Gainesville takes its food seriously, and it shows.
Out-of-the-box vegan options, a wide array of Asian food and classic college fare of pizza and Mexican food are done well here.
It is your job as a human being with a tongue who requires sustenance to go and find your new favorite Indian joint when you need your curry fix or that perfect slice of pizza.
El Indio, 407 NW 13th St., serves up authentic Mexican food and you don’t even have to get out of your car. It’s two drive-thru lanes of pure heaven.
Whether you are craving a quesadilla, fish taco or some horchata, a milky drink flavored with cinnamon and vanilla, El Indio has everything for you.
To have the true college kid experience, you have to go to Leonardo’s By The Slice, 1245 W. University Ave.
Leo’s has been pumping out awesome pizza since 1973, which makes it an old-timer by college-town standards.
A stone’s throw from Bryant Hall on the very northeast corner of campus, Leo’s serves salad, pasta and pizza.
Don’t forget to get an order of rolls if only for the garlic butter, which is unlike anything any you have ever tasted.
If you’re looking for classic stoner fare, try Munchies 420 Cafe, 1702 W. University Ave.
Located in the heart of midtown and open from 4:20 p.m. to 4:20 a.m., Munchies offers embarrassingly large sandwiches with toppings including cheeseburgers, chicken fingers and onion rings.
Along with their mealtime monstrosities they also serve wraps, hamburgers and fried cheesecake.
If you’re smart, you’ll order their Dankalicious Chicken Nugs, chicken nuggets in teriyaki sauce, barbecue sauce and black and white sesame seeds. They are, in a word, dank.
Say you want to get a bit classier.
A favorite spot, which is also off of the beaten path, for moist quiche, crisp salads and simple yet delicious sandwiches is Panache.
The restaurant is the food service facet of the Wine and Cheese Gallery, 113 N. Main St., which is a wine and cheese specialty store with fair prices.
You can sit outside under an umbrella on a nice day or inside among the smells of sharp cheeses and sounds of employees fluttering around giving expert wine advice.
Let’s say you just finished having dinner with some hot junior you met while studying for your history class, and it’s dessert time.
First of all, nice job.
Karma Cream scoops up organic ice cream with delicious vegan options until 1 a.m. during the summer.
You can also grab tea, coffee and hot chocolate along with a vegan chocolate chip cookie.
You should, as a now-informed eater, take it upon yourself to find out what Gainesville has to offer your palate.
There are many other options. Honorable mentions include Ivey’s Grill, Satchel’s and Burrito Bros. Taco Co.
Go forth and nom.
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El Indio, located at 407 NW 13th St., serves authentic Mexican food about a block away from campus. Customers can use the drive-thru or walk up to the window.