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“Food was very good, decor not as upscale as expected”

Mildred's Big City Food
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Ranked #91 of 583 Restaurants in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 34th Street
Reviewed 1 March 2014

I was concerned as to whether I was dressed appropriately for Mildred's (business casual), but some were wearing jeans. The tables are decorated with white table cloths covered with white paper, which was fine. Beyond that, not much upscale in the decor. They have bench seats at the tables that are against the wall that are more comfy than just sitting in a chair. The upholstery on the benches were lacking any upscale qualities.

The server wasn't the most engaging, but she was adequate. I did notice a couple of the other servers seemed to interact with the guest much more than she. This was my first time, and though the menu is not extensive, I had trouble deciding on an entree (by the way, four courses are available). I finally decided on the New York Strip. It was a few bucks more than the last couple of steaks I have gotten at other restaurants (which haven't been the best), so I wanted to see how it compared. With my steak, I had fingerling potatoes and broccoli. The steak could have been cooked a bit more since I ordered it medium, but it was very good. The potatoes were different and also tasty. I thought the broccoli would be the standard steamed broccoli, but it was not. It was seasoned very well and tasted wonderful. It was a bit more pricey than your chain places, but it was more relaxed and less clamorous than those places, so that was a plus. It's worth a try.

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Reviewed 7 November 2013

Chef Bert Gill is Gainesville's top chef in my opinion and his employees love to work WITH him. The food is as local as possible, fresh to the extreme. Great taste and seasoning. The butternut soup and the escargot were wonderful. Everything was better than good. The service is some of the best and nicest in town. Unfortunately, the atmosphere is lacking, although clean. If you care more about the taste and food quality than the building decor you will be pleased.

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Thank John H
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

Mildred's has a lovely ambiance and very good service. The menu is somewhat limited but they do have gluten-free options and hearty vegetarian fare.
The pompano was very light, tasty and well prepared. One in our party had the pork tenderloin. The chef prepared it "medium." It went back for a bit more heat as it appeared more on the rare side.
The desserts, while nicely presented, seemed a bit dry.

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Thank travchef
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Reviewed 23 September 2013 via mobile

Mildred's is located in an unimpressive back corner of a strip mall. The decor inside is plain. The service and food, however, were outstanding! The staff was attentive, friendly and knowledgable. The food selection was impressive for a little restaurant, with its menu changing daily based on ingredients that are available locally, in season etc. There was a mix of classics such as crab cakes, Cornish hen and New York Strip... but prepared with a fine touch. Other items were unique and delishious, such as the snails with fresh, homemade linguini. The selection of fish was broad, such as cobia, pompano, Idaho brook trout and wild salmon. The salads were well received, particularly the white bean salad with smoked sausage.

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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Our son recommended Mildred's to us during a visit to him several years ago. We have been impressed with the consistent excellence of the food--quality of ingredients, creativity, presentation and service. The wine list is very reasonable and unusual; all the wines we've tried have been very good to outstanding. It's been awhile since we've been there, but clearly the restaurant is a standout in the area and has established itself among connoisseurs of fine dining. There are options for small plates or more traditional large plates. The clientele is sophisticated and appreciates the cuisine, so the tone of the restaurant is relaxed, friendly and classy. It's our go-to place in Gainesville. No other place comes close!

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Thank dh0414
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