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afternoon opens on NW 10th Ave.

October 9, 2017 – The afternoon restaurant has opened on NE 10th Ave. This lunch stop is serving a mid-day meal with a brunch attitude. Co-Owner Grace Gannon has just relocated back to Gainesville from Seattle and is excited about showing Gainesville how they do food on the NW coast. The fast casual approach to lunch with counter service, locally sourced products and several teas and coffees including black, green and herbal tea, and Panther drip coffee, and Tea-Project Hot teas selections from Seattle.  Afternoon Entrees are available with a meatless attitude including Whipped Feta Toast, and White Corn Grits. Meat proteins are available to add to your meal as extras. There another six entrees including several sandwiches and the Shakshouka -- tomato baked eggs, za'atar, and sourdough toast. The brunch/lunch stop is open every day except Wednesday from 9-4:00

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Shula's American Steakhouse opens on SW 34th St.

Gainesville now has a steakhouse serving lunch seven days a week from 11:30-2:00 on SW 34th St in the University of Florida Hilton Conference Center, 1714 SW 34th St. Founded by Miami Dolphins football coaching legend Don in 1989, and today encompasses several restaurant brands with nearly 30 locations spanning nine states Shula's presents a complete lunch menu including appetizers, Lunch Salads and Knife and Fork sandwiches including the French Onion Burger with caramelized onions, double Gruyère cheese, garlic herb mayo and crushed croutons on a brioche style bun ($15). The complete steak menu is available at lunch. FOLLOW THIS LINK for a complete Shula's menu.

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Big Mill's Cheesesteak opens on NW 13th St.

September 25, 2017 – There is a new cheesesteak and hot dog stand at 2111 NW 13th St. Next to Adam's Rib Co. You have one week left for their September special of a Big Mill's Chicago Style Cheesesteak for $8.75. Big Mill's Cheesesteaks is all about carnivores, and meat proteins. With hot dogs, sausage subs, and cheesesteak subs, both steak or chicken. Chicago native Keith Miller has been selling his sandwiches on game days and he decided it was time to give Big Mill's 100 per cent of his attention. With a menu featuring cheesesteak sub sandwiches you can try the BM Cheesesteak in either angus sirloin beef, or chicken breast. The menu includes four kinds of sausage sandwiches including a combo steak and sausage sub. In addition to hot dogs Big Mills also serves a hamburger, meatball sub and three salads. Open Monday – Saturday at 11:00 FOLLOW THIS LINK for a complete Big Mill's Cheesesteaks menu

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August 22, 2017 – Dave's New York Deli has opened a second location, Dave's NY Deli Express at the corner of Tower Road and Archer road in the Park Lane Plaza next to Dominos Pizza.. The new deli serves the same NY Bagels, Opus Coffee, Pastrami, Corned Beef, hot and cold subs, sandwiches and more as the Dave's NY Deli in Tioga Town Center on Newberry Rd. Both restaurants are open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, 7:30 to 3:00 M-F and 8:30-3:00 Saturday and Sunday.

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1 Pizza Plus opens on NW 23rd Ave

August 10, 2017 – 1 Pizza Plus has opened for business in the building that formerly housed Lisa's Corner Café on NW 23rd Ave. near Salvation Army. In addition to 16 different specialty pizzas, whole pies, and pizza by the slice, the menu includes The menu includes pastas, baked chicken wings, toasted and cold sub sandwiches, and six different made-to-order salads. 1PP is open Monday thru Saturday from 11 am - 8 pm. The Owner, Mike Case, who formerly owned I LOVE NY Pizza, has plans in the works to sell beer and to create a mozzarella bar at a later date.

 

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Tropical Smoothie opens 2nd location

August 4, 2017 - The Tropical Smoothie Café at 4125 NW 16th Blvd. will open its doors today with a Grand Opening starting at 7:00 this morning. Free samples, giveaways and a free smoothies for a year will be available for the first 50 customers Friday morning. TSC owner Dhairya Chaudhari is opening his second Tropical Smoothie franchise with the first located South of Archer Rd. at 3345 SW 34th St. Primarily a dessert stop TSC serves a varied menu of wraps, sandwiches, flatbreads, bowls and salads. A savory smoothie is available in the Avocolada consisting of avocado, pineapple, spinach, kale, coconut & lime as well as the Watermelon Mojito. Open seven days at 7:00 in the morning serving a light breakfast menu. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

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Wood fired pizza moves into Cairo Grill buidling

August 4, 2017 - Another artisan pizza shop has opened on NW 43rd St. in the old Cairo Grille restaurant building. Rising from the food truck ashes Ameraucana wood fired pizza ls now serving what they describe as "PRE-INDUSTRIAL STYLE WILD YEAST SOURDOUGH PIZZA" in their new restaurant at 2410 NW 43rd St. Currently Ameraucana serves appetizers they call Small Plates that includes salads, meatball, and Marinated Olives with Burnt Citrus & Rosemary. Three desserts are available and six pizzas starting at $10. The Fromage A Trois pizza caught the GLOB Master's eye with Fior Di Latte, Gorgonzola, Parmesan, thinly sliced red onions, Fresh oregano, olive oil. pancetta, and other additional toppings. Open Tuesday – Saturday beginning at 5:00, lunch hour plans will be discussed at a later date. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.

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Bahama Breeze opens in Butler Plaza

BbreezeMEGHANJuly 26, 2017 – The Caribbean islands have opened for lunch in Butler Plaza world Mon'. Located at 3989 Plaza Blvd. This big box lunch stop -- with 43 plus locations in 13 states – opens the door to tropical island cuisine in SW Gainesville. Drinks with parasols, an every day lunch special, and a menu with 40 plus entrees including Appetizers. Snacks & Small Plates. Soups, Side Salads, Entree Salads, Steak & Beef, Pork, Seafood, Rice Bowls, Chicken, Burgers, Tacos, Sandwiches, Lunch Combos, Fresh Catches. Appetizers. Snacks & Small Plates. Soups, Side Salads, Entree Salads, Steak & Beef, Pork, Seafood, Rice Bowls, Chicken, Burgers, Tacos, Sandwiches, Lunch Combos, Fresh Catches, await your mealtime delight. A dessert menu with seven choices, and a kid's menu category featuring seven selections including hamburgers, Mac 'n Cheese, and chicken tenders are also available. Bahama Breeze has live music in the evenings, handcrafted island cocktails, happy hour drink specials Mon.- Fri, from 4 – 6:00. A late night happy hour continues the evening Sun. – Thurs. from 9:00 to closing with beer, wine, cocktails, and premium Tequilas. Now GLOBer. Is that big box enough for you? FOLLOW THIS LINK for more Bahama Breeze information I might I have missed.

 

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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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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.

Also now open for lunch:

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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TASTE Pho & Noodle House

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Rice THAI

 

The Pluses and Minuses of Rice THAI

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Mr. Han's

 

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A'xin Sushi & Grill

Style, substance create 5 star lunch experience

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

I do believe that a superior lunch is more than just a five-star special entrée with two sides. For instance, I am a real sucker for presentation.

A'xin Sushi & Grill, fulfills the GLOB Master's requirements for an excellent lunch experience. The visual style of this Japanese sushi bar and grill sends you to another time and place as soon as you enter the front door of this Shoppes of Williston restaurant (corner of Williston Rd. and SW 34th St).

My daughter was in town and she is a MahzuSFbig sushi fan. Gainesville Lunch Out Blog Content Editor Lynn Dirk, my son Bob, and my new granddaughter Penelope joined Jana and me for lunch. We were excited about trying many different entrees from the A'xin menu. There is a complete Mahzu menu at the restaurant link below.

Along with an extensive list of Sushi rolls and combination platters of sushi and sashimi, A'xin also had a varied list of Bento box lunch entrees plus a varied list of teriyaki and tempura lunch entrees.

Since I knew that Jana and Lynn would dive into the sushi portion of the menu, and Bob was eyeing a Bento box, I quickly decided on the Shrimp Teriyaki Kitchen Lunch Entrée, which included udon noodles, fried rice, and a stir fried medley of broccoli, onions and carrots.

MahzuSUSHImikeThe shrimp were very good. Sauteed to just tender, they had a distinct flavor that reminded me of being at the beach and enjoying fresh seafood. The vegetable medley was excellently cooked in an Asian al dente way and these beautifully presented veggies looked very dramatic on my plate and were very tasty as well. Remember the word dramatic.

Bob opted for the Bento box of chicken, sushi roll, fire shrimp and fried rice. Bob remarked how tender the chicken was, and his shrimp were fried to perfection.

I got mine and Bob's lunch out of the way because the sushi entrees that Jana and Lynn enjoyed were not only dramatically presented, but they also got enough food lunch to feed all of us.

MahzuSUSHIsticksJana ordered the "Any 3 Roll" lunch special and selected fish, photo at top of feature. What a spectacularly dramatic presentation of rice and raw fish.

Lynn ordered the Any Two Roll Lunch Special and selected the Veggie Roll (scallion, asparagus, avocado) and a Chicken Tempura Roll. The dish came with a beautiful blue lit vase MahzuSUSHIflowerwith long strands of beet cascading out of it around an edible fuschia-colored flower. That would win the blue ribbon for presentation this week and no doubt for the year.

The rolls also tasted great. The chicken tempura was lightly crispy with panko breading. The veggie roll was a great combination of flavors – without cream cheese! That was a special surprise as it seems most sushi rolls, especially veggie ones, seem to have cream cheese and Lynn is not a cream cheese fan.

MahzuSUSHIchefKyle the A'xin Sushi Chef and owner (right) and Ophelia our server were very attentive and made our lunch visit very enjoyable.

The quiet of the dining room combined with the tasteful yet minimal décor made for a very relaxing mid-day interlude while we watched Gainesville burn to a glaringly toast high temperature through a glass that shielded us from the outside world.

This was a wonderful, fun diversion from the busy world going on this noon time Monday afternoon. I thought about just asking if we could stay until the late afternoon rains came.

Dark clouds, wind, rain, white plates, rice, artful cuisine. Now I'm talking lunch drama here.

It is easy to say style and substance came together in this contemporary restaurant to create a perfect Asian lunch.

The Pluses and Minuses of A'xin Sushi & Grill

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Sushi CHAO

Sashimi sends F. Bubba back to the islands

By Bubba Scott, GLOB Correspondent

Editors Note:  Farmer Bubba Scott is a container vegetable farmer. To help support the farm, he is a P.H.D., Professional Home Developer, AKA The House Doctor.

SushiCsfA new year and a new GLOB look!  As they say in Texas, 'Ain't that great'!  The GLOB Master and myself went to our first lunch of 2012 last week.

Our lunch stop is SushiChao, right in the middle of the Gator Nation in the University Plaza on University Avenue.   The owners of Bento Cafe and Mochi frozen yogurt have added a jewel of a restarant to their business portfolio. 

It's always fun to try a new sushi restaurant and see just how authentic it really is.  We arrived at the right time -- just after they opened at 11:30.  It must have been that classes were still in session so we didn't feel rushed. 

Mike broke out his camera and let them know who we were and we were there for a SushiCHAO lunch.  We got the green light.  While Mike was making his pitch, I was checking out the food, starting with the raw fish.

Before I go on, let me just say, my living in Hawaii planted a good seed in me for what sushi and sashimi should taste like.  And there IS a difference between the two:  Sushi is raw slices of fish, mixed with rice, vegetables and wrapped in seaweed.  Sashimi is simply raw fish.  Having said that, it's on to describing our lunch feast.

SchaoBUFFETSushiCHAO is a fast casual cafeteria line style restaurant, and it’s really neat the way they have started the lunch selection line right inside the door.  First, you have the raw section, then the steamed or boiled section, and finally the fried section.  Each item wasn't floating in water or oil like in other buffet style lunch stops.  That's one thing I look for.  Taking care to be sure the lunch entrees don’t look like they have been ‘under the lights’ a long time and having a small amount of entrees available, tells me the food is cooked fresh.

I started with the steamed food. which was a mix of chicken, tofu, lo mein noodles and vegetable dishes. I'm not a big fan of fried or heavy battered foods.

 

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On my plate was a variety of tasty treats. The beans had their own taste and were separated from the rest of the food. I always start my with Lo Mein noodles. Kind of a must for FarmerBubba. One vegetable dish had broccoli, snow peas, carrots and baby corn. The other was lightly breaded tofu, and topping my dish off was a type of Szechuan chicken. Each had its own taste. Which is a plus for me (I can’t say it enough!). As a matter of fact, I couldn't taste the oil the food was cooked in. Another big plus. To me, this is what separates Sushi CHAO from other places we've visited. When I finished ALL of that, I went back to the raw food section for more.

In other words, I went through the line twice.  I couldn't help it.  It all looked so good and the S. CHAO staffers preparing my lunch weren't from Texas – they really knew what they were doing.

 

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My raw selection was The Spicy Tuna-Salmon Don Sashimi Bowl -- photo at the top and to the right of this feature story.  A half tuna, half salmon bowl with avocado, celery, masago, roasted sesame seeds and topped with some very good wakabe salad and a dollop of powerful wasabi on a bed of white rice. And don't forget to include the soy sauce for your S. Bowl.

At SushiCHAO you are charged for your lunch by the ounce.  That was interesting.  Mike made a good point that, if he had known they give you a complimentary side order of rice at the cash register, he wouldn’t have asked for the fried rice from the line.  Rolls and bowls are priced separately.  There is a complete SushiCHAO menu available at the bottom of this feature story. 

The lunch was unreal.  Mike and I have been to several Asian lunch stops on behalf of fellow GLOBers, and  SushiCHAO is right at the top of GLOB list of places with good eating.

Here’s an Asian food tip I learned in Hawaii.  You should be able to taste each item on your plate without adding additional sauce, spice, or flavorings.  Another cooking point I learned was that each type of fish should have its own flavor.  That's why I try a bite of each vegetable and fish ‘naked,’ with nothing on it,  before I ‘dress’ the food.

And what about the rice?  In Asian food, the rice shouldn't be hard and dry or too wet.  It also has to have its own taste.  That’s another plus for SushiCHAO.

 

SushicdiningWe had our lunch outside in front of SC, which was a plus, and everything I ate was a big 10.  While enjoying our food, the sights of campus life were all around us.  This place is an obvious hit with UF students. 

Like I said, we arrived before class let out, but before we left S. CHAO had became packed.  

I'm proud to say the only thing I carried out in a cool, black to-go box was the rice. In my experience, The only eating that would top this was when I was on a fishing trip in Hawaii.  We caught a good size ahi tuna fish.  The deck hand cut it up, put it in a bowl, added some soy and handed out chop sticks, and then joined the captain and passengers in a sashimi lunch that was as fresh as you could ever get.

The mainland boys from up north, to put it lightly, were hanging over the side of the boat ‘chumming.’  Hey, that meant more sashimi for the rest of us.

SushiCHAO should be a must visit for anyone wanting to try good sushi.  The servers were nice and very helpful; they made GLOB Master Mike and myself feel welcome.   I will be going back for another Sashimi Bowl.

The Pluses and Minuses of Sushi CHAO:

Sushi CHAO + indicators: Authentic sashimi and sushi.

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Volcanic Sushi and Saki

Friend, lunch stop makes for great lunch

By Melissa Kahan, GLOB Correspondent

VOLCANICsfI don't have high hopes for sushi or any seafood for that matter in Gainesville. We are not on the coast, and you really want to have the freshest seafood if you're about to eat it raw. Dragonfly Gainesville is a little overhyped, although they do have good cocktails, and Ichiban Sushi does have some memorable rolls, like the Aji San with baked salmon and banana, but it is a tad pricey. So there are a few good spots, but I am always on the hunt for better.

When my long-time friend, Dylan, said he wanted to visit on leave from the Navy, I knew, as a sushi lover, that he would want his fix. I took the opportunity to take him somewhere I had been meaning to dine at, as well: Volcanic Sushi + Sake, located in the smaller, more upscale space in Haile Plantation around some highly-esteemed food counterparts, like Patticakes. Walking up to Volcanic Sushi + Saki, the small shop could have been easily passed if I had not known what I was looking for.  I was pleased to see a decent number of tables outside the front area, as it was comfortable weather to enjoy Gainesville outdoors. A few tables inside the dimly lit interior were full as were some of the outdoor tables.

As soon as our server approached, it was friendly service through and through. In fact, two servers came out to check on us at any given time despite having a decent number of tables occupied on an early Saturday afternoon. The sushi roll menu was not extensive; it was mostly simple but satisfying ingredient combinations, and there were only a couple pages of everything else, such as appetizers, soups, curry, teriyaki, and noodle meals. The simple selection of rolls was OK with me, since I am the most indecisive person ever and wanted to try a variety on my first visit. There is a complete menu at the restaurnt link below.

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The first dish, the Kanisu Deluxe, an appetizer, sounded too fresh to pass up. A combination of thick chunks of krab, tuna, salmon, avocado, and masago were rolled together in a thin cucumber slice and separated into 6 pieces. I love trying rolls without rice, and this is one of the better I have had, the fish clearly quite fresh. I wish the sweet vinegar sauce had come on the side for dipping instead of being already on the plate under the sushi, as the sauce was just OK.

 

CpmboAs far as the sushi menu rolls, each was tasty and unique from the other. The first thing I noticed when they arrived, other than the timely food delivery, was the presentation. It was clear that the chef took as much effort in making the food visually appealing as it was enjoyable to eat. Dylan's face when he took his first bite of the Sweet Monster roll was self explanatory. These 12 smaller fried balls filled with cheese, krab, salmon, squid, and white fish packed a super flavorful punch, the cooked fish comprised of many textures set off by the crunch of the breading on the outside. The Haile Roll also occupied this plate of fried tastiness, and it was just as pleasing as the Sweet Monster in its own way. This roll was the crunchy roll, comprised of salmon, crab and asparagus then fried, with "special tuna" on top. Baked salmon is the complete opposite of its raw counterpart, and both happen to be great in a roll. There was also a crispy garnish of sorts shaped as a wheel perched on top of each of the six pieces that gave it a textural and aesthetic edge.

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The final roll, a traditional Rainbow Roll seen at many sushi establishments, was a welcome refreshing contrast from our fried rolls. Volcanic Sushi's rendition included a California roll with strips of tuna, salmon, avocado, and white fish alternating the 12 pieces. Once again, the quality of ingredients showed through, but it was a bit underwhelming compared with the other more inventive rolls we ordered. However, there is almost nothing that can't be cured with a little spicy mayo.

I've heard the cooked dishes at this restaurant are pretty good too, so I'm sure I will be back at lunch time for one of Volcanic Sushi's very reasonable lunch specials. It was not the best sushi I have ever had, but I was pleased considering what Gainesville has to offer. A'xin Mahzu Sushi and Sushi Matsuri are sushi joints closer to me and so more on my radar, but I will say that the friendly service and nice space overlooking the Haile Village Center were very pleasing.

The Pluses and Minuses of Volcanic Sushi + Sake:

Volcanic Sushi + Sake (+) indicators: Good quality, decent sushi, some unique rolls, good lunch specials, good value for rolls, friendly service, good indoor and outdoor seating.  Sushi roll prices varies from $9 and $12.

Volcanic Sushi + Sake (-) indicators: Not a ton of roll choices, OK renditions of some rolls, uptown may be out of the way for those central to the university.

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Dragonfly

Perfect location for beautiful lunch outside

DragonflySFBy Jules Gollner, Guest Columnist

EDITOR'S NOTE: Jules is the retired owner of White Apron Catering and enjoys all things culinary with, or without a white apron.

I was looking forward to a wonderful lunch at Dragonfly in downtown Gainesville last Thursday, and I was not disappointed. These guys sure know how to run a restaurant. From the minute you walk in the front door, you feel special. The hostess always remembers where I like to sit, and I have never had a so-so waiter here. Pleasance, not 'attitude,' seems to be a key component to employee training at this sushi/Asian restaurant. Customer friendliness is so refreshing to see in bigger Gainesville establishments like this one.

DFhomepageMy friend -- the Gainesville Lunch Out Blog Editor Mike Sanford -- and I chose to sit outside and watch downtown meander by this lunch hour.

Mike had never been to Dragonfly for lunch, so I took it upon myself to order for him.

DflyquoteWe started our lunch order with Edamame, which the GLOB Master devoured pod and all. Fine with me. Edamame is a preparation of immature soybeans still in the pod commonly found in Japan, China, and Hawaii. The pods are boiled in water together with condiments such as salt and served whole.

We next enjoyed a Tuna Flatbread, plenty for a full lunch or to share as a starter. This is thinly sliced tuna sashimi over a crisply grilled wheat pita with tomatoes, onions, jalapenos and shiso and is finished with a honey wasabi aioli

This was the favorite selection of the day.

The GLOB Master's lunch entrée was Chicken Katsu Don, which is panko-crusted chicken breast over brown rice with veggies and an egg omelette sandwiched in with the other ingredients.

I had Thai Bangkok Noodles with tofu and veggies. This can also be made with chicken or beef. A cooked egg 'round' is placed under the noodles and tofu as a base so the other flavors of the dish sit atop the egg. This is a very good dish. I love the spiciness; it needs no additional srirachi sauce.

I do wish Dragonfly was open for lunch every day, but alas, only Thursday and Friday.

Sitting outside, enjoying the fall, greeting an occasional passerby and comparing lunch time notes with pet dog Rusty makes Dragonfly a favorite Gainesville lunch spot for me.

 

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063015dragonflyFISHY For International Sushi Day, Dragonfly Restaurant used their popularity in the Gainesville and Orlando communities to create a more impactful type of awareness. Both locations decided to "use their margin for a mission" to raise money for two local charities: the Ronald McDonald House of Gainesville and Community Food and Outreach Center in Orlando. The proceeds from this "Craft Your Roll" night at each Dragonfly location not only drew quite the crowd, but allowed patrons to become the sushi masters for a night while knowing that 100 percent - yes, all of the money spent - would become a charitable donation. Dragonfly took it one step further by asking sushi creators to name their masterpiece and let the social media realm know that's just #HowIRoll. Above is an image of Dragonfly's popular Volcanic Rolls. We named our roll the Here Fishy, Fishy Roll, image right the And the charitable numbers are in: Dragonfly Restaurant raised $1,850 for the Ronald McDonald House that night.

- Melissa Kahan

The Pluses and Minuses of Dragonfly

Dragonfly + Indicators:  Taste, style, customer frendly, professional approach to th art of cooking.

Dragonfly - Indicators:  They shwould serve lunch every day!

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