Best of Tallahassee

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2013Entertainment

Best Place to Take the Kids:  Tallahassee Museum

A thrilling combination of history, wildlife, nature and entertainment, Tallahassee Museum is more than your typical museum. Visitors can tour a 19th-century homestead, take a peek at Florida’s only zoological collection of native wildlife, or get a bird’s-eye view of the natural world with the high-flying zip lines and tree-to-tree adventure courses. It’s great fun for the whole family!
Honorable Mention:  Fun Station
2013Entertainment

Best Place to Be Seen:  So Pure Salon and Spa

At So Pure, you’re guaranteed to leave looking and feeling totally different than you arrived. Customers can choose from a variety of services, including massage, hairstyling, makeup, photography and so much more. After an experience here, you’ll feel like a new person, from head to toe.


Honorable Mention:  Level 8
2013Entertainment

Best Entertainment Venue:  SouthWood

More than just a residential community, SouthWood offers lush green parks, a bustling Towne Center and live community events. Join in on the annual festivities like the spectacular display of fireworks on the Fourth of July or participate in the Turkey Trot. Whatever the time of year, SouthWood is the place to be for community, charitable and leisure events.
Honorable Mention:  Donald L. Tucker Civic Center at Florida State University
2013Entertainment

Best Golf Course:  Golden Eagle Golf & Country Club

This lush golf course was planned for those who expect the best. The Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole course is tucked away within Golden Eagle Plantation.
Honorable Mention:  SouthWood Golf Club
2013Entertainment

Best Community Event:  Springtime Tallahassee

It’s no wonder Springtime Tallahassee attracts more than 70,000 spectators; the whole family can find something fun to do at Tallahassee’s signature annual event. The Grand Parade has over 100 floats, including the Springtime Krewe floats, marching bands and dance groups. Kids can get their faces painted, ride ponies and play with clowns.
Honorable Mention:  Heart Ball
2013Food and Beverage

Best Bar:  Level 8 Lounge

What better way to enjoy cocktails, wine and beautiful people than atop the eighth floor of downtown’s Hotel Duval? The view from Level8 is breathtaking, the couches are plush and the waitresses are at your service. Throw on your best attire, and come see the exquisite nightlife Tallahassee has to offer.
Honorable Mention:  Midtown Filling Station
2013Food and Beverage

Best Italian Restaurant:  Bella Bella

Take your taste buds to Italy with a trip to Bella Bella. This locally owned and operated restaurant has a cozy atmosphere with all the classics to satisfy your cravings: Capellini Marinara, Fettuccine Alfredo, Manicotti, Lasagna, Chicken Parmesan and Eggplant Parmesan.
Honorable Mention:  Carrabba’s Italian Grill
2013Food and Beverage

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

Nothing satisfies a rumblin’ stomach quite like a plateful of hot, savory barbecue; and if you’re looking for the tastiest grilled dishes, Sonny’s has them in spades. With classic favorites like baby back ribs, smoked turkey and char-grilled chicken (served alongside baked potatoes, freshly made coleslaw or barbecue beans), you’ll always get the greatest food and hospitality a Southern kitchen can offer.
Honorable Mention:  Piggy’s BBQ
2013Food and Beverage

Best Wine:  The Wine Loft

Located in Midtown, The Wine Loft features a variety of worldly wines and bartenders who love to experiment. Perfect for parties large and small, or simple solitary reflection, The Wine Loft is conveniently located in Midtown and ready to help you relax and enjoy the evening.
Honorable Mention:  Clusters & Hops
2013Food and Beverage

Best Hibachi:  Osaka

This hibachi steakhouse provides dinner and a show with chefs seasoning and preparing your meal right in front of you. Dinner favorites like Osaka Umi No Sachi (scallops, lobster and shrimp) and the Osaka Chef Special (steak, shrimp and chicken) are served with soup, salad, fried rice, Japanese noodles, vegetables and dessert — a meal that’s sure to leave you satisfied as well as entertained.
Honorable Mention:  Japanica
2013Food and Beverage

Best Deli:  Hopkins’ Eatery

This deli provides more than just your average sandwich. Favorites like the Ultimate Turkey and the Linda Special and a variety of salad meals keep customers coming back for more. And it’s healthful, too!
Honorable Mention:  Publix
2013Food and Beverage

Best Breakfast:  The Egg Cafe & Eatery

For a casual, delicious breakfast, head over to The Egg for a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and some sweet beignets with apple butter. The Egg offers some surprisingly yummy combinations, such as the peanut butter and jelly French toast. Of course, breakfast favorites like eggs benedict are also served.
Honorable Mention:  Canopy Road Cafe
2013Food and Beverage

Best Bakery:  The Cake Shop

From your plain vanilla and chocolate to specialties like Snicker’s Candy Bar and Chunky Monkey, The Cake Shop provides delicious cakes and cupcakes for special occasions or just to satisfy your sweet tooth. Their fresh cookies include chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, peanut butter and chocolate-dipped pecan with chocolate chips.
Honorable Mention:  Tasty Pastry
2013Food and Beverage

Best Lunch:  Sage Restaurant

Sage offers delicious creations for lunch-goers looking for a fine meal. The Bistro, a sandwich with brined and roasted turkey breast, French Brie, spinach, sour apples and Dijon mustard dipping sauce is a tasty delight, while the watermelon, tomato and cucumber salad refreshes your taste buds on even the hottest Tallahassee day.
Honorable Mention:  Hopkins’ Eatery
2013Food and Beverage

Best Martini/Cocktail:  Level 8

This modern downtown rooftop bar at the Hotel Duval is the perfect setting for any get together. The signature martinis are to die for, and the upscale environment sets the bar high, keeping this rooftop bar at the top of our reader’s list.
Honorable Mention:  Bonefish Grill
2013Food and Beverage

Best Asian Restaurant:  Masa

Masa’s Asian-fusion menu creates dishes blending Eastern and Western cuisine everyone can enjoy. The fun, modern environment is sure to put you in the mood for some menu favorites like Grilled Miso Chilean Sea Bass, Yellow Curry Lamb Chop, Stir-fried Tilapia and Masa Chili Chicken.
Honorable Mention:  Azu
2013Food and Beverage

Best Wings:  Wingstop

After being voted best in town for the seventh year in a row, it’s safe to say that this joint is the ultimate source for chicken wings. With three locations in the Tallahassee area, Wingstop offers a variety of homemade sides and 10 mouthwatering flavors for their wings, including Cajun, Lemon Pepper, Garlic Parmesan, BBQ and Louisiana Rub.
Honorable Mention:  Hurricane Grill and Wings
2013Food and Beverage

Best Sushi:  Masa

For another year, Masa has held its recurring title as the No. 1 sushi restaurant in town — and with good reason. This Japanese fusion restaurant packs bold, delicious flavors into each finely crafted, authentic roll. Come for the sushi; return to try everything else on the menu.
Honorable Mention:  Osaka Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse
2013Food and Beverage

Best Happy Hour:  101 Restaurant

Whether you work nine to five or just want to enjoy a night out with friends, 101 has a happy hour for you! Guests can choose from a selection of delectable martinis, two-for-ones and a bevy of other drinks. And they have not just one, but two happy hours to choose from — from 4 to 7 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Honorable Mention:  Level 8
2013Food and Beverage

Best Hamburger:  Vertigo Burgers and Fries

The No. 1 spot for hamburgers this year went to Vertigo, home to some of the juiciest, funkiest burgers in town. The modern building provides a no-frills setting to enjoy such favorites as the Vertigo Burger, a beef patty with fried egg, applewood bacon, grilled jalapenos, sharp cheddar and Vertigo sauce, and the Greak Out, with a lamb patty, tzatziki sauce, fresh tomato, kalamata olives, red onion, feta and pepperoncini peppers.
Honorable Mention:  Five Guys Burgers and Fries

See past winners of our annual reader's poll by clicking a year below.