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Electric Ramen Opens on NE 23rd Avenue

ElectriRamenLOGOMay 1, 2017: Is Gainesville big enough for two soup shops GLOBers? Electric Ramen on NW 23rd Avenue -- in the former The Jones location at 401 NE 23rd Ave thinks so with their lunch time soup & noodle cafe now open Monday - Saturday 11-3 pm. Still in the formative stages, Electric Ramen is offering a limited menu:
Shoyu Ramen with Pork, $7.99
shoyu (soy sauce) based broth, dashi (fish broth), pork, soft egg, scallions
Vegetarian Ramen, 7.99
miso based broth, tofu, soft egg, scallions
Steamed Bun with Pork or Tofu, $3.25
   pork or tofu, hoisin sauce, pickled cucumber, scallions

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Keke's Breakfast Cafe opens in Butler Plaza

KekesSFApril 24, 2017: Keke's Breakfast Café in Butler Plaza, at 4062 Plaza Blvd. With 26 locations, this franchisee generator is open and serving lunch and breakfast every day from 7- 2:20. Keke's menu lists 10 paninis, 5 burgers, and 9 wraps including an Italian Chicken Panini: Chicken breast, pesto sauce, roasted red pepper and provolone cheese (8.99), a Turkey Burger: One-third pound turkey burger on toasted ciabatta bread with your choice of toppings (7.99), and a Portabella wrap: Grilled Portabella, pesto sauce, roasted red pepper, provolone and romaine (8.49). The Keke's lunch menu also includes 8 salads including the Tuna Salad and Fresh Fruit: Tuna Salad, strawberry, banana, blueberry, grape & orange slices on romaine (9.99). Keke's is open every day and you can FOLLOW THIS LiNK for breakfast and lunch menus that have more entrees than you than you can shake a strip of crisp, crunchy bacon at.

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Warehouse Restaurant & lounge reopens for lunch

April 3, 2017: Downtown's Warehouse Restaurant & Lounge is one once again open for lunch. Located in the new, and growing Power District South of downtown Gainesville. This multi cuisine restaurant now serves lunch, dinner and drinks from a menu of salads, seafood, pork, and poultry with daily specials.

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zzGLOBbullet HEROsfIT'S HERO'S NOT HOGAN'S! Since the GLOB's outset seven years ago the GLOB Master has enjoyed saying, "there are 243 places to eat lunch in Gainesville." That statement makes it a tough task of keeping track of all the openings, and closing that happen each and every month. And that's not even talking about name changes, and lunch stops that sneak up, open for business without any kind of public notice.

The GLOB worldwide offices received a nice comment from Heros 'Great Sandwiches' owner Aaron Newbold about our failure to mention the Hogan's heroes sub shop on SW 34th St. changed owners over a year ago and is now HEROS 'Great Sandwiches':

"The owner of Hogan's a year ago April 18 sold me 34th location and I renamed Heros and have tried to become my own entity while also showing where I was inspired from by keeping a lot of the things that makes Hogan's so great. " - READ MORE.

Thanks for the wakeup call Aaron. I love your sandwiches, and tomato crowns!

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Downtown adds three new restaurants

Just like that three new restaurants have opened in 2017 and they are all available, downtown lunch stops:

zzGLOBbullet Celebrity's Soul Seafood, 201 SE 2nd Ave #101, Downtown. Located behind next to Mark's Prime Steakhouse, this neck bones-and-rice lunch stop also serves chicken wings, and fried chicken. A veritable smorgasbord of traditional Southern food, this is the third restaurant opening for owners Fredrick and Taja Jacobs. The first was opened in California and the 3rd is ... in Ft White of all places!

zzGLOBbullet China Garden, Gainesville Shopping Center, 1216 N. Main St. Just south of the Main Street Publix, Café Gardens owner Fiona Liangfoiny is serving a complete Chinese menu with $5.49 lunch specials served with fried rice from 10:30 am to 3 pm. The menu also includes a $7.49 Dinner Special, House Combination Specials, and a diet menu, all dishes available for take-out or in-house dining.

zzGLOBbullet Flaming Subs, Gainesville Shopping Center, 1122.N. Main StNot a lot has changed in this poplar lunch time sub shop except ownership and the new name. Open from 10 am to 4 pm, Flaming Subs serves the same menu of salads and hot and cold sub sandwiches as Larry's Giant Subs.

 

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December 16, 2017 - Three new restaurants have recently opened including a sandwich shop, a vegan restaurant, and a golf course café:

zzGLOBbullet With outdoor seating and a drive-through pickup window, Piper Gi's will be open starting with lunch from 11 am -3 pm and other times. Piper at 204 SW 2nd Ave.  According to owner Tommy Newman the former Wholly BBQ location next to the High Dive will be run with his wife, Shanti Aura Riesch-Newman, and brother-in-law, Jacob Riesch, with combined experience as chefs for several notable Gainesville restaurants including Manuel's Vintage Room, Emiliano's Cafe, and Napalanto's. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

zzGLOBbullet Curia On the Drag, 2029 NW 6th Street, has opened a vegan café to complement their coffee shop and wine bar. Serving lunch, dinner, drinks, and coffee, Curia presents a complete vegan menu. Including mac 'n cheese, jackfruit, fish-less tacos, and many more plant-based entrees. The three-building location also touts domestic and imported beer, sparkling wines, happy hour, board games, and entertainment. FOLLOW THIS LINK for a complete Curia menu

zzGLOBbulletDivot's Café & Banquet has opened in the Meadow Brook Golf Club on 3200 NW 98th and NW 39th Ave. Lisa's Corner Café owner and manager, Lisa Freeze, has jumped across town to accommodate lunch outers and golf enthusiasts with a $7 Cheeseburger and French fry specials and a varied menu of sandwiches, salads, wraps, and hot entrees

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Butler Plaza opens new lunch stops

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 – The Longhorn Steakhouse returns after several years to Gainesville at 2933 Clark Butler Blvd with more steaks than you shake a prime cut at. Featuring 100% grade A beef in over 30 different combinations, entrees with chicken and salmon, and salads and burgers. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

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Culver's, a restaurant that features "butterburgers" and frozen custard for dessert has opened in Butler Plaza at 912 NW 56 Terr. In 1984, George and Ruth Culver had the idea for a restaurant no one could resist: a combination of his "love for his mom's homemade hamburgers with his favorite childhood treat." Four flavors of frozen custard are offered each day with over 30 mix-ins and toppings. In addition to dessert, the menu also includes fried Wisconsin cheese curds, salads, chicken and fish sandwiches, and dinner entres and kids' meals. Culver's is open from 10 am to 11 pm Sunday through Thursday and 10 am to midnight Friday and Saturday. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

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Jersey Mike's Subs touting 'east coast style' sub sandwiches Jersey Mike's  has opened a second location in Gainesville at at 2803 SW 42nd Street in Butler Plaza. Franchise owners Angelo and Kimberly Crowell own two Jersey Mike's in Tallahassee. Jersey Mike's is open from 10 am to 9 pm 7 days a week. This nationwide franchise has over 750 locations, the first having been established on the New Jersey shore in 1956. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

 

ainesville's oldest restaurant closes Saturday after 82 years.
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Louis' Lunch at Southeast Fifth Avenue and Second Street, which is also open today, serves the last of its hamburgers and shakes from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Owner Tom Pennisi, 75, cited slow business and his age for his decision to close the diner and sell the property.
His father, Louis Pennisi, opened the business in 1928.
 


Hey Jules I want to start running the feature below every day. 
I would like to include CHOW NOW with a new location but I would need your location by 8:30 in the morning . . .?
Today’s Lunch Plans
Tuesday, October 27, 2010

The GLOB’s Lunch Plans:  Sandwich Inn, Northeast, 110 NE 16th Ave.

CHOW NOW Food Truck Plans: Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Northeast, Hawthorne Rd.
GLOB Lunch Spot Update
Downtown:
Newly Opened:
Urban Flatbread, Warehouse
Closed: Louis Lunch, Tori's Big Burger

Midtown:
Newly Opened
: Anthony's Pizza & Subs, O!O Garden Grill (Tentative)
Closed for lunch: Farah's on the Avenue

Archer Rd.:
Newly Opened:
Ghengis Grill, Michael's

34th St.:
Newly Opened:
Bagle Land (tentative)
Closed: J. Doobies Wraps
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Piper Gi's

'Looking glass lunch,' wows GLOB Master

PGssfBy Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

I just ate the best Corned Beef Sandwich of my life.  I also enjoyed the most unique lunch experience I have had in some time.  It was as close to eating in someone's kitchen as you could get.

I was having flashbacks of driving through the old In-&-Out, a two-lane, burger drive thru on SW 2nd Avenue, to pick up a double cheeseburger all the way, a giant order of fries, and a large soda on my way to work at the Gainesville Sun when it was at the Sun Plaza location. Then I was slapped back into reality by Piper G's chef, owner, and brother, Jacob Reisch, filling the order window and confidently bragging about his new Piper Gi's hand-crafted soups and sandwiches that bring love back to food one sandwich at a time.

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"It may cost a little more, Mike," Jacob said as he leaned at the window, "but look what you're getting:  Homemade side items. We brine and age all of our meats. We buy locally whenever we can, including bread from the Vine Bakery,' he added enthusiastically.

"Piper Gi's specializes in hand-crafted sandwiches, soups and salads. We feature house cured bacon, oven roasted meats, scratch-made aiolis, chips and side," he continued and then paused to catch his breath.

And so began a refreshingly different lunch experience for me where I felt I was immediately accepted into the Piper Gi's family.

I still wasn't sure about picnic tables in the drive thru or the grassy area east of the building.

 

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"It's perfect Gainesville," GLOB Content Editor, Lynn Dirk said. "Like Satchel's Pizza and Public and General, the outdoor eating space has originality and creativity.  Also, it's beautiful out here with the plants and the shade from the trees that will keep it cool in the summer,' Lynn said, waving her hand toward the a family with children gleefully playing at the next table.  "Plus, the women's bathroom is perfectly charming, with nicely framed, fun positive messages. My favorite is 'Be-YOU-tiful!'"

Mike!" Piper's owner Jacob yelled from the pick-up window. "Your lunch is ready." 

PGsSTYROLiker I was in  'Wonderland' gazing through the looking glass', I picked up the styrofoam containers holding our lunches.

"We understand the dissatisfaction of using the styrofoam and we are working on that.  Also we will be getting a beer and wine license," Jacob said.

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The Piper Gi's menu categories are Subs & Sandwiches, Soups and Salads, and sides. Among the many interesting sounding side items I plan to try on future visits are the Pepper Jack Queso and the potato salad, which is described as a weekly rotation of whatever tickles our fancies.

There is also a list of '13 Piper Gi's Add Ons' like housemade Drunken Mustard or Roasted Garlic Bone Marrow Aioli at a la carte pricing.

"Would that Bone Marrow Aioli make my sandwich cost $20," I asked half teasingly.

"What it will make is your sandwich incredible,'" Jacob added quickly.

I was excited to try the Corned Beef sandwich. It sounded delicious with stewed cabbage, Harvarti cheese, and Drunken Mustard on a ciabatta roll. I couldn't wait and included the daily special of potato salad with sirachha sauce.

 

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The soft, flavorful ciabbata roll was perfect, and the delicious ingredients made this aa sandwich for the lunch gods. The inhouse cured corned beef was stacked high over the cabbage, and the Harvarti cheese enveloped this prize package with a mellow richness. The Drunken Mustard gave it an outstanding bite, and I will include it on any sandwich I order in the future.

Lynn was feeing courageous and ordered The Thanksgiving.

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"Now is that cold cut turkey?" Lynn asked, not being a big processed food fan.

"No ma'am," Tommy Newman said, "We roast our own turkey breasts and slice them right here," He added.

This mountain of a sandwich has your thanksgiving feast covered with oven roasted turkey, a stuffing patty, and cheddar cheese sauced with turkey gravy and house-made cranberry chutney served on ciabatta bread.  Lynn noted that, like any truly delicious sandwhich, it was quite messy, partly because of the stuffing, but she thought it was great.

Lynn and I also shared an order of panko bread-crumb coated fried cheese curds and French fries that were delicious. The cheese curds were a crunchy and chewy at the same time.

There is a complete Piper G's menu at the bottom of this review.

This Piper Gi's family proudly talks about their father being a Philly cheesesteak-cooking chef in Philadelphia. "Dad would have liked this restaurant idea," Tommy said. "We're all working for him," he added proudly.

 

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The menu is correct when it says this family is bringing love back to Hoggetowne's sandwich world. This amazing lunch stop is already grooming third generation chefs in Piper Bailee Newman, left, and Giana Jade Riesch, both 3, who are the namesakes for Piper Gi's. Photo courtesy of Gainesville Downtown and Lena Crane/Reflections of Light Photography.

 

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I'm a big sports fan and one of the disappointing things about supporting a team is when the star or other favorite player leaves for other places. This brother-sister combination of Shanti (left) Tommy (center),and Jacob (rear) are bound for greatness.

The Pluses and Minuses of Piper G's:

Piper G's (+) indicators: Delicious homemade like lunch with pride and love. Large portions big enough to share. Unique side items worth discovering, enjoying. Uniquely beautiful lunch environment and really friendly staffers.

Piper G's  (-) indicators:  There are no $5 lunch specials at piper Gi's. Think about sharing your lunch AND your lunch bill. Umbrella might be handy on bad weather days.

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Curia on the Drag

'Alternative lunch' takes on new meaning

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

CURIAlunchWhen plans were made to meet friends at CURIA on the DRAG on NW 6th St. for lunch, I was expecting something different, but I didn't think I would be a gastronomical stranger in an alternative lunch world.

The CURIA on the DRAG collection of shops, boutiques, and coffee - tea cafe is an interesting group of unique, alternative ideas centered under the concept of creating a community space for individuals to hang out and share thoughts and ideas.

Back to the alternative lunch world:  CURIA describes its lunch menu as plant based.

Now I've been to my share of health food bars, veggie cafes, all natural lunch stops, meatless diners, pubs, juice bars, and restaurants, but this was my first trip to a 100 per cent vegan, plant-based restaurant.

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines VEGAN thus:

A strict vegetarian who consumes no food (as meat, eggs, or dairy products) that comes from animals; also : one who abstains from using animal products (as leather).

Needless to say I was curi-OUS what was for lunch at the CURI-a.

I like vegetables. They comprise a very important part of my new diet of trying very hard to avoid excessive carbohydrates, the ultimate nemesis, of my daily battle with Type 2 Diabetes

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I imagined a flurry of different colored question marks hovering over our table as Jane Osmond (image above left), Mark Olson, Lynn Dirk (image above right), and I scanned the CURIA menu looking for something delicious and familiar for lunch.

"I have always thought vegans failed Marketing 101 when they describe what they are eating," I said, searching for the "just like ground beef' or 'almost like chili but only better" descriptions. "To me it sounds like they are apologizing for a second class entrée that didn't quite make the standard," I added.  Jane, on the other hand, thought that foods should not be presented as substitutes but described as unique.

 

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In the meantime, I spied "breaded fishless filets" on the CURIA menu in the description of Baja Tacos with Mac 'n Cheese.

The Baja tacos (image at top) sounded interesting and my thought was, if you combine all the ingredients in a corn meal wrap, you don't really know what you are eating anyway. The tacos were delicious. The crunch of their fishless fish was a nice complement to red cabbage slaw, greens, avocado, and chipotle-lime dressing. The double wrapped taco shells were a special toasted flavor treat that would easily make tacos my choice next time I have a CURIA lunch.

My lunch partners were pleased with their lunch choices:

zzGLOBbullet Mark selected the Villy sandwich and Mac 'n Cheese and enjoyed the melted cheese like flavor combined with sliced smoked seitan, roasted peppers and onions, and cheese sauce on a toasted hoagie roll. Lynn tasted the Mac 'n Cheese and thought the pasta was overdone, however.

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zzGLOBbullet Jane was pleased with her Jackfruit Quesdailla, a pressed sandwich of shredded BBQ jackfruit, pepper jack cheese, grilled jalapeno, cashew cream.

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zzGLOBbullet Lynn was happy with her Korean Noodle Salad with many familiar crudités including roasted mushrooms, sauteéd carrots, massaged kale, gochujang-tahini dressing. (Massaged kale?)

It was a fun lunch adventure and a special treat to see a table of completely different mid-day entrees available that we all enjoyed and enjoyed talking about.

 

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The clean, fresh looking dining area added much to the lunch time ambience, and if you are CURIOUS to try something uniquely different, ALMOST just like yesterday's mainstream lunch, then CURIA on the Drag is the place for you.

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Curia (+) indicators: Unique addition of non mainstream ingredients creating interesting flavor profiles. Curia has a Cuban menu available celebrating the Bulla Cubana taking place through the end of March.

Curia  (-) indicators: The GLOB Master isn't ready for a daily, completely alternative, lunch palette.

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Weekend Events, December 3, 2016

FRIDAY

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2 pm: A Christmas Carol, Hippodrome Theater, various days, times. Featuring Scrooge, Marley, and of course, Tiny Tim. Share the timeless messages of charity, goodwill, and redemption.

 

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5:30: Certain Women--Opening Night, Hipp Cinema, various days, times. Three strong-willed women (Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, Michelle Williams) strive to forge their own paths in the American Northwest: a lawyer who finds herself contending with both office sexism and a hostage situation; a wife and mother whose determination to build her dream home puts her at odds with the men in her life; and a young law student who forms an ambiguous bond with a lonely ranch hand.

 

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8:00 THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW (ABRIDGED, Hippodrome Theater, various days, times. Welcome to the Annual Holiday Variety Show and Christmas Pageant at St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church. But there’s a problem: none of the acts have arrived, so three members are pressed into service to perform the entire Variety Show and Christmas Pageant by themselves.

SATURDAY

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9 am-3 pm: Fall Farm and Cane Festival, Dudley Farm Historic State Park. Celebrate the region’s by visiting its pioneering past.  The Park Service commemorates Ms. Myrtle Dudley’s birthday by grinding sugar cane and boiling it into cane syrup.  Farm tours, domestic crafts, children’s activities, music and vendors are featured on this living history day.  Demonstrators will be showcasing Florida’s traditions of yesteryear.

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1:30 & 7 pm: Cinderella, Danscompany of Ganesville, Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. In this full-length ballet, see if two mean step sisters, Skinny and Dumpy, can capture the heart of the prince. Cheer on Cinderella as she dances the night away at the ball. Sigh as she rides away in her beautiful carriage. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information

3 pm: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Gainesville Pops, First United Methodist Church, 419 NE 1st St.T he Gainesville Pops is a N. Florida wind ensemble. Music includes holiday music, light classical, Broadway and Hollywood pop hits, marches, and jazz.WE 2016.12.02 - Repurpose

4-9 pm: Green Gift Fair, Repurpose Project Fundraiser, 1920 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville. A festive evening of hot apple cider, local artisans with handmade crafts, photos with Green Sustainable Santa, live music on outdoor stage and x-mas karaoke, kids crafts, Satchel’s Pizza, Swamphead beer and holiday cheer. Visit our Green Gift Fair Crafter’s Village of local artists featuring handmade and repurposed gifts and browse our shop for reclaimed guilt-free gift shopping. There will be crafting stations to create your own unique repurposed gifts for loved ones! Come celebrate the season and the art of repurposed crafts with us! RSVP on our Facebook event page.

 

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6-8 pm: City of Gainesville Tree Lighting, Thomas Center. The Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs hosts its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at the historic Thomas Center. Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe will be on hand to welcome citizens, and call for the giant tree to be lit. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.

 

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

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Sat 10-6 & Sun 11-5: Gathering of Artists, Gainesville Fine Arts Association, Gainesville Women’s Club, 2809 W. University Ave.   Featuring the work of 40 award-winning artists with live music and food trucks. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information

 

SUNDAY

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10 am: GLAM Craft Show, Historic GRU Operations Center, 625 SE 5th Ave. Unique gifts made by local artists from Florida and throughout the southeast. This year is bigger than ever with over 70 vendors. Food trucks and beer from local breweries plus a bike valet and a kids' activity area. Free admission. Follow the signs from South Main Street/Depot Road

 

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3 pm: Winter Holiday Concert, Fine Arts Hall, Santa Fe College. A holiday performance by about 80 musicians whose day jobs are teacher, professor, scientist, business professional, student, physician, contractor, realtor, trades-person, and retiree.

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7 pm: Sounds of the Season, An American Holiday, UF Concert Choir, UF Women’s Chorale and UF Symphony Orchestra, Phillips Center or the Performing Arts. Community members including the Gainesville Master Chorale present an array of holiday favorites such as The Little Drummer Boy and White Christmas and two wonderful stories of American Christmases past. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information

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LOCAL DIGEST: Alpin Bistro

Cozy vibe, French cuisine, tranforms venue

By Melissa Kahan, GLOB Correspondent

112316AlpinSFOf the various sections of town, downtown seems to be one of the more well-rounded areas that you could easily stroll through and find a plethora of different dining options. Some of my favorites that I will certainly miss upon leaving Gainesville are located in that very region, namely Dragonfly Sushi, Emiliano's, and now I will say that a new one has emerged very recently. Alpin Bistro has taken up residence in the old Neon Liger space next to Loosey's off of SW 2nd St., and it is somewhat amazing to witness the transformation.

 

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I have dined inside Alpin a handful of times myself, but if I didn't know to look into the glass wall as I sauntered down the street, I may have overlooked it. As mentioned, it is hard to believe that was once a sticky, dark, dance-filled bar scene and is now an open, clean bistro, albeit still dimly lit, filled with a handful of larger wooden tables, an L-shaped bar that hugs the kitchen, and a small outdoor patio shielded from the bustling streets at night. There is still music, but let's just say a DJ has been replaced with an accordion player.

The cozy vibe is not complete without the handwritten menu full of adult beverages and carb-happy food. Once you peruse the handful of pages, you head up to the register at the end of the bar to place your order. The wines by the glass are relatively standard pricing for what you receive, from $6 to $9, and there are a few interesting cocktails that I have yet to order, mostly because the food menu screams for a glass of red wine to accompany it. However, the Champagne Rosso ($12) with black currant, Vermouth, blueberries, strawberry, and rosemary sounds too titillating for this champagne-lover to ignore for long. A number of beer drafts and cocktails add to the welcome variety.

 

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A 'Les Tapas' page of various cheese and charcuterie options seemed tasty-enough, but a few items stood out more so than others. Similar to champagne, it is rare that a brie-centered item sneaks onto a menu without notice from this cheese lover. The Brie de Normandie Chaud ($9.50) is a generous slab of warm brie atop a bed of diced apples, red onion, walnuts, and honey, with a few slices of pear and herb garnish for good measure. These elements smeared across a warm crostini creates a bite that is close to perfection. Another stand-out appetizer is the Chorizo Iberico, image above, which consists of a full dry pork sausage diced into coins over apple, red onion, raisins, herbs, and roasted pepper. The brandy flambé each component is soaking in certainly packs a unique punch to the savory dish, as well.

 

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Although each dish is relatively smaller in size, I would consider the renditions of the 'Croque' to be the entrees. There is a vegetarian-friendly option of the French snack, the Croque Monsieu, along with a couple of others. Alpin's Croque Madame ($14.50, image at top of this review) is my rendition of choice, as it is the classic ham and cheese toasty, of sorts, with a soft boiled egg on top. The cheese is baked over the warm, toasted bread that somehow still retains a slightly crispy crust, with the ham in between layers of bread and cheese. The Croute au Fromage ($11.50, image above) I would consider grown-up cheesy bread:

Alpin soaks bread in a white wine and garlic mixture, then coats it in a thick layer of gruyere cheese and toasts it. Again, how the bread can retain some crisp after that whole process is amazing, but the flavor is truly notable. The 'salad from the farm' served alongside these dishes is essentially a handful of greens with a mustard-based dressing, which is actually a nice, fresh touch to contrast the richer notes from the heavy bread and cheese-based counterparts.

 

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A couple of salads, a handful of cheese-centered tarts and quiches, and a pâté optionare scrolled alongside the aforementioned selections, but dessert is worth the order. The Apple Tart ($8) with ricotta and fruit is a palm-sized warm, flaky tart that sends your taste buds into the falls season. The Walnut and Pear tart, image above, is also a force to be reckoned with, a small dollop of crème fraiche and piece of chocolate making the flavor combination too good to resist.

It is evident that the owners Sita and Romain Challandes were adamant on creating a full experience for patrons, and judging by the large crowds shuffling in throughout the night, it seems they have succeeded. Be prepared for a bit of a wait for food, especially after 7 p.m. when the dinner rush rolls in and the small staff is responsible for crafting each dish to order, but it is worth it. Also, as mentioned, the bistro-style restaurant hosts a menu of smaller-size plates, so enjoy a nice glass of red wine with a couple of snacks and good company.

Alpin is currently only open from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, as well as 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday with a crepe brunch added on Saturdays beginning at 11 a.m. However, I wouldn't be surprised if more hours arose in the future.

The Pluses and Minuses of Alpin Bistro:

Alpin Bistro: (+) indicators: Standard prices, parking lot next to location, unique downtown experience, well-crafted drinks and dishes; indoor and outdoor seating; live music on certain nights.

Alpin Bistro: (-) indicators: Long wait times for food

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Stones set to release 'Blue & Lonesome'

It started as a break from their own material, then suddenly turned into a full-scale throwback: the Stones returning to their early-1960s days as a blues-loving cover band, knocking out songs live in the studio and recording an entire album in three days. "Blue & Lonesome" is the first studio album the Stones have made since "A Bigger Bang" in 2005; it's due for release on Dec. 2.

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Social at Midtown

The Pluses and Minuses of the Social at Midtown:

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Sushi-2-Go, W. Gainesville

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Big Island Bowls

The Pluses and Minuses of the Big Island Bowls:

Big Island Bowls (+) indicators:

Big Island Bowls (-) indicators: No minuses here.

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Fresh Corner

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