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Places To Eat/get Food In Gainesville, Fl


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#1 laurelfla

 
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Posted 19 February 2009 - 10:34 AM

The usual:

Outback Steakhouse
Carrabba's
Bonefish Grill

All located about within a mile of each other near Archer Rd and 34th St

O!O Tapas and Tinis
Near Haile Plantation area
As of Sept. 2008, the manager was also on a gluten-free diet and so could direct me to options on menu. Kitchen was familiar with gluten free.

La Tienda
SW 13th St.
This is just my own experience, and I have never discussed preparation issues with staff, but I am able to eat tacos here (no meat, because they couldn't tell me what was on it) -- just onions, cheese, cilantro, and avocado. Their chips are fried with other flour-containing items, so don't eat them.

Mario's European Bistro
Thornebrooke Village
Chef is familiar with gluten free and will accommodate. I had chicken marsala here. Mmmmmm! They sometimes have live guitar music.

Amelia's
Nice Italian restaurant in Sun Center downtown. Chef and staff know about gluten free and will accommodate. Prices are similar to Carrabba's for chicken/veal dishes.
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Posted 13 June 2009 - 02:14 PM

Hey! I´m from Gainesville too and these also have options:

Satchel´s (23rd ave. near Waldo Rd.) GLUTEN FREE PIZZA!!!!! great to go with everyone because they have the most amazing pizza in gville and an incredible salad

Leonardo´s by the slice has salads with only homemade dressing that is gluten free

for those of you, like me, who are also allergic to dairy, KARMA CREAM HAS FLAVORS OTHER THAN FRUIT!!!!! they have all vegan ice cream and most of the ice creams are gluten free. flavors change but one is green tea. the servers are educated on celiac and gluten so they won´t give you a weird look when you ask about gluten ;)
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 03:46 AM

I love Satchel's - can't wait for it to reopen! (I'll miss the deep-dish at Leonardo's at Millhopper, though - recently diagnosed.)

I also LOVE Karma Cream. Haven't been since I got my diagnosis, and I still am feeling very timid about asking lots of questions on ingredients, but at least I know that at this place they'll actually be able to tell me what's in each of their products. I feel like they're not always very nice, but I love their products, and I love the idea behind it, so I keep going back.
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Posted 24 June 2012 - 07:42 AM

Quick update on the millet and flax pizza at Satchel's - had it yesterday for the first time. The pizza itself was delicious - and not as thin as I anticipated. It wasn't bready-gooey, of course, without the gluten (and my dining companions got the deep dish! I was a little jealous of that), but the taste was nice. I did try their non-dairy non-soy "cheese" substitute, and I wouldn't recommend that. I used to get pizzas with no cheese, and if I really need to stay away from dairy I'll do that from now on - this was too rich for me. Tasted like rich cream on the pizza!

Haven't had any cold pizza yet, but I think that may be lunch...

Otherwise, delicious. Great to see familiar server's faces back there, with so much attention to every table's needs. The place was busy, but not any more so than before the fire on a Saturday around lunch, so we'll be going back again soon. And the salad, as always, was delicious too!
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Posted 24 June 2012 - 08:44 AM

Also, to add a few options to gluten-free dining in Gainesville:

Sarkara Sweets
Downtown, near Maude's. They have gluten-free cupcakes (made and kept separate from all the others). A little dry and crumbly, but eaten with a fork and a cup of coffee, delicious.

The Jones
Have to admit I haven't been here since learning I have Celiac, but I've only had positive experiences here and they make so much of their own stuff - and source so many things locally - I can't imagine them not being willing to work with customers. I also have noticed (while in the process of getting a diagnosis) gluten-free desserts on their board periodically. Many of their entrees are focused on a variety of vegetables and protein, so no offending substances need even be present (but, to be safe, do check with your server!). Note: I noticed on their web page that they are planning to move sometime in the relatively near future, so check their status before going. Currently on NW 23rd Avenue.

Five Guys
Ok, so this is a chain - not my favorite of places. But everything is gluten-free except the bun, so if you bring your own or, like me, the stack of fries is plenty of carbs for you on top of an already-indulgent burger, it's a good place for an easy (if excessively sized and not healthy) meal. At least a couple of locations in town.

43rd Street Deli
Two locations - one south of town, one in the northwest. I've only eaten at the south location once, and with a large party - so I'll forgive them for messing up my order (forgetting the cheese on my eggs, which in retrospect was maybe a good thing anyway). This place is a typical diner, and though their lunch is forgettable, their breakfast is great, and they often have some amazing specials. They have a tofu and veg scramble on the regular menu, as well as eggs as many ways as you can imagine. They also have some great brown rice dishes. My favorite is their steel-cut oats, which they form into wedges and serve with a balsamic reduction with fruit and nuts. (Until I know if I have a problem with oats, I will eat them.) Since it is a deli, and they don't have a gluten-free menu, be sure to work with your server so she or he knows your needs.

Chipotle
At least a couple of locations, Archer Road and University. We were disappointed with what we got out Archer Road; we'll try University next time. Reviews from other gluten-free folks on other websites indicate that these folks know the drill if you ask them to change their gloves and that you need to eat gluten-free - or that they should know, anyway.

Burrito Bros.
Near the university, tucked behind a church building? It's a strange space, and you either have to eat outside or take it to go - but having transitioned (necessarily) from the burrito to the tacos, I wish I'd done so sooner. The tacos are better! They fry their own corn chips, and only have guac when they can get fresh avocados. Lots of interesting sides I haven't tried yet, too. (I haven't asked what's in the red sauce yet, I just don't get it - so ask before you eat!)

Tasty Buddha
We've eaten here a couple of times. Good curries (ask about soy sauce!), great big salads. Never had the burger or noodles or fish. I've heard the cheeseburger fried rice is amazing, but I need more veggies in a meal than that sounds like it has (unless I want a burger, in which case I'm headed for Five Guys!). After eating in once, we generally get the food to go. It's pretty fast.

Blue Highway
Never eaten here (Tioga Town Center and Micanopy) but I've read that their gluten-free pizza is great. Will have to try it soon...
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 09:22 AM

Wanted to add to the list:

East End Eatery
Ate there this weekend, had their gluten-free blueberry waffle (ask for it specifically - they don't have it on the menu) and one of the owners came out to talk to me, asked first if I was comfortable talking about why I was avoiding gluten (I'm happy to!) and then talked with me about the fact that they often have both vegan and gluten-free options available, and always have Udi's bread, that their kitchen is very gluten-free knowledgable, that they source local tempeh that is gluten-free, and showed me a cookbook that she often uses and told me about a Gainesville gluten-free group on Facebook.

Can't recommend this place highly enough. It's a hike for me to get there from work at lunch, but I'll be going on the weekend (Sunday brunch only, no Saturday right now!). Cash only, so be prepared.

(Food was delicious, as was my husband's!)
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Posted 13 September 2012 - 02:41 PM

Blue highway is fantastic( I have pics on my FB page) and Bj's brew house :)
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