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7 SE First Ave. (S. Main St.)
Gainesville, FL 32601
Inventive fare with a Latin flair.
Openings: Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sun.


Emiliano's Cafe Restaurant Review:

Emiliano's Café bills its cuisine as Pan-Latin, which sounds suitably trendy. However, most diners will recognize the heavy Puerto Rican influence on the kitchen, which turns out down-home black beans, chicken and rice and marinated pork with garlic butter sauce, as well as savory empanadas and twice-fried plantains. Nuevo Latino dishes make a showing with such innovations as grilled chicken breast with guava barbecue sauce and rum-glazed pork chops with pineapple-plantain salsa. Oh, and did we mention the chipotle-laced brownies? The restaurant offers a hearty, aromatic Caldo Gallego---a Spanish soup thick with meat and garbanzo beans---that could stand alone for lunch or a light supper. Vegetarians can feast on black bean burgers or platters of beans, rice and plantains. Although it's impossible to drop into Emiliano's without succumbing to at least a tapas plate, passersby are likely to be drawn to the restaurant's oh-so-inviting European-style sidewalk dining area.

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