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Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille

Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille

My salad was excellent, but that cheeseburger...

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

harrysstorefrontHave you ever considered the fact some lunch outers in other places in the world have never eaten hamburgers.

This is the kinds of topic I was thinking about eyeing long time GLOBer, even longer time owner of GT Motorcars, and good friend Bob Sturm after I suggested he try the Harry's Seafood Bar & Grill every Wednesday Hamburger Special with your choice of French, Fries, cole slaw, or the vegetable of the day ($8.99).

Bob's burger was one of the better looking cheeseburgers I have seen in some time I was thinking to myself as the server served me a beautifully presented Harry's Garden Salad with Blacked Mahi, bleu cheese and bacon crumbles -or- feta cheese and sun dried cranberries ($9.50).

zzGLOBbullet I need to repeat myself here GLOBers. I don't think I have ever seen a better looking hamburger . . .

zzGLOBbullet This is a good example why -- for the GLOB Master -- sometimes lunch is all about the facts ma'am:

zzGLOBbullet Look at my food, lunch, not what other people eat.

Think about how I have successfully managed to change my diet for the better in so many ways.

I love the way the cheese has coated the onion, running done the side of the. . . oh, sorry. I never said this diabetes adventure was easy you know.

Harry's does make an excellent salad. Actually they create six different salads.



I smile seeing the way they have partitioned, categorized my salad ingredients on my plate ready for me to mix them together as I choose. Plus I feel incredibly hip, smart, healthy, about adding the all white meat fish filet to my salad. Were you aware do the fact that eating fish may Increase grey matter in the brain and protect it from age-related deterioration.

My Garden salad was, as always, spectacular and always delicious. The crunch of the carrots, cucumbers, onions, combined with the tasty goo of the tomato melded nicely with the fresh, crunchy greens and feta cheese. There is a complete Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille menu at the bottom of this page.

Speaking of eating healthy I had a good discussion with my doctor(s) recently about whether a blood sugar spike that starts at 300 and spikes to 490 on the blood glucose monitor was worse than spike that started at 100 and spiked to 290 on the blood glucose monitor.

"Oh, blood sugar spikes into the 450-500 range can result in long term damage to your body in many ways," the doctor said. "Not so much with spikes at the lower ranges of the scale," the doctor added.

So my next test is to enjoy a Harry's Burger when my blood sugar is at the 100 mark. . . I think to myself thinking maybe I could still talk GT Bob into sharing his wonderfully yummy looking lunchtime cheeseburger prize.



Harry’s: A long time personal favorite

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille has been one of my favorite restaurants for a very long time.

There I've said it.  I'm staring at the horns of a dilemma here.


When I started this blog idea, my objective was to be journalistically correct by being impartial, fair, and objective about the restaurants I write about.

I can't do that in this GLOB entry -- I enjoy Harry's and the zillion of memories floating around the great old historic building in downtown Gainesville where Harry's lives.

All right, so I go to Harry's a lot. I go so often I'm surprised there isn't a seat emblazoned with 'Mike Sanford, Favorite Customer'. And there are many good reasons why Harry's is at the top of my list.



At Harry's they fry their seafood just like my daddy did -- using an egg wash so the cracker meal and spices create a light coating on the shrimp, oysters and fish. The result is a lightly crusted, golden brown, supremely tasty morsel from the sea that makes me smile just thinking about it.

For the late lunch GLOBers there is a Happy Hour special every day from 2:00-7:00 p.m. with drink specials and an early bird menu. In this professional's eaters point-of-view, there are no better chicken wings in town. 

When you order their chicken wings, tell them you want them the Mike Sanford way: blackened, extra crispy, tossed in hot sauce. You can't beat 'em.



An important plus at Harry's is a staff of customer friendly folks that make you feel special. They are attentive, and supremely professional. Jessica, Collin, Kelly and Ami always make me feel welcome.

Remember the TV theme song that had the line, 'Every one knows your name?' Well people are not just names at Harry's. Long time patrons Bob and Jane, The two Pams -- either one of them --, the Alachua County government I T guys, a professor here, professional there, are all nice people with interesting opinions they like to share.

So do you see my dilemma?

Everything about Harry's makes me smile. How do I hide that glee in a shroud of objectivity and impartiality when I'm trying to convey to you what I think is a very special place for lunch?



The Harry's Seafood Bar and Grille 'Harry's Style' burger with bacon, caramelized onions, mushrooms, jack & cheddar cheeses is a really good hamburger. Nestled next to French fries the Harry's Burger fills your lunch plate with an extra large patty of excellent ground chuck is strategically embedded in the organized chaos of the juicy, savory flavors of bacon, onions, pickles, tomato, lettuce, mustard and catsup. This burger is so good that you don't mind the burger's juices and gooey goodness dripping onto your fingers. However I do try to remember, from time to time, to make sure I'm not wearing burger condiments on my shirt after lunch. One of the GLOB Master's better after lunch lines is pointing at the giant mustard stain on my shirt and remark, "I am saving that for a snack later . . ."

- Mike Sanford, GLOB Edior

The Pluses and Minuses of Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille:

The Harry's + indicators: Did I mention the great blues and Cajun music that adds to Harry's New Orleans ambiance? It makes a trip to the rest room feel like walking into the largest set of walk-in head phones around. It's a perfect Harry's moment for me when I go to the restroom only to hear 'I love you baby, like my dog loves meat' is playing. Yep, that's one more thing that makes me smile about Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille.

The Harry's -  indicators:  Like all of the down town restaurants and shops there aren't any parking spaces available because all the worker ants fill the parking spaces up at 8:00 in the morning and never give them up . . .

Offer your GLOB comments, lunch photographs and opinions about Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille.  Please identify your opinions with a PLUS SIGN (+) for positive comments, and a MINUS SIGN (-) for your negative comments.  - THANKS!



070117HARRYSnapoleanThe GLOB Master has a new friend that is the perfect theater partner. Ms. Kristina Steinfeldt is a research coordinator and has the note taking, recording of information down to a science GLOBers. (Eat your heart out, Ron Cunningham.) More importantly we have now established a routine of after show eats and discussion at Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille. It might be hard to believe, but I'm thinking Kristina could be a bigger fan of Harry's than the GLOB Master. While I'm not really sure that's true, I do know she is seriously in love with the Harry's Crab & Eggplant Napoleon appetizer ($9.99). And what's not to like about that? You have panko-crusted eggplant stacked with layers of crab meat topped with parmesan basil cream sauce. (Psst: That sauce would make a plate of neck bones delicious.) I'm thinking if parents would introduce their children to this eggplant entrée, there would never be a problem with the "EAT YOUR VEGETABLES" routine. This amazingly scrumptious Harry's Starter is big enough to share, which makes the extra large price more palatable. Plus the plump pieces of fresh crab and tender morsels of eggplant immersed in the parmesan basil cream sauce create a meal fit for the last day on earth.

- GLOB Master

Last modified onWednesday, 20 June 2018 02:31

Additional Info

  • Phone Number: 352-372-1555
  • Address: 110 SE 1st St., Gainesville, FL
  • Urban GLOB Location: Downtown
  • Latitude: 29.650616
  • Longitude: -82.3240924
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  • Angie
    Angie Wednesday, 18 May 2011 21:14 Comment Link

    I had lunch this week at Harry's and wasn't really in the mood for a big meal, so I opted for a couple appetizers and, oh yea, crab and gumbo heaven is what I got for lunch!! (maybe I was just in the mood) If you haven't ever tried the Eggplant Napoleon and Crabmeat or their Gumbo....YOU SHOULD! Can't go wrong at Harry's Seafood Bar & Grill!!!

  • Jasmine
    Jasmine Wednesday, 18 May 2011 15:01 Comment Link

    + The chocolate bread pudding is to die for...

  • Pam
    Pam Friday, 11 February 2011 11:03 Comment Link

    Harry's is my absolute favorite restaurant/bar in Gainesville. It has great ambience, staff, and food. And the best hamburgers in town.

  • Moe
    Moe Friday, 21 January 2011 09:11 Comment Link

    Mike, Like in Thur.'s Daily GLOB I feel UP today also, so I will go UPtown to Harry's to keep UP with the crowd!

  • jules
    jules Tuesday, 31 August 2010 12:51 Comment Link

    great place for lunch.
    Excellant staff and above average food.

  • Jim O'Quinn
    Jim O'Quinn Monday, 30 August 2010 10:35 Comment Link

    Great early bird menu. A lot of food for less price.
    Jim O

  • Andy Renshaw
    Andy Renshaw Wednesday, 11 August 2010 18:44 Comment Link

    Ill be going there tomorrow for lunch!

  • Lisa Renshaw
    Lisa Renshaw Tuesday, 20 July 2010 12:32 Comment Link

    This is a great restaurant. One of my favorites too!

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