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East End Eatery

East End Eatery

I met long time pal and UF Professor Emeritus, Wayne Smith, for lunch at the East End Eatery, and I wasn't really thinking about a meatless lunch, but when I checked out the most excellent menu board, the EEE Frittata really sounded good: Oven dried tomato, spinach, potato, egg, and five delicious cheeses served on a bed of baby organic greens with toasted croutons and a roasted garlic vinaigrette. I caught the server by surprise when I asked her if she could name the five cheeses in the Frittata. "No, but I'm going to find out now," she said scurrying to the kitchen. The answer to the East End Eatery lunch time special question was Mozzarella, Swiss, Provolone, Gouda, and American -- all loaded into a very tasty egg pie. With a nice brown crust, this excellent frittata featured all the ingredients' flavors individually along with a very nice crunch of baby spinach leaves. The roasted garlic vinaigrette was delicious. With all those ingredients, the Frittata was a tasty cornucopia taste of crunch and creamy texture of the cheeses. The EEE posts their lunch specials on the East End Eatery FaceBook page every day. That's handy for the lunch time planners out in the Urban GLOB. I'm going back for another EEE Frittata lunch, and I don't care what day it is.

- GLOB MASTER

Good meatloaf, that's what I'm talking about

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

East End Eatery. is nestled on the corner of NE 8th Ave and NE 12th St.  Back in my twenty-something days, I lived in a couple of places close by this corner.

EasrtEndSTOREFRONTThose were the good-ol-newspaper days, and we had many fine card games in that same neighborhood.

This older-than-most, charmingly-decorated little building also has a lot of memories, just like me, including a brief stint as Rex's Bakery (I liked Rex's motto, "Try the rest, then buy the best"), when it moved from its downtown location.

Thus, happy memories had me smiling as I walked into East End Eatery, but on top of that, I was also very happy that I learned that EEE had a Monday Meatloaf Special.

On a recent Monday, my mission was to take the advice of former East End Eatery server, Lorent, and give this meatloaf a try.

Thank you, Lorent, for this exceptional information. I consider it a very lucky coincidence that we happened to bump into each other on the bus and you mentioned Monday is EEE meatloaf day.

 

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Sandra Carlisi, the EEE owner, like many other catering business owners, is enhancing her catering income by utilizing her kitchen to feed unique and interesting lunch specials to folks on the Northeast side of town.

When someone mentions meatloaf, especially when they start bragging about how good it is, I want to taste what they're talking about. To see how it measures up on the MLB (that's the Meatloaf Barometer).

Alright, I heard you wonder, "Unique, interesting special meatloaf?"

Yes. This trip to the EEE was about the meatloaf. I told you that already. They have some very interesting other specials as well. My lunch partner opted for the Mango Jerk Wrap with Chicken, and she liked it a lot. However after taking a bite out of my meatloaf, she agreed it was very tasty too.

 

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I'm telling you, when my plate arrived with a heaping mountain of mashed potatoes around and on top of a delectable portion of heavenly protein, only to be 'dressed' with a savory brown gravy, my first thought was, "This is what it's all about." The veggie side was a terrific fresh broccoli and carrots saute, see photo above.

I've had breakfast several times at the EEE, but this was my first lunch experience. To repeat myself, the menu offers some delectable lunch entrees. But from now own it will be hard for me to go the East End Eatery for lunch on any day other than Monday for the meatloaf. What's up with that, Doctor? Why do I limit my culinary adventure by choosing the same entree every time . . .?

The Pluses and Minuses of East End Eatery:

EAST END (+) indicators: Casual, friendly, interesting menu with many lunch options. Oh yes, the meatloaf is excellent.

EAST END (-) indicators: For a manly lunch protein option, the meatloaf entree could have been a little bigger . . .

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

Last modified onWednesday, 19 April 2017 05:37

Additional Info

  • Phone Number: 378-9870
  • Address: 1202 NE 8th Ave., Gainesville, FL
  • Urban GLOB Location: Northeast
  • Latitude: 29.6595117
  • Longitude: -82.309969
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3 comments

  • Patrick
    Patrick Wednesday, 07 November 2012 10:46 Comment Link

    found menu online
    nothing but sandwiches, soup, salad
    no meatloaf
    no breakfast
    wahdup ?

  • Patrick
    Patrick Wednesday, 07 November 2012 10:38 Comment Link

    the entire menu is meatloaf ?
    would be nice to see a menu link
    I knew you would like that idea
    just call me 'The Idea Guy'

  • Karen
    Karen Friday, 19 August 2011 10:45 Comment Link

    EEE never disappoints! There lunches are terrific! Because I forget they don't take credit cards, I find myself fumbling around for cash.

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