6 Places for the Best Food in Tallahassee, Florida
Who knew Tallahassee, Florida had such a delicious food scene? During my travels to Florida’s capital city, I tasted six awesome local eateries that dazzled my taste buds and provided exceptional service. These are two factors that measure up to a recommended foodie city in my line of work, one I can’t wait to share with our readers. Without further adieu, here are six places for the best food in Tallahassee, or Tally as it is more commonly known.
Cypress Restaurant is one of Tally’s more upscale restaurants with creative Southern dishes. An adorable basket of bread, including cute little biscuits with herb butter, greets you as you peruse the restaurant’s delicious menu. White tablecloths adorn the tables and vibrantly painted walls frame local artists works that are available for purchase in this intimate setting.
For starters, I recommend the Butternut Squash Soup (delicate and flavorful) or the Seasonal Salad topped with cashews, cheese, pear slices, onion, and a soft-poached egg. Delightful dinners include the Seared Red Grouper with creamed collards and a chive Rémoulade or the highly bragged about Sugar Cane Mopped Beef Ribeye over roasted potatoes, topped with crispy onion rings and green beans. Save room for dessert; they certainly are elegant. The Hazelnut (biscotti) and Toffee (ice cream) Affogato is sinful. Topped with candied orange and hot Peruvian coffee, it was the best I’ve ever had! The Key Lime Cheesecake Brûlée was another big winner at my table.
Uptown Cafe and Catering
This local eatery has both indoor and patio seating, great service, and a hefty menu with lots of yummy choices, many of which are Mediterranean inspired. Uptown Cafe and Catering has been serving Tallahassee patrons for over thirty years and isn’t going anywhere.
The all-day brunch offerings sounded sensational. I ended up choosing a two-egg Blackened Chicken Omelet, packed with sauteed peppers and onions, mushrooms, and feta with a side of hash browns. It was wonderful. Pancakes and the Banana Bread French Toast were popular choices as well as the egg dishes that utilized pesto, something new to me in a breakfast dish. Bennies are another great suggestion at Uptown Cafe and Catering. Do not miss the Garlic Dill Cream Cheese Grits, sure to satisfy any Southerner.
Food Glorious Food
Get your foodie fix at Food Glorious Food, a beautiful modern restaurant in a chic part of town. I loved the atmosphere, swanky yet relaxed, and the menu is epic! My friends and I ordered a lot here so please don’t judge. Begin your Food Glorious Food dining experience with a glass of wine, beer, or clever cocktail from the bar. I had the seasonal Pumpkin Pie Martini and it was lip-smacking good. As we nibbled on the billowy dinner rolls, I decided to have two salads for my meal because I couldn’t choose between them. I started with a classic BLT Wedge Salad and blue cheese dressing.
For my main course, I tried the Fried Green Tomato and Shrimp Salad, which piqued my curiosity. Luscious green tomatoes were stacked on a bed of greens with big, succulent chilled shrimp and goat cheese. An ample portion of horseradish ranch dressing was on one half of the plate. The flavors were sublime; I loved it! Our whole group shared a portion of the FGF “Mackin” Cheese, with bacon, tasso ham, collards, and a three-cheese sauce. Nom, nom, nom. To end our evening, we chose Red Velvet Cake and Baklava Cheesecake from the gigantic dessert menu.
Shell Oyster Bar
There is no shame in saying that that Shell Oyster Bar is no-frills and has not been updated in more than twenty years because the food is ridiculously fantastic and they are merely not needed. You can have a sensational lunch basket with a seafood or other protein and your choice of two side items and two hushpuppies for less than $10. The Fried Shrimp is freaking delicious, especially paired with the homemade cocktail sauce condiment that is on each table. Choose other meal mains such as Crab Cake, Fish, Scallops, or Oysters. Sides are French fries, veggie salad, baked beans, cheese grits, cole slaw, potato salad, and macaroni salad. Shell Oyster Bar’s menu also lists sandwiches, salads, and desserts. Bonus, this place is BYOB and may be the best food in Tallahassee.
Step back in time and enjoy your breakfast or lunch in a retro soda fountain setting that not only delivers a great meal but also makes fantastic homemade hard candy. Go for the biscuits and savory pepper gravy platter for breakfast (add two poached eggs) or the fluffy pancakes heaped high with blueberry or strawberry topping and whipped topping or ice cream. Order a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice to wash down your meal. Lofty Pursuits serves brunch daily from 7 AM to 2 PM. Being a soda fountain, ice cream desserts, sodas, shakes, and other frozen goodies are in high demand, with 200 ice cream flavors on rotation. Have you ever had a malt or an egg cream? You can here! Good luck getting out of here without buying some of their lovely Victorian homemade candies, which can also be shipped.
The Edison Restaurant
A former power station has been converted into a chic brewpub and restaurant appropriately named, The Edison Restaurant, at Cascades Park. Regional cuisine is showcased here with a lively bar setting, outdoor dining, and a fun cocktail menu with happy hour daily from 3 to 7 PM. I dined at The Edison Restaurant for brunch and selected the Shrimp and Grits meal. The plated presentations were almost as enjoyable as the flavorful cuisine. The tomato gravy paired well with the Bumpy Roads grits. Yum! My friend chose Chicken and Waffles, a Southern staple. For research purposes, we also shared a Southern Benedict, with fried chicken, poached eggs, and sausage gravy. Double yum. Bottomless mimosas are $15 during brunch. You can also purchase prepared picnic lunches from The Edison’s Power Plant Cafe located downstairs.
Best Food in Tallahassee
Trying local cuisine really enhances the travel spectrum of a new destination and Tallahassee’s culinary scene has impressed me. How I was blessed to end up with this job is sheer luck. Which restaurant would be the one you would try first?
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Special thanks to Visit Tallahassee and Visit Florida for hosting me on this trip. As with all of my posts, opinions and reviews are 100% my own and unbiased.