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Anything in Marianna,FL besides fast food?

JulieF Feb 21, 2009 06:49 PM

Going to be in the northern/middle of the state about half way between jax and Tallahassee...a small town called Marianna. All I can seem to find are fast food places. Anyone know of a decent non-fast food place in this town? or nearby?
Any/All suggestions greatly appreciated!

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    andy huse RE: JulieF Feb 26, 2009 01:09 PM

    i'm curious, too. there doesn't seem to be many hounds in the panhandle. most of the word of mouth info i've gleaned is from tourists and seasonals.

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      beachmouse RE: andy huse Feb 27, 2009 08:41 AM

      There are a few of us. But we tend to stick close to the coast where the easy food pickings are. Once you get a little bit past Pensacola, the I-10 corridor is pretty bare of both people and good chow. I have heard good things about Red Canyon though.

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      mikeh RE: JulieF Feb 26, 2009 05:42 PM

      Marianna is by no stretch anywhere close to anything resembling a foodie town, but there are a few locally-owned places that would do you better than eating at an interstate exit.

      Red Canyon Grill - it's been around a long time, and it has a loyal following. Southwestern-style food, but better than you would find at the chains. Has actually appeared in food magazines and lists of good restaurants and such. http://www.redcanyongrill.com/

      Madison's Warehouse - think the locally-owned "seafood and steaks" place that townsfolk go to when they want to spruce it up a bit. http://madisonswarehouse.com/

      1. alkapal RE: JulieF Mar 20, 2009 06:56 AM

        out near interstate 10, in the plaza perpendicular to the wal-mart on hwy 71, there used to be a quite good little chinese take-away, small eat-in place. mom and i were both very surprised! here is its listing on yahoo, so i guess it is still there:

        Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant
        (850) 482-6699
        4914 Malloy Plz, Marianna, FL 32448

        ps, marianna is actually further west of tallahassee from jacksonville.

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          Clarkafella RE: JulieF Mar 20, 2009 07:21 AM

          Years ago, I used to travel that stretch pretty often. If I recall, the highlight of the whole trip between Pensacola and Tallahassee was a buffet at a huge truck stop there- a Travel America? It has probably changed for the worse now (doesn't everything?), but at one time they were putting out some really, really good food. Nothing fancy, but for a buffet it was one of the best that I have ever encountered...

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            Majafl RE: JulieF May 26, 2009 07:57 PM

            I highly recommend the Cornerstone Family Restaurant, south of Interstate 10 on highway 71. They serve breakfast every day, an exceptional value home style lunch buffet Monday - Friday (popular with local people), dinner every day, and a popular brunch buffet on Sunday. Address: 1994 Highway 71, Marianna, FL 32448 Telephone: (850) 526-2609

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              Majafl RE: JulieF May 26, 2009 08:10 PM

              Other restaurants we like in Marianna include:

              The Gazebo in downtown Marianna

              Off Interstate 10, Walmart exit:

              Ruby Tuesdays
              Sonny's BBQ
              Firehouse Subs (for the best sandwiches around)

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                kcbacker RE: JulieF Jun 3, 2009 12:32 PM

                I spent last fall working in Marianna every Friday, and there are a few places worth recommending:

                The Gazebo - it's nothing fancy, but most sandwiches, salads, some dressings, and desserts are homemade. The place is very clean, servers are nice, and it's relatively cheap. Don't go there looking for a "ladies who lunch" kind of atmosphere, but the food tastes good.

                I agree with alkapal about Hong Kong. IMO, it is probably the best Americanized Chinese restaurant in the Panhandle. You won't find anything that even really merits chopsticks there, but the beef with broccoli is really, really good. You can tell you're eating real ingredients (the sesame oil in the sauce comes out just right!). Get to know the owners; they're very nice and treat regulars well. Don't go expecting anything more than what it is, counter-order Chinese in a strip mall, but for what it is, it is the best I've ever had.

                Habana Express - if you get there early, you can clog your arteries with fried deliciousness (empenadas and the like). Decent (but not stellar) Cuban sandwiches. It's really just a glorified gas station, though, so take out is best.

                Sadly, Red Canyon is no more. It used to be a real bright spot, but it closed in '06 or '07. Something called Lula's or Lulu's is there now.

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                  alkapal RE: kcbacker Jun 3, 2009 03:06 PM

                  thanks, kc, i'm happy to know the "hong kong" restaurant is still alive and kicking! i'd stack it up next to many chinese-american places here in northern virginia or d.c.

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