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GAINSVILLE

GainEsville has a lot of food choices - kind of depends on price range and the kind of cuisine you're looking for. Emiliano's downtown has great tapas and latin american food. If you take the drive out to Newberry, Newberry's Backyard BBQ has some of the best barbecue around. I like Bento and Matsuri for asian/sushi. Sisters in Haile Plantation is great for breakfast and small plates at night. Mildred's Big City Food is great for lunch. (Dinner, too, but it's pricy.) Or try the accompanying New Deal Cafe - same owners, less expensive. I also like Bistro 1245, and Leornardo's 706; owned by the same people, the numbers refer to their addresses on University Ave. Bistro is the more casual option. Good luck!

Jun 01, 2009
blondie23 in Florida

Food and Wine festival '07 @ Disney's EPCOT, Orlando, FL

I second Bob's assessment of the chilaquiles in Mexico - very good. I also really enjoyed the Manti (kind of a ravioli) with yogurt sauce from Turkey (a little off-putting in concept, but delicious) and both dishes from South Africa - spiced chicken skewers and Bobotie, kind of a lamb lasagna with mango chutney. I also agree that the Peru stand is not to be missed, and I also highly recommend both savory items from the Dominican Republic, although I'm not sure how best to describe them. Those things are all worth a return trip. The spicy calamari stew over saffron rice from Spain was very good. I also tasted the lamb sliders from New Zealand, the escargot and quiche from France, and the pistachio baklava from Turkey and found them worth both the wait and prices. I skipped and would have liked to try Chile's tomatican, the boxty from Ireland, both Indian dishes, and possibly Germany's. I also began my day by running the Race for the Taste 10K, and at the end was able to try the Beef Empanada from Argentina, which, honestly, is too heavy post-race, but the mango and strawberry fruit salad with cilantro from Chile was perfect, as was the kiwi and custard roll-up from New Zealand. The only sour notes for me were the kefta from Morocco which wasn't worth the extraordinarily long wait, and the pierogies from Poland which my 100% Polish boyfriend believes to be frozen Mrs. T's. On the other hand, I recommend the Polish beer Okocim for those who have never tried it. As an annual passholder, I don't have the exorbitant entrance fees complained about by others, and therefore I hope to return before the event ends. On the whole, I would highly recommend it, but probably only for those who either a) will be visiting the parks anyway, or b) have access to free, reduced, or annual admission, as the entrance fee seems to dampen people's reception of the food.

Oct 15, 2007
blondie23 in Florida

Food and Wine festival '07 @ Disney's EPCOT, Orlando, FL

Well, not to put too fine a point on it, but then you should probably attend a festival that isn't at Disney. There are lots of excellent events out there that don't have the hefty price of admission; many people attend the one at Epcot because it IS Disney and they feel it's worth it to pay for that environment. If you don't enjoy Disney in addition to the food, don't go.

Oct 04, 2007
blondie23 in Florida

disney dining?

Fulton's took a reservation for me, and
I have a discount through my annual pass. I'll switch to Flying Fish if you still think it's that much better, though.

Oct 02, 2007
blondie23 in Florida

disney dining?

Bob, I'll confess I came searching for your opinion on this subject because I know you have one. In fact, I know I've read it on this board, but I can't find it after about 30 minutes of searching. I'm going to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival on Sunday, and, in fact, am [probably] running the Race for the Taste that morning. I'm looking for a place to take my parents the night before that is 1) on Disney property, and 2) not in a park. I'm considering right now Fulton's Crab House, the Flying Fish Cafe, the Kona Cafe, and the Portobello Yacht Club. I haven't been to any of them and would appreciate an opinion I trust. What do you think?

Oct 01, 2007
blondie23 in Florida

Los Angeles to Nashville !

Tayst on Hillsboro(?) - innovative menu changes quarterly
Virago - sushi
And for lunch, I think Provence is a HUGE step up from Panera

Here's a Central/North Florida challenge

People rave about Ken's Bar-B-Que in Lake City. I've never been so I can't vouch for it, but many of my friends say it's good enough to merit a drive from Gainesville just for the meal. That's all I know about in Lake City - as far as I can tell, people there are more likely to come here for food than vice versa. If the timing of your trip puts you in Gainesville, you'll have more and better options, but if not, I believe Ken's would be a safe bet.

No idea how to get to Ken's, but this is what MapQuest says:
http://www.mapquest.com/directions/ma...

Feb 27, 2007
blondie23 in Florida

Here's a Central/North Florida challenge

It is the same; it's a Jax based chain. I like it a lot for a chain, but I wanted to recommend something he couldn't get elsewhere.

Feb 26, 2007
blondie23 in Florida

Here's a Central/North Florida challenge

If you're willing to drive a little off the interstate, the best BBQ is in Newberry. Take the Newberry Rd exit and go west, and drive about 10 minutes to Newberry. Newberry's Backyard BBQ will be on your left in "downtown" Newberry. I think it's worth the drive, but if you can't spare the time, the BBQ that's close to I-75 are the chains Sonny's (Archer Rd. or 39th Ave) and Bono's (Newberry Rd, East). Not bad, but not exceptional either. If you'd prefer something local, try Pomodoro Cafe for good Italian and good lunch specials. Take the 39th Ave (SR-222 I believe) exit East, and turn into the Publix shopping center immediately on your left. Pomodoro will be on the east end (your right as you look at the shopping center). I'm racking my brain, but I can't think of any non-chains close to the interstate that I'd recommend.

Feb 26, 2007
blondie23 in Florida

Help in Nashville

I think Tayst is my hands down favorite if you were trying to impress a foodie, but I wouldn't call Cabana "southern." (That doesn't mean it's bad, just not representative of the region.) I like South Street for southern food, and next door Boundry is usually pretty inventive, too. I'm surprised no one has mentioned Virago, though it's been a while since I've eaten there.

Top Ribs in FLA

Can't leave out Newberry's Backyard BBQ just outside Gainesville...Pretty sure the guy who runs it is in witness protection, but it's the best barbeque (ribs included) I've ever had.

Feb 22, 2007
blondie23 in Florida

TOP BURGERS IN FLA

Have to chime in for Gainesville - for my money, the burger and beer night at 3rd Place in Haile Plantation is one of the best deals in town! Great and consistent burgers and fries (other great food, too!) and friendly staff knows their regulars.

Feb 22, 2007
blondie23 in Florida

Brazilian-style steakhouse coming to Tampa

I don't know if the place in Tampa is related, but you're referring to Fogo de Chao, which is a chain, not Boizao.

Feb 22, 2007
blondie23 in Florida