Delicious Gainesville Finds On a College Budget

If you are tired of going to the same restaurants where the food is overpriced and not spectacular, this is the blog for you. I will visit a different restaurant that may not necessarily be well-known but might have amazing food for a reasonable price. I love food and hope to find a few new favorite restaurants. Eating on a budget, without having to splurge on Ramen noodles every day, is always a plus!

Sep 28, 2009

Emiliano's Cafe

Emiliano's Cafe specializes in tapas and pan-Latin cuisine. The modern atmosphere gives a big city feel to Gainesville. The menu included traditional Latin cuisine in Spanish and the English translations underneath. Although the entrees were not extremely cheap, the relatively inexpensive tapas, which included rather large portions and are to be shared, made it easy to order a few for the entire table and simply split the bill. I actually enjoyed the tapas more than my entree. They also had a large selection of fresh fruit juices including papaya, mango and guava which became the perfect backdrop for my mimosa. The popular 70s and 80s music played in the restaurant was a unexpected but pleasant treat to my Emiliano's experience.

A small portion of four traditional Mexican tostones is served with their signature garlic mojito sauce. Tostones are green plantains that are fried twice.

Two local paintings hang in the indoor seating area inside the restaurant on the brick wall underneath the fluorescent lights.

A colorful painting featuring a rooster surrounded by fruit created by a local artists hangs on the wall near the booths. Small lights frame the artwork displayed throughout the restaurant which prides itself on being a supporter of Gainesville art.

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