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Gainesville offers plenty of good dining options while you are in town for a game. I know at least two restaurant/bars that will make Holy Turf’s Ultimate SEC Bucket List. The first is Balleyhoo’s. Balleyhoo’s is pure Gainesville. As you walk into the restaurant and bar, you see the wood carved Tim Tebow statue. A pretty sweet welcome! There is a terrific outdoor area, usually with live music, for patrons to mingle while downing a cold beverage. The atmosphere is jovial and welcoming. The place is popular, so know you are not going to sit down as soon as you walk in on game weekend, but no worries because everyone is having such a good time.
Balleyhoo’s offers terrific seafood as a staple on the menu. I had stuffed grouper full of crabmeats, shrimp, and mushrooms on my visit and highly recommend it. Another popular item at the table was sushi. The one must-eat item on the menu is the bananas foster dessert. The dessert is made tableside by your waitress, all attractive Florida coeds the night I visited, with a little fire to it as the picture shows.
You get the feeling Balleyhoo’s customers have been coming to dine there during football weekend’s for years and years. To me, that is the type place you want to hit up on your visit to a particular college town. So, carve out some time on your next trip to Gainesville and make sure to frequent Balleyhoo’s.
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