Try something different for dinner (or lunch!)

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Craving some pho? Head over to Bagels & Noodles, where they serve up large bowls of the hearty Vietnamese soup for a very reasonable price.

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