The Best Places to Eat in Gainesville Before You Graduate

The Ultimate Master List Of Places To Eat In Gainesville Before You Graduate

Better start now.


Now, my friends and I aren't allowed to say the G-word, but since I'm typing this, I'm not technically saying it out loud. Or else I would have to buy everyone shots. Mama is too broke for that.

Anyways, as I'm sure everyone is aware of by now (even if we don't want to be), graduation is rapidly approaching. And before we get all sad, that's not what this article is about. This is a happy article (yay!) that will hopefully make others happy (yay x 2!) because it is about FOOD!

A couple of weeks ago my friends and I started compiling a master document of all of the restaurants we needed to go to before we left our dearest Gainesvegas. I would love to share it with all of you. Now, this is a combination of places we literally die for and visit on a special occasion (hello, Bangkok Square) and places we still need to try. I left out the places I frequent, because I know I will be visiting them many times before I graduate (hi, MOD Pizza). Hopefully, I can introduce some new places to you and if I missed any, be sure to let me know. This is super important.

1. Bangkok Square

Get the panang curry. Its life changing.

2. Kabab House

I had never had Indian food until one of my friends took me here. Now I'm obsessed.

3. Yummy House

The best place to go to Saturday after a Friday night out. So many dumplings, so much sodium. Really does wonders to your body

4. Piesanos Stone Fired Pizza

Just a good Italian family restaurant. Get the garlic rolls and pizza!

5. Dragonfly

One of the first restaurants I fell in love with in Gainesville. Love the sushi, edamame and dumplings. Can't tell you how many birthday dinners I've been to here.

6. Bagels and Noodles

A true Gainesville classic. Amazing breakfast, even more amazing pho and pad thai.

7. La Tienda

The best Mexican food in Gainesville. Get the enchiladas verdes or the quesadilla. And obviously queso.

8. Satchels Pizza

Probably the best pizza in Gainesville. Really cool, funky atmosphere. Bring cash and get the salad (just trust me) and the biggest pizza possible.

9. Leonardo's Pizza By The Slice

Up there for the best pizza. Plus the rolls. Leonardos has been around forever and its still amazing every time.

10. Big Lou's

While we're here, (now I just want pizza) Big Lou's is another amazing pizza place, but I love it for the wings!

11. The Gelato Company

Every time my sister comes into town, she wants to come here. Its a little hole in the wall but the food is amazing. Get the Great Green salad or the Pollo Panini. Obviously get gelato too.

12. Maple Street Biscuit Company

I know this isn't a Gainesville-native restaurant, but the first time I had it was here so I'm counting it. It's amazing. I get "The Farmer" every time.

Places I Still Need To Try And You Do Too:

Curia on the Drag

If you have any more faves let me know!!!!! I'm on a Gainesville food tour from now until May 4!

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The Unspoken Dangers of 'Mukbang' Culture

Ever wondered why you can't stop clicking on these addictive, self-made eating shows?


Unless you've been living under a rock for the past five years, you've probably heard of the internet trend commonly referred to as a mukbang, or "eating show." These self-produced video clips typically involve one hungry individual, their filming device, and an obscene amount of delicious foods.

Though these broadcasts originated all the way from South Korea (hence the foreign vocabulary), the growing popularity of eating videos has taken the internet by storm. Nowadays as you scroll through YouTube, you'll find an outrageous amount of uploads with titles like "10,000 CALORIE PASTA MUKBANG," "EATING EVERYTHING ON THE MCDONALD'S MENU," or "THE ULTIMATE CHOCOLATE CHALLENGE."

Popular 'mukbangers' such as Peggie Neo, Megan McCullom, and Steven Sushi have made a sizable profit off of their viral eating shows, some collecting tens of thousands of dollars in revenue.

So, what's the big deal you say? You order a large quantity of food, indulge in said food, film yourself completing this menial task, and upload to the internet for money and fame. On the outside, this may seem like a luxurious lifestyle, but behind the camera lens sits an individual battling their own demons and influencing the world of social media to partake in their harmful behaviors.

Mukbanger Livia Adams ("Alwayshungry" on YouTube) has opened up about her unhealthy relationship with food in the past, praising herself for fasting several hours in order to justify her over-indulgence on camera.

Similarly, internet sensation Trisha Paytas claims to diet and starve herself for weeks just to be able to satisfy her subscribers with epic mukbangs, which are essentially binges.

In all actuality, these social media celebrities are negatively impacting (and possibly triggering) vulnerable viewers.

Many fans only see the highlight reel of YouTubers shoveling bowls of cereal or boxes of doughnuts into their mouths, yet remain completely unaware of what truly goes on behind-the-scenes. Messages saying:

"I'm on a diet... watching this is giving me some sort of satisfaction, like as tho I ate, you know?"
"I watch these videos because I know I physically can't afford to eat like this because I gain weight too easily."
"When having an eating disorder, watching Trisha's mukbangs is sorta comforting in a way omg"

flood the comments sections of Paytas' videos. Quite obviously, fans young and old are heavily influenced by this content and continue to support these creators to fulfill a self-destructive need.

Additionally, famous mukbang accounts never seem to include the painful after-effects of their ginormous feasts in videos. Fitness model Stephanie Buttermore flaunts her slim physique just days after consuming over 10,000 calories for a challenge, giving the impression that her previous overindulgence had no repercussions on her health whatsoever. Because Buttermore is a trained, athletic young woman, she was able to quickly bounce back after a series of workouts and low-calorie meals.

On the contrary, if a sedentary woman of about the same age were to attempt this challenge, she would most likely feel sluggish, irritable, bloated, stomach discomfort, and even vomitous post challenge. Eating regularly like this could lead to bigger issues such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and certain types of cancer. Unfortunately, because topics like these aren't glamorous and attractive to subscribers, mukbangers often edit them out.

Now don't get me wrong. Though not everyone who uploads a mukbang to the internet has an eating disorder or an evil agenda, they have to realize the kind of audience they're appealing to. This generation is more susceptible than ever to emulate the actions and words of their favorite celebrities. Young boys and girls look up to successful adults, and influencers should be remembered for the change they inspired, not the disease they encouraged.

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Thank You, Meal Ticket, For Pulling Me And My Family Through

Feed your belly!


Dear, Meal Ticket

I thank you for feeding me school breakfast and lunch. I thank you for feeding all the children in the neighborhood. You were one the thing all of us kids from the hood remembered. Mama told us not to forget our meal ticket. No bagged lunches around here, no money for breakfast. Just the bus stop down the corner to get us to school early so we could fill our tummies while we bent over desks scribbling want-to-be cursive on the wide ruled paper.

Thank you, meal ticket, for making it easier for our families. You took two out of the three meals off our parents' plates five days a week. How could we repay you? I could make you some spam and white rice for dinner. That dinner might not be as good as you, meal ticket, but it will fill your belly. It sounds foolish I know, but there is no way I could reimburse you. So I will sit here and praise you in gratitude for saving me and my brothers and sisters from poverty. For teaching us about the service you do for us, meal ticket.

Look at where you got me, meal ticket. I am here writing to thank you for feeding me enough so that I could sit here before you today. We were hopeless, our brains stuck in the mud, not knowing what move we had to make next to fill our tables, but you saved us. You made us excited to go to school, knowing we would be fed a plate full of food and education to get us out of the hood. So that one day we could be just as great as you are and feed the whole neighborhood with integrity.

I want to remind all of you to hold on to your meal ticket even when you find the knowledge to be your own meal ticket one day. Never forget where you came from. This meal ticket saved not only you but so many others. So turn in your meal ticket with pride. And kiss your loved ones for teaching you about the service.

Thank you, meal ticket, for pulling me out of the mud with a full belly.

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