Food & Drink in Gainesville

Half Off Comedy Show at Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar

Gainesville

$24 $12

Nationally touring comedians transform piano bar into a sanctum of side-splitting jokes while guests sip on delicious cocktails

Up to Half Off at Bluefield Estate Winery

Gainesville

$16 $9

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Sip up to eight wines brewed from blueberries or muscadine grapes in a winery nestled on a scenic horse farm

Up to 48% Off at I Love NY Pizza

Gainesville

$20 $11

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Brick-oven New York–style pizzas, calzones, stromboli, pasta entrees, hot and cold subs, fresh salads, and wings

40% Off Pub Food at 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

Up to 56% Off at Gator Tales Sports Bar

Gainesville

$12 $6

Wings, sandwiches, wraps, and burgers served alongside a variety of pours from the bar

Up to 50% Off Drinks and Hookah at Infinity Lounge

location

$20 $11

Guests down drinks and savor hookah on comfortable couches as electronic dance music plays in the background

50% Off at Bacon's BBQ

La Crosse

$10 $5

Eatery dishes out barbecue cuisine such as a chicken ranch sandwich, beef brisket, award-winning ribs, and RedNeck nachos with pulled pork

Up to 56% Off Working Cow Homemade Frozen Treats

Gainesville

$12 $6

Ice-cream aficionados scoop out mounds of homemade ice cream, and guests nosh on salads and wraps

Half Off Kosher Mediterranean Food at Sababa UF

UF Hillel Center

$10 $5

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

Up to 45% Off at Rice Thai Sushi & Asian Fusion

Gainesville

$20 $12.75

Chefs blend Thai and Asian flavors in classic dishes such as Pad Thai, barbeque pork ribs, and royal duck curry

Up to 46% Off at 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

52% Off Smoothies at Green Zone Smoothie & Juice Bar

Winn Dixie Plaza

$24.95 $12

Fresh, tropical smoothies in flavors such as peach, banana-raspberry, or mango-coconut

45% Off American Food at Tony's Bar & Grill

Ocala

$20 $11

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

Up to 67% Off Irish Pub Food from 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

Up to 54% Off at Brick City Cafe

Ocala

$14 $7

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

53% Off American Food at Lassie's Restaurant

Belleview

$15 $7

Staff cook up classic American dishes such as steak and eggs, spaghetti, grouper fingers, and pie by the slice

45% Off Steaks from Belleview Meats & Seafood

Belleview

$20 $11

Hometown butcher shop and seafood market serves up tender new york or rib eye steaks

Up to 47% Off at Great American Cookies

Paddock Mall

$15 $8

Chefs at the Entrepreneur magazine–lauded bakery craft cookie cakes from generations-old recipe and decorate them in more than 15 themes

47% Off at Blakely House Bakery and Cafe

Blakely House Bakery and Cafe

$15 $8

Chefs assemble garden salads and craft sandwiches with Boar’s Head meats in a Victorian home with a wraparound porch

53% Off Breakfast at Richard's Place

Ocala

$15 $7

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Homey diner with friendly staff serves classic breakfast cuisine such as pancakes, omelets, and corned beef hash

$10 for Cuban Cuisine at Mary's Cuban Kitchen & Bakery

Ocala

$20 $10

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

Up to 52% Off Wine or a Winemaking Class

Ocala

$20 $10

At a rustic facility with exposed brick walls and hanging lamps, students learn the basics of making, bottling, and tasting wines

44% Off Italian Cuisine at Pronto Pizza

Ocala

$16 $9

Specialty pizzas such as the Lenny's Lasagna with beef, ricotta, mozzarella, and marinara sauce, and Italian entrees such as chicken marsala

Up to 51% Off at Mario's Pizza

Lady Lake

$18.24 $9

Pizzeria recently opened by restaurant-industry veteran serves up hot pizzas, savory garlic knots, and plates of juicy ribs

52% Off Dinner Fare at Lime Leaf Thai Restaurant

Windy Hill

$25 $12

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Chefs craft dishes from pad thai to pan-seared Chilean sea bass within a quaint, tangerine-hued eatery

43% Off Bistro Cuisine at European Street Cafe

Multiple Locations

$20 $11.49

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Cooks grill German sausages and incorporate such international ingredients as tabbouleh, prosciutto, and melted brie into sandwiches

Up to 45% Off at St. Johns Seafood & Steaks

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

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

Up to Half Off Upscale Dining at 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

$11 for Italian Food at Vino’s Pizza Grill House

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

Up to Half Off Cookie Cake or Gourmet Cookies

Southside

$37.99 $19

Bakers hand-decorate 13-inch cookie cakes; one-dozen cookies in flavors such as white-chocolate pecan, oatmeal raisin, and snickerdoodle

Up to 44% Off Thai Cuisine at Lemongrass

Deerwood Village Shopping Center

$25 $15.50

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Eatery honored by Jacksonville Magazine and Folio Weekly plates coconut curries, ginger salad, and filet mignon rubbed with Thai spices

Half Off Coffee and Sandwiches at Tapestry Café

Windy Hill

$21 $10

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Breakfast omelets and waffles paired with coffee precede lunch and dinner sandwiches filled with Boar’s Head meats

Up to Half Off Live Music and Drinks at Burro Bar

Downtown Jacksonville

$40 $20

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With craft beer from Bold City Brewery or Green Room Brewing or glasses of house wine in hand, guests listen to live music

$10 for Burgers and Sandwiches at Hamburger Mary’s

St. Nicholas

$20 $10

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

Up to 58% Off Breakfast, Lunch, or Smoothie

Atlantic Beach

$14 $7

Nutritional food available all day, such as wraps & made-from-scratch organic açaí bowls, plus traditional and Greek-yogurt smoothies

Half Off at Orange Tree Hot Dogs

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

Hot dogs made from secret family recipes are the foundation for many toppings, such as coleslaw, chili, and onion sauce

Up to 40% Off Tapas or Brunch at Tres Leches Eatery

Riverside

$40 $25.25

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Spanish-inspired dishes such as tapas and paella, or hearty weekend brunch or catering

50% Off Hookah Package at The Tent Hookah Lounge

Park Ridge

$42 $21

Lounge transports guests to palm-lined shores of Mediterranean with Middle Eastern cuisine and wisps of fragrant flavored hookah smoke

Up to 50% Off at On & Poppin' East Coast Gourmet Popcorn Co.

Baymeadows

$10 $5

Family-owned business's housemade popcorn comes in more than 20 flavors, including green apple, cinnamon spice, and garlic parmesan

Half Off Upscale Cuisine at 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

Up to Half Off at 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

50% Off Soul Food at Caribbean Sol Cafe

Treasure Beach

$8 $4

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

Up to 50% at 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

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College is a place that often kindles lasting friendships, as well as lasting eating habits based on haphazard diets of chips and day-old pizza. Chris Sanchez and Patrick Ortiz, proprietors of Simply Fit Meals, have managed to buck the latter part of this trend. The friendship they forged at the University of Houston continued after graduation, even as Patrick pursued a career in hotel management and Chris entered the world of marketing, eventually serving as store marketing director for Whole Foods. Their shared passion for healthy eating brought their disparate career paths together to form Simply Fit Meals, an amalgamation of Patrick's chef skills and Chris's marketing prowess.

The challenge behind each one of Simply Fit Meals' recipes involves finding an equal balance between nutrition and flavor so that clients can stick to a regimen that's easy to maintain, unlike fad diets that involve raw foods consumed only in prime-numbered portions. The science of it, says Chris, is making it taste as if it's been freshly made, even after reheating, and to this end, Chris and Patrick are both avid consumers of their own meals. Chris claims he could eat—and has eaten—their mac 'n' cheese for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The culinary team uses locally raised, free-range meats such as chicken and bison in virtually all of their creations, and concocts fresh-made ingredients whenever possible. The in-house dietitian guides clients toward their own fitness goals, as opposed to those dictated by fashion magazines or sentient elevators, who often lack tact.

5835 SW 75th St
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

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 SW 1st Rd
Newberry,
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

With a menu loaded with pizzas and calzones, cheesy breadsticks, and flavorful wings, Gumby's ovens satisfy voracious cravings into the wee hours of the morning. The pizza makers start each day by making mounds of dough by hand, which they decorate with more than 15 inventive toppings, such as alfredo sauce, chicken tenders, and feta cheese, to create specialty pizzas and personalized pies. The same hand-tossed dough serves as a foundation for their famous Pokey Stix, which are smothered in garlic butter, Italian spices, and heaps of mozzarella and parmesan cheese, then cut into strips exactly the length of Abraham Lincoln's foot. To complement the bubbling pizzas, buffalo and boneless wings can be tossed in tangy barbecue, honey mustard, sriracha, or one of four other sauces.

2028 SW 34th St
Gainesville,
FL
US

The chefs at Mr. Tequila Grill And Restaurant create traditional and vegetarian Mexican dishes, delectable desserts, and flavorful drinks. Sample platters brim with nachos, guacamole, flautas, and quesadillas ($9.99), and taco salads whet appetites with crispy flour shells stuffed with beef or chicken ($6.99). The Mr. Tequila fajita mollycoddles meat-loving mouths with a medley of steak, chicken, shrimp, shredded pork, and chorizo ($13.99). Meanwhile, herbivores and dieting velociraptors sate their hunger with spinach and cheese enchiladas ($8.75) or garden quesadillas ($8.25). Clear palates with sips of margaritas by the glass or pitcher ($4.95–$16.99) or draft and bottled beers ($2.99–$8.99) before fried cheesecake burritos ($3.95) translate their favorite Telemundo shows for dessert.

908 NW 69th Ter
Gainesville,
FL
US