Ugly American's take on 'home style melting pot'
By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor
While eating Greek pita sandwich lunch at Sandy's Place it occurred to me that I was having lunch in the melting pot of the GLOB.
The menu says there are specials for hungry Americans who like it home-style. But I'm wondering if there are specials for Italian customers and Greek cuisine fans because, as I sit at this cozy little bar and grill at 5001 NW 34 St, close to the YMCA, I'm looking at the menu and seeing a lot of tasty-sounding candidates for ethnic specials on Sandy's menu: Eggplant parmesan, chicken scampi, and shrimp santorini for the Italian cuisine customers. Veggie gyros and pork souvlaki (entre or sandwich) for the Greek connoisseurs
The Sandy's special board featured a two chop pork chop special that caught my attention, buy it was a little pricey at $9.95. Looking further down on the menu I noticed a Pork Souvlaki Sandwich $5.95 that included French Fries. I was pleased with this menu discovery thinking my mid-day meal was taking on a worldly Greece and France look. They are called FRENCH FRIES correct?
Now, I'm not into ethnic profiling, but I was hoping the other customers in Sandy's were enjoying their Italian and Greek lunches as much as I was enjoying my P S sandwich that consisted of char-broiled, marinated pork pieces served with onions, lettuce, tomato and a "special Tzatziki sauce."
PS, this Souvlaki Sandwich had larger than expected chunks of 'the other white meat' that were very tasty pork nuggets of my favorite red meat, er uh, protein. The sadwiches's pita bread was soft, chewey and added much to the worldliness of my lunch.
In addition to all American classics and exotic ethnic dishes, Sandy's also includes the usual sandwiches, burgers, subs, and cheese steaks familiar to bar and grill lunch protocols. There are also 8 different salads to choose from, a kids menu, and an extensive list of appetizers guaranteed to please. There is a Sandy's Place menu link below this feature.
Phew, that is an extensive list of lunch options. My suggestion is, if you are the experimenting kind of lunch outer, Sandy's Place is the opportunity for you to be bold and break out of your lunch box and try something different from your every day nationalized cuisine. BTW, a friend of mine says the Sandy's Place eggplant Parmesan, which is served with linguine is very good.
The Pluses and Minuses of Sandy's Place.
Sandy's Place (+) indicators: Great selection of different kinds of lunch cuisine under one roof and prepared nicely.
Sandy's Place (-) indicators: This nuts and bolts lunch spot is not big on presentation or ambiance.
My lunch mate for this Sandy's adventure is a big believer of Meatless Monday. In fact, if she had her way, she would try harder to go meatless every day. Since we we lunching out in this lunch stop that specializes in Greek food, stuffed grapeleaves (above) and spinach pie (right) were ringing her lunchtme chimes. The Sandy's Spinach Pie was the winner with the distinctive flavor of spinach intermingled with flaky pie crust. The stuffed grapeleaves were presented with a traditional Greek salad including spicy peppers and black olives. The salad was very good. The grapeleaves included an earthy, unrecognizable spice--or perhaps the musty flavor was in fact the taste of the grapeleaves themselves. If you want meat Greek style, Sandy's chicken or pork souvlaki is fantastic.
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- Phone Number: 367-9993
- Address: 5001 NW 34th St., Gaineville, FL
- Urban GLOB Location: 34th Street
- Web Site: Sandys Place menu
- Latitude: 29.700124
- Longitude: -82.369366
Bob Zulu Friday, 05 May 2017 13:17 Comment Link
Even though the food is great, I am amazed that they stay in business with the surly waitresses there. I don't think anyone goes there for the "service" . It's not "just me" and
its been that way for years.....SAD!
patrick Saturday, 03 December 2016 13:02 Comment Link
meatless is a good thing
keeps you healthy
Bob Zulu Friday, 02 December 2016 08:12 Comment Link
Been a HUGE fan of Sandy's for over 15 years now!!! NEVER had a bad meal there!!
Even the egg salad rocks. Fantastic GUMBO!! Try the pastichio!! OMG!!
I'm on my way there NOW!
Jon Roosenraad Monday, 22 October 2012 09:32 Comment Link
Watching Screamin Jay Hawkins come out of a coffin to sing the original "I Put a Spell on You" is far more impressive than CCR. And he couldn't play the guitar.