My wife and her friend had dinner at Blue Gill in April. We had driven by the place a couple times and never noticed it was there. Happy we discovered it as our dinner was very good and we will definitely be back.
We ordered lots of the small plates and one entree. We started with the fried cauliflower which was without doubt the best cauliflower dish I have ever tasted. It had a light crunch on the outside while being slightly tender. The brown butter that was served with it was a nice touch.
We also ordered black-eyed pea salad, tongue and cheek, grouper cheeks and pimento cheese spread.
The salad was large and split between 3 people. Was simple but solid. Could have used more black-eyed peas.
The tongue and cheek was superb with the salad as it was rich and full of flavor. My wife skipped the tongue (more for me) but loved the pork cheek.
The pimento cheese spread brought me back to days spent in southern Georgia. It was spot on for the old southern style recipe. Nothing fancy just keeping true to its roots.
The best dish of the night and honestly one if the best pieces of fish I have had in a long long time was the grouper cheeks. They were lightly dusted and fried then served over lightly dressed mixed greens. The fish was as fresh as possible and the texture and flavor was perfect. It was a special but if they have it I would urge you to order it.
The last dish was the braised lamb which was a success. I had only a few bites as I was so stuffed from the small plates. In those few bites you could taste the richness of the lamb alongside the freshness of green peas. The little dumplings soaked up the delicious sauce perfectly.
Our service was solid and the waiter understood the menu and the dishes well. The ambiance has an industrial feel with exposed ceilings and concrete floor. Not quite what you would expect for a restaurant that specializes in southern style food but it worked.
Very happy that Gainesville has another quality non-chain restaurant to visit. Will be back next time we are in town.
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