Sugar Creek calls the sandwich in the image above a Grilled Chicken Panini. It looks more like a very tasty looking grilled cheese to the GLOB Master. Like my momma used to say, 'I don't care what you're calling it, as long as you call me when it's time to eat it." This giant, hearty, toasted, loaded with gluten sandwich bundle is a very good sandwich. Tons of American cheese, plump, grilled to perfection chunks of chicken breast a few onions and you have a taste treat of a sandwich that is more than big enough to share for lunch. Adding a side order of the home cut French fries to my lunch sent me over the top in heart stopping lunch time bliss. I'm going back to Sugar Creek for lunch real soon. This place has down home comfort food with a lot of entrees that are calling the GLOB Master's name.
Comfort food heaven with paninis, shakes, fries
By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor
I was heading West on NW 23rd Ave Friday morning when I discovered a full parking lot of automobiles in front of the newly opened Sugarcreek restaurant on the corner of NW 23rd Ave. and NW 6th St. My mind flashed back to several months earlier and the notice that this breakfast house and lunch stop touted more than 25 different milkshakes and boasted the largest omelet selection in town.
I like to give restaurants a few weeks to work the bugs out of their daily routine before I pay an official lunch visit. I have had high hopes for this lunch house, so I was excited about seeing what SC will offer to the GLOB lunch world.
Sugarcreek is one of a very long line of restaurant and lunch stops for this – what should be foodly historic -- busy corner of Gainesville dating back to the seventies when Dixie Cream was serving up fresh cooked donuts on this southwest corner and then, after some down time, transformed to a regular restaurant with the same name for awhile. There was a long dry spell until it became Jeff's Deli, the previous attempt at a spot that has become difficult to hold on to. Good luck to Sugarcreek. Speaking of which . .
I arrived late after the lunch hour, and I quickly grabbed a seat at the lunch counter ready to find out how Sugarcreek is different from the ghosts of lunchtime past inhabiting the building.
The Sugarcreek servers were friendly and were quick to share their ideas on what Sugarcreek entrees were their favorites. In unison three servers suggested their favorite entrees.
"You need to try the Corned Beef Hash-N-Eggs, it is REALLY good," said the server taking my order.
"Be sure to try one of the milk shakes. My favorite is the Chunky Monkey," said another server.
"Our hamburgers are half pound in size and homemade," another Sugarcreek server added proudly.
A quick look at the menu allowed me to see all the usual lunch suspects. Salads, sandwiches, wraps, paninis, and hamburgers. Sugarcreek also has a list off interesting 'starters' including chicken quesadillas and fried mozzarrella cheese cubes.
The Sugarcreek menu lists 25 milkshakes that are mixed by hand including the Peanut Butter Banana. I'm guessing this shake could possibly bring the King of Rock & Roll back to life. Of course Elvis would be asking for some jelly to be added to this shake.
My lunch choice stopped at the Panini category where I spied a Bacon Cheeseburger Panini with tomato, bacon, onion, American cheese and ranch dressing. Included in the Panini entree was an order of coleslaw and hand cut French fries.
I have never heard of a Hamburger Panini (photo right), so I was curious. What I received for my noon-time eatification was a delicious, very flavorful burger of toasted, gooey, and creamy tastes that had me inventorying all the ingredients in my panini.
"My Panini." Wasn't that a popular tune of the seventies?
I would order this sandwich again. The burger was in fact a half pound in size and I could tell it was made in the kitchen and would qualify as an Patty Melt gone American.
Kudos to Sugarcreek owner Owner Jeremiah Gongloff and the kitchen staffers for the homemade, fresh cut, excellently cooked French Fries.
I received my coleslaw first and it had a simplistic beauty with a creamy, tart taste that compelled the GLOB Master to make sure this coleslaw is included in the GLOB's archival, digital refrigerator (photo right).
I must admit that the GLOB Master was caught by surprise by the absence of any daily lunch specials. Plus Sugarcreek needs to rectify the error of not including any kind of meatloaf on its menu.
Even so, I'm going back to Sugarcreek. There are a lot of other good lunch entrees on the Sugarcreek menu that deserve my attention.
The Pluses and Minuses of the Sugarcreek Restaurant
Sugarcreek Restaurant + indicators: A diverse menu of hearty, lunchtime favorites including hand cut French fries and homemade milkshakes.
Sugarcreek Restaurant - indicators: Part of the GLOB Master's lunchtime fun is discovering a restaurant's 'Daily Specials.'
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- Phone Number: 505-5538
- Address: 2226 NW 6th Street, Gaineville, FL
- Urban GLOB Location: NW 23rd Avenue
- Latitude: 29.673787
- Longitude: -82.331006
MamaMe Wednesday, 29 May 2013 22:35 Comment Link
I work near Sugarcreek and everyone in our office frequents regularly for breakfast and lunch. Great portion sizes for great prices! Never had a meal I didn't like. The owners are working very hard and the servers have always been great.
Kelly Saturday, 25 May 2013 17:01 Comment Link
Love this place. Best waffles in town. Service s hit or miss but some of the waitress are great. Food is fantastic and good deal for the price.
We attempted to eat Sugar Creek this morning. We were greeted by a server who told us to go away they had no seats. The guy was grumpy and rude as an after thought he mentioned the open counter seating. Since this is at least the 3rd restaurant in 10 years in this location I'm sure it will be gone soon. Doubt we will ever go back unless the management offers to comp our meal.
Sheryl McIntosh Tuesday, 06 November 2012 13:32 Comment Link
Beware of SugarCreek! The wait staff does not know what they are doing. The "Chef" served me food with HAIR in it, not to mention he was a slob. Don't eat there.
Caroline Wednesday, 31 October 2012 15:10 Comment Link
It was Firpo's for a long time (before it was Jeff's Deli)...that place was awesome to get your breakfast on!
That burger looks delicious....