Hungry? Thirsty? Starving for something different? Tallahassee’s food scene has you covered. In every corner of Florida’s Capital City, food trucks, restaurants, cafes and eateries of every shape and size abound, each offering something different for you to enjoy.
Nothing pairs better with delicious food than a pint, or a flight, of deliciously craft-brewed beer, and nowhere does craft beer quite like Tallahassee. Proof Brewing Company’s beloved Eightfive-O and Mango Wit are available in cans and on tap all around town, as well as in the brewery’s sprawling taproom. GrassLands Brewing sits in the heart of Gaines Street, pouring unique brews in a great space hand-painted with custom murals. Other favorites include Deep Brewing Co. (inspired by its owner’s former profession as a deep-sea diver), Lake Tribe Brewing Company (named after the co-owners’ scout troop as kids) and Ology Brewing Co. (dedicated to the science of brewing). All offer delicious brews ranging from hop-forward IPAs to dark and roasted stouts served in comfortable taprooms that are perfect for sitting, sampling and soaking in the atmosphere.
Sugar Rush Bar
The name Sugar Rush pretty much says it all at this indulgent ice cream shop in Tallahassee’s All Saints District. There are colossal milkshakes adorned with whole slices of birthday cake, jumbo toasted marshmallows, syringes full of hot fudge and more. And as if that’s not enough to cure any craving, sundaes, candies and your choice of a Belgian waffle or NY cheesecake on a stick covered in incredible toppings await as well.
Just off Apalachee Parkway on Old St. Augustine St., Lucilla is one of Tallahassee's newest culinary gems. Opened by a couple who met at Andrew's 228 in downtown Tally, the menu here is American comfort food with a Creole and Southern twist, and it's just as delicious as it sounds.
The thriving Midtown area is home to some of the city’s best restaurants, bars and nightlife. These include Kool Beanz, an upscale eatery with a decidedly laid-back vibe, and Waterworks, a tiki bar that seems to have been transported from the South Pacific and offer a taste of the tropics, and many other options all within easy walking distance.
A bit outside town, but just off I-10, Backwoods Crossing is a true farm-to-table restaurant run by two brothers who grew up in the area and know its local produce, seafood and livestock best. From soft shell crabs and smoked sausage to locally harvested blueberries and eggs fresh from the chickens in the on-site coop. There’s even a 3.5-acre farm on the restaurant’s property, and a Garden Creations menu that changes weekly depending upon what Mother Nature (with the help of local farmers) blesses the restaurant with.
Have Something on the Half-Shell
With Apalachicola so close by, it’s no wonder Tallahassee is home to some of the freshest oysters around. Shell Oyster Bar, a local staple since 1945, serves up fresh oysters in a simple, no-frills restaurant treasured by local seafood fans. Meanwhile, Bird’s Aphrodisiac Oyster Shack takes a decidedly more modern approach, serving the same delicious oysters, but with a side of live music, karaoke and plenty of outdoor seating to boot.
Opening at the end of June 2018, Mimi’s Table will feature classic French, Italian, and Southern style dishes. The menu will change daily in accordance with the season and focus on locally and regionally sourced products including fresh pasta, bread, fish, and desserts. This new restaurant will be located at 1311 Miccosukee Road, and will be open Tuesday – Saturday.
Bradley’s Country Store
Bradley’s Country Store remians a Tallahassee landmark as it's listed on the National Registar of Historic Places. They have been selling goods and smoking sausage for the community since 1927 and those lucky enough to pass through town and hear word will stop to try their food. Grits, mayhaw jelly, wildflower honey and other local favorites are always for sale, so join the locals and enjoy a famous Bradley’s Sausage Dog on the front porch.