Greetings fellow North Floridians!
I hope my starting this new thread doesn't step on anyone's toes, but I keep getting my hopes up about places mentioned in the other two Tallahassee threads only to find that the posts are over two years old and the (few) good places have long closed or gone downhill.
I've recently relocated to the area after 10+ years living in the midwest. My best Tally-insider friend thinks Bonefish is the best thing going, and I learned before I ever moved away not to trust Ashby Stiff's hats....so...I need some good advice!
Most of the good dining experiences I've had since returning have not been in Tallahassee. My family long ago got into the habit of driving for good food, and here are my area picks:
Panacea: Angelo's -- nice rebuilding job, solid job with grilled seafood, tastes like I remember it.
Sumatra (in the National Forest): Family Coastal Restaurant -- zero atmosphere, but clean, with friendly service and excellent fried seafood. The grouper and shrimp are always delicious (crispy but not greasy), and their fried green tomatoes are quite good. My parents report that the one time they managed to get flounder there it was excellent. This is not the place to go if you are seeking grilled (or other preparations) seafood, but for standard Panhandle fried seafood, it's the best I've had (so good I've even eaten it as cold leftovers!).
Middle of Nowhere, South Georgia: The Pond House -- has a Bainbridge address, but I think this place is technically between the fingers of the lake. This is a family place, but it's not crawling with badly-behaved kids. The dining rooms are immaculate, the service is friendly, the prices are very reasonable, and the smoked porkchops (very thick and served with their version of red-eye gravy) are insanely good. The steaks, salads, and sides are pretty standard for a local, casual steakhouse, but the porkchops alone are worth the drive. I don't know if they take reservations, but they're only open weekends, and there's always a wait (but worth it!).
In Tallahassee, I've only had two dining experiences that are worth positive comments:
Ladies' Night at the Melting Pot: I know, it's the Melting Pot, and most of time I wouldn't darken the door. But, if one is a lady and goes on the last Wednesday of the month, cheese, chocolate, and two glasses of wine are only $22, which makes it a decent cheap dinner.
Breakfast at Another Broken Egg: I ate at their Grayton Beach location and loved it, and I've had only good experiences at the Tallahassee location. I'm a benedict fiend, and their various hollandaise-soaked breakfasts have not disappointed. Eggs Blackstone and Crabcakes Cavallo are very good, as is Bryan's Omelette and Bacado Omelette. The blackberry grits (for which they are supposedly famous) were just okay, and their homefries are probably frozen, but it's an excellent place for breakfast/brunch nevertheless.
And the worst meal I've ever eaten in a restaurant, anywhere, in my entire life, period:
Kansas City Strip at Marie Livingston's. Truly, truly awful service, atmosphere, and food. Blech.
So, does any of you know of good places in Tallahassee for...
Moroccan or other North-African Cuisine? (don't laugh if that's shooting too high)
local/slowfood? (I've gotten really mixed reviews about Sage.)
And, what about Carlo's Cuban? Any good? I noticed there wasn't a "lechon" on the menu, they just said, "pork." Is that a sign?
I'm very grateful for any help! Let's get some new Tallahassee info circulating!