Your Guide to Gainesville’s Greatest Restaurants

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“Where do you want to go to eat?” is the often-dreaded question that few people are ever ready to answer definitively. Fortunately for us in Gainesville, we have no shortage of delicious, interesting places to dine and imbibe, but it can be hard to know which to choose.

Whether you’re a lifelong Alachua County Resident — an “ACR” as they are affectionately known around here — or you’re just new to the area and don’t know where to start, read on to learn more about a few of our team’s favorite places to get their grub on in Gainesville. 


One of the newest places to hit the Gainesville food scene is Cintrón, a Floribbean restaurant located in the Thornebrook Village Shopping Center off of 43rd Street. Cintrón boasts an eclectic mix of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Thai foods sure to excite your taste buds. A few highlights from their menu: 

Cintrón has an extensive drink list too, including passion fruit martinis, la palomas, and strawberry margaritas, to name just a few. Our team especially loves the sangria and the option for dining outside. Don’t forget to bring Fido along — Cintrón is pet-friendly! 

Image by Cintrón via Facebook

The Leaning Pig

The owners of The Leaning Pig saw a need for more local eating establishments following the closure of a few Gainesville favorites, so they took a gamble during the COVID pandemic and opened this hip new joint. 

The bistro-style restaurant on SE 1st Avenue focuses on using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and offers weekday and weekend brunch options, as well as delicious salads and sandwiches. Our team raves about the innovative, fun food and the impeccable service. One of our special favorite menu items is the breakfast toast with an order of hog jowl hash, made of hog jowl, potato, avocado, pico, cilantro hot sauce, and fried egg. The drink menu includes a variety of wines and bubbles to round out the delectable brunch experience. For larger crowds, The Leaning Pig also offers catering.  

Image by The Leaning Pig via Facebook

The Top

The Top has been a downtown staple since 2000, and if you don’t believe us, just check out the lines that form down Main Street and around the corner to get in as soon as they open for the day. 

This Gainesville stalwart offers something for every diet, whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or meat-loving, with some crowd favorites being burgers, kimchi cauliflower, eggplant rollatini, gnocchi carbonara, and vegan chocolate cake. For adult beverages, The Top proudly served over 33 rotating draft lines as well as craft cocktails to suit any taste and mood. A few drink options include: 

Our team especially loves the atmosphere, excellent service from staff, and consistent quality food and drink choices. In short, it’s a vibe.

Image by the TOP via Facebook

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