With so many travel adventures the past few weeks, I figured it was best to start at the beginning with my trip to Gainesville at the end of August (and ironically also just this past weekend)! J. and I both went to the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and we love returning for game days, to visit friends, and of course, to eat at all of our favorite college restaurants. First on the list – one we really try to go to every time we visit – is Adam’s Rib Co.
Founded back in 2005, Adam’s has a South and brand new (bigger) North location off of 13th St., as well as offers catering services (perfect for your next Gator tailgate!) I love that you can smell the BBQ cooking as soon as you step out of your car to go inside. It’s mouthwatering. This is a no frills rib joint, white painted brick walls, booths, tables, and bar up front for seating, with a smattering of Gator decor. They focus on customer service with extremely friendly and attentive staff , and of course, their down-home BBQ.
J. and I typically order the same thing as it’s hard to mess with a tried and true favorite – the Pork Sandwich Plate.
5 oz smoked pork, on garlic toast with 2 sides (AKA: mac and cheese and baked beans). The pork is fall apart tender, with a nice bark on the outside without tasting overly smoky or burnt. You can tell the meat is fresh and has great flavor all on its own. Add your favorite BBQ sauce (they’ve got plenty of homemade option to choose from!) and you’ve got a sandwich that’s near perfection. The baked beans are sweet, a little tangy, and super saucy which is also perfect to dip pulled pork into. And the mac and cheese, oh the mac and cheese. Classic elbow noodles in the creamiest cheese sauce. I can say without a doubt that I have not had mac and cheese that good anywhere else.
Also worth noting are their fried pickles, corn nuggets, brisket, breakfast, and homemade desserts.
They aren’t shy to say they have “the best BBQ in Gainesville,” and I’d have to agree. So the next time you’re driving through, you’d be amiss if you didn’t stop there. And can someone please bring me some takeout when you do?