Tuesday, 14 August 2012 12:01
If a loaded burger with creamy cole slaw, fries and a cold drink are your favorite ways to kick off a weekend or end a day, Loosey's is your kind of restaurant.
Not only is there a full bar and 25 American craft beers on tap with a heavy selection of lagers and IPAs, there is a delicious menu with knockout appetizers (check out those mile-high pork nachos) and scrumptious dinners for the choosing.
By Rachel Sale; Photos by Elliott Doolittle
Change Your Life
Our meal began with the Ass-Kickin' Shrimp appetizer. With the light breading, gentle fry and the hint of heat that lingers but doesn't overwhelm, this appetizer is a crowd favorite. The green onions and Sriracha added extra kick, and the bite-sized shrimp complemented the heat.
We followed the shrimp with a burger and fish and chips. The burger is the most popular menu item, and if you take Joy's advice, "bacon on the burger will change your life." There's no rebuttal for that. The naturally smoked bacon added a deeper level of succulence and overlapped the sweetness of the bread and butter pickles. The bun was lightly toasted and when built together, the thick burger culminated in a satiated stomach.
Sweet, Salty Heaven
Word of advice, and if you care at all for your taste buds, you'll take it: Get the truffled fries. The truffle taste adds an intricate, slightly saltier flavor that is difficult to explain but easy to devour. A sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and parsley top off these heavenly strips.
We also enjoyed the fish and chips, with their attractive, fried top layer and their filling white-meat fish inside. The tartar sauce (made in-house with bread and butter pickles) once again played matchmaker to provide the irresistible sweet-and-salty taste.
Keep your eyes peeled; Loosey's hopes to incorporate more into these favorites with a new menu. Some items to be added include a veggie burger and an Abita (non-alcoholic) root beer float.
"We wanted to create somewhere we'd hang out," says Joy Hughes, who owns and operates Loosey's with her husband, Danny. And that's exactly what Gainesvillians enjoy doing any night of the week; people can start off the night with fish and chips at Happy Hour or close the night down with a cold Swamp Head brew.
Loosey's has plenty of activities. Monday nights, show your smarts with trivia at 7:30pm. Wednesdays feature live music by Michael J., beginning at 10pm, and Thursday is open mic night, which begins around 8pm. Friday showcases even more live music with various artists, and then Saturdays, you get to show the world what you're made of with karaoke at 9pm.
Address: 120 SW 1st Ave.
Hours: Sun-Mon, 4-11pm; Tues-Sat, 4pm-2am
Signature dish: Burger
Price range: $-$$ (out of $$$$)
Dress code: Relaxed
Food/Drink specials: Multiple food/drink specials daily. Check website.
Outdoor Seating: Yes