University of Florida fans tuck into booths, sit along the bar, and lean across a blue-felt pool table while they enjoy the lively atmosphere and sports action at Gator Tales Sports Bar. The kitchen sates patrons with a long list of edibles, and bartenders keep whistles whetted and in tune with cool drafts of Miller Lite and Amber Bock. Ceiling fans manufacture breezes on the outdoor tiki bar, surrounded by key-lime-green walls and twin flat-screen TVs, and a mounted gator head smiles above the bar inside.
Originally branded as the Top Hat Drive-In, Sonic Drive In didn’t acquire its nationally recognized name until 1959—six years after its inception in 1953. Today, the franchise operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic Drive In specializes in made-to-order American classics, including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades.
Sonic Drive In’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: best value menu, best milk shake, and best drive-thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.
Francesca's Trattoria dazzles diners with its menu of authentic Northern Italian flavors. Submerge sustenance-seeking submarines in the gorgonzola-cream-sauced sea of the pasta massimo, targeting meat-seeking missiles on the dish's supply of grilled chicken ($17.95), or explore the toothy, cheese-stuffed peaks of the tortellini, ringed by a creamy cloud of wild-mushroom sauce ($18.95). Those who prefer their meals in handheld form can opt for a baked sandwich, such as the sausage and sautéed pepper panini ($9.95), while more carnivorous appetites can set their sights on the veal Milanese, a tender fillet of veal donning a bread-crumb frock and dainty, yet belly-warming lemon-butter scarf ($18.95).
Helmed by the board-certified, extensively experienced, and double-titled Dr. Deputy, Gainesville Vision Center protects its patients’ vision with thorough preventative care and screenings. Scanning pupils for lazy eye, near or farsightedness, and systemic diseases, the staff performs comprehensive and pediatric exams for clients from 4 to 100 years old. After prescriptions have been determined, clients can browse stylish frames from names including Vera Wang, Coach, and Jones New York.
Offering a plethora of healthy handheld eats prepared with super-fresh produce and high-quality ingredients, Roly Poly’s menu has something to fit any discerning taste. Lunch on tongue-torpedoing sandwiches rolled in tortillas, toasty panini-like sandwiches, soups, and fresh salads. Sandwiches, such as a cold Cobb chicken salad roll, chicken Caesar roll, or hot-pressed hickory chicken, are served in 6” or 12” varieties (usually $3.95/$6.25). The hot-pressed spinach popper ($3.95/$6.25) comes stuffed with enough light cream cheese, baby spinach, plum tomatoes, onion, and jalapeños to soothe the grumbling food sack of even the most vivacious veggie lover.
Dr. Bruce K. Branin, the board-certified physician at Alliance Aesthetics, honed his medical-cosmetics and patient-beautification crafts under the tutelage of Dr. Sherman Leis, one of Philadelphia’s top authorities on plastic surgery. During this time, Dr. Branin compiled nearly a quarter of a century’s worth of experience in removing skin lesions and cancers. Now certified in laser and cosmetic procedures, the good doc administers and oversees an array of medical cosmetic treatments designed to restore youthful appearances and reduce skin’s envy of unpopped balloons.