Do you ever have those moments where you’re suddenly hungry, but not quite starving enough for a full meal? Or, feel like a snack but don’t want to shell out $6 for a protein bar from the gas station only to feel hungry an hour later? Same. Luckily, Gainesville has plenty of places where you can grab a small bite on a budget. From sweet treats to cheesy and salty snacks, the options are pretty endless. Here are just five of the best bites in Gainesville under $5.
Grub Burger Bar in Gainesville is taking American classics and turning them on their heads. From milkshakes spiked with beer to burgers so spicy they’ll make you sweat, this fast-casual restaurant is dishing out some of the best food in the area.
For those of you who don’t know, I live in Lake City, a semi-rural town less than an hour south of the Florida-Georgia border. It’s a city full of southern charm, and one of my favorite places is Lake City’s historic downtown district. Although it’s pretty small, some new businesses and restaurants have begun to transform the area into a place that caters to the younger generations in town.
My favorite restaurant in downtown Lake City is Marion Street Bistro and Brewhouse. The delicious food, the chill vibe and the fact that it’s nestled right in the heart of downtown makes it my go-to restaurant when I have guests in town or want to have lunch with the girls.
Delicious food, a vibrant atmosphere and a never-ending party is what I got out of an evening at Bongos Cuban Café in Disney Springs.
Growing up in South Florida I was surrounded by Cuban culture. Our local Publix sells croquetas and empanadas in the bakery and we never had a problem getting fresh loaves of Cuban bread. So, when my family decided to celebrate my sister’s college graduation at Bongos Cuban Café at Disney Springs, I was excited to get some authentic Cuban food (something that’s hard to come by in Lake City.)
Orlando is so much more than just theme parks and tourist traps.
I lived in Orlando for four years while attending the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!) and I actually didn’t go to Disney or other theme parks that often because #brokecollegelife.
However, I did take advantage of the events that always seemed to be happening in downtown Orlando. Last weekend I was back on my old stomping grounds and decided to pay a visit to the Orlando Farmers Market on Lake Eola.
There’s nothing like a flakey, buttery biscuit hot out of the oven. There’s something about the humble southern staple that just feels like home. So when I heard about the Maple Street Biscuit Company in Gainesville, I knew I had to check it out.
The Maple Street Biscuit Company is THE best breakfast/brunch spot I’ve ever been to in North Florida. It has taken everything that’s wonderful about southern food and made it modern and insanely decadent.
Known for it’s extravagant breakfast items and fresh-ground coffee, it definitely lived up to the hype.