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The last thread is now two years old, so lets start a new one.

I had lunch yesterday at Angelette's Cajun Kitchen.

A board search turned up no results so here are some details.

It's a cajun/creole restaurant located in the Publix shopping center at Capital Circle and Blairstone Rd. It is open only for breakfast and lunch. They serve breakfast during all open hours.

I had the crawfish pie. It's a crawfish etouffe stuffed fried french roll served over more etouffee. The rice was well cooked with a creamy sauce. Nicely spiced without too much heat.

It appears they don't yet have a website, but here is a link to their facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tallaha...

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  1. There was a review of this spot in the Tallahassee Democrat. They're currently only open for breakfast and lunch. Son works nearby and has made over for lunch, red beans and rice, IIRC. Says it was okay, but liked the food at Bayeau Rouge a bit better. Worth a try, they have beignets in th emorning but they're gone by 9 AM.

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    1. re: crewsweeper

      I enjoyed my lunch at Angelettes. Crab cakes were thin but tasty, without too much filler and not too greasy. Blackened shrimp po'boy was good but the bread was very ordinary. Crusty French bread would be better to me but, I'm no expert on cajun cuisine.
      Loved our server but don't remember her name.
      I will certainly try it again.

      1. re: crewsweeper

        I've had lunch at Bayou Rouge twice since crewsweeper's post. Jambalaya the first time. It was very good. Quite authentic.

        The second time I had the crawfish etouffe. It was outstanding. Creamy sauce with just the right touch of spice served over perfectly cooked rice. I added just a touch of Crystal hot sauce to warm it up a bit.

        Coosh is friendly and attentive, making sure everything is to your liking.

        Overall, two very good experiences.

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        Coosh's Bayou Rouge
        2910 Kerry Forest Pkwy Ste B2, Tallahassee, FL 32309

      2. I really want to try Anglette's, but it's tough for me to get there on a work day.

        We had another great dinner at Stinky's last night. Their Surf N Turf (short ribs, catfish, grits) was unbelievable! We saw someone served one of their Bloody Marys and asked about it. Turns out the guy we asked is one of the partners. DH ordered one after we learned they start with fresh tomatoes, cooked on the smoker, then pureed, and the green bean/okra pickle garnishes are house made. When I swooned over the okra, I was gifted with two spears to enjoy all by myself! :-) Their Key Lime pie and some sort of pound-cake thing were both great! (The owner brought us a plate with a taste of every dessert they had!) We don't go out all that often and lately, when we venture out for dinner, it's usually to Stinky's.

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        Key Lime Cafe
        211 Colorado Ave, Stuart, FL 34994

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        1. re: onrushpam

          I tried Stinky's just a few days ago and was totally underwhelmed by the food. My co eater and I started with the BBQ shrimp appetizer. It was ok, nothing to write home about. Although the shrimps were cooked well (not over cooked and chewy), they over did the amount of lemon juice in the dish. For the entree, we tried the crawfish pie (which has crawfish etouffee in it) and the fried oyster basket. Having just been to New Orleans the past month, I can say that the crawfish etouffee in the pie was NOT etouffee at all. Very disappointing. My fried oyster basket was about the same as any fried oyster basket, except for the price.

          To be honest, having heard such great remarks about Stinky's by Chowhounds, I was expecting a culinary delight. Instead, I had mediocre food at more than mediocre prices.

        2. I went to Tapas recently and loved everything I ate.

          1. I'm hearing rumors that David Carrier from Avenue by the Sea in Apalachicola is going to open up a similar spot in the old Urbane location. So keep your taste buds salivating.

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            1. re: crewsweeper

              There is a new restaurant, called Avenue, in the former Urbane location. However, their website doesn't mention anything about David Carrier.

              1. re: onrushpam

                I can't find it. google/bing "avenue" tallahassee brings up every restuarant on an avenue but none with the name. What's their url?

                  1. re: onrushpam

                    Thanks. Guess my "source" was in error. Looks like Cafe Cabernet alums. Menu looks interesting and he presence of DogfishHead, Arrogant Bastard and Victory on the otherwise boring big beer list is promising.

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                    Cafe Cabernet
                    1019 N Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32303

              2. re: crewsweeper

                Crews, did you mean Avenue Sea that was in Apalachicola? I believe that David Carrier is still the executive chef at Kith and Kin in Chicago (http://www.knkchicago.com/). He did tell me that he would like to come back here and open a place offering bar food but I would be surprised that he would leave the place he opened in 2009 - in Chicago no less! - to come back here. Our loss for sure!

                1. re: sunsuze

                  the head chef at Avenues at 115 Park Avenue in Tally, has a foreign name like Andre or something like that.

                  I had the Pepper Speckled Shrimp appetizer for $15.00. It is served like a Spanish Gambas Alijilo, except instead of garlic they used red pepper. Shrimp in an oil, butter and pepper sauce.

                  The shrimp were big and firm and slightly overcooked. I eat a lot of spicy food but for the average person they are probably too hot. I question why you would serve this and not at least offer a garlic version. Since no one else really seems to offer that dish anymore.

                  Anyway they have a great, served brunch saturday and sunday 9:30 to 2:30

              3. We ate at Siam Sushi last night. did all Thai, no sushi. But rolls looked very large and tasty. Peanut sauce for satays was olay, satay's were tender. Dumplings were good with a flavorful sauce. Currys were interesting. Green, panang and massaman for short ribs. Not much heat in the hot, will try Thai hot next time. Lots of veggies.

                Service was a bit on the slow side. Only complant.

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                1. re: crewsweeper

                  Ate at the "Filling Station" --where Tapas was. Seems like they are still in search of a culinary identity. There are lots of sandwiches on the menu and a great, fairly sophisticated wine list.
                  I enjoyed the perfectly cooked scallops but the gnocchi, with them, were totally institutional. Fish tacos had lots of smoky flavor and interesting slaw. Short ribs--where do they fit in on this menu? They were tasty and I liked the mushrooms but what's the point of having them on 2 huge slices of white bread?

                  1. re: jangita

                    I would love if a couple of Tallahassee local foodies would give a short list of their fave restaurants (any food type, but varying price ranges since I am a student and on a budget). I am a transplant from Los Angeles and I have not found any great food here yet.

                    Thanks!!

                    1. re: SouthernFoodie08

                      Kool Beanz ...... Sage .... Mozaik ....a la Provence..... Whataburger

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                      Kool Beanz Cafe
                      921 Thomasville Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32303

                      Mozaik
                      1410 Market St, Tallahassee, FL 32312

                      1. re: SouthernFoodie08

                        The taco truck by the bus terminal...Cuzzy's truck by San Miguel...the Columbian Restuarant down Tennessee before the Mission...Peppers Mexicanover on CapCric NW & Apalachee Pkwy...Angelinas in the Publix Center at Blair Stone and Cap Circ SW...Siam Sushi...Hopkins Eatery both on North Monroe...Mockingbird Cafe, across from Brueggers on North Monroe...Bamboo House..nearby MBC..... Canopy Roads Cafe on Norht Monroe...#1 StirFry, several locations...Chubos Dawg House on North Monroe. None of these are 5* or even 4 toque places but with exception of some dishes at Siam Sushi, all within a student's price range and all with good solid food and variety above the chain places.

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                        Apalachee Restaurant
                        10536 NW State Road 20, Bristol, FL 32321

                        Canopy Road Cafe
                        1913 N Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32303

                        1. re: crewsweeper

                          Thank you both! It's funny that I have been here for three months and have only been to Whataburger on the list! :-)

                          I will be sure to check these out. Are there specific items I can try? Also, since you mention that these are not 5 or 4 star places, what are those? I am willing to splurge for a great meal.

                  2. I just tried the Curry Pot and it was excellent! There is a buffet at lunch and for 9 bucks there is a lot to choose from. All Indian food. Located next to FGF. Opens at 11 and was packed at noon.

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                    Curry Pot
                    1405 W 15th St Ste C, Panama City, FL 32401

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                    1. re: sunsuze

                      Just got back from the Sunday lunch buffet....very good. Lots of Indians there which I viewed as a pretty good endorsement for authenticity.

                    2. Went to Cypress Restaurant on E. Tenn on Parent's Weekend (1016/10) for dinner; excellent service, drinks and food.

                      1. We tried One oh One for one of our rare date nights last weekend because I had a coupon for it. Like good food, but love a good deal! We had the fish dip appetizer, I had the chicken with goats cheese and he had the cowboy steak. All the food was good and it was a nice night out with reasonable prices for that sort of thing. Nothing amazing, but pretty good.

                        1. Went to Siam Sushi for our anniversary. Did the Thai menu and in was EXCELLENT!!!!! We've had Thai food in Atlanta and Cleveland. I also have a very good Thai friend who cooks Thai food. Bahn Thai and Reange Thai are nowhere near the level of excellence. Siam Sushi is THE BOMB, I had the Panang Curry and my husband the Basil chicken stirfry. So thankful there is a great Thai restaurant with great ambiance to go along with it!!! It's located right next to Publix on North Monroe, across from Lake Ella.

                          1. We tried the new sushi place, "Tokyo Sushi" in the Best Buy center, Appalachee Pkway. It was pretty bad. I had chirashi and some of the fish was frozen--not even thawed, still frozen solid!
                            The staff was nice and friendly, the rolls were OK, but I will never go back.

                            1. We enjoyed a lovely meal at Kiku as we drove through Tallahassee two weeks ago. Everything was fresh and tasty, and the service was fabulous. They presently are running a BOGO special on most of the rolls - even the specialty rolls. Full descriptions and photos on my blog here: http://funplayingwithfood.blogspot.co....

                              It is always a treat to have a sushi item containing eel products (in this case a sauce, rather than pieces of eel) that is exquisite in taste and has no old odors or off flavors. All of the fish was pristine, and the tempuraed shrimp sushi was lovely. Even the chicken soup pleased our palates!

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                              Kiku Japanese Fusion
                              3491 Thomasville Rd #12, Tallahassee, FL 32309

                              1. Can a local from Tallahassee give a few recommendations for good family type restaurants in the area. My kids eat anything so any type of food would be great. We're headed there next week for two days. Also a good breakfast place would be great.

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                                1. re: dougtampa

                                  I like Cabo's for dinner or breakfast, it's a good place for families, local classic place, some Mexican dishes, seafood and more, very casual. For families, I would also recommend, a new local favorite, Bella Bella and an old local favorite, Little Italy. Both are italianish and have outside seating which is a must this time of year.

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                                  Little Italy
                                  68500 Overseas Hwy, Long Key, FL 33001

                                  1. re: dougtampa

                                    Another Broken Egg is a good breakfast place, but pricey. When we take our kids out with us (6 yrs and 16 mos) we tend to go to pizza places or places with a salad bar or games so it's basically Beef O'Bradys, Sonnys, Red Elephant and Barnaby's. We take them to the nicer places too, but find it a bit more stressful since there's nothing to occupy them. Also, Azu has a huge, tasty bento box for kids that is a great buy and fun for them to eat!

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                                    Broken Egg Restaurant
                                    140 Avenida Messina, Sarasota, FL 34242

                                    1. re: dougtampa

                                      I'm not from the area, but we stopped at Chubo's Dawg House (a food truck at 3700 Monroe) on our way through town last week. It was very good food. The pork sandwich was outstanding and my son's burger (of all things) was clearly not frozen-patty junk. It was huge, appeared to be hand-formed, and the fixings were fresh. I didn't try the other son's hot dog and can't remember what my daughter ate, but they scarfed it all down.

                                      Obviously, it's kid friendly being a food truck with one picnic table. We enjoyed it and the price is right for sure.