Seafood and grill Marisquería Playa Azul
Serving everything from fried fillets to plates filled with snow crab legs, Playa Azul brings the flavors of the coastal beaches to the Atlanta Highway. Among many things, the restaurant offers a choice of fish on a bed of rice, accompanied by a salad and a wide choice of margaritas, micheladas and bloody marys. A simple staple is Playa Azul Fish Tacos, which comes with freshly cooked fish, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and a homemade sauce to pour on top. The soft tortilla is just the right container to hold the ingredients together for a perfect bite.
Where: 1736 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville
When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
More information: playaazul-seafoodrestaurant.business.site
Dominican restaurant El Caldero
If this is the last stop on this route, it is certainly not the least. Opened in January 2021, El Caldero brings authentic Dominican cuisine to the Gainesville table. Their menu offers a selection of main courses, sides and desserts, but it’s the starters that steal the show. The restaurant’s bollitos are served as four fried balls of dough stuffed with a choice of beef, pork or cheese. Another classic dish is mofonguitos: three fried plantain cups filled with melted cheese, shrimp, peppers, tomatoes, and a mouth-watering Creole sauce.
Where: 2550 Atlanta Highway Suite 900, Gainesville
When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday
More info: elcalderogainesville.com