Best of Tallahassee

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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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Pizza:  Momo’s

After devouring a slice at Momo’s, chain pizza simply is not gonna cut it. From the Johnny Cash posters to the ear-shattering punk music, the restaurant has an unmistakable “hole-in-the-wall” vibe, while the newly expanded dining area at their flagship Tennessee Street location allows a lot more seating, with plenty of room for large parties.
Honorable Mention:  Barnaby’s Family Inn
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 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
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 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 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 Brunch:  The Egg Cafe & Eatery

With a full brunch menu, The Egg has all the classics and more to satisfy your mid-morning cravings. Unwind with a Mimosa or Poinsettia cocktail, and enjoy the shrimp and grits skillet. You can never go wrong with options like the French toast, huevos rancheros and specialty omelettes.
Honorable Mention:  Mockingbird Cafe

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