The Jones quinoa black bean burger with avocado and fries.

The Jones B-Side ★★★★

203 S.W. 2nd Ave. Gainesville, FL 32601 | 352-371-7999 | Facebook

Cuisine: American | Price: $$

Hours: Monday through Friday 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. and Saturday through Sunday 9 a.m. - 2 a.m.

Must try: Quinoa black bean burger ($9.95), chicken gravy poutine fries ($5.50) and baked Brie platter appetizer ($10.95)

About: The Jones B-Side had its grand opening in 2012 and has the same owners as The Jones Eastside. It offers a trendy ambiance and specializes in local and sustainable sourcing with homemade cheese, desserts and smoked meats.

Review: The first few times I went to The Jones B-Side, I was not impressed. Slow service and mediocre food that took over an hour to arrive made me think I didn't like this restaurant.

I gave it a third chance, and I am so glad I did. The Jones B-Side was clearly not ready for the amount of business it got in its first few weeks. I strongly suggest anyone who disliked it then to give it another try.

I started with the chicken gravy poutine, which also has a vegetarian option, and let me tell you, it was out of this world. Then I tried the baked Brie platter which was delectable and well worth the nearly $11 price tag. For the main entree, I had the quinoa black bean burger with the topping of the day, blue cheese and avocado. It was similarly wonderful. I will add, the food does still take longer than normal to be prepared, but the service itself is good.

I also suggest trying one of their signature cocktails, like the Dixie Hotel. Go on a day when it won't be overly busy. I suggest Monday through Wednesday.

The Jones eggplant.
The Jones eggplant. Photo credit: Anna Edwards.
The Jones poutine, hand-cut fries and gravy.
Poutine, hand-cut fries and gravy.
Photo credit: Anna Edwards.

The Jones B-Side's Ratings

Food

★★★★

Service

★★★

Atmosphere

★★★★

Bang For Your Buck

★★★

*Ratings disclaimer

The Jones B-Side's Features

Best for: Dinner

Breakfast: Yes

Lunch: Yes

Dinner: Yes

Waiter service: Yes

Reservations: No

Accepts credit cards: Yes

Parking: Parking lot and street

Attire: Casual

Alcohol: Full bar

Kid friendly: Yes

Vegetarian friendly: Yes

Good for big group: Yes

Romantic: Yes

Delivery: No

Take-out: Yes

TVs: No

Live music: No

Outdoor dining: Yes

Private/party space: No

Wi-Fi: No

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