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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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World of Beer

WOB tacos, street or otherwise, are great

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

WOBstorefrontUF Professor Emeritus Dr. Jon Roosenraad, and I go a long way back. At this point it appears he and I will most likely make it to the end of the line together. We have shared a ton of philosophical conversations about hypothetical issues over the years and one of my favorites is about heaven and hell.

With Roosenraad being a practicing Catholic, I'm sure you could guess his understanding of the hereafter.

Years back I discovered a great drinking song all about beer. When Jon and I are drinking with pals, often times I will stand up, raise my glass, and recite to my good friends the lyrics praising the nectar of the gods:

In heaven there is no beer
That's why I drink it here
And when I'm gone from here
All my friends will drink all the beer

After which I have grown accustomed to hearing Jonny's retort "You're wrong Mike! Heaven is one big, giant beer cooler that I will be thrown into the middle of when I die."

WOBopenNow here we are a zillion years later, and I see a notice on the worldwide web that the World of Beer is now serving lunch.

Now who do you think my first choice is for a lunch partner at The World of Beer?

Speaking of time flying by, it seems like only a few years ago Hooter's uprooted their 'Breasturant' from downtown and relocated to this building on SW 34th St. just off Archer Rd.

After Hooter's, a Mexican, La nopalero, restaurant opened their doors in this building and survived for a couple of years. They didn't last long. Have you seen all the Mexican lunch stops in what I call the Archer Rd. triangle?

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World of Beer has done an excellent job of remodeling the inside of their new world. They have removed the bar that sat in the middle of the room, which has created a much more spacious environment. So this is a new, customer friendly lunch spot with a multitude of seating choices and a very impressive bar that runs the length of the building.

I didn't count the televisions but believe me when I say there are more TVs than you can throw an empty beer mug at.

Jon and I arrived on the early side of noon and selected a table dead center in this golden nectar emporium.

 

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You can't help but notice all the beer taps lining the wall behind the bar. "We have 53 beers on tap, and 533 bottled beers," The bar keep proudly said as she poured Rosey his xxx xxx.

World of Beer seems to have its act together, and this lunch with my pal was looking like a good idea.

I did a little research before lunch and I saw the WOB has some interesting-sounding lunch entrees including a Flat Iron Steak Sandwich, ($12), an Artisan Sausage Board, ($15), FlatBreads, ($8), and Street Tacos. 2  tacos for $7, and 3 for $10. There is a WOB restaurant menu link below under Additional Info. 

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Roosenraad, being a completely serious midwesterner, ordered the Guiness Bratwurst with Guiness- infused bratwurst, sauerkraut, sautéed onions and peppers, and a house mustard on a toasted Hoagie roll.

Our server didn't do a very good job of explaining what Street Tacos were, but I liked the sound of a different kind of taco. According to the WOB menu, Street Tacos are:"Topped with freshly-made roasted tomato & corn salsa, shredded lettuce, avocado, fresh cilantro & queso fresco, served in lightly grilled tortillas":

zzGLOBbullet Beer-Battered Shrimp with Sriracha Lime Aioli
zzGLOBbullet Crispy Beer-Brined Chicken with House-made Ranch dressing
zzGLOBbullet Ahi Tuna (raw) with Sriracha Lime Aioli

WOBtaco300Still thinking about tacos I looked up the definition of street taco:

"So far as I can tell the only difference between a run-of-the-mill taco and a street taco is the location from whence you bought it! If you bought it from a Taco Stand or Food Truck on the Street...it's a "street taco", if you made it at home or got it in a restaurant-NOT!!! That's right. All those expensive new menu items, are basically just a sales gimmick, and a very lucrative one at that!"

Two tacos for $7 bucks was a hard deal to beat, so I ordered the shrimp and chicken tacos and a small Spring Greens and Kale Salad. Yep, that's correct GLOBers, The GLOB Master ordered a kale salad! What the kale, it was very good. In fact it was delicious. My salad also contained goat cheese, apples, sweet pickled red onions, and candied pecans tossed that were tossed with the greens in a house-made framboise vinaigrette.

 

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You know GLOBers I am trying very hard to maintain some control over my diet. I get excited when I see things like tacos on the menu because of the small amount of carb from the thin flour tortillas, which fits well in my diet mission of proteins, veggies, and very little else.

The chicken and shrimp tacos were very good. I could taste the lime aioli, and goat cheese, and all the ingredients were fresh and cris and blended together to create a most excellent taco.

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Once again you can see how the little things make a difference. I was at a Mexican lunch stop over the weekend and ordered a soft shell taco and a burrito. Unlike the WOB taco shells that were quickly toasted on the gril, the tacos came to me limp, mushy, and unappealing right out of the package.

I'm going back to the World of Beer. There are some other interesting sounding lunch entrees on the WOB menu that I must try at this SW 34th St. lunch stop.

The Pluses and Minuses of the World Of Beer

World Of Beer + indicators: For the non-craft beer drinker the menu suggest different beersto pair withr different entrees

World Of Beer - indicators: None noted.  This lunch stop will become popular, and crowded come september . . .

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WOB: Appearance no indicator of success

By Melissa Kahan, GLOB Correspondent

I know I am not alone in thinking "If you are going to do something, do it well." If that means focusing on one subject, so be it. As the name implies, beer is World of Beer's specialty, but the new location on 34th Street is trying its hand at many different crafts, namely cocktails and cooking. I will just say the cocktails need some work. For now, though, let's focus on one of my most-anticipated weekend mealtime experiences: brunch.

 

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Considering the new World of Beer (WOB) is in the same plaza as brunch heavy-hitter Peach Valley Café, it is safe to assume there will be competition, what with the line at Peach Valley tending to be long due to its consistency and quality, which keep hungry patrons pacing outside and drinking complimentary coffee for over an hour on any given Sunday. Hearing about WOB's 'Beerunch' every Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm. I was hoping for déjà vu: Great menu with a variety of tantalizingly decadent and intriguing brunch options. It seemed almost too good to be true. Local owner David Menard reassured me that this WOB would rectify complaints of other locations, including serving food in general and hosting good live music at a reasonable volume, so I went into brunch with an open mind.

Let me preface this by saying that I had this WOB brunch a few weeks before the official opening, which will occur on Friday, May 27. Menard said the kitchen and bar staff were still in training, but food will be served from now until the location's official opening date. Here is a brief overview of a few items:

 

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Chicken & Waffles Sandwich ($11): This was actually the last thing to arrive to the table, as apparently it was an oversight and there was a mix-up. The presentation was somewhat lacking. The 'Belgian beer-infused waffles' not only lacked a hint of beer taste, they didn't have much of any taste. They were nice and crispy, though. The 'beer-brined' chicken was also lacking, as well despite it seeming to be a decent cut of meat. To my dismay, even the maple syrup lacked flavor.

 

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Blueberry Wheat French Toast ($8.50): When I read 'maple-infused brioche bread,' I envisioned thick slices of sweet, crisped brioche, but the reality was thin, soggy, and sad. Again, the syrup was lacking. Once again, not a hint of beer seemed to be present in the blueberry compote, which seemed to be premade, pairing well with the previously-frozen blueberries.

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Hangover Skillet ($12.50): I was particularly excited about this one, but once I saw the size of the skillet, I knew I would not get the best bang for my buck, image at the top of this review. The eggs-cheese-veggie combo was fine, but the candied bacon not only lacked the typical sweeter taste, but it was actually unbelievably over-seasoned. On cutting into the sausage, the cheese center was a tasty surprise, but sadly the tots, like many other ingredients incorporated into brunch, seemed previously frozen. Even the Texas Toast was more like thin slices of white bread.

 

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It's not technically on the brunch menu, but the one redeeming aspect of the brunch was the Smores Waffles ($5.50), listed in the Dessert section. However, that is purely due to ingredients, not execution. Of course adding marshmallow fluff and chocolate would create a pleasing taste sensation. I will be back to test for improvement. I certainly would love it if the food were as well-crafted as the newly-renovated space's ambiance, an inviting, open-air atmosphere with multiple sections of various seating styles, ideal space for a night out.

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Sandwich Depot, CLOSED, February, 2017

The Pluses and Minuses of Sandwich Depot:

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Maple Street Biscuit Company

Southern food with a fresh spin

By: Melissa Kahan, GLOB Correspondent

KAPLEbiscuitSFI know I am a broken record touching once more on my love for brunch and everything it embodies:  a relaxing, late breakfast, preferably with bubbly booze and good company, is the perfect cap to the weekend.

More specific than my love of brunch is my love of quality biscuits. Those warm, fluffy breakfast accompaniments, often used as a bed for any type of jam, sauce, or breakfast item you can think of, are a staple of my brunch fare. I will order biscuits from whereever I go. Imagine my overwhelming delight when I learned a restaurant specializing in biscuit-based dishes was coming to Gainesville. In fact, it was a restaurant I have previously dined at in Jacksonville, where it originated.

A name like 'Maple Street Biscuit Company' holds a lot of weight in my book. Apparently, I am not alone: According to Director/Managing Partner of the restaurant chain, Troy Gibson, in four years the biscuit-lovers' paradise has only spent $250 in advertising for eight locations. That's it.

"We just haven't had to," Troy said. "People know about us."

 

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A couple tables mirrored each other outside the front door: The majority of tables were filled with families, students and the like, with a few hungry patrons occupying the high-top stools lining much of the interior.

MSBfriendAThe first thing you come to is the line of potential customers at the counter check-out line. I was almost glad that a handful of people were anxiously waiting to order before me, as the biscuit-themed menu was much more extensive than I had remembered with 17 options, not including sides or beverages. On seeing the description of the Sticky Maple, a biscuit sandwich of fried chicken, bacon, and Bissell Family Farm maple syrup, I had flashbacks to the day over a year ago in Jacksonville when I practically inhaled every bite of the delicious meal. But I wanted to try something new, of course.

My new coworker, Katherine, dared to join me for a food adventure. She had never heard of Maple Street. She strolled in and was quick to choose the Five and Dime. I also had my eye on it, so what does any good food adventurer do? Make sure her dining companion is OK with ordering multiple items to share to get the most of the experience.

So in addition to the Five and Dime, we ordered, on Troy's recommendation, the Squawking Goat, which is a combination of the Loaded Goat and the Squawk on the Street. Of course, I had to order the loaded hashups and sweet potato fries as sides. The total came to around $26.  I also can't resist ordering sweet potato fries whenever tehy are on the menu.

MSBdeftonesAfter taking our order, the lady at the counter asked, "What's your favorite band?" Less than 10 minutes went by before cries of "Deftones, Deftones!" rang throughout the rustic-style space, which was Katherine's favorite band and how they called us over to grab our meals. There is a complete menu at the restaurant link below.

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Let's start with the Five and Dime: According to Troy, it is the most popular item, and I can see why:  a waterfall of sausage gravy "with a little kick" oozing over a fried egg, pecan wood-smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, and one of the best breakfast fried chicken breasts I've consumed. It was a mouthful with the flaky biscuits attempting to hold it together, but the flavor combination was extremely satisfying. It was a modern take on a quintessential breakfast dish condensed into an overflowing taste explosion.

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Although a bit less explosive, the Squawking Goat was delicious in its own way (image at top). That signature, homemade biscuit enveloped another perfectly-crisped, plump fried chicken breast and the creamiest fried goat cheese medallion. It is such a powerful cheese, and it made a statement doused with a generous helping of the house-made pepper jelly, which gave the ideal sweetness to contrast with the rich, salty cheese and chicken. Even on its own, the biscuit was pretty good. Maybe not the absolute best I've ever had, but it was not soggy. Nothing is worse than a soggy biscuit.

 

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The sweet potato fries were some of the best I have ever had, which is attributed to not only the massive size of each fry but quality you could taste. These had never seen a freezer. I could eat them every day, and I have tried more sweet potato fries than I could ever count. This was Katherine's first sweet potato fry experience, and she was just as blown away as I was. It seemed we agreed on most everything.

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I remember having the Hashups previously, and this time around they were pretty good. Chunks of smoked ham, red and green peppers, mushrooms, grilled onions and home fries all rested under a smattering of melted cheese for a great breakfast side dish. There is even an option to order them either with sausage gravy on top OR to replace the ham with BBQ pork(!) and top with a fried egg. I wish I could eat all of the above every day.

 

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Troy was very generous and brought over a sample of the Smokey Mountain Mac-N-Cheese, which provided a unique twist to this Southern favorite: The five-cheese gooey pasta was topped with Cheez-It crumbs. Honestly, I thought the mac was good on its own, but I did appreciate the textural contrast. Troy insisted that every new patron receive a free Iced Cinnamon Pecan Biscuit, which tasted more like a less-intense, denser version of a cinnamon roll. The sugary treat was elevated that much higher with Maple Street's homemade B2 sauce of blueberry and blackberry flavors.

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If that wasn't enough, near the end of our dining experience, with our bellies full and palettes satiated, Troy brought over a supposed mess-up order of the Garden Bird. We had to try a bite, especially after Troy noted that the collards were not only made in house, but were the best he had ever had. While he may be biased, they were some good collards. The hot sauce really gave the biscuit sandwich of fried chicken, egg and collards a welcome kick.

Troy gave me a bit more insight into what Maple Street prides itself on, namely aiming to embody the concept of good Southern food with a smile.

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Scott Moore and Gus Evans started the company as mentioned in Jacksonville on November 8, 2012, as an outlet for people to be a part of a community, most notably seen in its community-style, large table seating and in gestures such as incorporating a patron's favorite band into the ordering process. The quality ingredients, clean store, and "Southern comfort food with a modern twist" are the values the chain is built on.  I do believe the company is invested in its patrons and provides quality, consistent Southern food with a fresh spin.

In addition to ordering the Bluegrass Grits cut with cream cheese as a side, my next new item will be the Chicken Club after Troy talked it up.

"The homemade ranch we use, I could eat it off my foot it's that good."

The Pluses and Minuses of the Maple Street Biscuit Company

Maple Street Biscuit Company + indicators: Friendly service, timely food, varied menu, vegetarian options, quality ingredients, built on good values so good for the community, very popular, good bang for buck, open solid hours from Mon-Thurs 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Maple Street Biscuit Company - indicators: Butler Plaza isn't always the easiest to navigate, will certainly get busy during peak hours

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Lunch stop openings close out 2016

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.

 

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New lunch stops open for business

MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2016: From fresh tamales to breakfast all day new lunch stops are popping up all over Gainesville:

zzGLOBbullet TAMALhorseATamale shop opens downtown: "When the Tamale Horse is on the sidewalk, there are fresh, hot tamales waiting inside," Tamal Head Cook and Owner Rachel Iannelli, said proudly scratching Tamale's white mane. Two blocks north of the new Depot Park complex, in the heart of Gainesville's South Main arts district, daily Tamal offers unique and healthy meat, vegetarian, and vegan tamales at reasonable prices. Owners, Cecil Iannelli and Rachel Nicholas, who are also long-time Gainesvillians and food lovers, use locally sourced meat, produce, and eggs whenever possible, and the aquas frescas are sweetened only with turbinado sugar. After three decades in the restaurant business and working on her doctorate degree, a tamale shop wasn't always Rachel's first career consideration, but now, she says, "As far as I know, we are the first tamale shop in Gainesville, and we are excited sharing our passion for handmade tamales." FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

 

KRAZYGtopperzzGLOBbullet Krazy G'opens in Midtown: Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner and open from 7 AM – 2 AM (yes, 2 AM in the morning!) every day, Krazy G's will be serving organic gourmet burgers from grass-fed beef, locally brewed beer, and biscuits and other breakfast food. This fast casual spot will host a smoker for burgers, brisket, pork shoulder, house-made bacon, and bologna. For long-time Hog Towners, the breakfast menu includes the return of the Asher Special from Skeeter's Breakfast House -- a popular Gainesville restaurant from the late 1970s to 1995 -- that includes Skeeter potatoes, melted cheese, a choice of eggs, choice of sausage or bacon, and a biscuit. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information

zzGLOBbullet Fresh Corner opens in Stadium Club Bldg: Specializing in breakfast all day, the Fresh Corner is open and ready to serve you breakfast "In hand. " With a menu that includes bagels, toast, crispy waffles, and fresh bowls, there are many breakfast entrée variations such as the Captain's Way Bagel consisting of smoked salmon, sliced bananas, honey, and sunflower seeds. There are three kinds of bowls all featuring a base of coconut chia seed pudding, Greek yogurt, and fresh fruit. Smoked Chicken & Waffles has already become a Fresh Corner favorite. Open Daily 8 am -5 pm, the Fresh Corner offers gluten-free and vegan options along with avocado toast and mini-bagels.

 

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zzGLOBbullet Big Island Bowls opens in Root & Pecker facility: To paraphrase the Trailer Park Troubadours, "It ain't a restaurant until the wheels come off." A Big Island food truck has planted itself on the Root & Pecker grounds at 5432 NW 8th Ave. With tentative plans to be open from 9 am-6 pm daily, lunch every day at the Big Island Bowls features smoothies and fruit and acai bowls. All of their bowls are free of additives, preservatives, artificial ingredients, and dairy. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information

 

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September 12, 2016 - Patticakes on the Bo Diddley Plaza downtown has opened on the NE corner of the Plaza with a limited menu this week. Open from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, the lunch menu includes salads, sandwiches, wraps, and paninis. Patticakes will have a full espresso menu with lattes and cappuccinos plus tea, smoothies, and milk shakes. Breakfast items include muffins, scones, pastries, quiche, bagels, and yogurt. Next week Patticakes will be open Monday through Saturday until 9 p.m. and later when there are concerts on the Plaza and will be open on Sundays during festivals. Seating includes a limjited number of lunch counter seats, a patio, and the Bo Diddley Plaza.

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zzGLOBbullet Felipe's Mexican Taqueria has opened in midtown on the corner of W. University Ave and NW 12th St. With the standard tacos, burritos, and quesadilla, Felipe's also offers Tinga Chicken Breast, Al Pastor, Chorizo, and Grilled Vegetables. With several restaurants in Louisiana, this is Felipe's second venture into Florida, the other being in Naples. Felipe's offers three ways top place you lunch order: a fast casual lunch line, by cell phone from your table, or from a server at the bar or in the bar area. FOLLOW THIS LINK for a complete Felipe's menu.

zzGLOBbullet The Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grille has opened at 3581 SW Archer Rd. "Costa Vida is a laid-back counter-serve Mexican restaurant with Baja-style tacos and burritos plus gluten-free options. Fresh food created with using real ingredients." Offering the standard Tex-Mex lunch fare, Costa Vida lists some interesting specialties such as Fajita Burritos, Mango Chicken Salad, and Sweet Shrimp Salad or Tacos. FOLLOW THJIS LINK for a complete Costa Vida menu.

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Chipotle Mexican Grille opens third location

CHIPOTLEsfASeptember 6, 2016: Chipotle Mexican Grille has opened a third Gainesville location on the corner of NW 13th St. and NW 23rd Ave. Chipotle touts 'Food with Integrity" such as "Vegetables grown in healthy soil, and pork from pigs allowed to freely root and roam outdoors or in deeply bedded barns" and claim that "with every burrito we roll or bowl we fill, we're working to cultivate a better world." Chipotle serves burritos with meats, sofritas, rice, beans, fajita veggies, several salsa options, quacamole, sour cream, cheese, and/or romaine lettuce. FOLLOW THIS LINK for Chipotle reviews.

 

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V Pizza opens in Vello's Building downtown

August 29, 2016: V Pizza/Sidecar Bar have opened in the space vacated by Vello's in downtown Gainesville.  Serving an Italian menu of specialty pizzas, create your own pizzas, calzones, and strombolis, the fast casual restaurant (order at the counter) has a "Lunch Special Pricing" at $9.95 for a beverage, cheese pizza plus 1 topping or 10.95 with any house pizza. For gluten free pizza, add $3. Other Lunch Special options for $9.95: A calzone plus 1 topping; a panini, or chicken wings. Touting authenticity, the Jacksonville creators of V Pizza feature imported and dry-aged Italian meats, San Marzano tomatoes, '00 flour', water buffalo mozzarella (mozzarella di bufala), pizzas that aren't perfectly round, and burn marks on the crust. These are the elements V Pizza creators believe that validate their authentic Napoletana pizza. According to the About Food website Neapolitan pizza originated in Naples, Italy, and is made from simple basic dough, raw tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and olive oil--no fancy toppings here. According to the Jacksonville Sidecar website,  "Sidecar honors the original definition of the cocktail – a combination of spirits, sugar, water, and bitters [and] spirit-forward drinks are accompanied by rotating draft beers, over 50 bottled beers, two cocktails on tap, whiskey on tap, and a great list of old and new world wine varietals." FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information and a complete Z Pizza menu.

 

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Humble Pie opens store front, changes name

081816HUMBLEwoodfireLOGOAugust 21, 2016:  After much planning, and making arrangements the Humble Pie food truck has opened a 'brick and mortar' lunch stop at 405 SW 4th Ave. next to their Humble Wood Fire kitchen. The new lunch stop will have a daily $10 lunch special for an 8" pizza and the Humble Wood Fire salad of the day. The Humble staff will post the daily special on their social media connections.After being named in a lawsuit for using the Humble Pie name by a Manhattan, New York law firm representing a Humble Pie pizza chain in Arizona, the HWF pizza boys have decided to change their name to Humble Wood Fire. According to their FaceBook page: "Our new name embodies the heart of what we have always been about. Humble Wood Fire also enables us to move beyond being known solely for our wood fired pies." FOLLOW THIS LINKfor more information, and a Humble Wood Fire menu.

 

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Wings & Teriyaki opens in NE, Flaming Crab on Newberry Rd.

May 10, 2016: Listing a complete menu of hibachi/teriyaki entrees including chicken, beef, shrimp, steak and tofu, the Wings & Teriyaki lunch stop on NE 23rd Ave. also specializes in chicken wings in 25 different flavors. Need more lunch GLOBer? Wings & Teriyaki also serves gyros, Philly steaks sandwiches, hamburgers, and salads. You can also get fried shrimp with white or fried rice and a drink for $9.99. There are two chicken wing combos on the menu and 12 combos served with steamed veggies and white or fried rice. Wings & Teriyaki is Open seven days a week.

FLAMINGcrabLOGOThe Flaming Crab has opened on Newberry Rd. near Tower Rd. in the old Yummy House location. Taking seafood boils to a new level, the Flaming Crab touts Cajun style crab boils with a twist -- your fresh catch is boiled in a Cajun-style-blend of spices, then tossed with a choice of signature seasonings, and served in a bag to preserve the flavors. Menu items range from $27 to $65: The Flaming Crab has a Po Boy Sandwich Special at $7.99 and a 2-lb fresh crawfish special for $18.99.

 

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Maple St. Biscuit opens in Butler Plaza

April 15, 2016: The Maple Street Biscuit Company opened yesterday in Butler Plaza in the Target Shopping area. Touting consistent southern comfort food with a modern twist.  The MSBC serves an assortment of sandwiches including the Chicken Club, the Iron Goeat, and the Sticky Maple ll served on Flaky Biscuits. Side orders include oatmeal, Hashups, (home fries with chopped smoked ham, red and green peppers, grilled onions, mushrooms, and melted cheese & Gravy), and Sweet Potato Fries with maple mustard dipping sauce. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

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Three restaurants open April 4, 2016

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zzGLOBbullet GOVINDA'S BAKERY & CAFÉ: The big, green building on NW 13th St. has a bright new coat of beige pain and is now selling breakfast delights and lunch. Soups with free refills and veggie sandwiches served on ciabatta rolls are the main components of the veggie menu. According to GOVINDA's website, "We are a vegetarian bakery and café . . . We specialize in healthy, wholesome, yummy food prepared with love and care! Our mission here at Govinda's is to encourage an atmosphere of peace, serenity, and harmony in our community and in ourselves."

zzGLOBbullet WINE & CHEESE GALLERY: This long time downtown favorite has been resurrected with new lunch ideas and a fast causal approach to lunch. With a menu that includes lads, sandwiches, and soups the Wine and Cheese has included cheese boards totheir menu.

zzGLOBbullet YUMMYHOUSUEsf2016YUMMY HOUSE: After a short hiatus, Yummy House has reopened in the old Crispers location on 34th St. A dimly-lit atmosphere houses multiple tables adorning white tablecloths, a long bar area, and sharp, clean decor. Yummy House's extensive menu is still available on the inside with added, east parking now available at this SW 24th location.

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Grill Fresh opens behind the Swamp

GRILLfreshSFMarch 21, 2016: Grill Fresh opens for lunch today in the old Café Gardens location behind the Swamp in mid-town. With a mix 'n match of bowl entrees with a base foundation ranging from sweet potato noodles for salad to warm veggie spiced rice and fresh herb roasted potatoes. After the base ingredient, the choices are toppings of veggies, protein, and sauce. Bowls can be ordered in three categories: GREEN BOWL that includes 2 greens, 2 veggies and 1 protein, the FOUR BOWL that consists of 2 base ingredients, 1 veggie, and 1 protein, to the SIX BOWL that includes 2 base ingredients, 2 veggies, and 2 proteins. Breakfast is available every morning with breakfast bowls of 1 base ingredient, 1 egg or tofu, 2 proteins, and 1 cheese.

- Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

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Harvest Thyme burgers, SweetBerries buy local specials

March 14, 2016: The NW 39th Ave. Harvest Thyme Café is now serving hamburgers and brunch. You can choose from two $8.25 burgers, both with grass fed, local beef: The Cheeseburger – with lettuce, tomato, and cheddar, Swiss, provolone, or American cheese, OR the Carolina Classic with chili, coleslaw, mustard, and onions. Two additional of the following toppings included in price: raw onion, pickles, coleslaw, bacon, grilled peppers, grilled onions, and jalapenos; each additional topping at $0.50 (Be sure to add one of the HT brownies to your lunch for dessert, they are really yummy.  - GLOB Master.).)

031416HarvestHarvest Thyme Café at this location is also serving Brunch until 2 pm with Omelettes and Skillets, both types with eggs and Michael's home style potatoes along with your choice of meat and/or cheese and two of the following ingredients: spinach, tomato, onion, jalapeno, black olives, mushrooms, scallions, green peppers. Other brunch items include waffles, gluten free waffles, pancakes, French toast, and plates, which consist of two eggs served your way with Michael's homestyle potatoes, toast, and bacon, sausage or ham. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

zzGLOBbullet Sweetberries Eatery and Frozen Custard has come up with a smart Friday-Saturday-Sunday Special with an emphasis on buying local.  The Osmond sisters will be attending the Wednesday Unions St. Downtown Farmers Market each week with the purpose of seeking out a local farmer or food artisan's locally grown or locally made product to feature in their upcoming Weekend Special. "We decided after featuring White Apron's Fig Preserves on our Chicken, Brie and Fig Preserve sandwich, image at the top of this news, last weekend this would be a good way to showcase the abundance of produce and artisanal food items available in our area," Co-Owner Jane Osmond said. "If at all possible, we'll also have their products for sale in our store during the Special in which their product if featured"

KUDOS to SweetBerries! That is such a good idea the Daily GLOB will start featuring Sweetberrie’s Weekend End specials Friday mornings and including a link to the participating local farmer and producer.

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Sandwich Depot moves into Adam's Rib Co. building

March 7, 2016: The Sandwich Depot has opened shop in the old Adam's Rib Co. building on NW 13th. St. adjacent to the new Adam's Rib Co. Open for lunch and dinner with the same menu Monday – Saturday the Sandwich Depot boasts over 15 different sandwiches featuring wraps, hamburgers, tacos, a veggie burger and various salads including a chicken Caesar salad and a Cobb salad. Sandwich depot was established in 2013 as a food truck. Family-owned-and-operated menu items are original, inspired creations by chef and owner Travis Mylott. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information

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Twisted Peacock opens on SW 13th St.

TpeacockSFJanuary 9, 2016: The Twisted Peacock has opened on SW 13th St. for lunch and dinner and serves Indian cuisine "in a contemporary fashion rooted in Indian cooking. " The full Indian menu includes entrees like Palak Chole (creamed spinach and chick peas), Nandu Varuval (South Indian fried, spicy, soft shell crab), and Chicken Tikki Masala. There are also sandwiches, salads, vegetarian entrees such as Malai Kofta ("dumplings made with cashews and tossed in a rich, creamy gravy"), and both meat and seafood entrees. Appetizers, which are called Street Food, consist of five options, and three kinds of Indian bread are available. The Twisted Peacock opens at 11 am seven days a week.

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Lisa's Corner opens on NW 23rd Ave

February 2, 2016: Lisa's Corner Café has opened on the corner of NW 23rd Ave at 125 NW 23rd Ave. Suite 9 in the former location of La Fortuna. With a new homey décor, options include a hot lunch buffet and a soup and salad bar. The menu includes sandwiches, wraps, Hot Baskets, chicken wings, fried fish, and daily Hot Bar Specials. Lisa's Corner Café is open 7 days a week at 8 am for breakfast, including a breakfast bar until 11:30 am.

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Buffalo Wild Wings opens in Oaks Mall

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BWWwingsJanuary 13, 2016: With Chicken Wings, Beer, and sports the Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar in front of the Oaks Mall you can count on this second, and third joint lunch palace being a busy. Chicken wings. and boneless wings are available in 17 flavors including Bourbon Honey Mustard,Thai Curry, And a Reformulated Blazin' wing. There is a Veggie boat, potato wedges, and Cheddar Cheese Curds available for the veggie lunch outer. Add seven kinds of salads including a prime rib salad, seven different wraps, street tacos, five kinds of hamburgers, two kinds of chicken sandwiches, a pulled pork sandwich, and a Southwest Philly sandwich it becomes apparent why BFW emphasises a "Fast Break Lunch" approach.  The FBL menu allows customers to create a customizable lunch order and eat in 30 to 40 minutes. The Fast Break Lunch is available Monday - Friday, 11- 2:00 pm. NOTE TO BOB SANFORD: BWW has chicken tenders in both a naked, and crispy variety

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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Applebee's Grill & Bar, Newberry Rd.

Applebee's opens 2nd location on Newberry Rd.

FOLLOW THIS LINK for  a Gainesville Lunch Out Blog Applebee's Gril & Bar review.

May 4, 2015 - Applebee's Gril & Bar has branced out with a new lunch stop heading West on Newberry rd. just past Iintersate 75.   With eight new entrees, and a completely new Bar Menu touting 19 news appetizxers, this big box lunch stop is serious about being your mid-day meal house.  FOLLOW THIS LINK for more Applebee's information.

 

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Soul Shack

 

 

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Piesano's Stone Fired Pizza, Midtown

A little while back I asked GLOBers what restaurant made the best Philly Cheese Steak. Of course we received a lot of good suggestions, and Piesano's Stone Fired Pizza's Philly Cheese Steak was right at the top of the list. I make an excellent Philly cheese steak sandwich myself. But growing up in Melbourne, Florida, my favorite go-to place for food and hanging out was Charlie's Pizza on U.S Highway 1 near the Eau Gallie Causeway. It might have been the aged grill that Charlie used to cook the mushroom, peppers, onion, garlic, and chopped steak conglomeration, but to this day I haven't enjoyed a steak sandwich as tasty as that great high school memory. All that said, Piesano's Philly Cheese Steak is an excellent sandwich with perfect sautéed onions and peppers topped with an excellent coating of yummy, gooey, melted provolone cheese. The steak is thinly sliced steak and pulls together all the other flavors. The Philly Cheese Steak rolls are not too thick but easily wrap around all the ingredients. I would have no problem suggesting Piesano's Philly Cheese Steak to a hungry lunch time carnivore.  Thinking about it GLOBers, back in the day before thin sliced, pre-packaged steak protein, the grill cook would chop his meat for the sandwich from a nice cut of sirloin steak resulting in cubed, diced pieces of delicious red meat.  This created a unique texture, bite size taste of spicy protein.  That's how I cook my cheesesteaks at home. Maybe that's what's missing from todays' steak thin sliced sammies . . .

- Mike Sanford

Italian lunch stop works for this Piesano

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

PIESANOsffMIDTOwnIt was shortly after Lynn Dirk and I sat down at the bar at the new Midtown Piesanos on the corner of University Avenue and 13th St that I knew this new additional location for the local, well-regarded pizza restaurant was going to do well.

"Check this out Mike," Piesanos's General Manager, Ryan Zachow,  said waving at a long line of beer taps behind the Piesano's bar. We have 40 taps available connected to 40 different kegs back in our cooler. Ryan was quick to point out that selections from Swamphead and First Magnitude breweries, the newest Gainesville craft beer are proudly included.

 

PIESANObarThe Piesanos crew spent a lot of time and money remodeling the old Beef O'Brady's pub into a stylish restaurant ready to handle the pizza-pie eating, beer-drinking gators of all varieties.

"Sure we expect to do a big student crowd late in the evening, but we also want to let people know this is an excellent family restaurant too with lunch specials and awesome dinner entrees," Ryan added.

 

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Along with a very impressive bar, Piesanos has booths, tables, and a customer-friendly high-top table that can accommodate larger groups of 12 or more.

Since I consider myself a lunch-time eating professional, as I looked over the Piesanos menu, I quickly realized there were a multitude of lunch and dinner choices -- the menu is not for the faint at heart with an extensive menu of Italian and American cuisine entrees, appetizers, baked breads, soup, salads, pizza, calzones, subs, burgers, sides, a kids menu, and desserts. Oh, they also have veggie selections, gluten-free crust, and 30 different pizzas on their Gourmet Specialty Pizza Category. The Piesanos menu is available at the link below.

The GLOB's Content Editor and I were ready to see what Piesanos had to offer. We decided to share a personal pan pizza and an order of Eggplant Parmesan.

 

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The affordable Personal Pan Pizza made sense since we were also ordering an entree. The pie was cut into four slices. Lynn and I had broccoli and spicy Italian sausage topping our pizza, and we were pleasantly surprised that there was left over eggplant and side spaghetti to take home.

The Piesanos red sauce had a certain identifiable spiciness that was pleasing. The Italian sausage enhanced the heat and added a savory flavor to the pie that had the GLOB Master smiling. The crust was very crunchy and somehwhat yeasty and Ms. Dirk detected corn meal in the somewhat crust, which was slightly thicker than a typical thin crust.

The pizza was very good, and I look forward to returning to Piesanos with pals so I can taste the MANY different pies over time.

 

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I had to smile when the Eggplant Parmesan entrée arrived with my share of pasta and red sauce in separate plate. I'm sorry, if you have read any of my other Italian lunches you already know noodles and tomato sauce, with or without a spoon, are wasted on the GLOB Master. I guess I will be going to my grave missing the savory, home cooked joy of these two ingredients that I believe need bountiful assistance from almost any other other ingredient to get me a little excited.

Remembering that we started lunch with a nice helping of warm, complementary garlic rolls and with an oil dip that was more like Italian dressing, we were eating a lot of food at Piesanos.

My share of the Piesanos Eggplant Parmesan was ample and cheesy with large pieces of eggplant in every bite.  It was a very good entrée, however I did add my remaining pasta and red sauce to the mix as the eggplant needed a little more sauce.

 

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This was fun lunch experience. The Piesanos bar is a very cool, friendly place to enjoy lunch and watch the light show reflecting off the countless wine glasses about the beer taps as rainbow colors, one slowly after the other, lit up the glasses.  It's probably even better at night.

I'm going back to Piesanos. I just checked their menu and they have Shrimp & Mussels.  They also have Fra Diavolo: "Garlic, white wine, and spicy marinara." Come on -- any lunch stop that talks about Diavolo certainly gets the devil in me.

Follow this link for another piesanos lunch feature.

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Lollicup Coffee & Tea

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