Daily special idea is smart, and delicious
The Harvest Thyme Café at NW 39th Avenue is in my neighborhood, and it has become a fixture on my new lunch time radar screen.
With new menu ideas and now serving dinner the popularity of HT was evident as UF Professor Emeritus Jon Roosenraad and I walked into the bustling café with a plethora of order takers eagerly waiting to take our lunch time requests.
Bright, clean, friendly, and accommodating is how I would describe what is turning this café into one of the more popular Magnolia Park restaurants. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day, every day Harvest Thyme has added grass fed beef hamburgers to its menu, bringing interesting burger variations to six for $8.75 including:
Breakfast Thyme Grass fed beef burger with cheddar cheese, smoked Applewood bacon & a fried egg.
Tropic Cow Grass fed beef burger with jerk sauce, pineapple, & cheddar cheese.
Harvest Thyme has an extensive menu of deli sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads, and fresh fruits and smoothies. Vegetarian items including pitas, veggie burgers, homemade hummus, and tempeh. HT also hosts a weekend brunch menu. There is a complete Harvest Thyme menu at the restaurant link below.
The GLOB Master is a big music guy and I always enjoyed listening to the HT sounds of classic rock floating through the Café downtown. Adorning the walls of the 39th Ave. HT are three very nice portraits of important music icons Bo Diddley, Tom Petty, and John Lennon on loan and for sale to some music aficionado.
"Who's your favorite Mike," Rosey asked contemplating his idea of the best musical artist of the three legendary stars.
"That's a tough question Jonny," I said trying to think of a diplomatic answer. "John Lennon is of epic proportion in songwriting. But TP & BDs are local and are REALLY good at their craft."
Choosing lunch was an easier task as the Harvest Thyme Cafe has a Daily Special that always sounds unique and interesting.
The pulled pork quesadilla sounded divine and looked even yummier with cheddar cheese, guacamole, salsa, sour cream and a side of cole slaw for $8.95
My lunch was big enough for two people. I liked the idea of tortilla sandwiches. The flour tortillas toughened up somewhat in the sautéing process which made mine a little more chewy than I would have liked. It was fun ''dressing my lunch' with the fresh quesadilla ingredients on my plate creating my very own personal plate of fresh, lunch time joy.
The warm pulled pork and melted cheese complemented the cold, crisp, lettuce, tomatoes, and salsa, resulting in a most delicious flavor bonanza.
The good doctor Roosenraad selected the Monterrey Chicken Kaiser sandwich with grilled chicken, smoked Applewood bacon, melted cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and sprouts on a fresh baked Kaiser roll without the sprouts ($8.75). Rosey was pleased with his sandwich, and his first 'Thyme' lunch experience.
"There was an excellent mix of chicken, bacon and cheese in my sandwich," Rosey said glancing at the wall of music heroes. "The Kaiser roll was very good, but the potato salad as a side was a mistake, although the other side orders looked good. I would certainly return to this Harvest Thyme," he added.
"I don't know about Bo Diddley, GLOB Master," Jonny said with a bite of sandwich in his mouth, thinking rock & roll. "I mean after his first historical guitar lick he's pretty much done. You can never go wrong with Petty and the Heartbreakers, because they are almost as old as me."
The Pluses and Minuses of the Harvest Thyme Cafe
Harvest Thyme Cafe + indicators: Good, handy location, excellent Daily Special menu. Amazing bagels, breakfast - all day, lunch, and dinner menus seven days a week.
Harvest Thyme Cafe - indicators: Music Icon Ry Cooder was missing from the wall.
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- Address: 4780 NW 39th Ave #1, Gainesville, FL
- Urban GLOB Location: NW 39th Avenue
- Web Site: Harvest Thyme Cafe
- Latitude: 29.689129
- Longitude: -82.394249
Marcia Tuesday, 21 February 2017 11:03 Comment Link
Love this place. Best waffles in Gainesville
Beth Eddy Thursday, 18 July 2013 10:53 Comment Link
I work in the Chemistry Business Office at UF. We go out often for birthdays. Yesterday we went to the NW Harvest Thyme. What a wonderful experience. One of the owners Caitlin came and sat with us, she is a wonderful excited person. The food, the atmosphere, the location are all wonderful. I reccomend that you take the time to stop in for a great lunch experience.