When I first downloaded the Hamburger America app last summer, the first thing I did was look at the choices in my hometown. About 50 miles north of the city, this green flag was in the town of Gainesville. When I clicked on the flag, it opened on the Collegiate Grill. Then I remembered reading about the Collegiate in a USA Today article last summer:
“Georgia Brown opened the historic Collegiate Grill in 1947 in downtown Gainesville. Customers enjoy freshly prepared burgers, dogs and shakes in a 1940s setting. The black-and-white checkered floors, red vinyl booths and counter seating make the experience even more memorable.”
One Friday morning it was quiet in the office and none of my “lunch crowd” was around that day, so I made the 45 minute drive to Gainesville. Arriving and parking just off the square, shortly after noon, I went in and took a seat at the counter.
After perusing the menu, I was faced with a dilemma: Burger? Or chili dog? Burger? Or chili dog? Burger? Or chili dog? How could you choose between the two?
Exercising the wisdom of Solomon, I decided on one of each, no fries (that was my concession to my “eat-better-live-better” mantra). The burger was definitely good. The chili dog the same. Overall, a worthwhile lunch adventure. Not as culinarily lucrative as the other trip to Gainesville, a couple of months later earlier, but worthwhile, none the less.
As I was walking back to the car, fairly full, I saw a window sign that caught my eye. Anyone brave enough to open a hot dog restaurant deserves a try. So I went in and had a chili dog. The one at the Collegiate was much better.