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Thinking Weekend Brunch? Jones brunch battle

Thinking Weekend Brunch? Jones brunch battle

Wallet, cash, decider in brunch battle

By Melissa Kahan, GLOB Correspondent

EDITOR's NOTE:  Gainesville Lunch Out Blog features, Jones web links are available: The Jone's B-Side, and  The Jone's Eastside.

At first I was confused as to why there are two Jones locations in Gainesville, especially within a 10- minute drive of each other. However, their distinctions have been made ever so clear through various dining experiences at both establishments. Since both Jones serve breakfast at lunch time, why not have a brunch battle? Brunch is one of my favorite mealtime occasions It enables a unique dining experience, complete with an excuse to consume alcoholic beverages before noon and breakfast, as well as lunch, foods at lunchtime Some restaurants have "official" brunch times or menus. This leads to one of the differences between the two Jones right off the bat: Eastside has a breakfast menu that they serve at any time. B-side has a brunch menu that has both breakfast and lunch items in addition to its lunch menu. Although the B-side website does not state this, it's very likely that the brunch menu is served only on the weekend. On to the battle:

The Jones Eastside and B-side both literally bring something different to the brunch table, but what is life without a little competition?

Jones Eastside:

Recommendation: The Jonesy Cristo (massive) or an omelet (just as massive) with the rosemary toast (to die for).
zzGLOBbullet  041114BRUNCHesToastOpen 8 am to 3 pm "every damn day": This means you can enjoy a delicious brunch every day of the week. That has my vote.
zzGLOBbullet  Local: It's always nice to support the local community, especially when they're dishing out such amazing and detailed plates of food. You can certainly taste the freshness.
zzGLOBbullet  Appealing presentation: I am not referring to the plating of the food per se (although it is nothing to slouch at), but the overall brightness and how well the food is prepared is not overrated. A soft yellow omelet sprinkled with an herb or two, fluffy brioche French toast slabs—these speak not only of the chef but of the quality of ingredients, as well.
zzGLOBbullet  Menu variety: I greatly enjoy the variety on both the breakfast and lunch menus, whether you are craving a TLT (the first T stands for tofu) with veganaise or a breakfast sandwich. There are plenty of vegan as well as meat-infused options (I've had the most amazing meat-lover's omelet here).
zzGLOBbullet  It's all good: I have yet to try any menu item during brunch that was not impressively tasty. I am a bit obsessed with the fragrant, slightly toasted rosemary toast.
zzGLOBbullet Cash only: Do not forget this caveat! Many local restaurants are cash-only, which, in my opinion, is the Jones Eastside's only downfall.

Jones B-side:

Recommendations: A lunch menu sandwich (the burger included)

zzGLOBbullet  041114BRUNCHbsOmeletOpen Monday through Friday from 11 am to 2 pm and weekends 9 am to 2 am.
zzGLOBbullet  Local: This Jones location also has locally-sourced ingredients. However — and this may sound strange — they do not appear to be as fresh, which brings me to...
zzGLOBbullet  Lackluster presentation: I feel the need to point out that while boasting local ingredients similar to Eastside's, the food presented at B-side is not as visually appetizing. My salmon omelet had a sickly brown cast to it, while the grits, which I have ordered many times at Eastside and are a shade of cream, were more of a sickly yellow color. Unfortunately, the omelet tasted as it looked. I did, however, enjoy the multigrain toast, per the server's recommendation.
zzGLOBbullet  Menu variety: It was nice to see a somewhat different breakfast items between both locations, but honestly the only item that appealed from the B-side breakfast options was an omelet, but, as previously mentioned, it was less than appetizing. I've been told the lunch sandwiches are pretty tasty, but if I am enjoying brunch, I'm opting for breakfast items.
zzGLOBbullet  Cash and credit: I was extremely pleased to find that this local joint allowed payment through credit or debit, as I rarely carry around much cash as it is.

Conclusion: Although both establishments share some positive aspects, such as the locally-sourced food, the Jones Eastside is my brunch time winner. The only thing I believe the Jones B-side has over Eastside is that they allow you to pay with cash or credit, and you can put your money in your pocket. Even the service at Eastside was much friendlier, adding to the charm of this hole-in-the-wall spot complete with cozy tables and an inviting atmosphere. This Eastside lunch was made special as i was able to introduce my dad to a really excellent Gainesville brunch stop, image at top of this feature.

Last modified onFriday, 11 April 2014 13:15
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