What’s cookin’ at Steve Spurrier’s restaurant? We’ve got some ideas

The Head Ball Coach is opening his own eatery in Gainesville
Former Gators football coach Steve Spurrier's restaurant will be located in the Celebration Pointe area of Gainesville. [Times files]
Former Gators football coach Steve Spurrier's restaurant will be located in the Celebration Pointe area of Gainesville. [Times files]
Published June 24

Make way for the head ball chef. Well, sort of.

University of Florida resident icon Steve Spurrier formally announced Monday he’s opening a casual-American-dining restaurant ― Spurrier’s ― in Gainesville’s Celebration Pointe, and is seeking an “experienced teammate” to operate it.

The restaurant, set to feature a rooftop lounge, will include a 1,500-square-foot sports memorabilia exhibit with Spurrier’s 1966 Heisman Trophy as the centerpiece. The plan is to open the venue before the 2020 football season.

The announcement immediately got us to contemplating the menu. Imagine the possibilities. We certainly have.

Here are some items we believe would sell like snow cones in the Sahara.

The Cryin’ Dawg

Georgia quarterback Eric Zeier (10) drops to his knees in disgust after Bulldogs split end Jeff Thomas (not shown) dropped a pass that could have given Georgia a tie with the University of Florida in the 1993 game at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.  Referee Dick Burleson signals the incomplete pass. Florida defeated Georgia 33-26. (AP Photo/Hans Deryk)  JVS105
Georgia quarterback Eric Zeier (10) drops to his knees in disgust after Bulldogs split end Jeff Thomas (not shown) dropped a pass that could have given Georgia a tie with the University of Florida in the 1993 game at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. Referee Dick Burleson signals the incomplete pass. Florida defeated Georgia 33-26. (AP Photo/Hans Deryk) JVS105

This grilled foot-long frank is named in honor of Georgia fans who endured 11 losses to UF in Spurrier’s 12 seasons. It’s topped with onions ― lots of onions.


Two-Headed QB

Former Gators quarterback Doug Johnson is among those Coach Steve Spurrier alternated between plays, starting in 1997.   [Times files]
Former Gators quarterback Doug Johnson is among those Coach Steve Spurrier alternated between plays, starting in 1997. [Times files]

The signature item on the craft-beer menu. A pint of this, and you’ll be seeing double.


This, That and the Other

Listen to any Spurrier press conference, and you’re likely to hear him drop this five-word phrase. It’s the perfect name for one of those fried sampler plates featuring mozarella, mushrooms, etc.


Wuerffel Fries

Former Gators quarterback Danny Wuerffel won the Heisman Trophy in 1996. [Times files]
Former Gators quarterback Danny Wuerffel won the Heisman Trophy in 1996. [Times files]

Spurrier puts his own spin on this popular Chick-fil-A item. These babies go great with a Cryin' Dawg.


Swamp Cabbage

Steve Spurrier is carried onto the field by his South Carolina players after defeating Florida 36-14 in Gainesville in 2010. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Steve Spurrier is carried onto the field by his South Carolina players after defeating Florida 36-14 in Gainesville in 2010. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

The absolute perfect dish for a Spurrier eatery, mainly because it’s produced by the state tree of both Florida and South Carolina (sabal palmetto), and it’s somewhat controversial. The heart of the palmetto can be cut up and boiled (or sauteed with bacon or pork) to make an excellent Southern side dish. Beware: Once the heart is taken, the tree dies (we told you it was controversial).


Blue Slide Steamers

Named after a Spurrier play, this heaping serving of steamed clams pairs perfectly with a pint of Two-Headed QB.


Blue-Deviled Crab

Steve Spurrier, pictured here with Tampa Bay Bandits quarterback John Reaves, coached the Bandits during their three seasons of existence (1983-85). [Times files]
Steve Spurrier, pictured here with Tampa Bay Bandits quarterback John Reaves, coached the Bandits during their three seasons of existence (1983-85). [Times files]

In honor of Spurrier’s highly successful three-year coaching tenures with the Tampa Bay Bandits (1983-85) and Duke Blue Devils (1987-89), the menu features this Tampa-born dish.

Contact Joey Knight at jknight@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_Bulls.


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