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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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