Classic Café with Eccentricity, & Quality
By Lynn Dirk, GLOB Content Editor
It has been a while since I have been to Maude's Cafe next to the Hippodrome Theatre. They present a brief lunch menu as well as a very nice breakfast menu. Because they have breakfast food that they serve all day, one of which is quiche, which recently made an excellent lunch for me. I had the southwest quiche, which even included black beans. It was one of the best quiches I've ever had. It was deep dish and had lots of veggies, and the crust did not get soggy. In fact, the crust was fantastic – I could taste real butter in it. Yum!!! It made a very satisfying, filling, and flavorful lunch. A complete Mause's menu is available on the Maude's web link below this feature.
The GLOB Master was with me, and he had a BLT on an English muffin. We shared as usual, and I thought it was pretty darn good, but I think it was too small of a sandwich for him. There is also a "facon" option. Facon is artifical bacon substitute. There are also wraps, cheese sandwiches, scramble sandwiches, and "other" items usually served at breakfast but which can serve equally well for lunch.
Based on MY experiences with Maude's food, I have to say that whoever cooks things up there, knows what they are doing. I hope that they bring the salads back – and maybe soups too. It is amazing what they can do in a very small space – it's fascinating to watch them get orders ready, especially their specialty, which is coffee. They have to be doing something right because even though Starbucks stepped on their blue suede shoes by moving in across the street from them awhile back, this small, local "classic café" has hung in there.
What has Maude's got going for itself that has kept it in the competition against one of the biggest food chains in the country? Well, the food is great and has a home made quality that Starbuck's lacks. I actually ordered a sausage biscuit at a Starbucks one time and it was OK but it was obviously mass produced.
I have commented elsewhere that when I go out to eat, I take in the complete experience – the food PLUS the ambience and the style of the décor and everything that encompasses. So in addition to the quality of the food, Maude's has character. It is eccentric. It is interesting. There are pictures of celebrities scattered around the restaurant, especially Keith Richards, who has become their "masthead" so to speak. One wall is lined with old album covers from all eras. My favorite cover is "Music for Mixed Emotions" (in high fidelity!). In their 'dining' area, there is even a stuffed chair with an end table and a lamp to make you feel right at home. There are also all sorts of games (but I didn't see any Bananagrams, yet!).
Then there is the dessert menu, which has items like Johnny Cash (chocolate expresso cake), Dolly Parton (toffee tiramisu), and the Cake Formerly Known as Prince (Special of the Day). Those are the kinds of high notes that tickle my fancy.
The Pluses and Minuses of Maude's Classic Cafe:
The + indicators: Good food, ambience, games, outdoor seating, great downtown location next to the Hippodrome.
The - indicators: No complaints
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- Phone Number: 331-9646
- Address: 101 Southeast 2nd Pl., Gaineville, FL
- Urban GLOB Location: Downtown
- Web Site: Maude's Cafe
- Latitude: 29.649586
- Longitude: -82.323684
Ron Schmidt Wednesday, 08 April 2015 12:02 Comment Link
I played music at Maude's with Tom Harrington the past two Sundays. Nice crowd. Very responsive and appreciative. Long live Maudes and old Gainesville (pre Starbucks and Hampton).
Lisa Tuesday, 10 August 2010 12:23 Comment Link
I love the desserts here! They are soo amazing. And the atmosphere is nice -- especially on a day that you can sit outside!