Best of Tallahassee

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2014Entertainment

Best Community Event:  Springtime Tallahassee

Tallahassee winters are often cold, rainy and bleak. And then spring rolls around, and it's a whole new world of light and color. That's why Springtime Tallahassee is so popular; it's family friendly, it attracts more than 70,000 spectators, the Springtime Krewe floats are fun and cheery, and kids have a blast.


Honorable Mention:  Tallahassee Symphony Pops in the Park at SouthWood
2014Entertainment

Best Golf Course:  SouthWood Golf Club

A beautiful golf course surrounded by a Tallahassee neighborhood, the SouthWood Golf Club offers fun and challenging holes for players with any level of proficiency. The wide fairways and fast greens are maintained in excellent condition and set amongst picturesque rolling hills, pastureland and ancient oak trees draped in Spanish moss. Take a break between rounds at the golf club's restaurant, which offers delectable bites with a view.


Honorable Mention:  Golden Eagle Golf & Country Club
2014Entertainment

Best Place to be Seen:  So Pure Salon and Spa

Pampering is limitless at So Pure Salon & Spa. Treat yourself to a facial or massage, mani or pedi, a new set of highlights or a fancy updo. Or, better yet, make a day of it with the fabulous So Pure team of stylists and aestheticians. By the time you leave, you'll feel just as great as you look.


Honorable Mention:  Level 8
2014Entertainment

Best Place to Take the Kids:  Tallahassee Museum

Ranked as one of the top museums in Florida, The Tallahassee Museum is a 52-acre paradise full of Florida native flora and fauna. The museum offers nature trails, luscious blossoming gardens and even a zip lining course! Zip liners can glide through the cypress swamp from tree to tree 60 feet above the ground. Don't miss out on the living exhibits, which allow visitors to observe Florida wildlife in environments similar to their natural habitat.


Honorable Mention:  Cascades Park
2014Entertainment

Best Entertainment Venue:  Cascades Park

Tallahassee has gained a true gem with the opening of Cascades Park in the spring of 2014. Offering visitors a sprawling campus of outdoor and recreational amenities, including a state-of-the-art amphitheater, interactive water fountain, children's play area, Smokey Hollow Commemoration and miles of multi-use trails, the entertainment and event options at Cascades are almost limitless.


Honorable Mention:  Donald L. Tucker Civic Center at Florida State University
2014Food and Beverage

Best Hibachi:  Osaka

Japanese fare and entertainment go hand in hand at Osaka. This Hibachi emporium serves up top-quality ingredients with the personalized attention of a chef preparing your meal right before your very eyes. Teppanyaki favorites chicken, shrimp, beef and scallops are paired with a starter salad, soup and a side of rice, noodles and veggies, leaving any guest feeling satisfied. It's the perfect location for large groups or special occasion meals.


Honorable Mention:  Japanica
2014Food and Beverage

Best Happy Hour:  101 Restaurant

Whether you like your martini straight up or with a twist, 101 has got you covered. With two happy hour specials, one from 4 to 7 p.m. perfect for a post-work cocktail, and another for the night owls from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., there really is no excuse to not indulge your fixation for a libation. Weekdays or weekends, you can always find a friendly face during 101's happy hour.


Honorable Mention:  Madison Social
2014Food and Beverage

Best Appetizer:  Bonefish Grill

Seriously, who can resist the scrumptious Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer at Bonefish? Next time you're in, give the Ahi Tuna Sashimi or Twisted Edamame Hummus a spin. You'll be glad you did.


Honorable Mention:  101 Restaurant
2014Food and Beverage

Best Pizza:  Momo's

Whoever said that size doesn't matter was sadly mistaken - at least when it comes to pizza. Momo's is the only place where you can devour a "slice as big as your head!" This hole-in-the-wall pizza joint prepares their delicious pies in true New York style pizzeria fashion. The diverse craft beer selection, laid-back atmosphere, and made-from-scratch pizza have made Momo's a favorite spot of students and locals alike.


Honorable Mention:  Brickyard Pizzeria
2014Food and Beverage

Best Bakery:  The Cake Shop

Whether you're in the market for a single dainty cupcake or a towering five-tier wedding cake, the folks at The Cake Shop have you covered. Beloved for their innovative cupcake flavor combinations (like salted caramel, strawberry white chocolate cream and German chocolate), a trip to The Cake Shop is a great way to celebrate all the delicious moments life has to offer.


Honorable Mention:  Tasty Pastry
2014Food and Beverage

Best Outdoor Dining:  The Front Porch

If dining under twinkling lights and majestic oak trees is part of your M.O., then The Front Porch is the place for you. Located in the heart of Midtown, The Front Porch's aesthetic components and delicious fare are pleasing in every way. Their Southern twist on seafood dishes combined with their idyllic locale makes them a favorite in the hearts of many.


Honorable Mention:  Sage Restaurant
2014Food and Beverage

Best Martini/Cocktail:  101 Restaurant

No one does happy hour quite like 101. Offering patrons an ultra cool atmosphere and an impressive assortment of cocktails to choose from, 101 and the adjacent Mint Martini Lounge are a libation lover's dream destination. 101 is the ideal spot for unwinding after work or a night out on the town with friends.


Honorable Mention:  Bonefish Grill
2014Food and Beverage

Best Barbecue:  Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q

If you're on the hunt for some down-home cuisine, look no further than one of Sonny's three Tallahassee locations. With a diverse barbecue menu featuring everything from juicy smoked pulled pork to chargrilled chicken, and pit master-crafted spare ribs, there's no need to travel far to indulge in a taste of true Southern-style dining.


Honorable Mention:  Piggy's BBQ
2014Food and Beverage

Best Asian Restaurant:  Masa

Located in the bustling Midtown neighborhood, Masa is an Asian-inspired seafood and sushi restaurant with a touch of elegance. Perfectly suited for cultured taste buds, Masa's modern take on Eastern flavors has turned it into a local favorite. A great choice for lunch with co-workers or dinner for two.


Honorable Mention:  Azu
2014Food and Beverage

Best Mexican/Latin American Restaurant:  El Jalisco

Although Cinco de Mayo only comes once a year, the folks at El Jalisco give us a reason to celebrate all through the week! With daily two-for-one margarita specials, traditional menu items like the Chile Rellenos, Shrimp Fajitas, and Carnitas with corn tortillas, you don't have to leave Tallahassee to get a little taste of the Mexican beachside.


Honorable Mention:  La Fiesta
2014Food and Beverage

Best Dessert:  The Cake Shop

When you've finished a delightful meal, the icing on the cake is, well, icing on the cake! The Cake Shop offers a delightful array of gourmet cupcakes, as well as cookies, and other sweet bakery treats, including cakes — sized from little rounds for four to special occasion cakes serving hundreds.


Honorable Mention:  Food Glorious Food
2014Food and Beverage

Best Deli:  Publix

While Florida's own grocery store has a great selection of meats and cheeses in its deli (and now an online preordering service so you don't have to grab a number and wait), anyone with a nodding acquaintance with social media knows the "Pub Sub" is the Publix deli's main attraction. Pleasant attendants are at the ready to create a deli-licious sub or sandwich to your exact specifications.


Honorable Mention:  Hopkins' Eatery
2014Food and Beverage

Best Italian Restaurant:  Bella Bella

Italian classics take on new life at Midtown's own Bella Bella. A family-owned and operated business, Bella Bella's creative menu includes eggplant rollatini, Sicilian lasagna and chicken parmesan. With a cozy, fun interior, convenient location and exceptional service, Bella Bella is a sure bet. Just don't forget to start the meal off with an order of their bubble bread!


Honorable Mention:  Riccardo's
2014Food and Beverage

Best Hamburger:  Vertigo Burgers and Fries

With no fancy signage or decoration, Vertigo simply offers unique and unexpected flavor combinations that result in some amazingly tasty burgers. Take a bite of the wild side and try their Dizzy Duck burger with ground duck meat, blue cheese, arugula and cherry compote. You definitely can't go wrong with the Tremor burger, a crafty take on the classic American beef patty topped with truffle tremor cheese, applewood bacon, sautéed mushrooms and roasted garlic dijonaisse.


Honorable Mention:  BurgerFi
2014Food and Beverage

Best Coffee Shop:  Starbucks

Looking for a caffeine pick-me-up? Look no further than Starbucks! From the most decadent java creations (Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino anyone?) to a refreshing iced vanilla latte, this coffee house is world-renowned for its handcrafted, quality beverages. For those of you simple coffee addicts don't fret; you can still pick up a cup of freshly roasted espresso at anytime throughout the day.


Honorable Mention:  RedEye Coffee
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