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Seeking tips for trip to The Swamp

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Pete, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. Pete

    Pete Well-Known Member

    I'm heading to The Swamp this weekend for LSU-Florida with a sextet of college friends (we're early 40-something). It's our 5th Annual College Football Weekend.

    What shouldn't we miss, in terms of food, nightlife, sights, etc.? We're getting in on Friday and staying at the Holiday Inn on University right off campus, so we can walk to most campus-adjacent spots.

    We sometimes look for a slightly more upscale restaurant for Saturday dinner, so tips in that area are much appreciated. But other than that we prefer spots with an abundance of local, collegiate flavor.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. ColdCat

    ColdCat Well-Known Member

    If you're in the mood for pizza, Leonardo's is just down University east of the stadium. Most of the good nightlife will be along University just across the street from campus.
  3. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Bring jorts.
  4. beanpole

    beanpole Member

    There are some surprisingly good, locally-owned restaurants downtown for a nice Saturday night dinner (but you'll need reservations for any of these)

    _ If you want Italian, try Amelia's or Manuel's Vintage Room. Manuel's has the better rep, but I prefer Amelia's.
    _ For good Cuban food, Emilio's is a nice spot.
    _ Dragonfly has New York-quality sushi, I'm told (I can't stand raw fish, but their vegetarian sushi was great)
    _ Mark's Prime Steakhouse is extraordinarily good.
    _ 101 Downtown has a pretty funky vibe and a decent menu.

    For drinks, the best place is Lillian's -- it's more of a towny bar than a college bar, although the law students like to hang out there as well. I also liked Rockeys Piano Bar, which has dueling pianos and puts on a good show.

    All of these are about 10 blocks east of your hotel, but that's where most of the nightlife happens.
  5. Pencil Dick

    Pencil Dick Member

    Some, um, colleagues recommend Cafe Risque. I don't know what that is, however.
  6. Rockbottom

    Rockbottom Active Member

    Burrito Bros.

    End. Of. Thread.

    And yes, the Purple Porpoise is across the street -- stumbling distance -- from campus on University. As is The Swamp (restaurant/bar). I, too, vouch for Leonardo's.

  7. Donny in his element

    Donny in his element Well-Known Member

    -Satchel's is far superior to Leonardo's. It's not near campus, however.

    -and if you can travel about two hours, you can visit a truly great city: Tallahassee. Well worth it.
  8. Rockbottom

    Rockbottom Active Member

    Well, Napolitano's is better than Satchel's, but that requires heading out toward Newberry. So, um, yeah.

    And the best part about being two hours from Tallahassee? You can't even smell the dump from Gainesville. :)

  9. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Another vote for Leonardo's. It's a UF institution.

    Do the pub crawl along University Avenue, right across from the campus.
    On a football weekend, what better than to soak up that student atmosphere.
  10. Rockbottom

    Rockbottom Active Member

    Brass Monkey is another quality watering hole among the many along University.

    And I do not know of the Cafe Risque of which you speak ... ;)

  11. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    How bad (or good) is it inside Cafe Risque? An SportsJournalists.com review would be invaluable.
  12. Donny in his element

    Donny in his element Well-Known Member

    Do you like hair pie?
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