Best of Tallahassee

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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

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

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

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

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
2014Food and Beverage

Best Bar:  Madison Social

In its first year in business, this CollegeTown watering hole became THE place to have a libation. Can't beat the view of Doak Campbell Stadium and patrons enjoy the rustic/industrial vibe that includes garage doors that are rolled up on pleasant days and ice-filled troughs in the patio picnic tables to keep bottled drinks icy cold.

Honorable Mention:  Sidecar Gastrobar
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 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 Casual Dining:  Chicken Salad Chick

For a relaxed meal that's served quicky-quick, nothing in town beats the Chick. It's fun to grab a scoop or a sandwich and settle in to the brightly lit restaurant — now with two Tallahassee locations to catch up with friends. The only hitch is the 15 different varieties of this Southern-style classic to choose from — it may take several visits to find your favorite!

Honorable Mention:  Ted's Montana Grill
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 Fine Dining:  Cypress Restaurant

Whether your arranging a romantic dinner for two or an upscale business meeting, Cypress' quality ingredients and attention to detail puts them into a class all their own. As evidenced by their multiple "Best of" victories for 2014, this gem of an establishment is dedicated to providing their guests with an exceptional culinary experience each and every time.

Honorable Mention:  Sage Restaurant
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
2014Food and Beverage

Best Sushi:  Masa

For yet another year, Masa has earned honors as the spot for Tallahassee's top sushi. The proof is in the pudding - or should we say sashimi - when you taste the freshness of every raw or cooked ingredient in their specialty sushi rolls. Try their unique spin on the classic California roll, served with blue crab and mango sauce, or have the best of land and sea with the Surf and Turf roll, consisting of extra-large shrimp, cream cheese and avocado, topped with seared beef tenderloin.

Honorable Mention:  Kiku Japanese Fusion
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 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 Celebration/Special Occasion Restaurant:  Cypress Restaurant

Cypress is known around town as the place to go for any special occasion. Embracing a totally divine, farm-to-table take on gourmet, Cypress' impressive menu and authentic recipes will give you cause to celebrate. And with an intimate and upscale atmosphere, there's just no going wrong. So, bon appetit!

Honorable Mention:  Sage Restauran
2014Food and Beverage

Best Seafood Restaurant:  Bonefish Grill

Bonefish Grill combines family-style dining with delicious food made with top-notch quality seafood. The never frozen, prepared-to-order dishes reflect the freshness of ingredients such as cold water lobster tails, Chilean sea bass, wild Gulf grouper and rainbow trout. All of the market-fresh fish is cooked to perfection and accented with your choice of a complimentary signature sauce.

Honorable Mention:  The Seineyard Seafood Restaurant
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 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 Sports Bar:  Midtown Pass

You won't miss a single play from your favorite team when you have access to over 20 high-definition televisions and three massive projector screens. Thanks to their extensive selection of more than 80 bottled beers and over a dozen on tap, you will certainly find a beverage to put you in a celebratory mood. Not only does Midtown Pass boast a full liquor selection, they serve up some of the best bar munchies around!

Honorable Mention:  Miller's Ale House
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