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The Flour Pot Bakery contains a mélange of culinary influences at what appears to be a seemingly straightforward bakery. The team uses two-thirds of the 2,200 square-foot space solely for the production of handmade french, italian, and swiss breads, Jewish challa, tahitian mousse, and of course, Florida citrus brioche. Every drop of water is filtered before its added to the unbleached, unbromated, premium flour, and the crew limits the amount of sugar in its recipes, save for decadent favorites such as éclairs and triple-layer chocolate cakes. Though the shop’s case primarily displays sweet treats, lunch and breakfast has a place in the bakery as well. Croissants and the shop’s signature bread sandwich everything from eggs and ham to turkey and tuna, which customers can enjoy within the sunny café, or take to the local farmer’s market, grocer, or misguided Mars rover.
13005 Southwest 1 Road
Newberry,
FL
US
Nestled in a charming vernal garden, Secret Garden Bakery's dough mixers whip up a fresh bounty of specialty treats that change daily to satiate sweet hounds. Nosh on a straight-from-the-oven chocolate-peanut-butter cheesecake bar, layered with graham-cracker crust, peanut-butter morsels, and sprinkles of chocolate ($1.75 each). Secret Garden Bakery's cookies make worthy care-package cargo or snacks for the Latvian cricket team inexplicably living in the garage, with flavors such as classic chocolate chip and root beer ($0.75 each), whereas a thick hunk of coconut-cream cheesecake ($4/slice) glides effortlessly down esophagi. Sucrose-seekers can celebrate the advent of dairy with a moist, heaping slice of sour-cream spice cake smothered in orange frosting ($3.50/slice) or enjoy a palm-sized chomp of a gourmet cookies-and-cream cupcake ($1.50 each), topped with cream-cheese icing and a mini Oreo.
225 N Main St
High Springs,
FL
US
Now an international brand of premium ice cream, Haagen-Dazs began as a humble, family-owned business in the Bronx. In the 1920's, Reuben Mattus sold his mother's fruit ices and ice-cream pops out of a horse-drawn wagon. For decades, the family business thrived, and around 1960, Reuben officially founded Haagen-Dazs. He chose the name to evoke Old World traditions and quality craftsmanship, the bedrocks of the brand. Originally, the ice cream came in just three flavors—vanilla, chocolate, and coffee—made from fine ingredients gathered from around the world, such as Belgian dark chocolate, hand-picked vanilla beans from Madagascar, and ice shaved from lunar glaciers. The resulting confections so delighted sweet teeth that the brand grew exponentially, leading to the creation of dozens of flavors and forays into sorbets and frozen yogurts. Though Haagen-Dazs ice cream was immensely popular in grocery shops, their first parlor didn't open until 1976. Not far from the Mattus family's original ice-cream beat, the Brooklyn store sold ice cream as well as treats such as sundaes, shakes, and cakes. Shops eventually dotted the country and globe, wherein friendly ice-cream scoopers fill waffle cones, blend frosty coffee and ice-cream drinks, and wrap ice-cream cakes in bright ribbons.
5750 Southwest 75th Court #20
Gainesville,
Florida
US
For more than 28 years, Falafel King has served up a menu of Lebanese cuisine robed regally in kebab, pitas full of veggies and meats, and house-made baklava. Those keen on vegetables can cozy up to a tabouleh salad ($2.75–$5): crushed wheat dressed in a dapper olive oil with lemon juice and sprinkled with parsley pieces, tomatoes, and onions. Pita-wrap packings such as hummus with chickpeas ($4.95), baba gannouj ($4.95), and falafel ($4.95). Meat-craving mandibles can munch on a kafta kabob ($5.50), or gyro ($5.75), while a chicken platter ($7.50) sates a hungry, hungry hypothalamus with two spiced-chicken breasts served atop a bed of basmati rice.
3252 SW 35th Blvd
Gainesville,
FL
US
Order traditional kimchi or branch out of your comfort zone at Garlic and Ginger — this Korean eatery is hard to beat. Plan to indulge a bit at Garlic and Ginger, though, because they don't offer any low-fat fare. Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at Garlic and Ginger. Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Garlic and Ginger. Dine out in the open during Garlic and Ginger's summer season when patio tables are available for use. Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally. If you're strapped for time, take out food from Garlic and Ginger. Don't spend time searching for parking — visitors are welcome to use the adjoining lot. Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Garlic and Ginger. Menu items at Garlic and Ginger tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here. Save the cash for another day and pay by major credit card at Garlic and Ginger.
5847 SW 75th St
Gainesville,
FL
US
Perfect for those warm summer days, Karma Cream serves ice cream by the cone or cup. Fill up on healthy and vegan fare at Karma Cream. Parents appreciate Karma Cream's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults. Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Karma Cream's wifi. Karma Cream will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours. For those in a hurry, the ice cream shop lets you take your grub to go. Karma Cream patrons can find street parking at the W University Ave location. Prices are downright affordable at Karma Cream, with most items well under the $15 mark. Cash is the only payment method accepted by Karma Cream. Karma Cream has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
1025 W University Ave
Gainesville,
FL
US
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