Florida Trend magazine confirms what Tallahassee diners already know: Tallahassee has some of the best restaurants in Florida.
Four Tallahassee restaurants are among those recognized this year with Florida Trend Golden Spoon Awards. The magazine annually issues Golden Spoons to restaurants it considers the best in the state.
Sage Smart cooking with wit and local ingredients is worth leaving the inner rings of the capital. Chef Terry White’s imagination shows from the very start of the menu: Tempura frying, kimchee and sriracha give Gulf oysters Asian kick while he stuffs squid wth chorizo and black rice. Entrees are both Southern comfy and worldly, from summer veggie stew of baby zucchini and pattypan squash with goat cheese croquettes to lamb tagliatelle or filet mignon with field pea succotash.
Cypress Restaurant is a consistent winner and is listed among 48 restaurants in the Golden Spoon Hall of Fame. Florida Trend raves about its “new appreciation for the Old South,” its use of local produce, game and seafood and its creative use of ingredients such as sugar cane, fennel, okra and goat cheese.
Food Glorious Food serves artfully prepared American fusion cuisine that celebrates Southern classics such as collards, cheese grits, seafood and Andouille sausage. The menu includes petite filet mignon, spiced duck breast, caramelized salmon, pan-fried grouper and an extensive dessert menu.
Masa is a modern venture in Asian fusion skillfully executed by Tallahassee’s Lucy Ho, who arrived in the capital almost 50 years ago as a professor’s wife and was the city’s first Chinese cooking teacher. Masa offerings include lettuce rolls, sashimi, tempura, pad Thai, curried duck breast, lamb chops, seafood and beef tenderloin tips.