Food Tour: Where to Eat in Tallahassee, Florida

Warning: May cause serious drooling. 

Tallahassee is becoming increasingly popular for its thriving culinary scene and we can see why. The city is taking it up a notch and it didn’t take long for us to notice while spending a few days exploring the capital. From delectable gourmet cuisine to comfort food at its finest, there is something for everyone.

Here are seven Tallahassee restaurants and dining experiences you must have when you visit.

Warning: May cause serious drooling! Here are seven Tallahassee restaurants and dining experiences you must have when you visit. Explore. Enjoy. Eat. Repeat.

1. Blow your Mind with Dinner at Cypress Restaurant

Where: 320 East Tennessee Street, (850) 513-1100

Warning: May cause serious drooling! Here are seven Tallahassee restaurants and dining experiences you must have when you visit. Explore. Enjoy. Eat. Repeat.
Blow your Mind with Dinner at Cypress Restaurant Tallahassee

Hands down, one of the best meals we have ever had the pleasure of consuming. A consistent favorite of the Golden Spoon Awards, this husband and wife tag team at Cypress Restaurant has all the right ingredients for an unforgettable fine dining experience.

Expect a classy space with local art adorning the walls and creative daily specials like iron seared duck breast served with spinach and artichoke puree paired with crafty cocktails.

Order blue crab cakes with ginger spiked sauce to start, grilled steak surrounded by creamy mushroom gravy, or grilled lamb chops with a pepper feta sauce and end with the dessert sampler so you can try mini versions of their best desserts. No matter what you get, my guess is you will not be disappointed.

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Warning: May cause serious drooling! Here are seven Tallahassee restaurants and dining experiences you must have when you visit. Explore. Enjoy. Eat. Repeat.
Dessert Sampler at Cypress Restaurant

2. Go Bananas for Breakfast at Lofty Pursuits

Where: 1355 Market Street A11, (850) 521-0091

From a former juggler turned restaurant owner to the 26-scoop ice cream extravaganza served in a kitchen sink, Lofty Pursuits screams quirky.

Sometimes these one-of-a-kind experiences equate to a one-time-only experience, but this couldn’t be further from the truth here. At the very least, you’ll want to visit once a week for a year to sample the 52 sundaes on the menu!

You’ll find an entire section dedicated to local ingredients such as bacon, sausage, honey, granola, coffee, grits, and bread and I can’t forget to mention the delicious freshly squeezed orange juice. From the push-you-down-and-steal-your-food-worthy bananas foster waffles to the I-don’t-want-to-get-to-the-bottom-of-this-plate shrimp & grits, you’ll want to keep coming back for more.

Here are seven Tallahassee restaurants and dining experiences you must have when you visit. Explore. Enjoy. Eat. Repeat.
Go bananas for breakfast at Lofty Pursuits

3. Light it up for Lunch at The Edison

Where: 470 Suwannee Street, (850) 765-9771

Here are seven Tallahassee restaurants and dining experiences you must have when you visit. Explore. Enjoy. Eat. Repeat.
Light up your Lunch at The Edison

Whether you are outside overlooking the beautiful Cascades Park or inside admiring the contemporary design atop the exposed brick of the former 1920’s power plant, lunch at The Edison is a treat.

If you have the taste for fresh seafood take your pick between the grouper Reuben, lobster roll, or fish tacos. At this time of year, the reasonably priced selections come with grilled corn, a choice of a side with options like orzo salad, mac and cheese, sweet potato waffle fries, or Greek potato salad, and a non-alcoholic beverage.

Here are seven Tallahassee restaurants and dining experiences you must have when you visit. Explore. Enjoy. Eat. Repeat.
View of Cascades Park from The Edison
Here are seven Tallahassee restaurants and dining experiences you must have when you visit. Explore. Enjoy. Eat. Repeat.
Lunch at The Edison

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4. Treat Yourself at Food Glorious Food

Where: 1950 Thomasville Road, (850) 224-9974

Warning: May cause serious drooling! Here are seven Tallahassee restaurants and dining experiences you must have when you visit. Explore. Enjoy. Eat. Repeat.
Treat Yo Self at Food Glorious Food

Have I died and gone to a foodie’s heaven? Welcome to Food Glorious Food where they will take you on a celestial journey with large plates such as the pan-fried Gulf grouper with sauteed rapini and mushrooms, blistered grape tomatoes, roasted garlic, and asparagus in a balsamic reduction.

Like spicy? Try the jerked Mahi served on a bed of black beans and rice with salsa fresca. I didn’t want to share even one bite with my husband! Make sure to save room for one of the many scrumptious desserts like the turtle truffle tort or the hummingbird cake.

Warning: May cause serious drooling! Here are seven Tallahassee restaurants and dining experiences you must have when you visit. Explore. Enjoy. Eat. Repeat.
Food Glorious Food delectable desserts

5. Enjoy a Breakfast of Champions at Merv’s Melt Shop

UPDATE: UNFORTUNATELY, MERV’S PERMANENTLY CLOSED.

Where: 825 Railroad Avenue, (850) 765-5222

Here are seven Tallahassee restaurants and dining experiences you must have when you visit. Explore. Enjoy. Eat. Repeat.
Merv’s mural

Located in an old auto shop decked out with colorful murals, you’ll want to take a few minutes to look around the parking lot before heading inside.

It all started with a love affair for the classic grilled cheese sandwich and spiraled from there. Merv’s Melt Shop is a favorite among locals and college students for hearty breakfast sandwiches like the Surfers Melt that is stacked with scrambled eggs, avocado, heirloom tomato, crispy bacon, chipotle mayo, cheddar, and swiss cheese.

The menu gets even more interesting with sides like drunken tots, truffle tots, and west coast tots.

Here are seven Tallahassee restaurants and dining experiences you must have when you visit. Explore. Enjoy. Eat. Repeat.
Breakfast of champions at Merv’s Melt Shop

6. Eat Local and Fresh at Backwoods Crossing

Where: 6725 Mahan Drive, (850) 765-3753

Here are seven Tallahassee restaurants and dining experiences you must have when you visit. Explore. Enjoy. Eat. Repeat.
Eat local at Backwoods Crossing

It’s one thing to notice a garden in front of a restaurant, but then to see a greenhouse with aromatic herbs attached once you enter is a game-changer. 

The quips kept coming, “Now that’s fresh!” and “Talk about a short distance from farm-to-table!” In all seriousness, Backwoods Crossing takes the idea of locally sourced to a whole new level with an ever-changing menu inspired by seasonal vegetables and produce. It is one of the best casual restaurants in Tallahassee. 

We love their creative twist on an otherwise boring salad option. The shrimp with spirit salad is layered with warm brie, grilled shrimp, caramelized apples, fresh jalapenos, and toasted almonds, drizzled with a blueberry-jalapeno reduction. The crab trap has garden kale and arugula with roasted red peppers, fire-roasted corn, shiitakes, onion slivers, and aged parmesan topped with a big ol’ crab cake.

Here are seven Tallahassee restaurants and dining experiences you must have when you visit. Explore. Enjoy. Eat. Repeat.
Taste the garden at Backwoods Crossing

7. Experience a Delightful Dinner at Sage Restaurant

Where: 3534 Maclay Blvd S, (850) 270-9396

With a combination of over-the-top friendly service and gastronomical delights, Sage Restaurant is the place to be.

The crowd, which begins early on the weekends, is a testament to the divine food and posh but warm atmosphere.

Expect to find Southern-infused seafood like Gulf shrimp and sea scallops with blue crab scallion hush puppies, stewed okra and tomatoes with slaw glazed in remoulade sauce and meat-and-potatoes with a twist like fire-grilled filet with fingerling potatoes, brussels sprouts with bacon hash, and blue cheese fondue in a cabernet sauce on the menu.

And don’t forget the fresh oysters! Almost every table is adorned with a tray.

Warning: May cause serious drooling! Here are seven Tallahassee restaurants and dining experiences you must have when you visit. Explore. Enjoy. Eat. Repeat.
Experience a delightful dinner at Sage Restaurant

What’s your favorite Tallahassee restaurants? If you haven’t been before, which restaurant would you try? Tell us in the comments below!

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Looking for the best Tallahassee Florida restaurants? Tallahassee is becoming increasingly popular for its thriving culinary scene and we can see why. The city is taking it up a notch and it didn't take long for us to notice while spending a few days exploring the capital. From delectable gourmet cuisine to comfort food at its finest, there is something for everyone at these DO NOT MISS places to eat in Tallahassee. #tallahassee #restaurants

 

 

9 Responses

  1. Linda

    There are a few here we have not tried yet, moved to Tally almost 2 years ago and have found several very good restaurants, now have a few more to add to our list. A few of our good finds are: Table 23, Cafe’ Tavern, Liberty, Birds Oysters, Canopy Road Cafe, Kool Beanz, Brickyard Pizzaria and Maple Street Biscuit Co. Enjoy your postings and look forward to visiting one of your recommendations soon!

  2. Chris travels

    Am I drooling? You betcha…I should have put on a bib before reading this post on these culinary “treasures” in Tallahassee! Your well written post had me imagining that I was feasting at these wonderful restaurants. I’m hoping now to include this city on a future travel itinerary! Thanks!

  3. David

    I’m more of a fan of small, hole-in-the-wall, family-owned restaurants. Tallahasse has a surprising number of good ones:

    Bird’s Aphrodisiac Oyster Shack for a burger
    Oleans for fried chicken
    Early’s Kitchen for soul/comfort food
    Voodoo Dog for hot dogs
    La Tiendita for simple authentic Mexican
    Joy Luck for Szechuan
    Shell’s Seafood for oysters (cash only)
    King Konch food truck for conch fritters
    G&G Caribbean
    Fisherman’s Wife for fresh seafood

  4. Laura M.

    I have eaten at all….and agree with all except The Edison. I tried it a few times and was disappointed each time. It was fairly early on in the opening faze and I’ve not been back since, despite the chef having invited me to do so. He’s gone now I’m pretty sure. Perhaps I’ll try it one day again. I will say it’s a beautiful location and atmosphere.

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