Liver, onions big feature at this lunch stop
By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor
I am here to inform you that The Clock also satisfies any lunch cravings you might have for Homestyle Favorites (as it's called on their menu), including Hearty Homemade Meatloaf, Liver & Onions with Bacon(!), Grilled Pork Chops, and Spaghetti & Meatballs.
Liver and onions! I was sure that the only place I could find L&Os in GLOBland was the Picadilly Cafeteria on NW 13th St.
I had to have it. Like all the Clock's Home Style Favorites, my liver and onions was accompanied by a choice of soup or salad; potato, onion rings or rice pilaf; vegetable of the day; and a buttermilk biscuit or dinner roll. These menu items can also be found under Senior Specials at reduced prices and without the carb.
Swimming in memories of liver and onion dinners of the past while I was enjoying this nice lunch, I am sure my eyes glazed over and anyone who had noticed might have thought I was deep in thought rather than lost in nostalgia.
The Clock is a special place if you are into memories, times gone by such as the experience of how lunch used to served. Nothing fancy here. You will find friendly servers who I found were calling many of their customers by their first name.
This old fashioned lunch stop has it all. This could be why they call this place Clock Family Restaurants – something for anyone at anytime. That means breakfast all day, including Belgian waffles or steak and eggs because sometimes you just gotta have breakfast for lunch.
I don't think the Clock is trying to be a five star restaurant. I do know this long-time, established restaurant has a lot of faithful followers for a number of reasons -- like a complete separate section of senior specials for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; basic meals like chopped sirloin steak, meatloaf, seafood, country fried steak and "Classic Steaks"; and, more to the point here, a substantial list of various burgers, salads, regular sandwiches, open faced sandwiches, melts, and soup. Plus, might I suggest you give the liver and onions a try? This old fashioned restaurant deserved a try if home sttye cooking is on your lunch agenda.
As my cardiologist would tell me, "Mike, all of these dishes are loaded with cholesterol," or as I like to call it, heart stopping good.
The Pluses and Minuses of The Clock Restaurant:
The Clock's (+) indicators: A nice trip into a time forgotten for a unique, tasty homestyle lunch. After four or five visits I bet they know your name.
The Clock's (-) indicators: Nothing fancy here if you are into ambience, designer food, or notoriety this might not be the place for you.
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- Phone Number: 375-1411
- Address: 2010 N. Main St., Gainesville, FL
- Urban GLOB Location: Northeast
- Web Site: Clock Menu
- Latitude: 29.671488
- Longitude: -82.323034
Sandy Saturday, 03 December 2016 14:48 Comment Link
Years ago The Clock was the place to go in the mornings now if you want screaming cursing and not knowing if your food is going to be spit in cause if the cooks are screaming and cursing like that some things coming out of their mouth. On the other hand the atmosphere and the food is so much better at night there's an older gentleman cooking his food is fantastic and he'll personally come to your table if not satisfiedand make it right 5 stars for night 1 for morning and that's being generous
GLOB Master Friday, 17 June 2016 04:34 Comment Link
Uh oh! My mistake Michele! I was relying on some old information that has gone awry! Apparently they no longer stay open all night. Which I'm sure creates much chagrin to the late night night lunchouters . . .
Wally Riviere Thursday, 02 June 2011 12:03 Comment Link
Another fine "Seniors Omelet" this morning at the Clock
Pamela Wednesday, 16 February 2011 16:08 Comment Link
The Clock has been on my favorite list for a long time. Everything arrives looking just like the picture on the menu. Breakfasts include almost every conceivable combination of late night early morning gratification. Also orange juice by the pitcher. Liver and onions are something I get there and can find no where else. And home style decor in the rest rooms always makes me smile.