Post by Ocean Gator on Aug 16, 2017 3:12:51 GMT -5
A friend of mine who still lives in Gainesville recently tried to recreate the Skeeter's classic "Lil' Asher" breakfast and did what appears to be a more than credible job of it. Got me to thinking about the old days at the University of Florida in Gainesville. If you went to UF in the 1980s, you know exactly what I'm talking about. To be sure, Skeeter's was already legendary by the time I showed up in Gville in 1984, but for me, my first visit was indeed a moment of zen.
Of course, Skeeter's later totally jumped the shark when they moved to their "new" location at the old Islands locale and put in a Chinese buffet. I mean, that was actually pretty cool, but it wasn't Skeeters.
If you never ate an Asher on 13th Street at 3 a.m. and ended up vomiting in the restroom 20 minutes later (not because of the food), then you just don't know Gainesville. There were several rites of passage in Hogtown back in the 1980s, such as getting bodily removed from the Purple Porpoise, trying your first hit of acid at the Tom Petty House on the Hill or having sex on Florida Field in the wee hours. But let's not mince words; trying to smother a night of cheap beer and whiskey shots with a big assed biscuit, eggs and hash browns at the ORIGINAL Skeeter's was one of the big ones.
Post by Mojave Gator on Aug 19, 2017 13:32:41 GMT -5
Skeeter's was apparently after my time in Gainesville, but there was a similar place in Norman when I was at Oklahoma: Denco's Cafe. Their legendary dish was the Denco Darling, noodles covered with chili. If you were really wasted, you would get it with "two looking at you" - two fried eggs on top. Denco's closed in 1981 after 35 years in business.