Restaurants

Top Choice American in DeLand

Cress

Citified foodies have been known to trek to sleepy DeLand just to eat at this cutting-edge bistro, whose menu might offer such delights as local seafood mofongo (a classic Caribbean dish), Indonesian shrimp curry, a…
Top Choice American in Gainesville

Southern Charm Kitchen

There's plenty of fancy gastronomy in Gainesville, and cozy, unpretentious, friendly Southern Charm Kitchen gives them all a run for their money. This is food like your mom made, if your mom was an amazing cook who …
Top Choice Barbecue in Ocala

Big Lee's

It's only open Friday and Saturdays, the hours are fungible – if they run out of food, they'll close, so arrive early – it's a little ways out of town, and there's not even a restaurant to sit in, just a food truck …
Pizza in Gainesville

Satchel's Pizza

Satchel's makes a strong claim to the best pizza on Florida's east coast, a reputation buttressed by enormous crowds of happy patrons. Grab a seat at a mosaic courtyard table or in the back of a gutted 1965 Ford Fal…
Fusion in Gainesville

The Top

Combining 1950s kitsch, hunter-lodge decor and giant owl art, this place is both hip and comfortable. Vegetarians will thrill at the options here and everyone will appreciate the working photo booth in the back ($2)…
Japanese in Gainesville

Dragonfly

Head to Dragonfly for excellent sushi, sake and small plates done Japanese style. Grilled tiger shrimp is fire-kissed and savory, miso black cod is a revelation and ginger salad is a delight. The enormous dining spa…
Cuban in Gainesville

Flaco's Cuban Bakery

It's funny, because 'Flaco' is Spanish for 'skinny,' and if you eat at Flaco's, you will be anything but. That's OK – we still love coming here, especially late at night (because not much else is open, food-wise), f…
International in Gainesville

Civilization

Restaurants with extensive vegan offerings are a relative rarity in north central Florida, which makes this spot a veritable outpost of civilization for non-carnivores (see what we did there?). That's not to say the…
Japanese in Gainesville

Crane Ramen

College students are famous for living on ramen, but those packaged noodles are roughly a thousand steps below the quality of the soup served at this elegant, playful eatery. Seven variations on ramen broth can be a…
American in North Central Florida

Yearling Restaurant

Cross Creek's cedar-shingled Yearling Restaurant serves 'Cracker cuisine' like gator tail, frog legs hush puppies and catfish in an atmospheric wood-paneled dining room decorated with historical photos and paintings…