Boca Fiesta

Boca Fiesta directly translates to “mouth party” and with one look at this restaurant’s menu, you will know exactly why that is their name.  If you are particularly in the mood for some exotic meats that you may not have been able to try at many other places, then you should be sure to give Boca Fiesta at 232 SE 1st St a try. This Mexican style restaurant has your traditional tacos, empanadas, nachos and much more, as well as their more interesting meats including elk, kangaroo, snake, and gator.  If you are not in the mood for such exotic meat or no meat at all, they have several vegetation and vegan options as well.  Not only is their food sure to please you, but Boca Fiesta has a full bar that is absolutely going to quench your thirst.  To top it all off, almost everything on the menu is under $10 so you can have all the fun of eating out and having a good time, while maintaining a budget.  Open from 4 pm to 2 am on Monday through Thursday and 11 am to 2 am on Friday and Saturday, visit Boca Fiesta for a tasty party today!

Pomodora Italian Cafe

Pomodora Italian Cafe invites your senses and taste buds to reach across the ocean, over cliffs and down to the Mediterranean Sea.  Passing through the doors, diners are tranpsorted to the old country and treated to the best Ravioli, Lasagna, Linguine, Parmigiana, Pizza and Scaloppine made from treasured recipes.   Recently Voted #1 Italian Restaurant in Gainesville.

Pomodoro’s is a place where family and friends gather for good food, good conversation and company in a warm, relaxing atmosphere, with friendly staff and beautiful decor.

Check website for daily specials and promotions, hours and VIP Club.    352-389-9886

9200 NW 39th Avenue, Springhills Shopping Center, Gainesville FL 32606

Gainesville Restaurant Week

Gainesville Restaurant Week begins this Thursday, July 25 and runs through August 4.  This culinary celebration was established by the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce to celebrate local restaurants and the area’s vibrant food culture.  Restaurants participating are given the opportunity to showcase their specialities at a value price and gain new patrons.  Some of the restaurants participating this year are: 101 Cantina, Adam’s Rib Company, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Blue Gill Quality Food, Dave’s New York Deli, Dragonfly Sushi, Emiliano’s Cafe, Manuel’s Vintage Room, Mildred’s Big City Food, Napolatono’s Restaurant, Piesanos, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Wahoo Seafood Grill among others.

There is a kick-off celebration scheduled for Thursday, July 25 from 5:00-7:30 pm at Parks Ford Lincoln of Gainesville.

For more information about Gainesville Restaurant Week, to view participating restaurants and see menus, visit:

Fat Tuscan Cafe

The Fat Tuscan Cafe

Italian ambiance permeates the three intimate dining rooms of the Fat Tuscan Cafe housed in the 1908 Vidal house bordering Gainesville’s Historic Downtown District.  The menu centers around fresh, wholesome food, prepared slowly with fresh ingredients for bold flavors.  Beautiful weather entices diners to enjoy lunch or dinner in the courtyard.  Live music enhances one’s dining pleasure on Friday nights from 6:30 p.m.

Catering or private-in-house events are availalbe to accomodate client entertaining needs.

Cooking classes: this fun, hands-on learning opportunity expands one’s knowledge and skill in the kitchen.  Classes begin Feb 9.  See the full class schedule and details at

725 NE 1st Street, Gainesville, FL 32601   352.505.5648

Blue Highway Pizza


In Tioga Town Center and Micanopy, Blue Highway Pizzeria offers varying menus with flare to treat the taste buds of their loyal customers.  Not the typical pizza.  Each location’s menu may vary, check out the website:  At this popular eatery, tables fill quickly.  Come early and enjoy a pleasant experience and the best pizza in Gainesville.  Blue Highway also offers pasta, sandwiches, salads, desserts, beer and wine, as well as gluten free selections for those with food sensitivities.

Having a company or private event, Blue Highway also caters.

Tioga Town Center:  13005 SW 1st Road, Newberry, FL 32669    Phone: 352-505-6833     Hours: Sunday – Thursday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm; Friday & Saturday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm.

Micanopy:  Patio dining available or inside watch the kitchen action from the bar.         204 NE US 441, Micanopy, FL 32667  Phone: 352-446-0062                                        Hours: Monday – Saturday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm; Sunday 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Francesca’s Trattoria


A Gainesville dining treasure, Francesca’s Trattoria offers a broad and varied menu for lunch and dinner seven days a week.  Selections prepared from scratch are made with a dedication for patron enjoyment and satisfaction.  A selection of fine wines and beverages is available to accompany the menu selections.  The desserts are delicious and decadent.

Live Jazz adds to the ambiance Sundays from 6 to 9 pm.

Sundowner Specials: during Happy Hour offer satisfying portions at a good price.

Private Parties: Reserve the entire cafe for a private event.  Check with Management for details and the website events page.

Location: 4410 NW 25 Place is tucked behind the Sun State Credit Union on NW 43rd Street across from Thornbrook Village.

Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm;  Friday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm;   Saturday 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm;   Sunday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Reservations: call 352-378-7152

Good food, good company, good conversation and good service in a pleasant atmosphere makes this a memorable dining experience.