I have always found Valentine's Day to be a special time of sharing to most special ingredients in a relationship. And the GLOB Master isn't talking about cheese, spicy red sauce, and a dessert to share. As the GLOB Master likes to say, If my momma was in town my first thought about a special lunch would be downtown Gainesville's Paramount Grill lunch stop. I was thinking about the Paramount Grill's Fried Egg, Avocado, White Cheddar Burger on a pretzel bun for this Valentine's Day mid0day meal. The idea of tasty slices of avocado layered underneath a perfectly fried egg combining in culinary harmony with the obligatory lettuce, tomato, mustard and catsup had me eatified. Wouldn't you know the last of the three specials mentioned for this Friday lunch was a panini meatloaf sandwich with bacon and fried green tomatoes? I'm talking a meatloaf sandwich on toasted panini bread -- that sounded like an oxymoron to me. Then I noticed that the current hamburger of my dreams along with an order of fries was selling for $12! I quickly remembered hearing a Krystal ad selling 12 burgers for $7.99. I'm not sure if it was the good hamburger angel or the bad hamburger angel convincing me to try the meatloaf sandwich for my birthday. But it was a good decision. The fried green tomato was a smart addition to the tried-and-true, very tasty, hearty, comforting chunky meatloaf 'sandwiched' between the tasty slices of panini bread. How good was my sandwich? Lucky for me Jane wanted just a little taste of my meatloaf wonder in exchange for a bite of her Roasted Free Range Chicken Salad Wrap with avocado, plum tomato and exotic greens. I never found out what made the Paramount greens exotic. I do know that if I am buying a $12 hamburger, I'd be sharing it with somebody. Now with the Krystal special, "everyone in your car can have two . . ."
A wonderful, 'old Gainesville' lunch experience
Would it surprise you to learn that the fine dining establishment, the Paramount Grill (PG) in downtown Gainesville, is serving up a sandwich at lunch? It's an incredibly tasty, pressed sandwich called "Grilled Chicken with Havarti, Bacon, Plum Tomato, Organic Greens and Avocado with Garlic Aioli."
That's quite an inventory of ingredients combined in this toasted, pressed-to-perfection, melted cheese flavor extravaganza.
When it's my turn to suggest a lunch out spot to friends Iâ€ˆam happy to pick the Paramount Grill because I like to think of the PG as one of my special lunchtime discoveries.
The Paramount Grill is a great friendly lunch gathering spot for your biz meeting. The tables are spaced out evenly enough that you don't feel like you're invading the space of lunch outters at the next table.
There is no sense of being in a hurry at the Paramount Grill. Located on a side street just off of Main St, the PG has a large front window with a great view looking out on one of the oldest streets in Gainesville. Directly across the street is a beautiful, red-brick rustic building that once housed what may have been the first hardware store in Gainesville (Rice Hardware, now American Apparel -- which retained the original well-worn wooden floor).
You can imagine yourself in a Gainesville from another era as you sit amidst a gracious decor at a table traditionally laid out with a white table cloth and cloth napkins, and an attentive, quick-to-please wait staff eagerly anticipates your needs.
The Paramount Grill lunch menu is an interesting variation of their dinner menu and features salads, soups, and wraps.
They have also included a nice collection of burgers, some veggie items, and a very nice assortment of special lunch entrees like Almond Encrusted Crab Cakes, Salmon Saute' with Portabello Mushrooms, and Pesto Roasted Chicken Roulade.
From the perspective of this professional eater, if you are looking to impress, to close a big business deal, or just to stop, step back, and take a breath away from every day madness, the Paramount Grill might very well be your designated destination.
So fellow GLOBers, if you are out to impress where's your best lunch out spot?
Plans had been made for a Paramount Grill Sunday Brunch for quite a few weeks.The PG's menu of excellent choices made decision-making very hard but eventually entrees were chosen. Gold stars go to the Crab Cake Benedict with lots of crab, plumtomatoes, roasted garlic and basil hollandaise, and gooey poached egg yolks over all, despite the curiosity of crab cakes sitting atop a slice of sourdough bread. The Chicken salad crepes with brie were a close second with tasty chunks of chicken over baby spinach, asparagus, and plum tomato salad tossed with fig vinaigrette and finished with walnuts. The thick slice of Almond Crusted French Toast served with fresh blueberries, raspberry coulis and sour cream was very good. Two friends took advantage of the all-you-can-drink mimosas. How good was our Sunday brunch? Our plates were cleaned spotless, we had enjoyable extended conversation, and I'm going back!
-- Mike Sanford, GLOB Master
The Pluses and Minusesof The Paramount Grill:
The Paramoung Grill + indicators : A superior lunch experience in beautiful, old Gainesville.
The Paramount Grill - indicators : Lunch can quickly work up to the pricier side of a good lunch deal . . .
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- Phone Number: 378-3398
- Address: 12 SW 1st Ave., Gainesville, Florida
- Urban GLOB Location: Downtown
- Web Site: Paramount Grill