Here’s a list of new restaurants to try — because who needs another new year’s resolution of dieting. These establishments either opened recently or will be opening soon.
Finally, another Mexican-American restaurant for you to indulge in. Del Taco, is open for the New Year. While ordering, you’ll be able to find something that will suit everyone in your party. On the menu are tacos, hamburgers, burritos and cheddar fries.
And in case you have trouble deciding what you want, Del Taco is open until midnight, every day of the week, so you have plenty of time to order.
Located on Dawsonville Highway at the front of the Northlake Square shopping center in what used to be Pollo Tropical, it promises to beat out competitors by keeping fair prices and offering a family-friendly environment.
“Our goal is to create a welcoming atmosphere for the employees and customers,” said Bilal Siddiqi, the restaurant’s owner.
What: Mexican-American eatery
When: 10 a.m. to midnight starting Jan. 1
If hanging out on the downtown Gainesville square is more your thing, then you’re in luck. ChopBLOCK Food and Spirits, a new two-story sports bar is set to open Feb. 1, once renovations are complete. Things are moving pretty fast at the restaurant since news of its existence first broke in early October.
Just two doors down from Main Street Market on the square in what used to be The Jeweled Attic at 110 Main St. SW, ChopBLOCK will offer stadium-inspired food from around the country. And there shouldn’t be much doubt that it will be quality stuff since Kevin Shaffer, a former Atlanta Falcons player, is co-owner.
General manager Mike Mills said ChopBLOCK will bring a fresh take on sports bars, and Gainesville was his No. 1 choice for where to start.
“We just want people to come in, relax, have good food and watch sports,” Mills said.
What: Sports bar
Where: 110 Main St. SW, Gainesville
When: Opens Feb. 1
In the Main Street Market on the Square, a new place to pop up is Love Is All You Knead. The little shop’s specialty is miniature doughnuts with flavors like The Hangover, topped with maple syrup, bacon bits and powdered sugar.
Love Is All You Knead serves up crepes, rolled ice cream and breakfast sandwiches, too.
Endrick Ordonez said the want to be closer to family brought him and his business — which started out of a food truck in New York City — to the South at the beginning of the year, and so far, he’s enjoying his time.
“I hope we have a big impact here,” Ordonez said. “The community is wonderful, and I’m loving the people.”
What: Miniature doughnut, crepe and rolled ice cream shop
Where: 118 Main St. SW, Gainesville
When: Noon to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and closed on Sunday. Breakfast is served from 7:30-10 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
More info: Facebook
If you live on the southern end of the county or are up for driving out of Gainesville, Braselton Brewing Co. is the place to visit.
Chip Dale and his wife, Robin Rose, opened the brewpub, which also operates as a full-service restaurants, in Braselton’s old cotton gin.
The brewpub, which serves homemade beers on tap, wine by the glass along with finger foods and appetizers, has been completely renovated to offer the kind of experience Dale knows guests want. Most of the space has a communal feel with a long bar and open seating in the dining area. There’s a garage-style door that rolls open for good weather and a back patio that welcomes dogs.
“We really enjoy that theme and that environment, and we really thought that Braselton would be a perfect place to open one up,” Dale said.
Where: 9859 Davis St., Braselton
There’s another pizza joint in town for you to try out. Sliced, located where Little Italy Pizzeria used to be, serves up New York-style pizza in large slices. Sliced has two other locations, but decided on Gainesville for its third location after co-owner Jeremy Green felt the call to come back after his Biba’s Italian Restaurant closed years ago.
At Sliced, customers can get individual slices or 14- or 18-inch pizzas.
“At first we just opened a pizza shop, and then it got to the point where we needed more,” Green said. “Sliced is our little baby, and we get to eat the best pizza every day.”
When: 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. every day
More info: Facebook