Restaurants in Duckpond

$12 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Pub Food at Sweet Mel’s ($20 Total Value)

Sweet Mel's

Gainesville

$10 $6

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Buffalo chicken wings and cheese sticks washed down by beers and well drinks within red and black bar with poetry and live music

Italian Dinner for Two at Amelia's Italian Cuisine (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Amelia's Italian Cuisine

Gainesville

$40 $22

Gainesville chef follows Old World Italian recipes to craft dishes from fresh, locally sourced ingredients

$10 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Vegan Coffee and Baked Goods at Radical Press Coffee ($20 Total Value)

Radical Press Coffee

Gainesville

$5 $2.50

Worker-run, anti-profit coffee shop located in the Civic Media Center, Gainesville's radical lending library

Kosher Mediterranean Food at Sababa UF (Half Off).

Sababa UF

UF Hillel Center

$10 $5

Cooks prepare authentic Israeli falafel at vegan-friendly kiosk with vegan shawarma and sweet-potato latkes

$9 for $16 Worth of Burgers and Drinks at Square 1 Burgers

Square 1 Burgers

Multiple Locations

$16 $9

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Gourmet burgers feature Meyer’s red Angus, buffalo, chicken, turkey, lamb, vegan or portobello mushrooms

$11 for $20 Worth of Sandwiches, Salads, Soups and Desserts at Old Florida Cafe

Old Florida Cafe

Micanopy

$20 $11

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Café is known for cuban sandwiches, black beans and rice, reubens, key lime pies, and wild orange pies; also serves Blue Bell ice cream

Dinner or Take-Out Dinner for Two with an Appetizer, Entrees, and a Dessert at Jake's Bistro ($24.47 Off)

Jake's Bistro

Alachua

$69.47 $45

Starters, salads, and entrees from burgers to filet mignon inside a bistro equipped with a full bar, draft beers, and big-screen TVs

$12 for $20 Worth of Southern Cuisine at Yearling Restaurant

The Yearling Restaurant

Cross Creek

$20 $12

Frog legs, beef, catfish, and alligator fill traditional southern cuisine dishes; enjoy a meal while listening to a blues artist

Food and Drink for Two or Four at The Beach Ocala (45% Off)

The Beach Ocala

Ocala

$20 $11

This beach-themed bar and grill serves cool cocktails and crab dip and hosts events such as karaoke and live DJ sets

Diner Breakfast or Lunch for Two or Four at Northgate Diner (Up to 46% Off)

Northgate Diner

Ocala

$14 $8

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From 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., this classic diner slings homestyle favorites such as biscuits and gravy, pancakes, meatloaf, and fried pork chops

Casual Food and Drinks for Two or Four at Brick City Cafe (Up to 46% Off

Brick City Cafe

Ocala

$14 $8

Angus beef burgers in one-third of a pound servings; breakfast specials and eight specialty salads

Pub Food and Drinks for Two or Four at O’Malley’s Alley (Up to 53% Off)

O'Malley's Alley

Ocala

$20 $10

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Traditional pub grub and liquid libations are served inside an Irish-inspired pub or outdoors on an expansive patio

Classic American Cuisine for Two or Four at Richard's Place (Up to 47% Off)

Richard's Place

Ocala

$15 $8

Homey diner serves breakfasts such as pancakes and corned beef hash all day, as well as lunches including meatloaf and stuffed cabbage

One or Two Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of American Food for Two, Monday–Thursday at Tony's Bar & Grill (45% Off)

Tony's Bar & Grill

Ocala

$20 $11

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Hot wings and nachos; burgers toppings include bacon, sautéed mushrooms, and grilled pineapple

Irish-Pub-Food Catering for Lunch for 10 or 20 or a Party-Room Rental from Cup O' The Irish (Up to 67% Off)

Cup O' The Irish

Ocala

$230 $115

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Plates of bangers and mash, bacon-and-meatball subs with irish cheddar, and whiskey-marinated-chicken and spinach salad with feta

$12 for $20 Worth of Cuban Cuisine at Mary's Cuban Kitchen & Bakery

Mary's Cuban Kitchen & Bakery

Ocala

$20 $12

Freshly baked pastries and Cuban-style sandwiches grilled with ham and cheese; café con leche and fresh-squeezed orange juice

Cuban Food for Dine-In or Takeout at Cuban Restaurant Chicken Time (Up to 40% Off)

Cuban Restaurant Chicken Time

Belleview

$20 $12

Cuban house specialties include stewed chicken in red sauce and marinated octopus, as well as a full spread of hot pressed sandwiches

Barbecue Dinner for Two or Four, or $11 for $20 Worth of Barbecue at Woody's Bar-B-Q

Woody's Bar-B-Q

Palatka

$50 $29

Offerings include onion rings, lightly breaded squash, baby back ribs, pulled pork, mesquite-grilled chicken breasts, and creamy coleslaw

Pizzeria Eats at The Infield Pizzeria & Sports Bar (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

The Infield Pizzeria & Sports Bar

Lakeside

$20 $10

Specialty New York–style pies served at a pizzeria and sports bar with five 50-inch TVs; bounce houses available for kids every Wednesday

$11 for $20 Worth of Pizza, Pasta, and Casual Italian Eats at Brucci's Pizza

Brucci's Pizza

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

Chefs hand-toss housemade dough to roll into strombolis, fold into calzones, or create chicken-pesto pizza with mushrooms and mozzarella

Southern Cuisine for Two or Takeout at Canal Chicken and Seafood (40% Off)

Canal Chicken and Seafood

Jacksonville

$20 $12

Baskets filled with fried shrimp or wings in a choice of sauce alongside fish 'n' grits

Barbecue Meals for Two or Four or $20 Worth of Barbecue at Woody's Bar-B-Q (Up to 45% Off)

Woody's Bar-B-Q

Baymeadows Center

$50 $29

Tender baby back ribs and roasted half-chickens sport signature secret barbecue sauce

$85 for a Murder-Mystery Dinner for Two with Souvenir Mugs from The Dinner Detective ($161.60 Value)

The Dinner Detective

Omni Jacksonville Hotel

$161.60 $85

Four-course chicken, Tilapia, or pasta meal accompanies humor-studded modern mystery theater as guests scramble to find a killer among them

Pizza, Sandwiches, and Pasta at Big Pete's Pizzeria (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Big Pete's Pizzeria

Downtown Jacksonville

$20 $11

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Customize your pizza with more than 15 toppings, including bacon, banana peppers, and pineapple; menu also includes hot subs and smoothies

$11 for $20 Worth of Burgers and Sandwiches at Hamburger Mary’s

Hamburger Mary’s

St. Nicholas

$20 $11

Diners use charming mismatched dinnerware to dig into colossal burgers with toppings such as mac 'n' cheese and over-medium eggs

Mediterranean Food at Mandaloun Mediterranean Cuisine (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Mandaloun Mediterranean Cuisine

Baymeadows

$20 $11

Mediterranean small plates of stuffed grape leaves and calamari precede dinner entrees such as grilled lamb and king prawns in lemon butter

$11 for $20 Worth of Casual Italian Food at Vino’s Pizza Grill House

Vino's Pizza

Vino's Pizza Old Baymeadows

$20 $11

Homemade marinara sauce adorns New York–style pizzas and Italian pasta dishes such as lasagna and baked ziti

Upscale Dining for Breakfast or Lunch at Celeb's Corner Kitchen (Up to Half Off). Two Options Available.

Celeb's Corner Kitchen

Downtown

$20 $11

Start the day with corned beef hash or pork patties, or enjoy lunch with crab alfredo or smothered shrimp and grits with fresh fruit

Surf 'n' Turf at Lila's Seafood & Steaks (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Lila's Seafood & Steaks

Hogan

$20 $11

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Surf 'n' turf menu of certified Angus beef, shrimp, fish, and gator tail

$20 for $40 Worth of Upscale Cuisine and Drinks at Corner Bistro and Wine Bar

Corner Bistro and Wine Bar

Jacksonville

$40 $20

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500+ wines from world over accompany bistro cuisine such as braised short ribs in white-chocolate-gorgonzola cream sauce

American Food at Wild Wing Cafe Jacksonville (38% Off). Two Options Available.

Wild Wing Cafe

Jacksonville

$20 $12.99

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Wings slathered in a choice of more than 30 sauces highlight this restaurant's hit parade of all-American mainstays

Barbecue at Woody's Bar-B-Q (Up to 45% Off). Three Options Available.

Woody's Bar-B-Q

Saint Augustine

$50 $29

Tender baby back ribs and roasted half-chickens sport a signature secret barbecue sauce; starters such as fried okra and breaded squash

Authentic Cheesesteaks at South-A-Philly Steaks & Hoagies (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

South-A-Philly Steaks & Hoagies

St. Augustine

$10 $6

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Par-baked bread shipped from South Jersey and Cheez Whiz top Philly cheesesteaks for a painstakingly authentic sandwich

Three Groupons, Each Good for $8 Worth of Soul Food Monday–Friday or Saturday at Caribbean Sol Cafe (50% Off)

Caribbean Sol Cafe

Treasure Beach

$8 $4

Southern and soul food dishes such as homemade empanadas, Jamaican patties, and burritos

American and British Pub Meal for Two or Four at 3 Lions Sports Pub & Grill (Up to Half Off)

3 Lions Sports Pub & Grill

Oceanway

$39.98 $21

Brick-lined pub broadcasts American football and overseas soccer games while serving American and British eats

$11 for $20 Worth of Café Food and Drinks at One Flight Up

One Flight Up

Downtown Mount Dora

$20 $11

Café tables on balcony overlook Mount Dora & fill with breakfast, lunch & dinner fare, paired with coffee, wine, beer & live music

$30 for Six Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Sandwiches at Old Florida Fish Camp and Seafood Shack ($60 Total Value)

Old Florida Fish Camp and Seafood Shack

Jacksonville Beach

$10 $5

Fresh fish, shrimp and oyster sandwiches served at a waterfront Island seafood restaurant

Steak, Seafood, and Drinks for Two or Four at 386, A Fusion of Fine Eating (Up to 45% Off)

386, A Fusion of Fine Eating

Flagler Beach

$60 $35

Casual atmosphere belies high-end cuisine such as sautéed little neck clams, steak tartare with garlic-parmesan crostini, and cioppino

$21 for $40 Worth of Bistro Cuisine at Dwight's Bistro

Dwight's Bistro

Jacksonville Beach

$40 $21

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Extensive wine list accompanies European bistro cuisine, including escargot, handmade pasta, quail, and sea scallops

Upscale Bistro Cuisine and Drinks at Eleven South Bistro (Up to 48% Off). Three Options Available.

Eleven South Bistro

Jacksonville Beach

$25 $13

Mesquite grilled Harris Ranch Angus beef, locally caught seafood, and handmade pastas served atop crisp linens; award-winning wine list

$12 for $20 Worth of Seafood and American Cuisine at Salt Life Food Shack

Salt Life Food Shack

Jacksonville Beach

$20 $12

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Boiled shrimp and snow-crab legs, wood-grilled salmon, and smoked st. louis ribs at a casual oceanside eatery

Bistro Food and Drinks at North Beach Bistro (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

North Beach Bistro

Atlantic Beach

$40 $24

Chipotle-blackened grouper, seafood bouillabaisse, chargrilled ribeye, and American Kobe beef burgers

American Dinner and Drinks for Two or Four at Jazz 727 (Up to 46% Off)

Jazz 727

Palm Coast

$50 $28

Appetizers of oysters and filet mignon tartare lead into blue crab with artichoke risotto, pear salad with bleu cheese, and lamb chops

Fresh Seafood and Continental Cuisine at Ocean 60 (Up to 45% Off). Four Options Available.

Ocean 60

Atlantic Beach

$50 $29

Dine on creative chef's specials such as diver-shot grouper, seafood risotto, and steak within a tropical-inspired beachside environment

Four-Course Tea Luncheon for Two or Four at Magnolia Terrace Tea Room (Up to 59% Off)

Magnolia Terrace Tea Room

Weeki Wachee

$33.90 $16

Your choice of tea pairs with soup and tiered platters of savory English tea sandwiches, quiche, scones, and desserts

Burger Combo Meals or Burgers and Wings for Dine-In or Takeout at Krystal (Up to 43% Off)

Krystal

Multiple Locations

$5.59 $3.20

Soft, square buns support burgers with diced onions, pickles, and mustard; restaurant chain open since 1932

Pizza and Italian Food at Lil Anthony's Pizza (50% Off). Three Options Available.

Lil Anthony's Pizza

Groveland

$14 $7

Buffalo chicken pizza, Mediterranean pizza, and bianca pizza; pastas including baked ziti, linguini and clam sauce, and manicotti

Sushi Rolls and Drinks for Two or Four People at Ikaho Sushi Japanese Restaurant (47% Off)

Ikaho Sushi Japanese Restaurant

Groveland

$37.80 $20

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Chefs craft creative sushi rolls with ingredients like tempura lobster, avocado, kiwi, and strawberries

Steak-House Dinner Cuisine for Two or Four at Ormond Steakhouse (Up to 46% Off)

Ormond Steakhouse

Ormond Beach

$91 $52

Wood-fired steaks, chicken, and seafood join wine and appetizers such as wings and potato skins

$30 for $50 Worth of Upscale American Cuisine at Gene's Steak House

Gene's Steak House

Daytona Beach

$50 $30

Chefs charbroil aged Chicago and Kansas City steaks to-order over open flame, with seafood options and over 200 fine wines

Italian Cuisine at Mara Cucina Italiana (Up to 52% Off). Three Options Available.

Mara Cucina Italiana

Wellington

$40.82 $25

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Fried calamari, caprese panini with fries and a balsamic reduction, and steak stromboli

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Food at CupPasta ($20 Value)

CupPasta

Multiple Locations

$10 $5.50

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Seven types of from-scratch pasta, made fresh in front of guests and paired with a choice of seven homemade sauces like pesto and bolognese

$32 for a Taco Dinner for Two with a Bottle of Wine or a Margarita Pitcher at Chavo ($58 Value)

Chavo

Lake Mary

$58 $32

Traditional guacamole featuring tomato and jalapeno alongside tacos with butter-poached lobster or chicken tinga

Italian Cuisine, Pizza, and Drinks at DeVinci's (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

DeVinci's

Ormond Beach

$24 $12

Culinary artists craft family recipes hailing from Palermo and Sicily, accompanying pastas, and New York–style pizza with robust wines

Irish Food and Drinks at McGarvey's Wee Pub (Up to 53% Off). Four Options Available.

McGarvey's Wee Pub

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

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The diverse menu features Irish and American classics to enjoy while watching sports on big screens or live bands that play on weekends

Wings, Shrimp, and Burgers for Dine-in, Carryout, or Delivery at Wing Zone (Up to 45% Off)

Wing Zone

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

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Wings covered with 1 of 17 different flavors, each with a varying level of spice, alongside half-pound burgers, tenders and fried shrimp

New York–Style Pizza and Italian Food at Venus Pizzeria (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Venus Pizzeria

Altamonte Springs

$25 $15

Eatery offers large New York–style pizzas, available as pies or by the slice, along with other Italian food and buffalo wings

Pub-Style Seafood for Parties of Two or Four at Nemo's Bar & Grill (Up to 50% Off)

Nemo's Bar & Grill

Sanford

$20 $11

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Situated on a harbor with stunning lake views, restaurant serves pub-style eats such as fried pickles, burgers, and breaded gator bites

Mexican Food for Two or Four at La Sirena Gorda Cabana (45% Off)

La Sirena Gorda Cabana

Sanford

$20 $11

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Enjoy classic Mexican favorites such as pork nachos and mega burritos served al fresco on the patio or in a festive dining room

Pizzeria Fare at Pizza 2 Go (Up to 51% Off). Two Options Available.

Pizza 2 Go

Longwood

$20 $11

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Creative pizza combinations pile toppings onto pizzas up to 16" and wings come with one of four sauces

$12 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of American Cuisine at Riverside Cafe ($24 Total Value)

Riverside Cafe

Holly Hill

$12 $6

Eatery offers breakfast and lunch with the Riverside benedict, belgian waffles, Cuban grill, chowder, and Mango Madness wrap with chicken

Large Pizza and Breaksticks for Dine-In or Take-Out at King Pizza & Mediterranean (Up to 40% Off)

King Pizza & Mediterranean

East Daytona

$24.90 $15

Large pizzas from traditional pepperoni to creative gyro-feta anchor meals that also include breadsticks

Steakhouse Dinner for Two or Four with Appetizers and Entrees at Vick's Restaurant (Up to 51% Off) 

Vick's Restaurant

Orlando

$41.97 $21

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Chefs prepare premium steaks, angus beef burgers, and internationally inspired specialties, such as shrimp alfredo pasta

European Cuisine and Drinks for Two or Four at Romansa Restaurant, Wine Bar & Lounge (Half Off)

Romansa Restaurant, Wine Bar & Lounge

Longwood

$24 $12

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Casual wine bar showcases dishes from America, the Mediterranean, and across Europe

Polish Food for Two During Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner at Polonia (37% Off)

Polonia

Longwood

$20 $13

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Traditional Polish eats, including pierogi, blintzes & goulash, made from scratch with authentic ingredients

Dinner with Naan and Soft Drinks for Two or Four at Aavtar Indian Cuisine (Up to 50% Off)

Aavtar Indian Cuisine

A1A South

$51.80 $29

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Tandoori dishes, biryani, chicken curries, and mango lassi; naan and soft drinks included

American Appetizers and Entrees for Two or Four at Big Daddy's Bar & Grill (Up to 47% Off)

Big Daddy's Bar & Grill

Daytona Beach

$43.97 $24

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Dinner could consist of jalapeño poppers, fried shrimp, wings spiced with made-from-scratch sauce, hulking burgers, and blackened mahi-mahi

Indian Food for Dinner for Two or Four, or Carryout at Masala Indian Cuisine (Up to 48% Off)

Masala Indian Cuisine

South Daytona

$20 $11

Eatery dishes out Indian cuisine such as vegetable samosas, nan, goat coconut curry, tandoori chicken, onion dosa, and fish saag

Prix Fixe Seasonal New American Dinner for Two or Four at Artista Prime

Artista Prime

Fern Park

$120 $59

The prix fixe menu changes frequently, but has included filet mignon and pan-seared king salmon for dinner and pasta and burgers for lunch

International Bistro Cuisine for Dine-In or Takeout at Artista Prime (50% Off)

Artista Prime

Fern Park

$50 $25

Multi-course, prix fixe meals inspired by international flavors and crafted with local ingredients served amid local art and music

Italian Dinners with Appetizer and Drinks for Two or Four at Paganos Pizzeria (Up to 45% Off)

Paganos Pizzeria

South Daytona

$39.75 $22

Dining room decked out in New Jersey memorabilia fills with aromas of traditional Italian dishes

Classic American Food at Booth’s Bowery (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Booth's Bowery

Port Orange

$20 $12

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Meatloaf, wings tossed in 1 of 10 sauces, and classic breakfast dishes in a restaurant decorated with antiques and collectibles

$12 for $25 Worth of Sushi and Japanese Entrees for Dinner at Mikado Japanese Cuisine

Mikado Japanese Cuisine

Metro West

$25 $12

Sushi chefs cleverly build and showcase 31 types of specialty rolls while the kitchen fries katsu entrees

$13 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Tea and Baked Goods at Tea and Tea ($20 Total Value)

Tea and Tea

Winter Park Village

$10 $6.50

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Nearly 100 different types of hot, iced, and blended teas served alongside a variety of baked goods in a sleek tea house

Jamaican and Caribbean Style Seafood at Krysmo Seafood & Grill (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Krysmo Seafood & Grill

Orlando

$40 $20

Chefs whip up classic Jamaican dishes, such as callaloo and saltfish, or snow king crab legs with spicy lemon butter sauce

Italian Meal for Two or Catered Meal for Up to 18 People at Italio (Up to 52% Off)

Italio

Winter Park

$21.86 $12

Diners build their own pasta bowls, salad bowls, or flatbreads; catered platters feed up to 18 people

Casual American Cuisine for Dine-In, Carry-Out, or Delivery at Apple Spice Junction-Orlando (Up to 39% Off)

Apple Spice Junction - Orlando

Haralson Estates

$18 $11

Sweet meets savory in curry chicken atop sourdough, tuna joins swiss on Charlie’s Dream, and mushrooms and avocado create vegetarian lunch

Lunch for Two or Prix Fixe Dinner for Two or Four at NOPA Grill (Up to 46% Off)

NOPA Grill

Winter Park

$20 $11

Chefs craft rustic dishes including black Angus steaks, fresh fish, homemade Italian entrees, and chef's choice selections

Dinner with Appetizers and Wine for Two or Four at Pannullo's Italian Restaurant (Up to 51% Off)

Pannullo's Italian Restaurant

Winter Park

$65.85 $35

Traditional Italian dishes in cream and wine sauces served in a Tuscan-style eatery amid exposed brick and arched doorways

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Built in 1908, the historic yellow-frame house known as the Vidal House is the place The Fat Tuscan Cafe has called home since 2009. Diners settle into the golden-yellow dining room at intimate tables made from warm wood, standing beneath stained-glass lighting and bright floral paintings. The kitchen staff cook delicious meals from fresh, seasonal ingredients to emulate an authentic Italian café. Pasta noodles tumble into zesty sauces, while house vinaigrette drizzles crisp salads. Along the brick-paved courtyard and clustered around a burbling fountain stand wrought-iron tables for diners to eat al fresco among lush greenery. The kitchen also hosts cooking classes after which up to 12 students take home recipes and their in-class creations to share with families, friends, or frenemies.

725 NE 1st St
Gainesville,
FL
US

For 35 years, downtown Gainesville's Wine and Cheese Gallery has held court in a quaint white wood house that INsite Gainesville writer Jennifer Coleman calls "reminiscent of a classic French bistro.? Owners Bunky Mastin and Wade Tyler curate a larder with more than 3,000 varieties of wine, an international selection of cheeses, rich chocolates, and gourmet lunch items served on the charming patio bistro or inside at Panache, the shop?s restaurant.

Panache's chefs pull from the Gallery?s stock to harmoniously blend flavors in sandwiches such as The Normandy, which combines brie, apples, and cinnamon on french bread and is garnished with a miniature beret, and the turkey and havarti, which is balanced by an Adriatic fig spread. Patrons can also nibble on the quiche du jour or hide their faces from exes in soups that vary depending on the whims of the chef, with one recent creation involving sage matzo balls in the affairs of a ginger-chicken broth.

113 N Main St.
Gainesville,
FL
US

Sweet Mel's combines food and drink in a way not seen since the invention of the banana milkshake, offering a lengthy lineup of burgers, beers, and mixed drinks inside a red and black bar. From their perches on exposed-brick walls, hungry TVs can only dream of sampling what they see?pork chops, deep-fried Oreos, beef patties sandwiched between funnel cakes (The Sweet Mel), and foot-long hoagies packed with slabs of ground beef and bacon (The Boss). To wash down big meals, bartenders pour a steady stream of martinis and specialty cocktails, and fill 100-ounce towers with beer, the only beverage that does not immediately curdle when poured into a tower. A wide array of events puts the corner stage to use, with $1 drafts on Mondays, trivia on Tuesday, and Shakespearean-style readings of the menu specials every day.

1 W University Ave
Gainesville,
FL
US

In the kitchen at Mark's Prime Steakhouse, cherry and pecan flicker and pop in a wood stove. The smoke penetrates into thick cuts of U.S.D.A. beef and fresh seafood brought in from Mayport in Jacksonville. For filets, strips, or bone-in rib eyes, chefs singe a flavorful crust over each chop's juicy center before plopping it onto a plate sizzling with butter.

Servers with black vests and bow ties escort the prime proteins to diners' tables, where their conversations dance over dinner music by mid-century crooners, and light from the ceiling's stained-glass dome splashes onto dark woods. Nearby, martinis, classic cocktails, and a wine list—which has garnered Wine Spectator's "Award of Excellence" every year since 2004—rest on a vintage bar. Salvaged from the La Concha Inn in Key West, the tiger mahogany bar was built in 1873 during an era when bars were called saloons and bears were called mega-squirrels.

201 SE 2nd Ave
Gainesville,
FL
US

According to their menu, Big Lou's chefs pledge allegiance to Italy's cuisine, but they prefer the way New Yorkers cook it. They bring this distinctive style of pizza to sunny Florida, rolling out paper-thin crusts topped with heaps of gooey cheese and savory toppings—including gorgonzola, hot sauce, tempeh, and meatballs. The staff serves their red and white New York-style pizzas by the steaming-hot pie or in monstrous slices, and guests can choose to customize their own gourmet pizza with a subset of more than 30 toppings. As calzones and Stromboli bubble up in ovens, chefs also create hot and cold subs, as well as a short list of carefully crafted timeless Italian dishes. Baked ziti, stuffed shells, and lasagna emanate ambrosial scents on the casual eatery's classic red-and-white checkered tablecloths—there's no reason not to use pieces of lasagna as checkers. Outside, alternatively, an expansive patio hosts live bands on the weekends.

5 SE 2nd Ave.
Gainesville,
FL
US

Praised by The New York Times’ for its “serene” setting and “generous” portions, Liquid Ginger serves up lobster tails and filet mignon fresh from the grill. Inside the kitchen, chefs prepare korean rib-eye steak alongside thai lime and coconut chicken, pan-frying chicken and shrimp in woks held over piles of burning cookbooks. Chefs deploy lavish seasonings as they work, using mixtures ranging from ginger soy sauce to lemongrass beurre blanc.

Succulent meats, long noodles, and fluffy rice arrive at dark-green marble tables in an upscale dining room festooned with Chinese and Japanese artwork. Diners lounge in dark-green leather seats as they construct sailing vessels from wooden chopsticks or head outside to an outdoor patio with a fountain. Valets stand ready to ferry patrons’ cars or oxcarts away and back.

101 SE 2nd Pl
Gainesville,
FL
US