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Best Breakfast Restaurants
Like any city, there are literally hundreds of dining options from fast food to fast-casual, from family-style to fine dining. Hungry for breakfast, you will find your bagels, omelets, pancakes; a restaurant for every palate and every price point. Depending on whether you are touring with a prospective student or visiting your student in Gainesville, who will undoubtedly be clamoring for a good meal, the options are plentiful. Some things to consider beforehand are price and time.
These are our favorites:
29 82 in The Swamp – Located on W. University Avenue. Serving healthy food like açaí, lettuce wraps, wraps, bagels, cold-pressed juices, and more. Vegetarian/Vegan health food restaurant.
43rd Street Deli and Breakfast House- 2 locations, Williston and NW 25th place. Open for 35 years, this is more of your traditional deli restaurants.
Afternoon – Located on NW 10th Avenue in the Grove Street neighborhood (closed on Wednesdays), this newest breakfast/brunch place is not too expensive but really good for either breakfast or brunch. From an egg & cheddar sando to corn & potatoes, from Shakshuka to poached eggs and many other options. The owners consider themselves as a New American brunch establishment serving traditional southern ingredients combined with international and American ingredients.
The Bagel Bakery – In the Millhopper Shopping Center on 16th Blvd. In addition to their bagels, they serve muffins, pastries, and breakfast sandwiches. Coffee is sourced from Guatemala.
Bagels and Noodles- Midtown.Classic breakfast fare with a mix of American and Asian flair. An unlikely marriage of foods but a staple when visiting.
Bagels Unlimited- 34 Street. Serving fresh bagels baked daily.
Bay Islands Coffee Company – Archer. Every time I visit Gainesville, before I pick up my daughter, the request to drive through Bay Island is given. This coffee stand serves up bagels, muffins and more but is known for its coffee ice cubes in many flavors. Drive through (or walk-up)
Civilization- Near Downtown – Known for its organic and locally sourced menu with Vegan options. Cash only restaurant serving lunch Tues- Fri, Dinner Tues- Saturday and brunch on Saturday and Sundays beginning at 10 a.m. Closed on Mondays.
Daybreak Pleasant Street – Near Downtown. Simple, compact cafe offering locally sourced quality ingredients and from-scratch cooking
Flying Biscuit -NW 16th Boulevard. Known for its Southern-inspired comfort food ingredients. Definitely, do not miss their grits and biscuits. Open for lunch and dinner too.
Harvest Thyme- Downtown. A small cafe serving sandwiches, wraps, smoothies and breakfast bites. Good vegan options and locally sourced food.
Keke’s Breakfast Cafe – Located in Butler Plaza North. Breakfast menu items are handmade, using the best ingredients available, with fresh fruits and vegetables delivered daily, fresh bread and dairy products. Waffles, Eggs, Pancakes, French toast, omelets and more.
Maple Street Biscuit Company-Archer Road and Tioga Town Center. A casual cafe serving biscuit sandwiches and southern sides. Breakfast and lunch (dinner on weekends) This being the south, you will want to naturally try their biscuits. Closed on Sundays
Metro Diner- 34th Street. With multiple locations in many states, Metro Diner serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner but we are recommending breakfast/lunch. Featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, hosted by Guy Fieri.
Peach Valley Cafe- 34th, Archer area. Open for breakfast and lunch. They tend to get long lines on the weekends but serve free coffee and water for those waiting. Traditional breakfast comfort food with a southern flair. Don’t let the peach in their name confuse you and try their apple fritters.
Root and Pecker – 5408 NW 8th Ave. Open 7 am – 3 pm daily. Local farm ingredients, healthy fair. Their menu uses no preservatives, pesticides, antibiotics or GMOs. Serving breakfast and lunch.
Waffle House – We ended up here after trying several other places that had over an hour wait. We were pleasantly surprised by the friendly service and good food. Open 24/7.
If perhaps you have a student, like mine, that would prefer to sleep in and get brunch, we’ve got our favorites for Brunch.
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