Alright guys, if you’ve been following me on IG, you know by now that I spent the last week or so in Gainesville, FL for concerts with my buddy Stephen Fine – we were both faculty members at a summer music festival a while back. We hadn’t seen each other for the last 3 years so I was beyond stoked when he invited me to come perform! We had 3 performances lined up, featuring tough repertoire so we spent pretty much every minute of our time together rehearsing. We tackled Brahms’ f minor sonata for piano and viola, Britten’s Lachrymae, and a virtuosic number by Zimbalist called “Tango” from Sarasateana.
I’d never been to Gainesville prior to this trip so I didn’t really know what to expect, BUT I was pleasantly surprised. They actually had better asian food than Baltimore – I know that sounds cray, but I’m being 100% real with you all! Anywho, I didn’t get to take pictures of my noms, but I’m still gonna recap everything for you guys, just in case you visit in the future. So, without further ado, let’s talk about the best places to eat in Gainesville, FL.
Yummy House: I was craving Chinese so Stephen and I came here twice, haha. I got to try their Braised Tofu (comes with perfectly cooked bok choy + mushrooms), Garlic Chicken, Salt n’ Pepper Tofu (no veggies here), pork buns (this was the most “eh” of the bunch), and pork + mushroom dumplings. Everything was good, but the Salt n’ Pepper Tofu stands out so DEF. try this if you come here – apparently, it’s a chain in FL so you could come across one in a different city? If you hit up the location in Gainesville, save room because there’s a Kung Fu Tea right next door, and boba’s always a do in my book. FYI, they charge for rice which pisses me off – IMO, no asian restaurant should charge for rice. It’s only a dollar per bowl, but I still wanted to mention it, ha.
Crane Ramen: A hip joint with delish housemade noodles! I ordered the Agedashi Tofu Steamed Buns (soy-marinated tofu, wrapped in nori and flash-fried with sweet potato sauce) and the Tonkotsu ramen ($12.95). The tofu was a little bland, but hot chili oil took care of that fast! The ramen was yum – came with pork belly, woodear mushrooms, house hot sauce, soy-marinated egg, black garlic oil and scallions – but the broth was a bit too salty for me personally! However, I enjoyed the noodles and the house hot sauce immensely.
The Hyppo: Soooo gourmet popsicles are a thing in FL! I haven’t had one in AGES, and I didn’t even know they could be “gourmet,” so I was skeptical when Stephen suggested it, but I’ve learned to trust his judgement. They had at least 30 different flavors, and they all looked AMAZING. It took me a good 5 minutes to decide, but I ultimately went with blueberry cheesecake (!!!!!) I can’t even begin to tell you guys how much I loved that ice-pop. Their noms are all natural, featuring ingredients that are non-GMO and are made fresh daily so they get an A+++ from me.
Civilization: Hands down, one of the coolest places I’ve ever been to. Their menu’s super eclectic, and they source their produce from local growers, which is all kinds of awesomesauce. I ordered Shrimp ‘n Grits and a Ginger Beer and loved everything! If I had 3 more stomachs, I would’ve also tried the Sweet Potato Enchiladas, Gnocchi della Casa, and Falafel Burger. I guess that just means I need to go back… and eat? Ha.
Public & General: Julie, Stephen’s sister, generously took us out to eat after our first concert at University of Florida. Their name’s a reference to their bar in the back + their convenience store up front. They’re kind of like Cracker Barrel except way, WAY better, like there’s no comparison. I ordered the BBQ Mushroom Sandwich (topped with coleslaw, which upped the texture tenfold), dill fries with roasted tomato mayo, and a yummy cider! Service was kind of slow, but the food was worth the wait. Plus, I was in good company – I had fun chatting with Julie and her boyfriend Tyler – so I didn’t mind. She’s a lawyer and he’s a golf teacher by day, but they manage a super successful instagram account called Best of Gainesville at night! You can check them out here.
Gainesville was nothing like I imagined, and I mean that in the best way possible. A huge thanks to the Fine family for being such wonderful hosts – I hope to see you all again soon! Now, onto today’s featured OOTD – continue reading for info on my latest look.
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