Best of Tallahassee

YearSort Descending GroupSort Descending Category
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
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 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 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 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
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 Steakhouse:  Marie Livingston’s Steak House

Dining at Marie Livingston’s is upscale yet comfortable and always a special treat. It’s not just a steak house that serves up savory cuts of prime rib or marbled beef, it’s a Tallahassee tradition, and newcomers owe it to themselves to make it a priority to visit.
Honorable Mention:  Shula’s 347 Grill
2013Food and Beverage

Best Appetizer:  Sage Restaurant

With its fresh ingredients and reputation for masterful, sophisticated preparation, Sage Restaurant has nabbed the No. 1 appetizer title. Enjoy the perfect bite in the comfortably elegant atmosphere inside, or in the romantic setting provided by the outdoor patio. Either way, the food will be fabulous!
Honorable Mention:  Bonefish Grill
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 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 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
2013Food and Beverage

Best Seafood Market:  Southern Seafood

Whether you’re looking for fish, shrimp, oysters, scallops, crab or lobster, these guys have you covered. Unloading the bounty from local fishing boats every day, Southern Seafood brings the ocean’s freshest choices right to Tallahassee’s front door.
Honorable Mention:  Capital Seafood Market
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 Fine Dining:  Sage Restaurant

Fine dining is about both flavors and atmosphere. Sage’s menu spans a wide variety of flavors and masterfully melds regional influences, including Southern and French, to produce some of the finest cuisine in town — as evidenced by their multiple Best of Tallahassee 2013 wins! The setting is gorgeous but cozy, and the outdoor patio sets a charming, romantic tone for a relaxed evening. For any occasion, Sage Restaurant will be a sure hit.
Honorable Mention:  Cypress Restaurant
2013Food and Beverage

Best Sports Bar:  Primetime Lounge and Restaurant

With 40 high-definition televisions, two 15-foot projector screens and gourmet menu choices, Primetime has revolutionized the way you watch sports. Guys, grab your favorite brew, and ladies, order a delicious cocktail from the one-of-a-kind frost-top bar. Relax and enjoy the lounge ambience and upgrade your sports bar experience.
Honorable Mention:  AJ Sports Bar and Grill
2013Food and Beverage

Best Dessert:  Sage Restaurant

This Tallahassee favorite received resounding recognition for its classic, perfectly executed desserts. Enjoy rich, deep chocolate flavors in such desserts as the decadent flourless chocolate cake, or opt for a fresher sweet treat like sorbet or blueberry rhubarb bread pudding.
Honorable Mention:  The Cake Shop
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 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 Seafood Restaurant:  Bonefish Grill

With countless perfectly cooked, succulent seafood items to choose from, in addition to delicious “turf” options for those who do not enjoy their food from the “surf,” it’s no wonder Tallahassee selected Bonefish Grill as its favorite place to chow down on fish. Don’t miss out on their signature appetizer, the Bang Bang Shrimp.
Honorable Mention:  The Front Porch

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