I love simple, authentic food, and Gainesville just happens to have some great spots where I can try new things and enjoy the comfort of my favorite dishes, too. If you’re looking to try something new, check out these recommendations:
- If you like Japanese cuisine, check out Dragonfly Sushi and Sake Co., which serves food tapas-style and features a wide range of sushi, fire-grilled tapas and cold dishes. The bar makes both traditional and specialty cocktails.
- In the mood for Mexican food? Try El Indio. They have two locations (on 13th St. close to campus and on 34th St. a little further north) and serve simple, authentic Mexican food. Both locations have a drive-through option as well as limited seating.
- For a taste of freshly made Chinese deli food, try Hong Kong Deli and Market. They feature a range of daily specials, but are known for their steamed buns and crispy duck. It’s a great spot to pick up lunch from.
- If you’re looking for fast, inexpensive but delicious sushi, head over to Bento Sushi Cafe. They serve Pan-Asian food that ranges from wok stir-fry to fire-grilled items to sushi bowls.
- Want a delicious dim sum experience? Try South Garden Restaurant on Sunday mornings. Made fresh and authentically, it’s a well-kept Gainesville secret. The restaurant is open during other hours, but you don’t want to miss this breakfast feast.
- A Gainesville staple for many years, Las Margaritas serves delicious Mexican and is a great place to go with a large group and for events. They are notoriously busy, but worth the wait, and the restaurant just opened in a much larger location in 2012.
- New to the scene is Corner, a Latin fusion restaurant that focuses on the Venezuelan arepa and a multitude of possible variations. They’re all low-fat and gluten free, and best of all, delicious.
- Craving some pho? Head over to Bagels & Noodles, where they serve up large bowls of the hearty Vietnamese soup for a very reasonable price.