitting in a parking garage on SW 13th St. I feel like I'm sitting an in old Florida diner over on US Highway 1 just off of the Indian River in a grove of orange trees. There is a Stuckey's-like Florida map painted on the wall. Looking out the front window of this café, cars are racing by in both directions, going north and south, oblivious to me and my lunch time diversion.

BlueGillSFI grew up in Brevard County just off US Highway 1. Seeing the old-time tourist map of Florida on Blue Gill's wall and the menu with items like boiled peanuts, pimento cheese sandwiches, corn fritters, and sardines quickly sent me to another dimension.

In reality I am sitting in the cool, relaxed confines of Blue Gill Quality Foods in the new Shands parking garage on SW 13th St., and I am munching down on a most excellent ham and turkey club sandwich.

Excuse the big word but this is quite a juxtaposition. Me sitting in a parking garage on SW 13th St. imagining I am lunching in a quaint, old style, Florida diner with breezes blowing and a river flowing by.

BlueGwindowBlue Gill Chef/Owner Bert Gill has that lunch time warp working here in BGQF. I was making my first trip to Blue Gill's with lunch partner, and VA Hospital staffer, Lynn Dirk, eager to find out if this lunch spot had enough intrigue, ambience, pizzazz to lure the multitude of health center employees outside their medicinal confines for a little lunch, relaxation and decompression in an alternative dimension to their work world.

I think Blue Gill's is going to work. The Chef has created a lunch menu of snacks, seafood, sandwiches, and salad entrees that should bring health center GLOBers back for second and third visits.

Quality Food is the perfect moniker for this diner, er, uh, restaurant. Chef Gil knows what's cooking in the kitchen, and it's great lunch choices.

The Blue Gill menu includes a wide spectrum of lunch options from fried fish to sloppy Joe tempeh. You can check the BGQF menu at the restaurant link below this feature.

If you noticed the pimento cheese feature story on the GLOB's home page today, you will know pimento cheese is chefs' designer food' for the month of July.

A GLOBer needs to try the Blue Gil pimento cheese sandwich and report back on how it compares to your momma's PC sandwich.

BlueGtomatosLynn and I took the sharing route for lunch. Lynn chose the Fried Green Tomatoes and I picked the Blue Gill Club Sandwich. The fried tomatoes were prepared just right. Large slices of tomato battered and deep fried in Panko bread crumbs creating a very crisp, crusty shell that housed a juicy, flavorful, thick slice of green tomato. The thin crust was fried just right and didn't over power the tomato inside.

This appetizer was perfect for the two of us to share. I will do a Food Network Chopped judge imitation here: "The fried green tomato was excellently prepared and very well thought out. However I was disappointed that I didn't get any of the smoked bacon dressing mentioned on the menu."

The tomatoes would have been the lunch winner with the dressing. But Lynn and I didn't notice the dressing was essentially missing until the dish was almost gone, so it was still good if incomplete.

BlueGsandwichThe smoked turkey, ham and cheddar club sandwich on whole wheat bread was the grand prize winner. This sandwich also sent me to another place and time where sandwiches are always made with thick slices of bread enveloping layers of bountiful ingredients waiting to make your mouth smile.

My sandwich included a side order of homemade potato chips. These fried potato delights were crisp, crunchy perfections loaded with potato flavor.

My club sandwich was stacked high with thinly sliced ham and large chunks of white turkey breast melded together with slices of white cheddar cheese. Each sandwich ingredient held its own in the melting pot of taste in my mouth. This club sandwich was an excellent lunch entrée that was also large enough to share.

I can see Blue Gill Quality Food acquiring a nice list of lunch time regulars. The unique and convenient location to the G'ville medical world will create a whole new group of lunchouters seeking this new dimension of good food in a place that will seem much further away than a 10-minute walk.

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The sparse, South Florida-accented space with pieces of fruit crates, tin roofs, and unfinished wood framing inside Blue Gill's Quality Food always takes me back to several of the Dixie Highway diners of days gone by. That said, I have never experienced a sandwich like the Fried Pig smothered in cheese that Blue Gill serves. I admit the idea fried pig gave me cause to pause. And my only question when it appeared on the table in front of me was if the sandwich was of the open BlueG1face variety. The waitress said it wasn't. My thought was, no matter what she said, I wasn't about to wear that cheese sauce the rest of the day. I think I say "This is the best" a lot. So let me say the deep fried, thick chunks of . . . pig coated in a very crunchy crust and THEN immersed in a glorious cheddar cheese sauce made for a prize winning-sandwich. The portion was big enough to share. For the record, I will never be sharing my BG's Fried Pig Sandwich. You can order chips or a salad with the sandwich. Need more convincing? The fried pig sandwich is the cheapest sandwich on the Blue Gill lunch menu. I'm going back for another pig sandwich. Heck I could go back every day for this other white meat wonder.
 

You unlock this door with a key of imagination, beyond
it is another dimension. A dimension of sound, a dimension of sight,
a dimension of mind . . . Welcome to the twilight zone"

The Pluses and Minuses of Blue Gill Quality Food:

Blue Gill Quality Food (+) indicators: Excellent sandwiches choices, salads and unique snacks/appetizers. Plenty of Parking available, However if you have time, this lunch spot is made for a nice walk to and from lunch.

Blue Gill Quality Food (-) indicators: None noted

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Limerock Road Grill

Expectations fall short with poor service

By: Melissa Kahan, GLOB Correspondent

LIMEROCKpatioAAs lately I have been tasked with taking my out-of-town guests to all arrays of Gainesville culinary delights, I felt an out-of-the-box restaurant was in order – or in this case, it was an out-of-the-city dining spot. I am not a frequent visitor of Haile Plantation, but I have heard nothing but the best: beautiful homes, idyllic scenery, and a great dining/shopping center. When a friend suggested Limerock Road Neighborhood Grill, I had to give it a shot.

Haile Village Center's reputation precedes itself. There are plenty of cozy, quaint shops nestled between a few streets, surrounding all manner of buildings from housing communities to a reception hall. Fluorescent sign blaring over the entrance, Limerock was another of those restaurants that was just as inviting as the last.

Myself, along with my dad, close friend Dorothy, and boyfriend, Thomas, piled into a dimly-lit table, which seemed a tad too small to comfortably seat four people. Once our drink orders were taken, we made a grave mistake: We asked the waitress to give us another minute to peruse the previously unfamiliar menu to choose our meals. Although we were not dining for speed, it took much too long to take our orders. However, let's face it: When you're hungry, waiting is the last thing you want to happen.

After an adequate amount of time, our orders were taken, starting with two appetizers as to ease the hunger pains while we waited for the main courses. That was the second mistake of the night. It took that much longer for our food to come out, and when it did, the appetizers were very shortly followed by the main meal, diminishing the whole purpose of an appetizer. Not to mention there was barely room to situate our appetizers and plates, let alone with the addition of our main courses. I think we asked for more napkins four times.

LRplate400In terms of the food, we started with the Sampler "First Step," complete with potato skins, spring rolls, fried gator bites, and wings, as well as the spinach and mushroom quesadillas in an our-eyes-are-too-big-for-our-stomach maneuver. Needless to say, it was quite a lot of food for four people, but it was overall pretty good. The slightly green (I was kind of put off by the color) quesadillas were fair, and the gator bites were mostly fried breading than actual meat. The wings were sweeter than bargained for, but tasty nonetheless. Everything was pretty fair.

LRsteak400As I stated previously, our main courses were quickly served after our appetizers. I ordered the 8 oz. prime rib dinner, complete with side Caesar salad and an already-included side of veggies and rice. I'm glad I didn't order the 12 oz. slab of meat; the 8 oz. consumed 75 percent of the plate! It was cooked as I'd specified (medium rare), but after I removed all the fatty sections and finally took a bite of the thick, juicy meat, it wasn't warm. While tender, I expected the prime rib to be a thinner, more delicate presentation of meat instead of a typical steak-type form. The "veggies" (green beans) were mush and the "starch" was plain, unseasoned yellow rice.

It seemed that my fellow diners were pleased with their meals, though. Thomas ordered the blackened mahi with the salsa on the side; if his plate was any indication, he thoroughly enjoyed it. Similarly, my dad finished the majority of his grilled mahi. I took a bite of Dorothy's Colorado Burger, which, for boasting adventurous and savory toppings of onion rings, smoked Gouda, barbeque sauce, lettuce, and tomato, was underwhelming. She slathered the creamy sauce that came with it on there and said it was much better that way, leading me to believe that despite the toppings it was a tad dry.

The Key Lime Pie was probably the highlight of a quite disappointing meal. The pie, and the side Caesar salad, were the only two menu items I finished happily. After hearing nothing but amazing things about Haile Plantation restaurants in general, this did not deliver. Needless to say, my expectations were somewhat high. Perhaps they were too high? It could have been a bad night, but it has deterred me from coming back sadly.

The Pluses and Minuses of Limerock Road Grill:

Limerock Road Grill (+) indicators: Certain menu items good

Limerock Road Grill (-) indicators: Slow service; lack of timing organization for delivering meals; small tables; have time to dine

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Monterrey Chicken highlights verandah lunch

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

It wasn't the start of Spring 2013, but it could have been the start of Spring 2013. The cool air descending on Gainesville was now becoming more on the mild side of comfortable. There was a beautiful bright blue sjy, and the GLOB Master's stomach was talking back saying, "FEED ME" like the giant plant in "Little Shop of Horros."

I was meeting long time pal Andy Caldwell for lunch in West Gainesville and the Limerock Road Grill in the Haile Village Center like a good choice for a patio lunch in Gainesville, Florida where the sun shines damn near every day.

There was one table on the patio available when I arrived and the patrons at the other tables had friendly, smug looks on their faces like they had won the outside lunch time prize.

The Limerock Road Grill is a popular Haile/West Gainesville lunch spot with a varied menu of standard lunch fare of sandwiches, burgers, salads, baskets , and a menu category called Crossroads that includes the lunch time compelling entrees of an Open Face Prime Rib Sandwich, Fish, Mussels, and Shrimp Stew, Meta Loaf Sandwich with Potato & Fries, and a Veggie Paella that sounds like a future meatless Monday option. You can find a com-pete LRG menu at the restaurant web link below this feature.

It could have been the friendly great outdoors environment, or maybe it was the sound of guacamole, tomato, onion, and sprouts stacked with a tower of pisa like attitude on a plump breast of grilled chicken sandwiched in a nice looking brioche bun that caught my eye rather quickly on the LRG Lunch Menu.

LRGchickSand400The GLOB Master is not a big sprout eater, however sometimes the added little crunch of the intertwined sprouts among the other combined ingredients can be an extra treat with the creamy guac, plus tart and juicy tomato favoring. The Limerock Road Grill Monterrey Chicken was a good choice for my lunch outside on the verandah. The unpeeled French fries seemed to be of the home cut variety with crunchy potato skins included in the bountiful order.

Andy selected the same sandwich for his lunch. I'm not saying that is a bad thing. I'm not even saying that if he selected another entrée we could have shared our lunches.

You know what GLOBers I always find it fun share lunch with many of my female lunch buds. Some how asking Andy if he would like to share my sandwich just wasn't working in the GLOB Master's head. So it was good that he made the suggestion a non-issue by being like Mike, and ordering the same thing.

OINK! Said the male pig wanting to keep everything out in the open regarding, well, you know, things.

LRsteakSandwichThe Limerock Road Grill is an excellent lunch stop albeit a little on the far side from home base for frequent visits by the GLOB Master. I am going back to try their prime rib sandwich, photo right, the veggie paella, and the meatloaf sandwich. Someone once  told me that if you cross over I-75 too many time, too often you will be stopped and ask for passport credentials.

That' not true . . .

The Pluses and Minuses of Limerock Road Grill:

Limerock Road Grill (+) indicators: Excellent lunch menu, superb patio dining. Plus a Meatloaf sandwich on the lunch menu.

Limerock Road Grill (-) indicators: I swear I heard someone say, "you're not in Gainesville any more GLOB Master."

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