Innocuous would be a good word to describe the tiny lunch stop nestled between the Starbucks and the used record shop in downtown Gainesville. GIGANTIC is a better word to describe the double cheeseburger belly bombs the Relish hamburger stand serves to the burger fanatics that work/live downtown. I understand that 'have it your way' is a tired, worn out lunch time marketing slogan. Let tell you GLOBer the burger you're looking at above is dressed in lettuce, tomato, pickle, onions, mustard, chipotle sauce, and guacamole. More impressive is the relish lunch stop has 25 sauces, and 15 toppings! The burgers are cooked right in front of you. The servers behind the counter are friendly, professional and know how to use their spatulas like proven short-order chefs. If you haven't had one, you need to get one of these Relish hamburgers. Pssst . . . The customer in front of me put a fried egg on her burger and that looked REALLY good. The guac and the chipotle sauce are amazing!
Great hamburger, perfect fries nestled in UF Plaza
By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor
I've been by the 'Relish Big Tasty Burgers' lunch stop -- in UF Plaza across from the UF campus -- more than once thinking I should try a Relish hamburger.
I finally made it last week, and I was treated to an excellent hamburger. Actually, my burger was called the Double Tasty.
I'm going to call this Relish a Food on the Run lunch stop. Located in a long, narrow space next door to the Pita Pit, there is just enough room for a narrow counter along the wall with stools for those interested in eating in. A food counter extends down the opposite wall, and customers move along the counter in a 'have it your way' lunch line.
My eating-early approach to lunch once again paid off. UF Plaza parking was available, plus I was first up to start the Relish lunch time lunch line.
This burger joint had two servers behind the counter. One at the beginning of the line took orders, and the second was in charge of 'protein patty processing.' This process worked for me, being first in line, in a very timely way. Then again, I don't see how just two staffers could successfully manage for an entire hour the feed a continuous line of customers hungry for hamburgers and fries.
I suffered from lunch-time newbie-itis. I wasn't aware that the lunch line process included a have-it-your-way component where I was to choose my burger toppings as I worked my way toward the end of the lunch line. I got an impatient look from Server One when he had to ask me several times what kind of sauce I wanted. There were 22 different sauces from avocado relish to wasabi aioli – and not in alphabetical order! There were also an unusual number of additional ingredients that you rarely see offered as additions to hamburgers, such as sprouts, pineapple, and black olives. This is a place where you REALLY could have it your way -- if you could ever make up your mind. I felt newbie-like once again asking for plain old mayo, mustard and catsup.
I was feeling some angst for the cook. Can you imagine working over the grill while 8 -12 hamburger buns topped with every kind of sauce in the world are waiting behind you for the burgers you are coaxing along.
That said, I enjoyed watching my Relish Double Tasty burger being cooked right before my eyes.
The Relish menu is straightforward. Lunch choices– "fresh, never frozen" -- are: Single, Double, or Triple Tasty Burger, Tasty Vegetarian, Half the Guilt (1 beef patty and 1 veggie patty), and Tasty Chicken Sandwich, a 1/4 lb. kosher hot dog called the Big Tasty Dawg.
Sides: The Relish French fries are excellent--thick cut fries that tasted, well, fresh, not frozen.
The Tasty Burger is the Relish star. My double burger was full of the distinct flavors of pickle, tomato, mustard, mayo, and ketchup that I personally selected, which were the perfect complement to each other. Perhaps it was because I was first in this fast casual assembly line, but the freshness and flavor of the patty took me over the top in hamburger bliss. That is a Relish triple burger pictured at right.
Relish has combos involving various combinations of fries, potato chips, salads, and drinks that will enhance your burger experience for an additional $2 or $3. Cold beer is also available as part of a combo for an additional $1.29.
I like the idea of Relish as a handy FOTR location. Unfortunately it might literally be a Food On The Run lunch because the limited number of UF Plaza parking spaces could easily put the kibosh on Relish lunch plans.
The Pluses and Minuses of Relish:
Relish (+) indicators: Excellent hamburgers and French fries.
Relish (-) indicators: Location, location, location. At busy times service can slow down considerably and access could be impossible.
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- Phone Number: 692-4400
- Address: 1702 W. University Ave., Gaineville, FL
- Urban GLOB Location: Midtown
- Web Site: Relish
- Latitude: 29.652495
- Longitude: -82.344994
ValerieFlobe Friday, 24 February 2017 09:13 Comment Link
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Relish has a great Veggie Burger!!! It’s a black bean base but you can actually see a few whole beans in it. The texture is great and I really liked having crispy onion ring bits and wasabi aioloi with it. I also got to taste have half a regular burger and it was good. The buns are great – soft so that the insides of the burger predominate. The burger almost looked small to me, but by the time I finished eating, it was more than enough. Their French Fries are also very good. And beer! Great place!!
Dennis Brown Thursday, 24 January 2013 10:43 Comment Link
Relish has become a lunch favorite for me. I've never had a problem with wait time. I love having egg on a chicken sandwich.
Debbie Thursday, 24 January 2013 10:39 Comment Link
I was a little spurious about this place at first, but once tried I am a true believer. Working downtown and having the convenience of this literal "walk-up" , I couldn't ask for a better quick lunch stop. The burger is exactly what it should be, flavorful, hot and covered with whatever you want. The grill master will even throw onions and mushrooms on to saute while the burger is cooking. I love experimenting with all the different sauces, awaking taste-buds that have been dulled by lesser burgers. Now that I'm kicking the carb habit, they even offer that option! Can't say enough good things about Relish. Just don't everyone come all at the same time cause seating is limited.
Pamela Monday, 07 May 2012 09:54 Comment Link
Relish downtown ~ yeah burger and a beer (they have beer) Now if they serve late night we have it made!!!
Jon Rose Wednesday, 06 April 2011 12:36 Comment Link
I have been tempted to try this place but after reading today's review I think I will skip the "assembly line" approach and settle for a place where I can have a beer and read a good old newspaper while waiting for my burger.