Perfect salads, cold soup make ideal lunch
The GLOB Master had the pleasure watching Gainesville Lunch Out Blog Image Editor Erica Corbett in Action recently explaining the useful functionality of a smart FaceBook page to a small business owner. The woman knows her stuff GLOBers. We are very lucky to have her assistance on the GLOB Team of professional staffers.
After the meeting we adjourned to NE Gainesville and the East End Eatery for a celebratory lunch to discuss our meeting.
Remember Kramer on Jerry Seinfeld talking about coffee table books? I think if I ever had the idea of retiring I would like to create a coffee table book of restaurant menu boards. The good menu boards are cleverly done, offer boat loads of yummy information and the best ones have the restaurant's personality all over them.
After much consideration of the yummy MB lunch selections both Erica and the GLOB Master went the Salad route with Erica choosing the Egg Salad BLT Salad with "Simply perfect egg salad," organic greens bacon, tomatoes, croutons and a side of our Dijon vinaigrette. ($8.50)
"That BLT egg salad is the best egg salad I have ever tasted, image at top of this review," Erica said. "Especially since it didn't look like much on my plate," Erica added.
Erica was excited about there being a Gazpacho on the menu. "The cold soup with a hint of spice was perfect for an unseasonably warm Florida February day," Ms. Corbett said eagerly finishing off her cold soup.
I struggled with not selecting the Meat Loaf Special. However I did just make my own meat loaf last week and it was fabulous, I was thinking out loud, for a greener, healthier lunch decision.
So trying very hard to forego bad carbs I chose the EEE Blue and Green Salad with grilled chicken, organic baby greens with green apples, bleu cheese, walnuts, croutons and a side of our raspberry vinaigrette.
I must admit I still feel somewhat smug about my eating habits. ME, the Eating Professional, involuntarily choosing so many salads as part of my diet is a foodie paradigm shift I will never take for granted.
This salad worked tremendously on my hunger with the crunch of the walnut, and apples. The greens were a delicious palate for the flavorful roasted chicken strips and tart crumbles of Bleu Cheese. The portion was just the right size for this X-Large individual in that I had no hunger pangs when done with lunch. Smart maybe, happy yes, very satisfied, but certainly not hungry.
I met long time pal and UF Professor Emeritus, Wayne Smith, for lunch at the East End Eatery, and I wasn't really thinking about a meatless lunch, but when I checked out the most excellent menu board, the EEE Frittata really sounded good: Oven dried tomato, spinach, potato, egg, and five delicious cheeses served on a bed of baby organic greens with toasted croutons and a roasted garlic vinaigrette. I caught the server by surprise when I asked her if she could name the five cheeses in the Frittata. "No, but I'm going to find out now," she said scurrying to the kitchen. The answer to the East End Eatery lunch time special question was Mozzarella, Swiss, Provolone, Gouda, and American -- all loaded into a very tasty egg pie. With a nice brown crust, this excellent frittata featured all the ingredients' flavors individually along with a very nice crunch of baby spinach leaves. The roasted garlic vinaigrette was delicious. With all those ingredients, the Frittata was a tasty cornucopia taste of crunch and creamy texture of the cheeses. The EEE posts their lunch specials on the East End Eatery FaceBook page every day. That's handy for the lunch time planners out in the Urban GLOB. I'm going back for another EEE Frittata lunch, and I don't care what day it is.
- GLOB MASTER
Good meatloaf, that's what I'm talking about
East End Eatery. is nestled on the corner of NE 8th Ave and NE 12th St. Back in my twenty-something days, I lived in a couple of places close by this corner.
Those were the good-ol-newspaper days, and we had many fine card games in that same neighborhood.
This older-than-most, charmingly-decorated little building also has a lot of memories, just like me, including a brief stint as Rex's Bakery (I liked Rex's motto, "Try the rest, then buy the best"), when it moved from its downtown location.
Thus, happy memories had me smiling as I walked into East End Eatery, but on top of that, I was also very happy that I learned that EEE had a Monday Meatloaf Special.
On a recent Monday, my mission was to take the advice of former East End Eatery server, Lorent, and give this meatloaf a try.
Thank you, Lorent, for this exceptional information. I consider it a very lucky coincidence that we happened to bump into each other on the bus and you mentioned Monday is EEE meatloaf day.
Sandra Carlisi, the EEE owner, like many other catering business owners, is enhancing her catering income by utilizing her kitchen to feed unique and interesting lunch specials to folks on the Northeast side of town.
When someone mentions meatloaf, especially when they start bragging about how good it is, I want to taste what they're talking about. To see how it measures up on the MLB (that's the Meatloaf Barometer).
Alright, I heard you wonder, "Unique, interesting special meatloaf?"
Yes. This trip to the EEE was about the meatloaf. I told you that already. They have some very interesting other specials as well. My lunch partner opted for the Mango Jerk Wrap with Chicken, and she liked it a lot. However after taking a bite out of my meatloaf, she agreed it was very tasty too.
I'm telling you, when my plate arrived with a heaping mountain of mashed potatoes around and on top of a delectable portion of heavenly protein, only to be 'dressed' with a savory brown gravy, my first thought was, "This is what it's all about." The veggie side was a terrific fresh broccoli and carrots saute, see photo above.
I've had breakfast several times at the EEE, but this was my first lunch experience. To repeat myself, the menu offers some delectable lunch entrees. But from now own it will be hard for me to go the East End Eatery for lunch on any day other than Monday for the meatloaf. What's up with that, Doctor? Why do I limit my culinary adventure by choosing the same entree every time . . .?
The Pluses and Minuses of East End Eatery:
EAST END (+) indicators: Casual, friendly, interesting menu with many lunch options. Oh yes, the meatloaf is excellent.
EAST END (-) indicators: For a manly lunch protein option, the meatloaf entree could have been a little bigger . . .
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- Phone Number: 378-9870
- Address: 1202 NE 8th Ave., Gainesville, FL
- Urban GLOB Location: Northeast
- Web Site: East End Eatery
- Latitude: 29.6595117
- Longitude: -82.309969
Patrick Wednesday, 07 November 2012 10:46 Comment Link
found menu online
nothing but sandwiches, soup, salad
Patrick Wednesday, 07 November 2012 10:38 Comment Link
the entire menu is meatloaf ?
would be nice to see a menu link
I knew you would like that idea
just call me 'The Idea Guy'
Karen Friday, 19 August 2011 10:45 Comment Link
EEE never disappoints! There lunches are terrific! Because I forget they don't take credit cards, I find myself fumbling around for cash.