Civilization is one of my new favorite Gainesville restaurants. It isn't all about local and organic, but sometimes they do specify "free range eggs" on their specials. What I love about it is how tasty and fresh their food is. They don't offer a huge menu, but what they do offer tastes GOOD, which I much prefer to a long list of stale, half pre-cooked, so/so food.
After looking at Civilization's website I learned that the restaurant is run as a co-op so all of the employees pretty much have a part ownership in the company. It seems like there is a high level of professionalism here that perhaps is because the employees have such a vested interest in the success of the restaurant.
My little one and I both had the potato and parmasean soup and it was amazing. When I took one sip I was completely wowed buy the flavors and freshness. My little one gobbled her's all up. She had a bowl and I had a cup of the soup with some avacado toast which was also extremely fresh and yummy.
One of the things that I was mesmirized by were the ceilings. The huge sheets of wood are shiny and glossy and arch majestically over the room (see the picture below). I believe that Civilization was at one time, a railroad station. But when I looked online to confirm this I couldn't find anything. Anyone know anything about this?
I love the atmoshphere and super-cute decor. The tables are mismatched but come together with pretty, glossy, turquoise table tops. They needed to replace some lighbulbs, but I doubt most people that go there gaze at the decor as much as I did!
We will definitely be going back for lunch again soon. This is now one of my top 5 G-ville faves.