There's no shortage of good restaurants in Gainesville. Branching out beyond the near-campus and Archer Road selections early was one of the best decisions I made as an undergraduate because, as my time here began nearing a decade, I was able to feel more connected to the community. A great website that helped me with finding local places to eat is NoSoupForYou.com. It contains a reasonably complete list (that is kept up-to-date) of local/independent restaurants in Gainesville along with their contact information, payment information, etc. It is also sortable by type of cuisine. Pretty much any information you'd want about a restaurant is available at a glance.
There are no ratings on the site, and that is one of the reasons I continue to rely on it. Whenever I want to try a new restaurant, NoSoupForYou is where I turn. That doesn't meant that there aren't good chain restaurants in Gainesville, but eating at independent eateries helps complete the Gainesville experience.
Check out NoSoupForYou, try something new, and form your own opinion of it. Gainesville is a great little town full of life beyond campus.