Built in 1908, the historic yellow-frame house known as the Vidal House is the place The Fat Tuscan Cafe has called home since 2008. 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 caf?. 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.
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.
Eat green at The Top, a local vegetarian restaurant.
Low-fat fare is not available here, so leave some room in your diet.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from The Top's extensive drink list.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at The Top.
The Top offers an affordable happy hour.
Eat outdoors The Top (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
The Top is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at The Top — attire is casual.
Through their catering service, The Top can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Tired of driving in circles? Head to The Top for a bite to eat and find quick parking in the lot next door.
The Top offers various parking options, including bike parking.
For a night out with great food that won't break the budget, head to The Top.
For a quick and easy payment solution at The Top, pay by major credit card.
The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
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.
With only the freshest meats, cheeses, produce, and bakery items, Harvest Thyme delights delicatessen devotees with a full menu of breakfast and lunch options. In addition to fresh breakfast options, Harvest Thyme crafts a lunch menu full of midday masterpieces. Try an albacore-tuna apple-melt croissant with granny smith apples, melted jack and cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and sprouts ($7.25), or a grilled caribbean chicken wrap with jerk sauce, melted jack-and-cheddar cheese, fresh pineapple, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts, and carrots in a sundried tomato wrap ($7.50). Arrive early to acquire a fresh-baked muffin ($1.95) or surprise a loved one with a fresh-baked bouquet of a dozen bagels ($8.95) instead of thorny and inedible roses. Harvest Thyme strictly uses Boar's Head meats and cheeses, which do not contain any fillers, gluten, trans fat, or artificial ingredients, to construct its sandwiches, wraps, and life-size statues of William Taft.
Reserve a table for two! Manuel's Vintage Room specializes in intimate Italian cuisine for those looking to add some romance to dinner.
Tired of the same healthy meals? Come to Manuel's Vintage Room for healthy, innovative eats.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! Manuel's Vintage Room also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Manuel's Vintage Room caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
For comfortable outdoor service, Manuel's Vintage Room sets up a seasonal patio.
Enjoy the vibe here with a business casual dress code.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Manuel's Vintage Room for their catering services.
Drivers will be happy to know that Manuel's Vintage Room is located near many street and lot parking options.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.