Don’t Get Hangry During Session: Restaurants Within Walking Distance of Tallahassee’s Capitol Complex

As a former legislative reporter, I know how frenzied it can get during the session. Just grabbing a bite to eat can be a challenge. Thank goodness there are at least 13 eateries within a 10-minute walk from the Capitol allowing you time to get something to eat and catch your breath before the action starts again – not to mention, you won’t have to lose your parking spot. 

Andrews Capital Grill & Bar

228 S. Adams St.; (850) 222-3444

Just a four-minute walk from the Capitol, Andrews has a long history (more than 40 years) as a hot lunch destination. Expect a crowd for items with insider names like the “Corcoran” Chicken Club (named after State Rep. Richard Corcoran) or the “Joyners” Juicy Turkey Burger (for Florida Sen. Arthenia Joyner). 

Au Péché Mignon

220 N Duval St.; (850) 668-5533

Au Peche Mignon is a French pastry shop where the treats are almost too beautiful to eat. The shop sells savory breads, imported cheese, pastries, cakes, macaroons, and much more. Lunch sandwiches, quiche, soup and salad are available daily. 

Avenue Eat & Drink

115 East Park Ave.; (850) 224-0115

The place has an urban, upscale vibe, a good choice for discussing business or legal strategy. The menu features a wide range of dishes, including a Butcher’s Board Charcuterie, sandwiches, salads and hot entrees. 

Brick Haus Pizza

402 W College Ave.; (850) 577-1230
Located in a newly renovated historic Tallahassee home, this Italian bistro is open every day and offers an assortment of pizzas, pastas, burgers and more for dine-in or take-out.

Catalina Cafe on College

106 E College Ave.; (850) 765-4776

In its multiple locations, Catalina Café serves freshly roasted coffee, pastries made in- house and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. The coffees, lattés and espressos are created by baristas who compete nationally, and their beans are sourced from responsible importers.

The Egg Express

500 S. Bronough; (850) 245-6400

Get a dose of culture with your slice of quiche at this petite offshoot of the popular Egg Cafe & Eatery. The Egg Express is on the lower level of the R.A. Gray Building, home of the Museum of Florida History. With a handful of tables inside and outside the cheeful nook, offers daily soup and quiche choices, salads and sandwiches like the Bradley’s Sausage sandwich, black bean burger and veggie wrap. If you have time, take a stroll through the Museum of Florida History.

Fat Noodle

222 E. College Ave.; (850) 765-4867

Stop by this minimalist Asian eatery for quick fare that covers a lot of territory -- Vietnamese pho and banh mi sandwiches, Korean kimchi, Chinese won tons, Japanese curry  and a list of noodle and rice bowls.

Goodie’s Eatery

116 E College Ave.; (850) 681-3888

This local deli is a comforting spot to pair soups and salads or sandwiches. As an added treat, don’t miss the ice cream bar. Grab a brownie and an espresso to go. 

Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille

301 S. Bronough St.; (850) 222-3976

Find New Orleans-style cuisine including shrimp Creole, jambalaya and gumbo plus po’ boys, salads and plenty of seafood entrees at the lively restaurant in the Kleman Plaza. Specialty drinks, wine by the glass and an assortment of imported and domestic beers are also available.

Jacob’s on the Plaza

101 S. Adams St.; (850) 224-5000

Tucked inside the Doubletree Hotel, this low-key, relaxing space offers rows of booths good for private discussions, plus outdoor seating. Jacob’s serves American cuisine, with burgers, sandwiches, salads and hot entrees.

Jasmine Café

109 E. College Ave.; (850) 681-6868

Ahipcafé  with funky decor, Jasmine is popular with college students as well as downtown professionals. The attraction? Sushi, noodle bowls, hot entrees and the fun atmosphere. 

Metro Deli

104 S. Monroe St.; (850) 224-6870

Expect lines out the door during prime lunch time, so get here a little early if possible. The casual downtown spot serves soups, salads, subs and specialties including hot corned beef on rye, meatball parmesan sub and Cuban sandwich.

The Southern Pub

224 E College Ave.; (850) 558-5415

A casual, contemporary setting with a good-size outdoor deck and a lengthy menu of appetizers like lollipop chicken wings, fried oysters and beet salad as well as “bigger plates” like a Philly cheesesteak, burgers and meatloaf sandwich. 

Tip: If you don’t have time to go out for lunch, head to Sharkey’s Capitol Cafe, with a cafeteria on the lower level of the Capitol and snacks and casual sandwiches on the 10th floor. 


Rochelle Koff


Rochelle Koff is a foodie and South Florida transplant who was a restaurant critic for The Miami Herald for 20 years. Now a freelance writer, reporter and editor, Rochelle was most recently a legislative reporter for The Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times. Reach her at

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