November 28, 2017

Remember the old Karol & Bill’s over on 16th Street? For many years, the mom and pop team of Karol and Bill would respectively serve and cook for their patrons, making breakfast and lunch for the neighborhood. Karol and Bill retired several years ago, and it seems the...

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 20, 2017

The prodigal pizza son returns. Ameraucana Wood Fire, the once popular sourdough wood-fired pizza food truck, has been reborn as a brick and mortar restaurant now called Ameraucana Pizzeria. Their location at 2410 NW 43rd Street previously housed Cairo Grille, Tasty Bu...

April 25, 2017

The City of Gainesville has done a tremendous job in recent years of revitalizing the area around Depot Avenue and South Main Street. There has been the completion of the wonderful Depot Park that neighbors First Magnitude Brewing Company to the north, Pop-A-Top Genera...

April 19, 2017

I love ramen. Ramen is life. No, not the instant ramen packets that most Americans know. But real ramen, the noodle soup from Japan that has been elevated into culinary sainthood. I love ramen so much so that I eat it on a regular basis, and whenever I travel, it’s alm...

January 12, 2017

Backstreet Blues Chophouse & Oyster Bar opened a couple months ago, and serves as the brick and mortar successor to the Backstreet Blues Catering food truck that some of you have already gotten to know. I know many have been waiting for this review and this past weeken...

November 13, 2016

Alpin Bistro. Go there.

That’s my review, and it’s really all that needs to be said.

Ok, maybe I’ll elaborate just a little bit. The new Alpin Bistro located at 15 SW 2nd Street in Downtown Gainesville is simply a little slice of heaven gifted to us by the hands of Sita...

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 12, 2016

The good ones always look to reinvent themselves, and in doing so, continue to push for improvement and progress. Sabore, with Chef Valero at the helm, has recently rolled out a complete overhaul of their menu. For years, many of the items on the menu were carryovers f...

July 8, 2016

I want to love Fresco Pizza & Pasta​ so badly. I’ve been here a number of times, hoping that a visit would just win me over. Not only because of its proximity to my home, and being located in the quaint and always lovely Haile Village Center, but because it’s an absolu...

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