Best of Tallahassee

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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

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

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

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

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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Catering:  Black Fig

This year, Black Fig snagged the No. 1 catering company title. Catering everything from weddings to corporate events, their delicious, fresh cuisine is always presented with flair.
Honorable Mention:  Klassic Katering
2013Food and Beverage

Best Mexican/Latin American Restaurant:  El Jalisco Restaurant

In the mood for sizzling enchiladas and frozen margaritas? Make your way to El Jalisco, where they do Mexican cuisine to perfection. Enjoy delicious two-for-one margaritas and entrees from a menu that’s sure to satisfy your taste for something from south of the border.
Honorable Mention:  Morelia’s Mexican Restaurant
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 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 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 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
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