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October 14, 2017

Anyone who knows me knows that the old Stubbies & Steins was near and dear to my heart. It was where I got my beer education. Chef Kevin Keller was doing damn fine rotating food specials. They had the best friggin’ fries in town. It was my Cheers, and I helped disassem...

August 21, 2017

BREAKING NEWS! Madrina's, the long awaited Cuban-inspired bar is now open. Surprise! I first broke the news over on my Instagram earlier this evening. Located at the former Stubbies & Steins location at 9 West University Avenue, their soft opening was held tonight. Thr...

October 11, 2016

V Pizza is the latest Jacksonville restaurant to invade Gainesville, opening in the former Vello’s (no relation) downtown. If you’re not familiar, it’s beneath the Hampton Inn at 115 SE 1st Avenue. With it, comes one of the few true wood-fired pizza options in town, al...

August 1, 2016

Ever since the beloved Stubbies & Steins closed down, their former location has sat empty. Well I'm pleased to bring you the exclusive news that a new cocktail bar will soon open up in its place (with the blessing of Ms. Berkeley Hoflund herself). Occupying the origina...

June 10, 2016

Ok, so they're not my recipes. If it were left to me, it would be a whole lot of Fernet Branca and espresso mixed together, and subsequently a lot of very unhappy readers. No, these recipes come from the venerable TJ Palmieri formerly of 2nd Street Speakeasy fame and c...

June 14, 2015

Here's my pick for my six favorite Gainesville bars. I know there are plenty of choices in town, but these are the six that I frequent and enjoy the most. Notably absent from this list are restaurants as I only included establishments that do not serve food. So with ap...

May 14, 2015



OAK, otherwise known as Original American Kitchen opened a little over two months ago in the former Ichiban downtown (15 SE 1st Avenue). After hearing countless stories and requests from readers and friends, I finally had the chance to visit last night. The restauran...

August 10, 2014

Ah yes, the curious case of Square One Burgers. Based out of the Tampa area, the recently opened Gainesville location is their eighth, with other restaurants in St. Pete, Sarasota, and The Villages as well. Having taken over the former Maui Teriyaki location, the buil...

June 27, 2014

If you're like me, you like a good cocktail. But when it comes to making it at home, it turns out like crap. I usually leave this to the professionals like TJ Palmieri from 2nd Street Speakeasy, who is one of the best bartenders in town. This is the same mad man who ma...

June 22, 2014

Need July 4th plans? Under The Table, a private dinner series, is putting on a big party this Independence Day. 100 tickets at $75 a pop are now available. The theme for this dinner is obviously 'MURICA, and there will be a variety of American-inspired dishes made from...

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