Law students need a little R&R, so use this as a guide to discover some of the best local eats in town. Tallahassee is full of hidden gems in the culinary world. With a number of award-winning restaurants and even some featured on Food Network, don’t let your time in town go by without exploring all of the tasty treats around you!
Must-Try Breakfast and Brunches
The Lunchbox on Magnolia Street – take yourself back to childhood with this breakfast dive! The walls are lined with lunch boxes from all eras and the food is fresh, delicious and most importantly – very affordable!! For less than ten bucks, fill up on the corner of Magnolia and Tennessee. Get there early though – they close at 2:15 PM every day.
The Egg Cafe and Eatery – this award-winning breakfast and brunch restaurant features fresh ingredients, southern favorites like fried green tomatoes, and mouth-watering hashes, scrambles, and benedicts. Also a favorite for those who love whole-grain waffles and gluten-free options. Mimosas and brunch favorites also await – including some interesting seafood twists on breakfast! There’s usually a wait, but it’s well worth it. Located on Austin Davis Drive off Capital Circle.
Maple Street Biscuit Company on Call Street – you can smell warm, flaky biscuits and delicious fried chicken from the sidewalk. This fun, collaborative atmosphere is met with quite possibly the most interesting and absolutely delicious biscuits, hash, sweet potato fries and more that you can ever imagine. Just minutes from the stadium and right behind the Tennessee Street strip.
Food Glorious Food on Thomasville Road – another award-winning feature restaurant and it’s most definitely deserved. Just look up the menu and you’ll be ready to drive over. Great for groups as well!
Own Your Lunch Hour – Venture out
Kool Beanz Cafe on Thomasville Road – don’t let the name fool you! This local gem offers much more than just beans on the seasonal menu – everything from smoked gouda mac to boneless duck to bacon-wrapped grouper to cilantro lime and jerk spiced sea scallops. Highly recommended for lunch when the prices are more student-friendly, but always well worth it. While you’re in this Midtown area, also check out another hideaway joint, Paisley Cafe.
Avenue Eat and Drink – located downtown and within a short distance from the law school, Avenue is a cool, modern, but very tasty place to settle in for a wild ride with your taste buds!
Merv’s Melt Shop – This local dive is a great hangout spot for a quick bite if you’re feeling like burgers, melts, tots, and the best grilled cheese in town right in the midst of a bustling art community.
Wells Brothers Bar and Grill – best burgers in town, just try it.
Date Night or Friend Group Dinners
Nefetari’s – Looking to transport yourself to another country? As soon as you walk through the door you are met with delicious smells of unique cuisine, a life-sized stuffed lion, art and a complete royal experience. Dine at the King’s Table for a special occasion or just enjoy the unique flavors that Queen Nefetari and King Ramesses have put together for you. This hidden gem off Gaines Street also features live jazz music, open mic nights, wine nights, and much more!
El Jalisco – two-for-one drinks all day every day (21+)! Great atmosphere, multiple locations around town, fresh guac made at your table and chips and salsa for every Tex-mex lover!
The Southern – located near downtown, this local favorite features seasonal ingredients and big and small plates to make you crave more even when you’re full.
The Flying Bear – the best sweet potato waffle fries drizzled with honey that you will find anywhere! This Great American Grill has a wide variety of food to offer, and you won’t be disappointed. Located off of Thomasville Road north towards Bradfordville.
Tally also offers a number of great pizza spots (Uncle Maddio’s, Dave’s Pizza Garage, Momo’s Pizza) and sushi restaurants (AZU Lucy Ho’s) all around town as well as drinks at Liberty and Brass Tap. If you feel like venturing just outside of Tally, I highly recommend Riverside Cafe in St. Marks (about 30 min) and Angelo’s Seafood in Panacea (about 45 min). Both feature waterfront views of waterways into the Gulf and the best seafood in the Big Bend!
When you’re done, don’t forget your dessert at Small Cakes Cupcakery or Big Easy Snowballs, both with multiple locations around town. The list can go on and on forever, but if you start here, I guarantee your taste buds will thank you!
Vegan Options Around Town
If you’re vegan or suffer from food allergies, it’s great to be able to walk in to a food joint knowing nothing on the menu is off-limits. You don’t have to practice vegetarianism to enjoy these places though. With an inviting atmosphere and delicious cruelty-free food, it’s no mystery why some of the best restaurants in town are quirky, local innovations.
Soul Vegetarian Restaurant & Catering – The food is 100% vegan, so vegetarians and vegans may safely select from the many menu options. This restaurant offers vegan food with a southern twist. They also offer cooking classes, which is a great way for law students to learn the skills they need in order to stick to their grocery budget!
Bread & Roses Kitchen – B&R Kitchen serves feisty vegan staples with daily specials that won’t disappoint. The Kitchen sources locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as promotes sustainability and community cooperation. B&R Kitchen is anchored by the Bread & Roses Food Co-op, one of the two local food cooperatives in Tallahassee. Described as, “out of this world,” by one yelp reviewer, Bread & Roses Kitchen may knock you out of this galaxy!
Sweet Pea – The menu hosts gluten-free options and daily specials based on the local growing cycle. With an incredible brunch, and home-baked cookies, Sweet Pea café resonates an eclectic, European vibe. The outdoor picnic areas are perfect for cool fall days around Tallahassee, and the restaurant structure has grown to offer more spacious seating indoors. Bring a friend or two to share a delightful meal and enjoy this casual, warm atmosphere.
To make your exploring even easier, Tallahassee offers a complimentary trolley service. It’s never been more convenient to take a break from your daily routine and support the local economy while expanding your dining options and making new connections. Hop on board, leave your car behind and enjoy a scenic ride to Tallahassee’s culinary offerings.
Cassandra DeCoste, 3L
Lauryn Collier, #FSUGoldenGrad (Class of 2017)