La Fortuna's lunch and dinner menus form a delicious congress with representative dishes from Latin countries including Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Ecuador. The lunch menu churns out speedy, custom meals such as the Carnival ($6.99) and Fiesta ($5.99), which allow diners to select an entree, such as coconut fish, lechon, and spanish beef stew, and accompanying sides, including red beans, sweet plantains, and yuca with mojo sauce. Dinners at La Fortuna offer savory à la carte entrees including carne asada ($8.50) and pressed sandwiches such as the Cuban, with ham, roast pork, swiss cheese, pickles, mayo, mustard, and an average July temperature of 28 degrees Celsius ($4.99).
Beyond the white picket fence that corrals its outdoor patio, Xpress Grille beckons hungry guests with the scents of sweet-potato fries, burgers, and overstuffed sandwiches. Cooks here prepare classic American comfort food. Among the menu's jewels are the cuban sandwich, the blackened-mahi sandwich, and cobb salads heaped with a choice of fried or grilled chicken. Burgers and deli clubs abound, and jumbo wings offer sports fans transportation to the game.
Mamma Mia delights diners with a menu brimming with mouthwatering Italian eatables. Each delicious discus from the restaurant's ovens is prepared with house-made dough and sauce and expertly hand-tossed to ensure it adheres to the gravitational properties shared by all great food. Commence digestion with one of Mamma Mia's signature pies, such as the Rustica pizza, equipped with marinated roma tomatoes, freshly chopped garlic, and red onion ($14.99 for a 16"), or take your meal into your own hands by creating a pizza ($9.99+) with ingredients such as ham, black olive, meatball, rapini, or capicola. In addition to helping diners fulfill government quotas for circular meals, Mamma Mia boasts hefty helpings of pasta, subs, salads, and other non-Euclidian fare. Dive into baked ziti sicilian with eggplant, accompanied by a garlic-bread sidekick ($8.99), or the Mamma Mia spring mix salad tossed with blue cheese, walnuts, mango, and peanut brittle and drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette ($7.99).
Tasty Buddha likes to describe itself as a “no veto” restaurant. Though it focuses on Asian fare, its menu caters to diverse tastes and diets so no one will have a reason to veto an outing. American-food die-hards can dine on hearty burgers or try out fusion entrees such as pizza fried rice with italian sausage, tomatoes, and parmesan. Morsels of pork, chicken, and tofu fill out several other more traditional versions of the classic Asian fried-rice dish, which the menu describes as “Just like your mom used to make. (If you are from Malaysia.)” For vegetarians, locally made tempeh is an option for almost every entree, including tempeh coconut curry and a tempeh burger blended with secret spices. Tasty Buddha's idealistic owners turn the walls of each location into a gallery for local artists to display and sell their work. Thirty percent of proceeds from the sale of art goes to a local charity, whereas the rest goes to the artist for the upkeep of the multicolored cows from which they milk their oil paint. To advocate for a more sustainable food system, Tasty Buddha's cooks also use as many local ingredients in their meals as possible.
Boasting the prestigious title of Gainesville's oldest restaurant, Sandwich Inn has served the needs of famished Floridians from its drive-thru diner for more than 50 years. Burger connoisseurs can sate a carnivorous craving with a double burger ($2.69) or a triple cheeseburger ($3.99)—both made quadrupley delicious when paired with one of the burger bar's succulent sides, such as french fries ($1.09–$2.59), onion rings ($1.39–$2.79), and fried okra ($1.09–$2.19). Diners who prefer substyle eats can try a philly cheesesteak ($3.99) or a tuna ($3.29) or cuban sandwich ($3.49). They may also wrap their meat trap around a country-fried steak sandwich ($1.69), shaped to resemble your NATO member of choice. Sidle up to Sandwich Inn's drive-thru or mosey to the walkup counter to pick up a fast, fresh meal and bask in the glory of a time-tested burger joint.
Café C crafts sandwiches and salads with flavors as light and airy as the breeze wafting by on the outdoor patio. Guests can sample from a selection of Asian-influenced salads inspired by the fresh produce, meats, and seasonings at the nearby Asian market. Delicious handmade sandwiches can be assembled on pretzel bread, pressed wheat, or fresh ciabatta. The café’s lively interior boasts bright colors and a mélange of lunch plates and glasses amassed from local thrift stores. Café C also keeps guests guessing with desserts baked fresh daily and a unique flavor of iced tea each day, including blueberry and slip 'n' slide.