Cool little cafe near downtown. Diverse menu with a semi vegetarian bent. We were there for breakfast, but they have great offerings for lunch and dinner, a full bar and live music some nights.
Favorite Dish: Soy Merguez vegetarian sausage
bono's barbecue was established in jacksonville in 1949. they are now a regional chain with numerous locations in florida. they specialize in chopped pork barbecue. they also have ribs and chicken. in my opinion not the best barbecue in the south but they serve good food at moderate prices.
Favorite Dish: chopped pork plate or sandwich.
the swamp is located on university ave. in the heart of the college area across the street from the university of florida. basically a student hangout but they serve good burgers and sandwiches. a good place to have lunch in the student area of gainesville.
harry's seafood, bar and grill is a very good new orleans style restaurant and bar in downtown gainesville. located near city hall and the alachua county court house the clientele is older that most of the restaurants and bars in gainesville. i recommend this restaurant and bar when in gainesville.
sonny's was established in gainesville in 1968. today it is a regional chain with numerous locations in florida and georgia. they specialize in sliced pork and beef barbeque as well as chicken and ribs. in my opinion not the best barbecue in the south but still good food moderately priced. sonny's has three locations in gainesville.
Favorite Dish: pulled pork plate or sandwich.
leonardo's pizza is a gainesville institution. they cater to the college crowd and offer a number of types of pizza that you can buy by the slice. great place to stop by for a quick inexpensive lunch when in gainesville.
Don't let the modest exterior and prices fool you. This place is really nice inside with fish tanks, a pond, and very classy decorating. It is fancy enough for dates and anniversaries. We went for lunch and most of the specials were only $5.50 and this included soup, a very nice salad, spring roll, main course, and a small dessert. Although the regular menu includes vegetarian options, they also have a separate menu with even more vegetarian options. Everything we had was very tasty including their tofu and chicken. The spring rolls were nice and crisp, the salad was fresh, and the soup was definitely made there. They also have tea time from noon to 5pm where you can get scones, sandwiches, and a pot of tea of your choice. I can't wait to go back to try another dish. Service was friendly and prompt as well. One thing to remember though is that their Thai iced tea ($1.50) is not the typical. It has no sweetened condensed milk, instead it is a very good iced tea (from Thai tea leaves) which you can add half and half to. By the way they also have wireless internet.
Favorite Dish: I really liked the communist soup which had a great flavor and tender beef. The dessert (sesame ball) was a nice ending to the meal.
We have been exploring Gainesville since we dine out nightly and tire of our Ocala restaurants.
Despite glowing reviews and a home page with lovely photos, Chop Stix is shabby and sad. The water view that is touted by many is marred by a dirty deck strewn with debris.
My companion ordered sushi (salmon, red snapper and yellow tail) and a bento box meal while I selected two specialty rolls. My friend's Miso soup was excellent so we were hopeful that the food would compensate for the shop worn decor and dismal view.
Alas, the soup was the only highlight of the meal. The soft-shelled crab in my roll was in such minute quantity that it was almost undetectable but still managed to taste slightly *off*. I have NEVER seen such a small amount of filling in a specialty roll. The eel roll looked more promising though it was so heavily sauced that the sauce ran down the sides of each slice. It was the worst eel roll I have ever encountered.
My friend's bento box and sushi were delivered to the table. The red snapper was laid flat atop the rice, instead of being draped, because it was frozen solid. The server took the box away and returned with the snapper removed (perhaps to be returned after it defrosted). A whiff of the salmon yielded a pungent aroma. The yellow tail was nearly as strong. As sushi fans know, fish should NOT smell *fishy*.
There was a dark brown item in her box that resembled a chunk of petrified wood. It was supposed to be the fried wonton.
We made our sushi complaints known. Our server said I had not dipped my rolls in soy sauce so that was why they did not taste right -- no soy saucers had been provided. At any rate, I don't use soy with sauced rolls like eel. A soy saucer was produced later for the bento box meal and sushi. Soy sauce *might* have masked the taste of the less-than-fresh salmon and yellow tail.
We did not bother complaining further but asked for the check and left the food on the table. We will issue a charge-back with the credit card company.
Favorite Dish: Miso soup...eat it and run.
It's trendy but it's comfortable and the food is FANTASTIC.
Favorite Dish: I had the Beef Bogodo--It was strips of beef in a teryaki style sauce, it melted in my mouth. My son had the eggplant and garlic--equally as yummy. We will ABSOLUTELY be going back here again, its my favorite restaurant so far..
When I first walked up to this place from the parking lot, I could not wait to see more than the glimpse from the street. The front dining patio area is in a giant overgrown garden with sunflowers blooming and huge cabbage looking plants. There is an old van parked on the front lawn and there are actually two tables to sit at inside the van!! We sat there. There is also a little shop on the premises that sells just really unique things.
Favorite Dish: Not only was the place really cool, but the food was FANTASTIC!! my son and I both had the lunch special--a salad with a mix of red and green lettuce, cukes, apples, carrots, tomatoes, almonds, sunflower seeds and a walnut for good luck. With the special comes a slice of pizza, I had spinach and ricotta, my son had artichoke and red pepper. omg, this was the best pizza i have had in YEARS...
I love this place and have eaten there several times with my kids. You can get some great veggie dishes and it's on a lake with a view from every table. Watch out for the alligators though, if you decide to walk around the lake..
They also have a really great vegetarian selection on their menu.
Favorite Dish: I love the Sesame Eggplant. I order it with no sugar, msg, or cornstarch.
This is a small restaurant, very close to the campus of the University of Florida. Laid back and casual, but very good Vietnamese food.
Favorite Dish: I had the Shrimp and Sweet potato cake. Flour mixed with shredded sweet potatoes and shrimp, served with Vietnamese sauce. It was light and hit the spot.
Harry's was fantastic. We went there for lunch and loved it so much, we tried to convince our friends to return later that night for dinner.
Favorite Dish: I ordered the fried grit cake with shrimp and scallops in a tasso cream sauce. So scrumptious and yummy. I couldn't get enough. My husband was equally thrilled with his crabcakes with a side of red beans and rice. The fried green tomato appetizers were terrific too.
Usually a pan - anything resturant is not my cup of tea, but this place is amazing...overlooking a lake with gators swimming by, the chef prepares the best of Thai, Korean, Japanese, and rural Chinese dishes with a emphasis on soups and noodles.
Favorite Dish: pad thai and thai lettuce rolls.
El Toro - The best mexican food in the area. It gets packed during the day, evenings are quieter.
Carrabas - A very popular italian menu.
Good food, varied menu and good service. You can have your own booth for a more intimate meal.
Favorite Dish: El Toro - just try all of it