The Swamp is a Gainesville institution, “Serving the Gator Nation Since 1994,” as they proudly proclaim on the website. Swamp Starters include Macho Nachos and Gator Biters (yes, real gator tail with mango-chile glaze); try their Everglades Salad, with more gator tail, plus avocadoes, carrots, chutney, and greens, tossed with a pineapple vinaigrette. There are also sandwiches, wraps, and burgers, and specialties like the Spicy Tuna Bowl and Fresh Catch Platter. Sit and stay awhile with your best friend on their pet-friendly deck, and sip their house margarita, the Swamprita. Open daily 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
The Top offers a great selection of beers, wine, and cocktails, as well as a delicious food menu that includes salads, burgers, build-your-own-grilled cheese, pastas, and more, plus lot of vegan and vegetarian options. Your pooch is welcome to join you at their pet-friendly covered seating area in front and the patio area; water bowls provided on request. Open Tuesday through Saturday 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
We love their delicious menu, kind of a cross between pub and steakhouse, with fun flavor twists. Try the Bacon Jam Burger, topped with brie and maple bourbon bacon jam, or the Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich, or the Chairman’s Reserve Sirloin. Relax with your pooch on their pet friendly covered patio; water bowls are available on request. Open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday noon to 8 p.m.
Choose from one of the ten beers they always have on tap, plus a rotating selection of seasonal beers. Their menu includes starters, salads, burgers, and their own signature deep-dish pizza. Enjoy it on their pet-friendly patio. Open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.