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Dinner at Cypress-Tallahassee

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Wife and I had dinner at Cypress last night on invite from friends. Been a long time since we were last there. They serve tiny biscuits and corn muffins when you sit down and will replenish. Biscutis were cooked through but not yet brown on top. Hold that vision for a sentence or two. Starters were fine. Wife had crab cakes and friend had fired okra tomatoe salad. Both enjoyed. I opted for the Oysters and Biscuits. Oysters were in a rich tasso sauce with bits of tasso ham, served over the same tiny biscuits they bring out. Only these were throughly cooked and browned toa twiddly-wink hardness. Chef worried about they getting too soggy, but they absorbed 0 sauce in that browned state. However, they weren't needed and I used a corn muffin to help sop up the sauce; that was an excellent alternative. Wife and friend had the low country bouillabaise, which had lots of different seafood and ham in it with a good herb flavored broth. Other friend had one of the steaks which as far as I could tell was cooked medium rare with just enough sear coming though and good red center. I had the tuna, cooked rare. Again, just enought sear to go in about an 1/8 inch and hold the salsa on top. Inside was deep fresh reddish color but the very center was still cold, which tells me they kept the fish in the box until cooking time. I would have accepted a slightly deeped sear if it warmed the middle, but as it was only a bite or two and I like sashimi anyway, it wasn't a big deal. Desserts were flourless chocolate cake, a shared peanut butter bombe (which was devoured) and I had the pecan turnover. Now I like pecan pie and the usual crust, but this was a bit too much phyllo dough and tough to get through. The filling, such as it was was tasty, and the accompanying ice cream and pecan brittle chips were excellent. For drinks, my wife and one friend had sangria, the other friend had a white wine, and I went with their draught of Cigar City's Hotter Than Helles lager, which I haven't stumbled across in stores around here yet. It was a truly nice summer lager with lots of flavor.

In sum, we had an enjoyable meal, with good service. Several families of FSU students were dining there as Wednesday was move in day and I'm sure with tuition up, it'll be the last big ticket meal for Dad and Mom for a while.

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  1. Ate at the bar on a VERY busy Friday night and loved it! Crab cakes were great but the "slaw" underneath was really creative, balanced with sweet and sour--just right with the crab.
    I also had the thick and earthy mushroom soup which I always love.
    My husband had the fish tacos off the bar menu--great flavor but a little on the greasy side.

    If you don't want to sit for a long meal, the bar is a great option. And the food is just a great.