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Restaurant lunch highlights:

Out To Lunch, May 2, 2011

GLOB's 'Lunch Two-Fer', hamburgers, Hot Browns

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I was having lunch at the CHOW NOW FOOD TRUCK (CNFT) last week when I noticed a sign on the truck counter: "25th customer wins free lunch!"

That seemed like a good way to encourage participation, I thought to myself. Participate and encourage commenting on the GLOB, that is. Those were the building

blocks of a brain storming session CNFT owner Jules Gollner and I had laying the groundwork for the new Glob Commenting Contest.

The CHOW NOW owner has agreed to award the GLOBer who posts the 12th comment on Wednesdays a free lunch for two on Thursdays.

We are hoping this free lunch opportunity will encourage GLOB readers to participate by adding their comments and opinions to one of the 700 plus pages that make the GLOB web site lunch friendly.

It's a win-win for everyone.

- GLOB readers will see more comments from our sophisticated audience of readers.

- Readers will have a chance to lunch out at a 5-star food truck heaven.

Check out the Thursday, 'Free Lunch for 2 CONTEST' page for more commenting incormation.

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I have some good news for lunch outers this coming month.

Tasty Buddha is opening their second location at NW 43rd St on May 9. This is the old Cabana Cove spot behind the Garden Gate Nursery. Tasty Buddha grew out of the Buddha Belly restaurant on the corner of NW 16th Ave near Main St. If they haven't changed the Buddha Belly sign already, you can expect that to happen in the near future.

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Jason's Deli just opened what they call a fresh, healthier approach to deli lunches. Focusing on a 'fresh approach' to lunch, about 20% of Jason's deli ingredients are organic, from blue-corn tortilla chips and whole-wheat wraps to field greens and spinach. Plus, there are creative salads—like the Nutty Mixed-Up Salad with organic field greens, chicken breast, feta cheese, walnuts, organic apples, grapes, dried cranberries, raisins, and pumpkin seeds—make you actually want to order a salad.

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050211hamburger1Eater.com has been reporting on the hamburger. Where to find the best burger. Who sells the most ridiculous burger. They've had stories about burger wars, Umami burgers, and the history of the hamburger. There are some good facts AND opinions in these stories that would be worth your eatification during lunch this week.

Burgers. What would we do without them? I've noticed that conversations arise regularly around the question "What is the best burger in G'ville?"

That's a tough call for me. We have a lot of good hamburgers in Hogtown. I use the "Where would you take your mother for the best burger in town," test when I jump into this conversation.

In no special order Copper Monkey, Fyre's Grill, and Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille would always be at the top of my list of burger stop favorites. However there are several good burgers right behind them.

I must be paraphrasing someone when I say, " I've never seen a hamburger I didn't like."

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If they make the Hot Brown sandwich, we will come

John Sims long-time Alachua County educator and Kentucky colonel, was shocked when I told him the GLOB didn't have plans to run any stories on the fabled Hot Brown Sandwich -- named after the Camberley Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky --  this week leading up to the Kentucky Derby.

050211hotbrownMy thought is that the sandwich does sound like it could be a tasty lunch entree, But I know of no restaurants in the GLOB that sells this 105-year-old southern antebellum delight.

I do know that if any chefs out there are putting the Hot Brown on their menu and add a GLOB comment to let us know -- they can count on John Sims and I as eager guests!

Mike Sanford is the GLOB Editor, Publisher and Professional Eater. Please send him your tweets, texts, or email him your opinons him: OTL@gatorglob.com

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