Best of Tallahassee

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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 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 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 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 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 Outdoor Dining:  The Front Porch

Located in the heart of Midtown, The Front Porch mixes Southern comfort with fresh seafood to make for one of the finest casual dining experiences in Tallahassee. Stop by for dinner or a special Saturday/Sunday brunch. With their innovative dishes and outdoor setting, the menu and the atmosphere will always delight you.
Honorable Mention:  Food Glorious Food
2013Food and Beverage

Best Coffee Shop:  Starbucks

Whether you’re craving a Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino or a simple cup o’ joe, Starbucks provides a wide variety of beverages that will satisfy even the most adventurous caffeine addict. Along with their coffee and classic café atmosphere, local stores offer free Wi-Fi and a delicious selection of sandwiches, salads, pastries and ice cream.
Honorable Mention:  Eternal Grounds
2013Food and Beverage

Best Celebration/Special Occasion Restaurant:  Cypress Restaurant

To make a special evening a cut above the rest, bring the celebration to Cypress. Known for its sophisticated take on Southern cuisine, this restaurant won our readers’ votes for setting the scene and providing perfectly sumptuous food to match the grandeur of any occasion.
Honorable Mention:  Shula’s 347 Grill
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 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
2013Food and Beverage

Best Food Truck:  Street Chefs

Tallahassee residents flock to the Street Chefs truck for modern twists on classic comfort food items like “Not Your Mama’s Grilled Cheese Sandwich.” Established in 2011, the truck and its chef, Rebecca Kelly, have quickly made a name for themselves as Tallahassee’s “best” food on wheels!


Honorable Mention:  Mobi
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 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 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 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 Casual Dining:  Chicken Salad Chick

It’s hard to go wrong with chicken and mayo. But Chicken Salad Chick exceeds expectations, with 15 different chicken salads to choose from — each with its own unique flavor — served in a bright, fast-casual setting. There are also deli sandwiches, side items and soups, and a cookie of the day for those who aren’t chicken salad fans.
Honorable Mention:  Red Elephant Pizza and Grill Restaurant
2013Food and Beverage

Best Cajun Restaurant:  Coosh’s Bayou Rouge

This Cajun-themed restaurant brings the best of the Bayou State right to your table. With a menu jam-packed with Louisiana-style dishes, guests can enjoy favorites like jambalaya, red beans ‘n’ rice, crawfish etouffee, po’boys and seafood gumbo. Not in a Cajun mood? Coosh’s also offers classic hamburgers, salads and chicken wings.
Honorable Mention:  Harry’s Seafood, Bar and Grille

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