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Tallahassee - Mozaik and Sage: Anyone been recently?

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Hi, I'm coming to Tallahassee for graduation in early May (is this really going to be my last trip to Tallahasee???). We have dinner reservations at Cypress for the night of graduation. I'm trying to make reservations for Friday night for a smaller group. I've never been to Mozaik or Sage. Are either/both recommended? Thanks!

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Mozaik
1410 Market St, Tallahassee, FL 32312

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  1. haven't been in months, but I always liked sage. What's Mozaik?

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    Mozaik
    1410 Market St, Tallahassee, FL 32312

    1. I have been to both several times. Both are good, but I prefer the food at Sage over Mozaik if I had to make a choice. Types of food and prices are similar, and menus available if you Google them. Either will serve you well. Enjoy.

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      Mozaik
      1410 Market St, Tallahassee, FL 32312

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      1. re: steakman55

        Thanks. Right now I have reservations at both restaurants. Hmmm...the menus both look good. Is there any other place I haven't considered that I should? We can't do Kool Beanz because they don't take a resy...I wish Urbane hadn't shut down. If there's no other please I'm forgetting, I'll take Steakman's advice and go with Sage. Thanks.

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        Kool Beanz Cafe
        921 Thomasville Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32303

        1. re: tlubow

          I've eaten at both probably a half dozen times apiece, and I'll say that I prefer Mozaik to Sage for two reasons.

          First, Mozaik's menu is a little broader than Sage's (without sacrificing quality), so more folks can find a meal that suits them.

          Second, Sage has a somewhat more intimate atmosphere, while Mozaik is more open, lighter and has larger tables. Completely a personal preference on my end, but I prefer the latter.

          That being said, Steakman is absolutely right that you can't go wrong with either. (For the record, I had my graduation dinner at Mozaik several years ago.)

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          Mozaik
          1410 Market St, Tallahassee, FL 32312

          1. re: TheChiefofStaph

            We have friends who swear by Mozaik, Wife's lunch there a couple of months ago, with them wasn't that good she opined. A recent lunch at Sage however was very good.

            We're trying Anthony's Wood Fire (sorta across the street from Mozaik, tomorrow. Will report.

            Crew

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            Mozaik
            1410 Market St, Tallahassee, FL 32312

          2. re: tlubow

            If you don't mind a thirty minute drive, then Liam's in Thomasville is also a choice. Many Tallahasseans consider it a "local" restaurant.....www.liamsofthomasville.com

        2. Also, Provence, the former Albert's in Timberlane is great and the most upscale of all...www.aprovence.com

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          1. re: steakman55

            Just back from graduation weekend. We ate at Mozaik on Friday night with very mixed results. The fried clam appetizer was pretty good - the clams being fairly typical but the tarter sauce was great. The fried oysters were okay - a bit limp and soggy. Greek salad was very good. The main courses were not good. The osso bucco was a joke. Not the right cut of meat and cooked to a tough, grizzled mess - instead of fall off the bone deliciousness. It's too bad, because the surrounding polenta and sauce were really tasty. The pasta dish was bland, bland, bland - just tasteless. The best part of the meal was dessert - a wonderfully light and deliciouis chocolate cake with a lemon poppyseed icing. It sounds weird, but it was really, really good.

            On Saturday night we ate at Cypress. Good ole Cypress - always reliable, and again it performed. Standouts (although nothing was bad) include tuna tartare appetizer, mushroom bisque, lamb chops, meatloaf with truffle mac 'n cheese, and the sugar rubbed rib-eye. Desserts were great, but none were as good as that chocolate cake at Mozaik.

            Bagels for breakfast both mornings: Saturday at Bagel Bagel on Pensacola because it was close to my Daughter's apt. That place is terrible - it literally stinks in there. Yuk. Sunday at Brueggers - much better.

            Now that my days in Tallahasse are numbered, I want to thank all the Tally chowhounds for the recommendations I've received over the past 4 years. I've had some very good meals and I credit all of you for pointing me in the right direction.

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            Mozaik
            1410 Market St, Tallahassee, FL 32312

            1. re: tlubow

              that's funny, I worked at brueggers in tallahassee like 15 years ago

              1. re: askdrtodd

                We had Mother's Day Brunch at Mozaik and it was a big hit. Very reasonable prices, between the 5 of us we tried most of the menu, and everything we had was either good or great. The oysters were perfectly cooked and presented, but needed a little salt or spice or something to make them "pop". The tuna poke was great, good quality tuna and a bit of heat, the suckling pig was excellent, mom had the salmon and it was tasty but not mind blowing, well prepared and presented. Filet was super tender, great mashed potatoes, great reduction sauces. Chowder was ok, not mind blowing either, needed something to make it pop too, perhaps some black & red pepper & a little more salt? All in all very much worth the $, good wine/beer list, good decor, waitstaff was friendly but would disappear from time to time.

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                Mozaik
                1410 Market St, Tallahassee, FL 32312

                1. re: askdrtodd

                  Mother's Day Brunch at Sage. Packed at 11 AM, and it took a while, but that is what we expected. Great mimosa and coffee; eggs hussarde, spinach/asiago omelette, blue cheese bacon burger and a quiche. Reasonably priced and very enjoyable.

                  1. re: steakman55

                    That's a funny coincidence, I drove by Sage at 11am and noticed they were pretty packed. I think Cypress was jammed full too, I had a reservation there initially but we had to add one to our party and they couldn't accommodate. Moziak was the perfect amount of busy, about 2/3rds of the tables were full so the service wasn't stressed and the food was great.