Weekend Eats in Gainesville, Florida

Sometimes, Marcela and I need to get away from the Miami craziness. Gainesville was chosen for a weekend eating and antiquing escape.

Since there were a few spots in Gainesville that needed my burger attention, it was a no-brainer. When I say Gainesville, that includes cities on the drive up or surrounding areas.

Brester’s Coney Island (R.I.P.) in Ocala was one such spot on the drive-up, and Burger Barn was hit up after I dropped Marcela off at an Antique Mall. So, let’s get this road food trip recap going!

Gainesville

Dick Mondell’s Burgers & Fries

Dick Mondell's Big Dick Cheeseburger in Gainesville, Florida
Dick Mondell’s Big Dick Cheeseburger

This is the Big Dick from Dick Mondell’s (412 SW 4th Ave, Gainesville). This Big Dick was thick & juicy.

I can’t get this Big Dick out of my mind. Ok, enough of those shenanigans…it was delicious.

Read the full post on Burger Beast about Dick Mondell’s

Halo Potato Donuts

Halo Donuts in Gainesville, Florida
Halo Donuts

I love potatoes and donuts, so Halo Potato Donuts is a no-brainer. We stopped here on our way out of town.

Since our visit, they’ve opened a second location (209 NW 75th Street, Gainesville), but the original is a cool little shack. The donuts are some of the best I’ve had on my road food trips, and that OG Donut is next-level stuff.

Halo Potato Donuts
1323 S Main Street
Gainesville, FL
(352) 234-6884

Open 7 Days a Week from 7 AM-Noon or SELLOUT

Box of Halo Donuts in Gainesville, Florida
Box of Halo Donuts

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Vintage Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Sign in Gainesville, Florida
Vintage Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Sign

We didn’t stop to get a donut fix at Krispy Kreme, but we did marvel at the beautiful sign outside.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
306 NW 13th Street
Gainesville, FL
(352) 377-0052

The Hot Light is on every day from 7 AM – 9 AM and 5 PM – 7 PM

Sandwich Inn

Sandwich Inn in Gainesville, Florida
There’s a Sandwich Inn in Gainesville, Florida

My main reason for hitting Sandwich Inn (10 NE 16th Avenue, Gainesville) was that it was founded by the same fella as Mac’s Drive-thru. And yes, the burgers were great old-school hamburgs.

Double Double Cheeseburger from Sandwich Inn in Gainesville, Florida
Double Double Cheeseburger from Sandwich Inn

Read the full post on Burger Beast about Sandwich Inn

SquareHouse Pizza

Oh man, oh man, this was our favorite stop on the trip. SquareHouse Pizza (405 SW 4th Ave, Gainesville) is across the street from Dick Mondell’s.

When Dick’s was closed, we spotted them across, and we’re like, what is this all about? We’re talking incredible Detroit-style pizza, waffles, and craft colas.

Pepperoni Pizza from SquareHouse Pizza in Gainesville, Florida
Pepperoni Pizza from SquareHouse Pizza in Gainesville, Florida

Read the full post on Burger Beast about SquareHouse Pizza

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams Ice Cream in Gainesville, Florida
Sweet Dreams Ice Cream

It won’t take a lot of arm-twisting to get us to check out a homemade ice cream joint with 24 flavors daily. Sweet Dreams has phenomenal ice cream and a bunch of great fudge that we couldn’t resist taking with us for the drive home.

Fudge from Sweet Dreams Ice Cream in Gainesville, Florida
Fudge
Salted Caramel Ice Cream from Sweet Dreams Ice Cream in Gainesville, Florida
Salted Caramel Ice Cream
Strawberry Ice Cream from Sweet Dreams Ice Cream in Gainesville, Florida
Strawberry Ice Cream

Sweet Dreams
1522 NW 13th Street
Gainesville, FL
(352) 709-3996

Hours are Sun-Thurs 12-10 PM and Fri-Sat from 12 until 11 PM

University of Florida Bat Houses

University of Florida Bat Houses in Gainesville, Florida
University of Florida Bat Houses

I thought she was kidding when Marcela suggested we visit the University of Florida Bat Houses (Museum Rd, Gainesville). But, nope, they’re a real thing.

University of Florida Bat Houses in Gainesville, Florida
Those little black specks are bats!

We arrived just as the sun set, and within 20 minutes or so, hundreds, possibly thousands of them emerged. It was quite a sight and very relaxing.

This happens every night. Just a heads up, weather affects the number of bats that appear. There is a small lot adjacent to the houses for parking where I was taking pictures, but you can get way closer than I was.

Uppercrust

Pastries from Uppercrust in Gainesville, Florida
Pastries

One of the peeps on my Facebook page suggested Uppercrust. While there were many parking spaces, many were filled, so I drove around while Marcela went in to choose a few things to sample.

My first thoughts were wow, these are beautiful. After that, we knew we were in for a treat.

Marcela picked out the Petit Croissant, Pain Au Chocolat, and Guava Chausson. I knew right off the bat that the Guava Chausson was for me. The Pain Au Chocolat was for her, and the Petit Croissant for sharing.

As the knight said in the Last Crusade, she chose wisely.

Uppercrust
4118 NW 16th Boulevard
Gainesville, FL
(352) 376-7187

Uppercrust is open every day from 8 AM – 7 PM

Bronson

Shakers Drive-thru

Shakers Drive-Thru Cheeseburger in Bronson, Florida
The Double Cheeseburger from Shakers Drive-Thru in Bronson, Florida

Shakers Drive-thru is located in Bronson, about a 40-minute drive southwest of Gainesville. This was a burger destination visit.

Later on, I realized that shakes are their specialty, so don’t make the same mistake that I did. Our burgers were cooked to order.

I put some ketchup and mayo (my favorite childhood burger condiment combination) on this fella and was transported back. I could go for another hamburg right about now.

It’s a local spot, so expect longer lines at the drive-thru for lunch and dinner.

Shakers Drive-thru
750 E Hathaway Avenue
Bronson, FL
(352) 486-1070

Hours are 11 AM – 9 PM every day except Sunday when they close at 8 PM

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