On a happy accident, my favorite restaurant was closed today so I set off to the Wine and Cheese Gallery in downtown Gainesville to meet a friend. It was a delightful experience that nudged memories of many pleasant times spent here, mostly on the lovely deck outside..
It was raining today though, so we settled in at a window seat after the owner greeted us and showed us in. Water and coffee was promptly delivered by a friendly waitress. The menu boasted fine cheeses, imported meats sumptuous salad. A wide array of wine and cheese selections were available. As we made our selections I noticed the clean, homey wood surroundings and sparkling windows!
I was delivered a fresh home baked cheesy roll along with the house "secret dressing" that was creamy and flavorful. Soon a romaine salad heaping with roast beef, Danish ham and Swiss Gruyere arrived, seductively arranged. My dining partner had a melted Brie and ham sandwich on a French baguette with some tasty chips for a garnish. As we enjoyed the flavors and textures and enjoyed watching the raging storm from our comfortable venue, the time melted away.
The waitress was discreetly dropped off the check and left us to finish up. I look forward to returning soon when I have the leisure to sip on a glass of warm cabernet accompanied by the fruit and cheese platter du jour!
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