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Visiting Tallahassee - Where to eat?

Spending a few days in the area, so what are the best places to eat at?

Anything from fine dining to food trucks works.

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  1. Where are you staying?

    Downtown fine dining, I'd say Cypress on East Tennessee near Monroe, Shula's in the Hotel Duval or 101 on West Colelge or Avenue Eat Drink on East Park.

    Midtown: Mockingbird, or Bella Bella both on Monroe near 5th and 6th.

    Pizza: Momo's out in Market Square or on Tennesee or Dave's Pizza Garage in Midtown behind Brueggers Bagels, or Joe Mama's just down Monroe for a bit more upscaled joint. I'm hearing good spin on Mike's Stone Baked south of FSU, but haven't had it yet.

    Sushi: We like Kiku's in market Square, Masa's on Monroe (midtown); and Siam Sushi, shopping center off West tharpe and Monroe, which also has decent Thai dishes. Rengthai and Tan's Asian off Captial Circle NE are 2 other Thai/Asian places to look at. Tans has good Indonesian dishes.

    Sandwiches: Any Hopkins Eatery.

    Burgers (non chain-mostly): Ted's Montana Grill on Capital Circle NE (now the chain's out of the way), Chubo's in the EspositosCenter (behind Tan's) if he's open, Zaccadoos on Apalachee Parkway, Vertigo on Lafayette off Apalachee Pkwy and Meridian, Voodoo Dog on S Macomb downtown, Prime Time on West Tennessee, or Bird's Aphrodisiac Oyster Bar on N. Bornough,Woodchuck Cafe on West Tharpe (also good breakfast) or Monk's also on West Tharpe (has another name, but I forget what it is).

    Food Trucks: Best bet is to head for Food Truck Thursday (if you're here on a Thursday). It's held on West Tharpe Between Monroe and MLK Bld.

    I'm sure others here have their favorites.

    1. I like Angelette's Cajun Restaurant. It is not fancy, but the food is good and inexpensive.

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      1. re: gfr1111

        angelettes is closed.Tax issues

      2. best oysters and inexspensive seafood ,really,really good is Shell Oyster bar,just off S Monroe,behind Subway

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        1. re: r1949

          Kool Beanz for dinner! Consistently great, creative, modern Southern food. A little bit loud and a lot of fun. If it's not too cold they have a nice patio.
          Sage--great for brunch.

        2. Okay, we'll be staying at Staybridge Suites for one night in May. Best meal that is not too far? I have 3 kids, but they eat anything. We'll be tired from a nine hour drive.

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          1. re: Becca Porter

            you will be about 5 mi east of town.Anglette's is closed.Kool Beanz is really good,casual.It is just north of downtown.Cypress is a little more formal,on the rt,just as u get into town.Shell oyster bar,just south of downtown,behind Subway,has great oysters,cheap but really good fried seafood,really good,with a seafood shack ambience.Where all the locals go for seafood.Open for lunch,closes at 6 or 7,so call if u r going for dinner.

            1. re: Becca Porter

              Vertigo has the best burgers in town,altho Birds Aphrodisiac Oyster bar"s is good also.Cabo's is near Vertigo and is good

              1. re: Becca Porter

                Becca Porter,

                You will be staying at the extreme edge of town (the eastern suburbs, really). I am assuming that you do not want to drive all the way into downtown Tallahassee, where you would be near Kool Beanz, Cypress, and Shell Oyster Bar, all good choices.

                I think that you would be happy with something closer to your motel. Take 90 (which goes right east-west right by your motel) headed west. 90 becomes Mahan Drive when you get closer to town. When 90 intersects Capitol Circle Northeast, a major thoroughfare (traffic lights etc.), cross Capitol Circle Northeast and look for a restaurant on the left (i.e., south side of the street) called Habana Boardwalk at 2819 Mahan Drive. They have a good collection of Cuban standards, like Ropa Vieja, Cuban sandwiches, flan, but they are more of a dinner place than a sandwich shop.

                The left side of the street is below street level, so you may not be able to see the address. The restaurant is in a strip mall about 500 feet from the intersection of Capitol Circle Northeast and Mahan Drive. You will have to make U-turn on Mahan Drive to get to the restaurant. Habana Boardwalk has very good food. Check them out on the internet.

                1. re: gfr1111

                  Yeah that looks just about right. Plus, I like Cuban food and it's hard to find here at home. Thanks!

                  1. re: Becca Porter

                    Becca Porter,
                    Where did you end up eating while you were in Tally?
                    Any great experiences?

                    1. re: sammiegee

                      We ate at Kool Beanz. We liked it. Fun place.

              2. thanks for the feedback.U can't not like cool beanz