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Hurricane Burgers Tacos Wings

Excellent burger, street corn highlight menu

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

BTWsf250The plan was to make a stop by the new Hurricane Burgers Tacos Wings lunch stop in the old Burritos Brother Taco Company Midtown location just off of University Avenue.

Hurricane BTW owner Jack Gandolfo had different ideas.

"Are you a burger, wings, or a taco guy Mike," he asked sounding like Las Vegas card dealer ready to serve me up a lunch made to order.

"I like to call myself an eating professional," I responded trying to slow down the apparent food train coming directly at the GLOB Master.



"So who makes the best burger in town," the hamburger stand owner asked. "I've heard about Gainesville's Relish hamburger and I like it, it's a good burger," he added.

"You look like a double cheeseburger kinda guy to me," Jack said waving for a server to come take our order. "I'm telling you GLOB Master give the Hurricane BTW Double Cheeseburger with guacamole, and bacon a try and you will find out what a really good hamburger is," Jack said.

How would you react to challenge like this after bragging about being an eating professional, and listing my favorite local burgers . . .  I ordered the Hurricane Burger Tacos Wings Double Cheeseburger with guacamole, and bacon.



"You need to add a side of Mexican St. corn to go with that burger. Have you eaten Street Corn before? Before they coat the corn on the cob with cheese queso sauce, they dredge the corn in delicious spices, what a flavor blast," Jack exclaimed.

I was smiling thinking good, no French fries today as I sat waiting for my unplanned lunch.

I liked the design of the Burrito Brothers restaurant and not much has changed, however there seems more of an emphasis to the bar area being the center of activity in Hurricane's BTW.



As far as the menu goes milkshakes and bottled water are available as well as Imported, and local craft beers Swamphead on tap, and First Magnitude in cans.

Street corn ($3.50), is the highlight of the short list of HBTW appetizers. Guacamole & Chips ($6), French fries ($2), and Kimchi Slaw ($2) are available.

An $8 price point seems to be the driver for main lunch entrees. There are substantial varieties of both chicken wings, ($8 for eight) and the tacos, ($8 each for six out of seven choices).

Of the five hamburger choices two of the selections, including the Hurricane BTW Double Cheeseburger with guacamole, and bacon ($10.50), are titled Premium lunch choices.

There is a complete menu at the restaurant link at the bottom of this page.



The multi-stacked double cheeseburger was a smorgasborg of flavors and textures. I like to think a good hamburger dressed all the away will allow this eating professional an opportunity to enjoy all the flavors. That's what was happening here. The bacon flavor was pronounced, of course the mustard, ketchup, made their obligatory presence. I was surprised that the guacamole spread was a little on the light side for a $1.50 scoop.

The hamburger bun was steamed perfectly, and it was just the correct size for my mega-sandwich. Isn't it funny how a bad bun,  hamburger sandwich roll experience can really mess up a good thing.

I wish I had stuck to my no-thank-you-guns and waited to experience the Hurricane with friend. You know what I'm talking about GLOBers. The idea of sharing lunch can open so many eating surprising  doors.  I'm going back to HBTW with a pal and I will have the DIY half-a-burger, one taco and two chicken wing platter of my own creation, spices and flavors. Plus a plate of the very tasty Street Corn

The Pluses and Minuses of Hurricane Burgers Tacos Wings:

Hurricane Burgers Tacos Wings (+) indicators:  A very good hamburger, a multitude of delicious choices and decisions looming.

Hurricane Burgers Tacos Wings (-) indicators: This is a student driven lunch stop prepare yourself accordingly.

Be the first to offer your GLOB comments, lunch photographs and opinions about Hurricane Burgers Tacos Wings.  Please identify your opinions with a PLUS SIGN (+) for positive comments, and a MINUS SIGN (-) for your negative comments.  - THANKS!


Boca Fiesta, Fri. & Sun. Lunch

De quiénes taco?!  Not your momma's taco shop

By Lynn Dirk, GLOB Correspondent

Editor's Note:Lynn Dirk, an editorial and communications assistant at the Brain Rehabilitation Research Center of the US Department of Veterans Affairs, is a devout enthusiast of all food things healthy.

When I go to a restaurant, I am interested in the whole shebang: Besides the food, I notice the ambiance, the noise level, the décor, the type of menu – the beer prices.All these aspects of a restaurant come together in my mind along with the food to create a memorable eating out experience. So there are a few aspects of Boca Fiesta that I love: the décor is very interesting and appealing -- I love brick walls in a restaurant, and there is outdoor seating and bright south of the border colors.

As to the food, with the restaurant name, I was expecting Mexican. Indeed, they say they exist to assure that it is possible to obtain a taco in downtown Gainesville, but the food is actually a fusion of Mexican and Spanish, for example, their beans are black and the rice is yellow, like at Emiliano's.  They have an eclectic choice of foods and food combinations, including meats such as gator, buffalo, ostrich, and duck combined with unexpected ingredients such as beets, nori tortillas, and quail eggs. This is definitely a sophisticated place.

So far I've only had the veggie burrito bowl and I enjoyed it. It wasn't on the menu, but since I LOVE the burrito bowls at Chipotle, I thought I would give it a whrl and they accommodated my request.  I would like to go back to try some of their other unique fares, such as the Coconut Curry Kangaroo Taco  – but it won't happen on Tuesdays: No lunch on Tuesdays. The usual weekday restaurants close is Mondays, so -- once again -- Boca Fiesta does it differently. I love that!

I REALLY appreciate that they give a nod to the loco-vores with dishes such as the "Local Taco" that includes Cedar Key Clams (enjoy them while we can for tomorrow they may die) and other local vittles such as the famous St. Augustine datil pepper.

This is a place that everyone needs to try at least once. And then again . . . which makes twice.

The Pluses and Minuses of Boca Fiesta:

Boca Fiesta + Indicators : This was an excellent 'total package' lunch experience.

Boca Fiesta - Indicators :  We arrived early in the evening, maybe that's why the service took a while to catch up with us.  Boca Fiesta presently only serves lunch on Fridays. 

Be the first to offer your GLOB comments, lunch photographs and opinions about Boca Fiesta.  Please identify your opinions with a PLUS SIGN (+) for positive comments, and a MINUS SIGN (-) for your negative comments.  - THANKS!

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