The following restaurants participated in this year’s Taste of Gainesville held on Sunday, June 2 at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center. Thank you to all those involved with the event!
Located in the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, Albert’s is well known for its breakfast buffet, although Chef Eisel will gladly cook to order. Albert’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is the perfect location for a casual meal with a European flair.
1714 SW 34th St.
The Great Outdoors Restaurant
An historic spot located in downtown High Springs, the Great Outdoors not only has great food but a lively atmosphere. Sit out on their patio and enjoy live bands Wednesday through Sunday while also soaking in the outdoorsy feel of the restaurant. The Great Outdoors is recognized for its passion for nature, while also being awarded for its selection of steaks, seafood, signature salads, soups and desserts.
65 N Main St., High Springs
Owner Kevin Griffin first discovered his passion for catering as a sponsor for teacher appreciation events at his kids’ schools. Over the past 13 years, Griffin Catering has worked in Gainesville, catering for family functions, weddings and fundraisers. Griffin Catering is a family business that specializes in barbecue, and owner Kevin describes it as his “ministry.” Funds from the company are donated to Tyler’s Hope for a Dystonia Cure.
Famous for its heavenly buttercream icing and “Kake Truffles,” KB Kakes has received many awards for its decadent cake masterpieces. No matter the occasion, KB Kakes has the perfect custom design of edible art. Owner Kathy guarantees your personal cake will be perfect and unique, made specifically for you. KB Kakes is the perfect choice for weddings and other events.
13570 NW 101st Drive, Suite 400
From the Quattro Formaggio to the Spinach Pesto, Piesanos is known and loved for its large assortment of stone-fired pizzas. Choose from 25 pizza options or create your own. Along with its pizzas, Piesanos has an assortment of calzones, subs, burgers, salads and other Italian dishes.
(352) 371- 7437 | 5200 NW 43rd St.
(352) 371- 8646 | 5757 SW 75th St. #101
Omi’s Elegant Catering
A great choice for all occasions, Omi’s has been catering birthdays, graduations, weddings and other events in Gainesville for more than 30 years. Although famous for its award-winning lobster bisque, Omi’s serves an assortment of specialties, plus provides entertainment, bartenders and elegant décor. This family-owned business adjusts to your event’s theme and strives to create the perfect ambiance for any occasion.
5729 SW 75th St.
Craving a strawberry-banana shake and a juicy burger? With 25 shake options and a large selection of classic American fast food, you can’t go wrong. Sonic first opened in the 1950s and continues to deliver meals “at the speed of sound.” So sit back in your car and enjoy the old drive-in feel while you enjoy your delicious meal.
2162 NW 39th Ave.
Whether you are looking to satisfy a sweet tooth or searching for the perfect gift for your chocolate lover, Thornebrook Chocolates has it all, from the white chocolate Gator Oreos to the Christmas tree chocolate assortments. Thornebrook has hand-dipped creations for all holidays and occasions. Stop by today and get something extra sweet for your sweetheart.
2441 NW 43rd St.
Tijuana Flats was opened with the goal of providing great Mexican food and a carefree atmosphere that would please the whole community. Join them on Tuesdays for “Taco Tuesdaze” (two tacos, chips and drink for $4.99); or “Throwback Thursdaze” (a burrito, chips and a drink for $5.99). And if you’re searching for the hottest hot sauce in town, this is the place for you.
University Avenue: (352) 692-3093 | 1720 W University Ave.
Archer: (352) 373-8967 | 3414 SW Archer Rd.