Judging from the posts -- very few and then mostly nostalgic memories of half-decent places gone out of business - - Gainesville is the pits. There is ball and chain central on Archer and Newberry Roads and a few pretentious over-priced steak houses like Porters and Mark's US Prime.
The only places that seem worth trying are Newberry BBQ, Juniors for soul food, (1218 N. Main St.
371-8008, HOURS: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, and Emiliano's downtown, for Latin American/Caribbean.
In terms of my own food preferences, my first choice is always to find what is distinctive to the area I am visiting. Thus no chains, no sushi, unless it is directly on a coast, and no East or South Asian cuisine, unless there is a substantial community of that origin.