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  • flgrl Aug 19, 2008 06:55 AM
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Let's start a new thread for Tallahassee. I always get tricked into looking at the very old one. Probably wouldn't hurt to do a new one every year since things change so quickly.
I'll start it with 2 issues.
1. Jasmine restaurant downtown is fabulous. I lived in Japan for a while and it's the very closest I've found to real Japanese food and tasty sushi since I've been back in the states.
2. I'm a huge bbq lover and was looking forward to trying Mr. T's on South Monroe, but was so upset to see that it closed before I got to go. Any other suggestions? I'm not a regional bbq snob, just like tasty food (especially the sides).

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  1. Add Sakura on N Monroe midtown to your Japanese favorites. And Masa's just down the street to upscale. Bahn Thai and Rengthai round out the Asian bests. Haven't found a really excellent Chinese place as Tallahassee favors buffets and AUCE Chinese.

    Being a big Texas Q fan and love the memphis stuff too, haven't found anything around the area that's even close to a Dreamland, much less a Tom Jenkins.

    Top Tex-Mex still goes to La Hacienda II out on Bannerman Rd. Sort of a tie between San Miquel and El Jalisco for #2. Black Bean rules Cuban, IMO. Havana and Carlos are about equal.

    Sage, Urbane, Mozial, Food Glorious Food, Cypress, Curry and Wine are the among the better spots for fine dining in town. Each has its own pros and cons and fans and detractors.

    Sahara, the restaurant, not the mall food court, is good for Mid Eastern. And Essence of India is the better of the 2 Indians spots in town. But there's a growing Indian community here, just make friends with them and you'll get the really good stuff.

    That's my spin.

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    1. re: crewsweeper

      I second you on Rengthai. Went last week with son for lunch and it was very tasty and reasonable. Want to try at night as well. Waitress needs a little training, however. I asked what was in one of the curries, and the reply: "certain vegetables" and "the meat of your choice." It was good.

      Also took son to Sakura for 22nd birthday at his request. He loved it, but it was so-so to me, but that type of food is not my style. From what I read in the Democrat today, we have a couple of good burger joints coming to town as well.

      For Mexican, try Tijuana Flats in Publix center on Mahan.

      Great steak house and BBQ joints are sadly lacking....not what one would expect for a southern capital city.

      1. re: steakman55

        Steak... looks like A.S. reviewed Tijuana Flats today. 3.5 toques, jus tlike a Chinese buffet. A chain no less. Sounds a bit more of a to-go spot. Still since it's close by, may check it out. Mrs. Crew picked up some Mexican from El Tapatio's last weekend. Wasn't as impressed, but maybe because of the selection she made (taco and enchilada) versus what I might have selected if I saw the menu.

        I've had some good meals at Peppers.

        1. re: crewsweeper

          Tijuana Flats is never going to be authentic and it will disappoint if you're expecting it to be so. But they're vegetarian-friendly (no lard in the beans) good about using reasonably fresh ingredients, have a number of options that let you pick the grease level you're craving on a given day, and I'll admit I'm addicted to their Georgia peach & vidalia onion hot sauce.

      2. re: crewsweeper

        I thought that Essence of India is the former Curry and Wine?

        1. re: Feellikeeatinout

          Essence of India is where Curry and Wine used to be. As for Sahara I would skip the one in the mall and go to their new location in Killearn or the old one on East Lafayette Street. Bella Bella is cozy and the food can be decent but is nothing special. I have been going to Bahn Thai for about 20 years and I used to love it. However, over the past few years it's gone downhill and I prefer Rengthai. Plus they have amazing homemade coconut ice-cream for dessert. I agree the servers there are a little inexperienced. I tried Sushilicious only one time and was not impressed but in all fairness I should go back before I make a judgement. For sushi I like Kitcho (get the ceviche, it's awesome), Sakura, and Masa are all pretty good. My only problem with Sakura is their wine list is a little lacking.

      3. For Sushi try out Sushilicious on Kerry Forest! It is so delicious and also very creative (I love the New Orleans roll!)

        for BBQ-OMG-Mr. T's was my absolute favorite! He still does catering but the restaurants gone (he is looking for investors to reopen though). A pretty good substitute I've found is Famous Daves on Capital Circle (by Capital Regional Medical Center) The rib tips are awesome and they have six different sauces. It easily beats out Jim and Milts or Sonnys. As for sides they have great fries and mashed sweet potatoes; the house side salad is yummy to and could be a meal itself.

        Mexican is definitely el Tapatio on N. Monroe. Love truly equals their queso and guac. dips.

        Bella Bella in MidTown is hands down the best italian. I've been there several times and the cozy atmosphere and great service make the meal even better. For and appetizer go for the bubble bread. The pre-dinner salads aren't great but you forget all about them once dinner arrives in huge, delicious portions.

        As for Seafood you're going to have to travel but Angelo's in Panacea is well worth the half hour drive. With seafood caught fresh daily, the great service and the amazing Gulf view its well worth the price tag.

        Urbane downtown is great for a night out- their shrimp and grits is sooo good, went there for my two year anniversary.

        Oh and dont forget classic standbys like Kool Beanz, Harry's, and for a chill night the Red Elephant.

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        1. re: tastytally0627

          While I agree that Sushilicious has a good sushi selection, Famous Dave's?
          The last lunch I had there, the meat was dried out from over reheat under the micro lamps. You'll find better sauces in Kraft's KC BBQ suace on the shelf at Publix. Bella Bella is okay if it's a nice day and you can sit outside, but it's nothing special. And Bayou Rouge eats Harry's lunch every day of the week. Po'Boy's can do so too. And you're not out an arm and a leg and snotty NYCish service. Red Elephant for chili? Tasty you've never had "real" chili or you wouldn't have made that statement. I love Kool Beanz food but lose my voice shouting to the person sitting next to me just to be heard over the noise level. We ate at Angeleo's shortly after the reopening and it was okay. I think what made Angeleo's was the atomshphere and the new place seems much more sterile. Over on the South Board there's a posting about a new spot in Thomasville in the old Liam's location on Jackson &Broad. Called Jonas' Fish and Grits. Maybe we can do a tasting...Urbane vs Jonas for best shrimp and grits, but the Fish House in Pensecola has the North Florida title locked up.

          1. re: crewsweeper

            Hey crewsweeper,, Ill toast to you tomorrow while dining at The Fish House tomorrow for lunch.. I try to go there at least a couple of times a month for lunch. They have the best grilled salmon salads.

            Dont forget the Lucky Snapper in Destin, the best stuffed grouper you can eat and outstanding chedder mini bisquits.

            1. re: seller

              Just stay dry. Enjoy.

        2. I like Peppers on SE Capital Circle for Mexican. It's cheap, fast, good and clean and the salsa is fantastic. I just eat it by itself with a spoon! We're trying Mom and Dad's tonight for the first time and after all the build up, I certainly hope it lives up to it. Will have to post on it tomorrow I'm sure.

          1. I'm new to this board...just checking it all out...have lived in Tallahassee since 1970 so finding these posts interesting. Can't wait to hear what you say about Mom and Dads! That is an old staple of Tallahassee, first Italian restaurant in town, I believe, but I haven't been there for 20 years.

            1. We did really enjoy Mom and Dad's (even with the rain!). The food was really tasty and there was plenty of it. We had pizza, baked spaghetti and stuffed eggplant and it was all good, even the leftovers today. My only complaints are that the service was quite slow and inattentive and there is a musty smell that kind of hits you when you walk in like walking into an elderly person's home. Once you get used to that and the old, worn out decor, it's pretty enjoyable. Take out might be the way to go.

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              1. re: flgrl

                Mom and Dad's used to be my favorite date restaurant in the early 70's. Quite, dark, chianti bottle candles with checkere tablecloths, and relatively inexpensive. I remember I always got lasagna as it was good and easy to eat without appearing messy. Have not been in years. I know Nino Violante, who used to run it, moved on and opened an eponymous restaurant on down the road.

              2. Unfortunately I've never been impressed with Angelo's. I've been really trying to like it ever since the mid 80s, but aside from their homemade salad dressings, I just haven't ever found their North Florida fried seafood to be anything special.

                In my opinion, Spring Creek Restaurant in Spring Creek blows them away for N. Florida-style seafood, and it's a shorter drive.

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                1. re: mikeh

                  Well, there's you problem you're getting your seafood fried. Asked for it broiled or grilled. You have to try Angelo's oysters. I don't know how they make it but it's really good. They used to make the best key lime pie with real toated merangue but now it's just whipped cream.

                2. Does anyone know anything about the Taste of Tallahassee event at the Fairgrounds this coming Sunday (aug. 31)?

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                  1. re: flgrl

                    I don't know anything about the Taste of Tallahassee. Completely off the subject has anyone tried California Sushi Bar on Tennessee Street? I have read some wonderful reviews.

                    1. re: flgrl

                      Events in the paper only show the Car show at the Fair Grounds on Sunday.
                      There is a Taste of Tallahassee web site but it only shows the date, Sunday the 31st, and says advanced tickets are available at Settle's Beauty Supply. No listing of sponsors or vendors.

                    2. Ok, I believe I've now tried all the noteworthy Japanese restaurants in town (not including the strip mall, fast food types) and here's what I think:

                      1. Jasmine - best for really fresh sushi, tasty big bowls of noodles. a little too "bistro style" to take a child but fun for a date
                      2. Kitcho - best overall for non-sushi japanese. my husband thinks their pork katsu is the best around
                      3. Sakura - good but really crowded and kind of awkward seating arrangement. large portions for japanese
                      4. Masa - this was ok, but i wasn't impressed. terribly noisy, sushi was just ok, reasonable portions but nothing too big. very uncomfortable to have people waiting for a table just standing at the doorway. the shumai appetizer was good, but I would definitely qualify this as Chinese instead of Asian.

                      Have I missed anything that's worth trying?

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                      1. re: flgrl

                        California Sushi.

                        http://local.yahoo.com/info-32022646-...

                        1. re: ses04e

                          Also, there are a few new sushi places, Circa being one of them. I haven't heard too many good reviews though. I forget the name of the others but I do know there are a couple about to or that have already opened.

                          1. re: ses04e

                            The times we've venture out to Kerry Forest Parkway, we've found Sushilious (Circa's parent) to serve good sushi and Japanese food. At one time Osaka had a good hibachi menu, but it's been a few years since we've eaten there. Again, to your point, the newest places serving sushi we've noticed have been Circa and Sakura.

                            1. re: crewsweeper

                              There is also Mr Roboto’s Tokyo Grill on Pensacola Street and a new Japanese place where Nagasaki used to be on Mahan Drive.

                              1. re: ses04e

                                Is the new place on Mahan in the Publix Shopping Center where Tiajuana Flats is?

                                1. re: crewsweeper

                                  Yes, it's there next to Publix. I'm not sure that it actually is any different. I went to Nagasaki and it was pretty bad so i don't know if I can chance it with this place.

                        2. re: flgrl

                          Recently, I have really been impressed with Shane's Rib Shack on Tennessee Street. Great ribs and BBQ! Check out the wing special on Wednesdays at .40 cents a pop. Big, meaty and fiery.

                          1. re: benedpo

                            Is this really a BBQ place? I haven't tried it because (1) their online menu features wings and chicken nuggets above BBQ (2) I can't imagine they'd have a pit/smoker in that location

                            1. re: onrushpam

                              I'm not sure about their method......but the Q was really good. I know it's a small chain out of GA.

                          2. re: flgrl

                            Kitcho is my favorite! I always feel like I'm stepping out of Tally when I go there.

                          3. Anyone been to the old Albert's location that Ashby wrote up last weekend??

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                            1. re: steakman55

                              it's run by the same chef who took over Albert's once Albert retired. So if people say it went downhill at that point, don't see why it would be any better now. Especially with the same number of "hats" as Old Town Cafe and half the chain restaurants in town :-P.

                              1. re: steakman55

                                And notice that today he reviews Cypress, giving no indication of prices except for the $12-$15 appetizers and merely listing the menu options. Raves on the shrimp and grits which has become the braised short ribs of the menu for any Southern restuarant within 100 miles of any coast line. In last week's review he mentioned an untasted dish and then said one of his guest had it. The guy needs to go during this latest round of lay-offs at the TD.

                              2. My husband is wanting a "good steak" for his birthday dinner in a few weeks and I'm not really a big red meat eater. Any suggestions? Non-chain is always appreciated, but we'll settle for chain if it's tasty.

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                                1. re: flgrl

                                  Without question, the best steak in Tallahassee is served from my back yard every Friday night of the year, but, failing that, I would take him to the Silver Slipper. It is on a side street off Monroe and John Knox. Been around for decades and serves great steaks. Look at www.thesilverslipper.com and click on the menu. Much better than Marie LIvingston's, despite Ashby Stiff rec in the Democrat this past week. Take my word.

                                  1. re: steakman55

                                    Thanks Steakman. Judging from that name I think i have to trust you!

                                    1. re: flgrl

                                      Flgrl, I've never been to the Silver Slipper but when I've been in town, I've had very good steaks at both Cypress and Urbane. Also, you may want to take a look at Ted's Montana Grill, even though they are a chain. They have some interesting bison items. I haven't had steak there, but the burgers are great.

                                      1. re: tlubow

                                        I've been to all those as well, and trust me, you want the steak at the Slipper. I've been going there since the early 70's
                                        Ted's costs just as much and is not half as good. At the other two places, steaks are an afterthought or nightly special, not the main dish of the house.

                                        1. re: steakman55

                                          Steakman, we made it to The Silver Slipper last night for the birthday dinner. I liked the fact that it was one of those old style steakhouses that really doesn't exist anymore. My 4 year old really enjoyed the "rooms" with the curtains. It was a bit musty, but I suppose that's to be expected especially since it was Wednesday at 5:30 (we eat early, I know) and we were the first ones there. My husband did enjoy his steak with mushrooms so thanks for the recommendation. Not really my cup of tea, but I think it met his birthday request.

                                          1. re: flgrl

                                            Glad it worked. I was actually there the night before, first time in a while, and had the best steak I have ever eaten there. Bone in ribeye. A little musty indeed, I suppose, but still pretty good and great history.

                                2. I noticed a new Tapas restaurant in the Manor at Midtown next to Finnegans on Thomasville yesterday. Anybody heard anything about it?

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                                  1. re: flgrl

                                    Is that in th espace for Rodizios or Lunas? I hope its not Luna's their meatball subs go down nicely with black and tans at Finnegan's.

                                    1. re: flgrl

                                      It's in the space where an art gallery used to be next to The Winery. I think it was opened by a former Kool Beanz Chef. By the way I am very unimpressed with the wine selection at The Winery. If you like wine check out DeVive Wine in the Lake Ella shopping center. They have an excellent list that changes often and they let you taste until you find something you like. Also, has anyone tried California Sushi next to the asian market on West Tennesse Street? I keep hearing good things.

                                      1. re: ses04e

                                        The Wine House next to Tasty Pastry also has limited but interesting wine selections, knowledgable staff and tastings. However, for just running in on the spur of the moment and picking up a drinkable bottle of wines with a vast assortment of quality vintages from around the world, my first stop is always Market Square Liquors in Market Square. They'll also try to get bottles of wine not in stock so if you're reading a review and you want to try the wine, they can probably get it for you, one bottle or a case or any number inbetween.

                                      2. re: flgrl

                                        I visited Tapas Bar and Restaurant today to check out the menu. It was after lunch and there were still a few groups inside and out. The space is minimal yet warm, charming mood set by music and staff. The hostess/server I spoke with was a delight. I will return this weekend to dine. The dinner menu changes nightly. Most items seemed to be in the four to nine dollar range. They have a special Valentine's tapas menu that looked very appealing, as I am tired of going out on VD to an overpriced price fixed (and often inferior) menu.

                                        As ses04e said, this place has Kool Beanz in it's history as well as Main Ingredient.

                                        1. re: flgrl

                                          Well, the tapas just recently made some changes with the ownership and brought in a new chef. Owen, who was there before is an excellent chef and it's tapas's loss to not have him there. The new menu is smaller, cheaper and simpler. My bf and I tasted several dishes and were very unimpressed. The wine selection for Tapas and the Winery is mediocre at best. What used to be known as Divine Wine on Lake Ella plaza has been Lee's Wine bar for over a year now, and has the best selection of wines in town. Great atmosphere as well!

                                          -----
                                          Lee's Wine Bar
                                          1700 N Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32303

                                          1. re: pingo

                                            So, where is Owen cooking now? He's really good!

                                        2. I have a few favorite Tallahassee restaurants...
                                          1. Bella Bella on Monroe -- its TINY but has FANSASTIC italian food.
                                          2. Carlos Cuban Cafe -- I heard they were thinking of closing this diamond in the ruff but if its still around -- it's has the best cuban food I've eaten in Florida -- and I'm from South FL.
                                          3. Mellow Mushroom -- Whole wheat pizza that doesn't taste whole wheat! I love it!

                                          I know I have other restaurants that I loved but their names have escaped me at the moment. Ahh, good ol' Tallahassee!

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                                          1. re: abrcrom843

                                            Had great wine AND food at Tapas this weekend. The place was really hoppin'.
                                            Paella was fantastic and we loved the seared manchego with roasted red peppers and shitakes--a great dish.

                                            You can spend on wine so if you want to keep the tab low, watch the prices.

                                            Good luck to chef Owen and the staff!

                                            1. re: jangita

                                              Do you have the address or phone number?

                                              1. re: tlubow

                                                I wasn't all that impressed with the tapas place at midtown. The menu read a lot better than the food tasted. I had tapas at ARIA this evening (across from Kitcho at Market Square) and I was really happy with the meal. Terrific food, great service. I was born in Spain and this reminded me so much of home. Highly recommended.

                                          2. Canopy Road Cafe on North Monroe has expanded with a second location in Killearn on Shannon Lake in the former Hobbit site. Since the newest site has a bar, they are open until 10 pm and offer a bar menu in addition the their standard breakfast and lunch menu.

                                            1. We stopped for lunch today at Ali's, on the corner of Crump Rd and Hwy 90. It's a produce stand with a food trailer and picnic tables. She also sells fresh seafood and some good bacon/sausage, etc. We had really good pulled pork sandwiches, so-so slaw and potato salad, great milkshakes. They also have hot dogs, fresh grouper sandwiches, ribs, etc. It was a fun stop on a beautiful day.

                                              1. We had a takeout pizza from Paulina's Pizzeria on Mahan at I-10 last weekend and I was pretty impressed. The dough was incredibly fresh, sauce was good and the toppings were better than most (smoked ham, black olives and mushrooms). I highly recommend it and it seemed really popular already. My only complaint is a ridiculous amount of dried rosemary. I don't know if it's the sauce or added on with the toppings, but they really need to lay off it. No one likes to eat a bunch of sticks with their pizza.

                                                Other than Momo's, are there other pizza places in town that I should try?

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                                                1. re: flgrl

                                                  My family ate at Paulina's Sat. night after hearing good things, and we happened to be passing by on the way back from a day trip to Gainesville. Pleasantly surprised. We had a medium sausage and pepperoni and a medium green pizza, with spinach and feta and pesto. I did not taste the latter, but daughter and wife loved it, as they did the roasted feta app.

                                                  For my money, the best pizza in Tallahassee can be found at 3 Guys From NY, on Tennessee St just west of FSU campus, Decent Pizza on North Monroe, and Barneby's on Apalachee Parkway. I have been eating pizza in this town for 40 years, before the chains and the top place was Chanelo's on Tenn. St. Those are my three favorites now.

                                                2. Just tried Sahara for lunch today and I was pleasantly surprised. By the looks of the outside of it, I was a little worried, but the inside is a cute little restaurant. The wait staff seemed a bit confused and the food took a while to arrive, but other than that it was really great. I had the Chicken Shawara (sp?) lunch plate with salad and rice and my friend had the gyro and chicken combo with hummus and fries. Everything was really delicious, fresh and perfectly cooked. We also kept asking for pita bread and seemed to get as much of it as we wanted. Such a nice change from the tough, tasteless stuff I get in bags at Publix! I've also never been a fan of hummus and although this didn't bowl me over, it was definitely the best I've had. I also had a glass of the Lebanese tea to drink. It was kind of strong and minty, but not too sweet - just the way I like it. Overall, a really great place to go .

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                                                  1. re: flgrl

                                                    One of my favorites....If you went to the original on Lafayette St. ask for Dareen for waitress. She is great. Next time try the #3 lunch combo of shwarma and gyro lamb strips. Also the lentil soup is superb. I think the secret ingredient in the Lebanese tea is rosewater.

                                                    1. re: flgrl

                                                      Sahara is one of the few hidden gems in Tally.

                                                    2. Is the Main Ingredient still in business? When I lived in Talla. 3 years ago it was my favorite place to go. The special dishes were always delicious and inventive. I also liked sitting outside.

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                                                      1. re: casspants

                                                        No they closed down. It's now Monks.
                                                        http://www.wellsbrothersbarandgrill.com/

                                                        1. re: casspants

                                                          One of the chefs from the main ingredient is the head chef at tapas.

                                                        2. Has anyone tried the new CrossCreek? It has got a really great review in the Democrat.

                                                          Also, i went to Chez Pierre last night for their new Burger Bar. I got a regular cheeseburger made with Ridgefield beef. It was just OK. It was a bit bland..... And the bread was not grilled,so that was a downer. Also, the bread was too big or too tough for the burger..... The burger kept slipping around the bread and it was a total mess. But they do give you a small shot of Bud w/ lime.....to "compliment" the burger. That was a very nice, classy touch. But I have to say, if THAT is the best burger intown, God Save Tallahassee.

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                                                          1. re: LaShanta

                                                            Chez's burgers are very good. Try the Waygu beef burger sometime. Very good. When Urbane served lunch, they had a mini-burger dressed with an amazing herb aioli. THAT was the best burger I've had in Tallahassee.

                                                            I am interested in hearing about the new Cross Creek, too. Ashby Stiff, the Democrat's food critic is unreliable. If he gives a restaurant 4.5 or 5 "hats", it will probably be good. Anything else is a crap shoot. He gave once gave Fazoli's (a chain italian restaurant) 3 hats...

                                                            Further, if a restaurant is a Tallahassee institution or owned by a long-time restauranteur, the review tends to be inflated, E.g.:
                                                            Silver Slipper — 531 Silver Slipper Lane. $$$$; A, C; 5 hats.

                                                            If the restauranteur is new to the area, the restaurant tends to be underrated, E.g.:
                                                            Urbane — 115 E. Park Ave., $$$$; A; 4 hats

                                                            One can argue whether or not Urbane is the best restaurant in Tallahassee (I happen to think it is in the top three), but Silver Slipper is about 3 decades past its prime and not in Urbane's league.

                                                            1. re: Floridensis

                                                              CrossCreek sounds like it might be the first Tallahassee restaurant in a long time to offer Southern food worth a d*** in this town. Here's their website:

                                                              http://crosscreekgrille.net/

                                                            2. re: LaShanta

                                                              I went to Cross Creek right after it reopened and I have no intention of going back again. They may deserve a second chance, but it won't be from me. The service was ridiculously slow, they didn't have half the things on the menu, there was a staleness in the air (I'm a bit obsessed with how restaurants smell), and the food we did get was very unimpressive. Also, there was no kids menu at the time which is a strange thing for a restaurant like that. I'm a big lover of Southern food and I live close to it, so I had high hopes, but I was really let down. Like I say, maybe it's better now, but I'll give it a miss until I know for sure.

                                                            3. I love sushilicious. I am never really disappointed when I go there. I always get the seafood salad. I love the mixture of textures, soft, crunchy, the "explosions" from all the roe, and if you ask them they will put some sirachin (sp?) in it to make it spicy. I love their sushi rice. Their seasoning blend is great. Their calamari sticks are AMAZING. The calamari is not overcooked, the tempura crispy and the sauce is perfect blend of spice, sweet and salt. They also have good homemade spring rolls which is nice. I enjoy sitting at the bar when alone or as a couple it's always fun.

                                                              I recently just went to cypress for the first time. There were some great highs and some lows. I didn't mind the slow pace of service and we had a lot of decisions to make but I think our server left us alone a little too much. The pace of the meal was pretty good. My main issue was the "over dressing" of items. I got a White Anchovy & Red Pepper Caesar with Creamy Garlic Dressing and Herbed Croutons mostly because I love a good ceasar (the orlando chain of pebbles had a great one i miss a lot) and it was WAY overdressed. I love ceasar dressing but thre needs to be a balence. The Smoked Shrimp Pachanga; Grilled, Smoked Shrimp with Black Bean-Goat Cheese Dip, Red Tomato Salsa, Southwestern Rémoulade and Corn Chips was good. Shrimp was cooked very well. I know it sounds silly but one more chip would have been nice. I split that with my bf and he also enjoyed it. Pear, Goat Cheese & Walnut Tartlet with Local Lettuces, Duck Confit, Red Onion and Kumquat Vinaigrette. The microgreen salad was very good. It was overdressed like my other salad. The "tartlet" was something I could easily make myself, in fact I would make it better. They should think of something better to accompany this. Stone Crab Claws Timbale with Avocado, Yellow Tomato, Red Grapefruit, Hearts of Palm and Tropical Fruit Remoulade was really lovely. It was a bit chopped up, the avacado was a bit hard. I would think they would know what a ripe avacado is. For my final course I had the pan seared foie gras. I was the special that night. It was paird with a french toast and an onion jam. It was sinful. I could have used a hint more of acid or lose one of the peices of french toast. It was my first foie gras experiance so perhaps my palate isn't developed enough to make this assertion but I thought the dish a bit on the sweet side. It was amazingly good. I didn't really need desert and wish I had remember to not get another glass of red but get a white for the stone crab and this dish. That could have been my issue with acid, perhaps a white would have cleansed the palate better. My Bf got the crab cakes which he enjoyed, again he liked the shrimp, and had a perfectly cooked filet. He said it was perfectly cooked and he is a bit of a steak snob! :) I know I sound picky in this review, don't get me wrong, all the food was great, nice ambiance, and while the waitress left us alone a little too much in the begining (hello drink order and bread basket) she did trade out a beer that the BF tried and didn't care for and flowed out our courses really well. I don't hesitate to recommend it. I am nit picking because everything overall was excellent.

                                                              I am not a big fan of the silver slipper. When I got there it's REALLY hit and miss and things they should do really well, they dont do well. The steaks themselves are find everything else is, well I could get just as good or in some cases better at applebee's. (yes the mention of that word makes me cringe too)

                                                              My new find is country kitchen out on monroe in the publix plaza at lake jackson. They have some great food. Its super down home. Some of the things they do they could do better, like their mac and cheese should be more cassoroleie and less velvetaee, but what they do well, they do amazing. Their fried green tomatoes are EXCELLENT. Their chicken and dumplins delicious. Great cornbread muffins. Yummy coconut cream pie. It's worth a try.

                                                              I haven't gone to cafe cabernet in a while but I always had great meals and apps there.

                                                              I am excited to try the new tapas place and Urbane.

                                                              Brooklyn pizza on pensacola street is pretty darn great. It's as good or better than 3 guys. Having been in tallahassee for school for what seems like FOREVER I have had my fair share of 3guys.

                                                              I love Pitaria. Fresh and yummy. Great falafal. The pita fries are addicting.

                                                              I miss good time charlie's.

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                                                              1. re: seminolegrl06

                                                                Has anyone tried the Gibson Inn's new restaurant Cafe Momi that opened at the end of February? I am so sad Avenue Sea closed, it was one of my favorite places to eat. Anyways, heading to the coast this weekend and thinking about checking it out. If not, I'll just head to the Owl Cafe.

                                                                1. re: seminolegrl06

                                                                  YES, that country kitchen is fabulous. Just good, honest food--great prices, great service. One of my favorites... like you say, "super down home"!

                                                                2. Canopy Road Cafe has opened up a new location on Shannon Lakes Blvd. (off of the traffic circle that connects Shannon Lks. with Kerry Forest - in the former Hobbit Hogies location). The other Canopy location (N. Monroe near the old Albertsons) has some of the best breakfast and burgers in Tallahassee. Looking forward to trying the new spot, which is walking distance from my house.

                                                                  Speaking of breakfast, this town really lacks a signature breakfast place. Sunlight Cafe on Tharpe was wonderful while it lasted, styrofoam plates and all. I guess the three non-chain contenders are Canopy, Jenny's and Another Broken Egg.

                                                                  A.B.E. is OK, but not worth the wait. Jenny's never really impressed me, though it has a following. I think Canopy beats either of them.

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                                                                  1. re: Floridensis

                                                                    Try Brooma's in the Esposito shopping center behnd Carabbas. Great bsicuits and gravy. Some times hard to find a seat for breakfast.

                                                                    Good blue plate specials for lunch during the week.

                                                                  2. Just tried Mo' Betta BBQ, and I wasn't that impressed. I stood around without getting any kind of acknowledgement for a few minutes before they finally took my order, and it then took another five or ten minutes of standing around for them to get me my small chopped pork sandwich and fries. The fries were standard bagged, frozen crinkle cuts, but were crisp and hot, so that was fine. But the sandwich, though composed of very tender, juicy meat, was drenched in an overpowering cascade of red sauce. It would have been great had they cut down on the sauce by about half. I don't think I'll be heading back.

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                                                                    1. re: Wassailer

                                                                      Is that the little smoker trailer in the gas station parking lot? I stopped there one day when it was at days inn if it is. The guy was so rude and dismissive to me that i didn't even place an order and I have not been back.

                                                                      1. re: flgrl

                                                                        Funny that you say that because I have not eaten there but seen this guy a few times at both the bank and Sam's and he seemed like a jerk to me. Because of that I have refused to go.

                                                                        1. re: flgrl

                                                                          Yep, that's the one. It's behind the Shell Station now. Sad to hear that my issues weren't an isolated fluke.

                                                                        2. re: Wassailer

                                                                          I tried it recently....not all that. They have these huge smokers with the little one always going but surprisingly the meat had very little smokiness to it. I'd swear they make it at home in an oven and the gear on display is just that.......just sayin'.

                                                                        3. If you haven't been to La Hacienda on Bannerman Road up in Bradfordville, you are missing THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD in Tallahassee, hands down.

                                                                          They are the only Mexican place in town that serves REAL tacos like you'd get out west, try the carnitas (roasted pork) tacos or the tacos al pastor (tacos with marinated grilled beef). These will be served in white corn tortillas (soft) with chopped onions and cilantro, as tacos should be. Most of their dishes are quite authentic and not Americanized. Their chips are homemade and their salsa is fabby.

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                                                                          1. re: pillars_of_color

                                                                            I love the new Tapas place in Midtown at the Winery. Beautiful space, nice selection of food and easy to eat lightly. Plus you can sit outside. It's great!

                                                                            1. re: Lindamccat

                                                                              And they serve Bell's Two Hearted Ale!!!

                                                                              We like this place a lot. Does get crowded on weekends!

                                                                              Agreeance on La Hacienda!!! Love their antijitos platter!

                                                                              However, we're doing San Miguel's for Cinco de Mayo because Mrs Crew knows the owners and they asked her to come by for the celebration!!

                                                                              1. re: crewsweeper

                                                                                I don't know which La Hacienda everybody is talking about, but we went to the one on Bannerman for lunch yesterday - it was the worst Mexican food we have had in a while. My wife wanted to stand outside and tell everybody to go to Taco Bell and save some money. Then again, we were the only ones there for an hour, so ...

                                                                                Let's start with the good - the salsa was decent, and the chips were warm and crispy. It all went downhill from there. The enchiladas has cold rice, cheap supermarket processed cheese, and heaps of sour cream - with some sauce that tasted like crud from the bottom of the fridge.

                                                                                My wife's taco was in a shell that Taco Bell would have thrown out.

                                                                                The staff sat around with the TV on - watching a spanish language version of Jerry Springer at top volume. We had to wave frantically to get their attention at all.

                                                                                Worst meal we've had in a year.

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                                                                                La Hacienda II Mexican Restaurant
                                                                                2207 Bannerman Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32312

                                                                                1. re: housemaidsknee

                                                                                  Gee, sorry to hear you had a bad experience. Kinda reminds me of how we went to La Fiesta once based on some glowing reviews and wished we had opted for Sonny's down the Parkway (which we despised). Unfortunately I don't get up that way very frequently and I haven't eaten there in I guess a couple of years now. Nevertheless, I haven't heard anything bad about it befor eyour comments.

                                                                            2. re: pillars_of_color

                                                                              heyhey, not just out West, pillars_of_color. We have about a dozen taquerias here in Durham, NC and a few more taco trucks, all of which do made-from-scratch tacos and loads of authenticity (not to mention write-ups in national magazines). that said, glad Tallahassee finally has one of these places.

                                                                              1. re: mikeh

                                                                                I agree with Pillars that La Hacienda is the best Mex in town.

                                                                                There IS a taco truck downtown at Tenn St and Bronough (in the parking lot of a window tinting shop next to China Delight) called Taqueria Monterrey and their food is actually very good and in the more authentic style - carnitas, shredded beef, shredded chicken on soft corn tortillas with homemade salsa (their salsa verde is awesome). Be sure to try the Mexican soda Jarritos. Same price as the US brands they carry, but sweetened with real sugar. My favorite is the tamarindo flavor, tastes like carbonated sweet tea. A big shredded chicken burrito and a tamarindo jarritos will run you about 4 bucks.

                                                                            3. I heard a commercial on the radio for Maribella Cafe on Kerry Forest today and am thinking about doing mother's day there. Anybody tried it?

                                                                              1. Quick Review of San Miguel Cinco de Mayo:
                                                                                Early dinner, shortly after they opened at 5 PM. New courtyard tent area where playground used to be. More removed from patio smokers. Service was very fast (for some place just opening up for dinner, prepreped?). Table had quesadillas, burrito/enchilada combos, the # 38 mexicano steak (always a favorite here) and I had the #26 chilirellenos. Young guys wolfed down the burritos enchiladas about as fast as they were served (these are Taco Bellers so anything is better than TB). Mrs. Crew reports the #38 was up to usualy standards (if leftovers survive the day I may tast tonight). Rellenos were not breaded a + in my book, just topped with queso. meat filling left a bit to be desired in both texture and taste (no seasoning except salt on the ground meat). guac salad was okay, raided some from Mrs. Crew's plate. Flan and fried icecream desserts for wife and boys. I passed. Both looked okay. Flan was topped with choclate syrup and whipped cream. All in all an average meal, nothing special and no CDM specials either.

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                                                                                1. re: crewsweeper

                                                                                  Had a terrific lunch at Clusters and Hops yesterday! Beautiful salads, including delicious duck breast and a creatively complex goat cheese/fig jam grilled sandwich. Have to go back for dinner, soon. Lots of interesting wines by the glass, too.

                                                                                  1. re: jangita

                                                                                    I lived in Tally about 7 years ago and there was a more than lovely out of the way Italian inspired restaurant on the outskirts of town called Z'Barhdi's. Do not know if it is still there, but it was always delicious, fresh, and had a great wine list. They also had outdoor seating.

                                                                                2. Has anyone tried the Bethel Soul Food place on Tennessee? I know it's not very "foodie" of me, but as a Southerner, I can't get enough of that food! I wonder if it's got a take out option or is it eat in?

                                                                                  1. I tried the wharf express on Mahan for lunch yesterday because I've been craving some fried seafood. I got my order for takeout so I can't make any comments on the inside service, but they were very friendly at the register. I got the fried shrimp entree with cheese grits and coleslaw with a coconut buttercreme cupcake. I don't always eat like this, but at 8 months pregnant I can get away with a lot more than usual. I think if you're not pregnant it's a generous portion of everything. It was all fresh and really tasty and very homemade tasting. I highly recommend it for good old southern seafood.

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                                                                                    1. re: flgrl

                                                                                      Did you happen to ask whether the seafood they were serving is sourced locally? I know that a few years ago when they ran a full-service sit-down restaurant, they used Sysco Foods as their distributor, meaning a lot of their seafood was trucked across the country or brought in from Asia or what-have-you instead of from our local waters by our local fisherman. In a town that's 20 miles from a very bountiful sea, there's no excuse for that when we have so many places that are exclusive to the fresh and local.

                                                                                      The fact that The Wharf Express has tilapia on the menu is a clue to me that they are still in the pockets of Sysco, so please let me know if you have info. to the contrary.

                                                                                      1. re: mikeh

                                                                                        Over 90% of Seafood served in the U.S. is either farm raised or comes from over sea's. Some of the things they serve are farm raised, as many of the seafood items in the gulf now get sent up to the northern state first, and get a greater price. Yes, there tilapia is farm raised and there cat fish is farm raised when they are not in season. Many of their local favorite's which have never been farm raised or shipped from Asia are; Grouper (the real stuff), Oysters, Usually shrimp unless demand is up in the gulf, Mullet a local favorite, blue crab claws, and home made crab cakes made with 75% blue crab meat. This new concept is great and they are serving a great product at a great price. Not many restaurants are thriving, they seem to be doing a great job and are always busy when I am there.

                                                                                        1. re: joec7077

                                                                                          and honestly I just don't know of many restaurants around here that actually do serve local food, whether it is meat, seafood or produce. Would love to see it done more, but I think that's probably a ways off for this region.

                                                                                    2. Casual-Fine/Date dining: Fusion Cafe, Cypress, Kool Beanz, Clusters & Hops, Sage
                                                                                      BBQ: Piggy's, and maybe Jim & Milt's
                                                                                      Seafood: call me crazy but I still like to have lucnch at barnacle Bill's
                                                                                      Japanese: Kitcho, Sakura
                                                                                      Chinese: no stand outs
                                                                                      Mexican: La Hacienda II, San Miguel, and the quickest lunch in town El Tapatio.
                                                                                      Sandwiches: Bagel Bagel, Po Boys, Luna's
                                                                                      Midtown Lunch: Fusion, Bella Bella, Sakura

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                                                                                      1. re: probert

                                                                                        Don't forget Bamboo House. A small but tasty buffett, constantly replenished and overseen by Chef Lucy. Try ordering off the menu for the real deal and ask Lucy if she has a special dish that night. Get there early on weekend nights.

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                                                                                        Bamboo House
                                                                                        1242 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

                                                                                        1. re: probert

                                                                                          Chinese--try Bamboo on 6th, but order off the menu for a real treat. The owner is this lovely, plump woman who yells at everyone and tells you what you want to order! I LOVE IT! : )

                                                                                          1. re: MsPastryChef

                                                                                            I like China Delight, too. Order the beef noodle soup, it's excellent.

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                                                                                            220 W Tennessee St, Tallahassee, FL 32301

                                                                                            1. re: Floridensis

                                                                                              The best home-made Chinese! Take-out or delivery. We were located in the same shopping plaza for a year and my staff and I ordered at least once a week. Dumplings, plum sauce, crab rangoon, ginger chicken for regulars. Annie and Henry will even sell you their sauces (garlic, black bean) to go and add to your stir-fry at home!!!

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                                                                                              Zheng's
                                                                                              1350 E Tennessee St, Tallahassee, FL 32308

                                                                                              1. re: audreyerob

                                                                                                Late in this reply, but Zheng's is great. I have been going for years and the quality and friendly service remain.......and their chicken broth is so good, rich and not salty. They have all the standards but also several unique items for a take-out. You will not be disappointed.

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                                                                                                Zheng's
                                                                                                1350 E Tennessee St, Tallahassee, FL 32308

                                                                                        2. Strinky's Fish Camp of Destin/Santa Rosa Beach is opening up a Tallahassee branch in November. Their current location has tasty food, if a wee bit on the expensive side. (If I'm paying $10 for a po boy, it irritates to have to pay extra for fries)

                                                                                          http://www.stinkysfishcamp.com/stinky...

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                                                                                          1. re: beachmouse

                                                                                            Just remember that sometimes the price differential is a function of the quality of the product they're using. Stinky's prides itself on using local, wild seafood as opposed to having it trucked in from who-knows-where like a lot of places resort to nowadays to protect their bottom line. But honestly, it's much tastier and environmentally-conscious to be eating local shrimp than something that was farmed in Asia, not to mention it supports the local fishing industry.

                                                                                            Case in point, Po'Boys in Tallahassee has cheaper seafood po'boys, but I called and asked and they don't use local seafood at all. It's a tossup there whether it's even coming from anywhere inside the country.

                                                                                            1. re: mikeh

                                                                                              Apparently - Stinky's had a fire in December and - best I can tell - it is closed.

                                                                                              1. re: pvgirl

                                                                                                They've moved up to the strip across from Costco and Wal-mart on Mahan. We went there a couple of weeks ago and loved it. The waiter was really fantastic and very excited about the freshness of all the food. My husband and I both got oysters (he - steamed, me - raw). Mine also came with ceviche. He had the grilled grouper and I had the etouffee with fried green tomatoes. All items were really fantastic and fresh. Will definitely be going back.

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                                                                                                5960 W County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

                                                                                          2. My husband and I tried Carl's on the Parkway last weekend which is the restaurant that has taken the place of Nino's. I still think it's just too far out, but I hate driving much further than a few minutes anyway. The interior is much lighter and fresher without those old window treatments and musty smells that it had before. We tried the Twilight special which is 2 drinks, 1 app, 2 salad/soup, 2 entrees and 1 dessert for $30 before 6:30. The bruschetta app was ok, but nothing that I can't make taste better which just a can of rotel. My husband enjoyed his soup, but my salad was icy cold. The entrees were actually quite good - I had the pork loin in bacon and he had the sirloin. The dessert was fried cheesecake that tasted like it had been in the freezer too long and took more than 30 minutes to arrive. Overall, I think the entrees were good, the price is right if you go early, and it was pretty decent experience overall, but some of the food could use a little work and it definitely could be a little faster (over 2 hours for 2 people).

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                                                                                            6497 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311

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                                                                                            1. re: flgrl

                                                                                              Does anyone know anything about the new place "Azu" on the Parkway, just outside of Capital Cirlce? The new sign is up. Says it's a Lucy Ho restaurant.

                                                                                              1. re: jangita

                                                                                                Yep.. Tis indeed. No buffet. But supposedly has the other LH favs.

                                                                                                We're going to try to go this weekend or next.

                                                                                            2. There is still only one restaurnat in tallahasse worth searching out - Barnacle Bills
                                                                                              Fresh fish, fresh shucked oysters and great drinks. The ambiance is old FL = ask for Tavish - greatest waiter ever

                                                                                              1. I am surprised no one here has mentioned Tan's Asian Cafe on Capital circle next to Esposito's Nursery. I think it is definitely the best Chinese in town. Their food is always super fresh, and they have amazing fresh juices and bubble teas. They also have other Asian (non-Chinese) specials and sushi. Though the food is amazing, do not go there for ambiance or service. A single sterile room with small tables, food is all made to order, and sometimes they cannot even get 2 entrees out within 5-10 minutes of each other. Richard, the waiter/cashier is also SUPER nice and will help you pass the time.

                                                                                                I am really disappointed I did not find enthusiastic bbq recommendations here! That is one area that Tallahassee has really kept me disappointed.

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                                                                                                1. re: suburbanguk

                                                                                                  We liked Tans but I understand that Tans has changed ownership. Haven't eaten there in a bout 3 months or so. Can't comment on new place, but hear it isn't the same.

                                                                                                  As far a BBQ goes, try Piggy's on Cap Circ NE across from University Chevy. Good meats uses pecan wood versus mesquite or oak. Some sides aren't up to what you'd expect sides to be like but not any worse than any other Q joint in town.

                                                                                                  1. re: crewsweeper

                                                                                                    Ate at AZU--typical Lucy Ho's place. Prices are less than at Masa--maybe quality,too.
                                                                                                    Nobody (4 diners) really loved their food but nothing was really awful. Nice ambiance and good service. they have a full bar. The best thing I ate was the miso soup.

                                                                                                    1. re: crewsweeper

                                                                                                      Piggy's is easily the best BBQ place in town right now (a low hurdle). I have enjoyed all the meat selections and my whole family demands the mac & cheese as the side, as they do it quite well.

                                                                                                      They also have a great selection of different sauces.

                                                                                                      1. re: probert

                                                                                                        Probert, I agree on the meats. He uses pecan for the wood so that's always adds a nice flavor to the meat. Maybe he's changed the recipe, but I thought his inital mac n cheese was closer to the kraft box stuff, so I haven't been ordering it. Thus far in Tallahassee , I like the Bethel's mac n cheese the best.

                                                                                                        1. re: probert

                                                                                                          Another vote for Piggy's. Consistently good 'Q (especially the brisket), and nice sides. The sweet potatoes and green beans are a personal favorite.

                                                                                                          1. re: stantrb

                                                                                                            Agreed. I love their brisket.

                                                                                                    2. Has anyone tried Kiku Japanese Fusion located next to Bonefish Grill. How does it compare to Kitcho and Sakura? I'm pretty curious about it, but haven't had a chance to sample their food.

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                                                                                                      1. re: ILike2Eat2

                                                                                                        Have been to Azu twice. I think the cooked food is acually better than the sushi. All of it's pretty typical Lucy Ho. Not the best ingredients, not the best service but not the high prices, either. I think of it as a reliable neighborhood place.

                                                                                                        The miso soup is really nice, as is the spinach with garlic--but $9 for a side of spinach is a bit much. I always order the chirashi and it's been pretty to look at, a generous portion but the fish is just not as freshly wonderful as I've had in other "real" cities.The price for the chirashi is $18--less than most other places in town. I really liked the curry chicken dish that a friend had.
                                                                                                        Big plus for many--they have a full bar.

                                                                                                        jan

                                                                                                        1. re: jangita

                                                                                                          We had reservations for graduation night at Urbane and I just heard they are closed. Can anyone recommend a comparable replacement? We've been to Cypress and Kool Beanz and would consider Cypress again for this ocassion. Also been to Food Glorious Food but the service was bad and I think it will be worse on graduation weekend. Has anyone eaten at the Shula's in the new hotel on Monroe? Is there somewhere else I'm forgetting? Thanks

                                                                                                          1. re: tlubow

                                                                                                            For food in the same vein as Cypress and Kool Beanz, try Sage, just north of I-10. You will need help finding it, but I think worthwhile. See www.sagetallahassee.com
                                                                                                            As for Shula's, I think it is a run of the mill steakhouse, not nearly up to Morton's or Cap Grille standards. Tallahassee does not have an outstanding steakhouse.

                                                                                                            1. re: steakman55

                                                                                                              Thank you. I will try to get a reservation at Sage. My daughter is familar with that area of Tallahassee. Kool Beanz doesn't take reservations and I haven't heard back from Cypress. I'm surprised Urbane is closed. We've eaten there twice and had great meals both times.

                                                                                                              1. re: steakman55

                                                                                                                Hey, steak...been to the new Marie Livingston's on the Parkway? Just curious if it's better, the same, or slipped a couple of knotches from the old place?

                                                                                                                1. re: crewsweeper

                                                                                                                  Been there several times for lunch; food is same, but decor is nice. Steaks are still drowned in worcestershire sauce, but rolls are great as is the blue cheese dressing. Smoker not in service yet, so their outstanding BBQ is yet to come.

                                                                                                                  1. re: steakman55

                                                                                                                    I really like Sage, too, Steakman. And I think they have the best steak I have had in town (I think it was a NY Strip with maitre d' butter), or maybe tied with Cypress.

                                                                                                          2. re: ILike2Eat2

                                                                                                            I thought Kiku was okay, but nothing special. For sushi, the only restaurant in Tally that I consider outstanding is Sakura. I don't think Kiku's prices are very good, either. If you want a cheap sushi lunch, try Japonica, which also has really good teppan yaki.

                                                                                                            1. re: dubiouswonder

                                                                                                              This is the truth. Sakura is a blessing for that city, the only semi-authentic sushi within many miles. The Jo (chef) really has it together, although much of the staff is painfully uneducated about sushi.

                                                                                                            2. re: ILike2Eat2

                                                                                                              I went to Kiku a couple of weeks ago and was very disappointed. It took over 45 minutes to get our bento box lunches and then some of the food was not all that great. They did credit us like 10% after we asked so I at least have to give them that. Sushi was ok, nothing special and the chicken katsu had jalapenos on it!!! That is just bizarre and alarming. we had to ask for all the sauces (teriyaki and katsu) and I never got any more water. I'll definitely stick with Sakura.

                                                                                                            3. OKAY SO.... you guys all have to try the Korean BBQ on Tennessee and Appleyard, next to the Canton Restaurant. It's a tiny hole in the wall place but the food is fresh, authentic, and delicious. The people are wonderful. One of the owners is a Master's in Fine Arts from Korea, and has done exhibitions all over the globe; his art is hanging in the restaurant! It's amazing. They have a few tables but takeout is what I usually get. They have fresh barley tea, two kinds of soups, and two kinds of salads every day. The menu is very limited and does not seem to change...but I do NOT get tired.
                                                                                                              Everything is just so tasty... I went there three times in one week when I first discovered the place!

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                                                                                                              1. re: MsPastryChef

                                                                                                                I have been waiting for a Korean place to open. Thanks for the tip!

                                                                                                              2. I know it's a bit out of the way from here, but we're planning on renting a place down on St. George Island for our anniversary in a couple of weeks and I wasn't sure if there would be any restaurants worth visiting in that area.

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                                                                                                                1. re: flgrl

                                                                                                                  Short drive into Appalachacola...lots of spots there.

                                                                                                                2. Great lunch today at Stinky's Fish Camp! Grilled oysters, one shrimp poorboy, one salad with grilled flounder and today's special of softshell crab over corn macque choux and Bradley's grits. It was all very tasty.

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                                                                                                                  Stinky's Fish Camp
                                                                                                                  5960 W County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

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                                                                                                                  1. re: onrushpam

                                                                                                                    We've been to Stinky's twice in the last two weeks. I really like it! The ambiance is totally lacking but the food is great. If you are a beer lover this is a perfect spot with lots of interesting choices.

                                                                                                                    1. re: jangita

                                                                                                                      I'll have to give it a try. If you are downtown, try Shell Oyster Bar. Hole in the wall with the best fried seafood I've had in Tallahassee. Dozen fried shrimp, hushpuppies, 2 sides and a drink will set you back a whopping $7.99 at lunch.

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                                                                                                                      Shell Oyster Bar
                                                                                                                      114 Oakland Ave, Tallahassee, FL 32301

                                                                                                                  2. I just had a nice lunch at Mockingbird Cafe on North Monroe. It is in the spot where Fusions/Tantra Lounge used to be, though the Fusions sign is still up. I thought Fusions was just OK, but Mockingbird is much better. Standard lunch fare: I had the blackened grouper sandwich ($10), friends had burgers. All were excellent. Dinner menus looked promising and I have heard good things about their brunch (my coworker reports that they have chicken and waffles!).

                                                                                                                    1. UPDATE: Silver Slipper is closed, Stinky's has a temporary location mentioned above that is amazing. The new Marie Livington's is identical in food and service to the old one on Apalachee Pkwy. Cypress/Stinky's/Liams of Thomasville are the best quality, with Andrew's 228 and Kool Beanz close behind (esp for date night).

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                                                                                                                      228 South Adams St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

                                                                                                                      Kool Beanz Cafe
                                                                                                                      921 Thomasville Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32303

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                                                                                                                      1. re: jdkjd

                                                                                                                        Anyone know who's behind the new CAKE SHOP that appears to be opening up onCap Circ NE in the strip center with Firehouse Subs? New sign today in the storefront where the donut shop used to be.

                                                                                                                        Also, lots of remodeling going on at the old Buckhead Brewery, next door. Recent;y painted and new roof being put on. No sign as to who might be moving in or when.

                                                                                                                        1. re: crewsweeper

                                                                                                                          It's The Cake Shop, moving from John Knox Rd.
                                                                                                                          I heard what was going in at the B Brewery, but can't remember... I remember thinking it was something odd for the space.

                                                                                                                          1. re: onrushpam

                                                                                                                            Cake Shop moved to the old donut place because they lost their lease. They are not happy about this but have settled into their new digs just fine. Old Buckhead is going to be the Market Diner (Thomasville Farmers Market). Jeesumpeet! My rear is big enough and NOW the Cake Nazi and the best fried chicken et al., will be next door and on my side of town. anyone know a good plastic surgeon?

                                                                                                                            1. re: sunsuze

                                                                                                                              Are you sure about the Market Diner? I heard they sold the building.

                                                                                                                              1. re: onrushpam

                                                                                                                                Hummm - spoke with the lady that claims to be the owner and she told me all about the problems that they are having with their roof - having to have the roof redone on the building etc. I assume that she is the owner of Market Diner and she told me over a year ago that she was opening in Tallahassee and again two weeks ago said the same thing. She is a very slender woman - in her 60's to70's - who runs the cash register and is all over the place in Thomasville. I was told that the building is actually owned by the guy that owns the car museum.

                                                                                                                      2. I see that Panda Express is opening on Thomasville. I know it's a chain, but is there any chance that it's better than the other Chinese places in town?

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                                                                                                                        1. re: flgrl

                                                                                                                          I don't think that place is the chain. It's actually called Panda Buffet.

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                                                                                                                          Panda Buffet
                                                                                                                          3901 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205

                                                                                                                          1. re: flgrl

                                                                                                                            I ate at the new Panda Buffet on Thomasville Road near the fly over. It reminds me a lot - if not exactly - the one on Appalachee Parkway - the Super Buffet? I am sure that it will be popular but is not very chowish in my opinion. It's serveral buffets with snow crab and boiled shrimp. Jello - which I don't get - dry fried rice and greasy noodles. Some people love this sort of place but I am not a fan.

                                                                                                                            I am a fan of China Delight on Tennessee Street - run by the former owners of Ming Tree and China Delight. If you speak with the owner they will prepare authentic Chinese food - they once did an amazing party for me where a friend from North China was getting married. They served dish after dish - for hours - of amazing Chinese food which my friend said reminded her of home. Their food is always fresh and tasty.

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                                                                                                                            220 W Tennessee St, Tallahassee, FL 32301

                                                                                                                          2. I almost hesitate to post this, because I'll hate to see the place get so swamped we can no longer get in... but, they deserve some praise...

                                                                                                                            A friend and I stopped into Stinky's Saturday afternoon, when they were just serving their "appetizers and snacks" menu. We managed to eat ourselves into complete food comas!

                                                                                                                            We had a plate of grilled oysters with garlic butter (I asked them to go easy on the amount of garlic butter so I could taste the oysters and they were PERFECT!), crab cake remoulade, fried green tomatoes with crawfish etoufee, and (sorta by mistake) two baskets of crawfish hushpuppies. (I asked if I could get two hushpuppies and we got two whole orders. But, they were small and yummy, so we ate them all.) :-)

                                                                                                                            That was a LOT of food for two very small women!

                                                                                                                            The service was a little sketchy (have not had that problem there before) but the food was outstanding!

                                                                                                                            Their relatively decent house wine was $2 the glass.

                                                                                                                            I LOVE this place.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: onrushpam

                                                                                                                              I agree. I absolutely love it there and have had a fantastic waiter both times that I've gone. I only live around the corner so I would go all the time if it was a little more affordable, but I didn't know about this appetizer and snacks menu. Maybe I'll check that out.

                                                                                                                              I'm very worried about what's going to happen to our seafood industry now so I'll do anything I can to support places like this and I hope everyone else does as well.

                                                                                                                              1. re: flgrl

                                                                                                                                Well, I dunno about "affordable"... The two of us spent $60 on "snacks"! Of course, we were absolutely stuffed by said snacks. :-)

                                                                                                                            2. I just went to Siam Sushi for lunch today. It is the newly opened Thai-Japanese restaurant in the old Hopkins Eatery location next to the Publix on N. Monroe St. I went at 12:30 for lunch and it wasn't packed, but there were at least 8 parties inside. Even with such a low number of tables, service was incredibly slow. It took at least 5 minutes after seating for a waitress to actually come to my table to ask if I wanted a beverage. It took another 5-8 minutes before she came back to take my order. Apparently I was not the only one that noticed their lack of service. The people that were seated after us almost walked out after waiting at their table for at least 10 minutes before someone came to take their order. Ok, enough about service, on to the food. The Chicken Satay appetizer that I ordered was mediocre at best. The entree was better. I ordered a red curry chicken dish which was pretty enjoyable. I didn't get a chance to try their Japanese dishes, but I may if I feel adventurous and have a lot of time to kill. Overall, I wasn't too impressed with this place. If they don't get their act together, I expect that it will fold up in a few months.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: ILike2Eat2

                                                                                                                                I had an absolutely fabulous lunch at La Lanterna (Capital Circle NE). I had a small serving of homemade beef ravioli with a simple tomato sauce, one of Ariella's fantastic rice balls (arancini) with a bit of meat in the center and freshly satueed chanterelle mushrooms with a little garlic and parsley.
                                                                                                                                I can't think of anywhere else in town you can eat like this!

                                                                                                                              2. I stopped into La Lanterna on Capital Circle yesterday since it's been recommended here a few times and really enjoyed it. I wasn't sure what to expect and was a little surprised by how small it was. I always get a little nervous when I feel like I'm in the spotlight while I'm trying to order food. The folks working there were very nice though and it was a pleasant atmosphere. I got a sicilian orange, 3 small eggplant rollatini and a soda for just over $10. I thought that was a little pricey, but of course you're always going to pay more for good, homemade food. Both items were really delicious and I especially enjoyed the Sicilian orange. I had seen them on tv before and was interested to try them, but sadly it was nowhere near as orange as it was on the screen.

                                                                                                                                Just saw a new indian restaurant where the italian restaurant used to be beside Food Glorious Food. Anyone know anything about it?