So today, I am here to tell that my Tallahassee dreams have been answered. I have found the mecca of all breakfast places. No but in all honestly I have, and it was served on the tables of Angelette’s Cajun Kitchen.
Now Angelette’s is a little out of the way, and a bit of a drive if you are located more towards FSU’s main campus. But like I have told everyone I have encountered since that first meal there, it is beyond worth it. It is off of Blairstone Rd, close to the intersection of Capital Circle, in the same plaza of the Publix. This gem was hard to find, mainly because the restaurant did not have a large sign or anything except door decals. My friend and I almost thought we were sent on a wild goose hunt for a mystery restaurant.
How did I hear about Angelette’s? Okay I am going to get creeper on you all. I honestly overheard a conversation between one of my class instructors and his friend. And all they could talk about was the line of people out of the door, but how the wait was beyond worth it because the food was that good. And it was then that I decided I had to go!
So luckily I was smart enough to choose a day and time that the restaurant wasn’t too crazy, but regardless there was not a seat in the joint that was open. Once we were seated, the waitress brought us over a menu that had basically everything you could want for your breakfast, and for cheap prices.
After seeing the prices, my friend and I went a little crazy in the ordering process. She got a breakfast sandwich, pancakes and buttered grits. And I got pancakes with banana foster topping, sunny side up eggs and biscuits with gravy. A spread that completely covered our table.
And for the first fifteen minutes after the food arrived at the table, the conversation only consisted of “Oh my…”, “Why did we not know of this earlier?”, “Oh my goodness!” and “Yum.” And let me tell you it was out of this world good! The eggs where cooked to perfection, the biscuits and gravy were straight out of the south and the pancakes topped with banana fosters where just the right amount of sweetness to add to the meal.
But there was one little surprise. This restaurant only excepts checks or cash, so make sure you come prepared if you are trying to chow down at Angelette’s. And not to worry, if you let it escape your mind there is a Publix next door where you can use their ATM.
So do I really need to tell you what I thought about the food? The secret is out! It was awesome. And everyone should find time to try it out!
Bella Bella is a Tallahasse based Italian restaurant located on Monroe Street and East 5th Avenue that has been in business for ten years. It is known for its romantic interior, extensive wine menu, and flavor filled classic Italian food, especially the bubble bread.
I went to Bella Bella for the first time two years ago and have been consistently making my way back there ever since. It is on the pricier side when compared to the other restaurants we have reviewed and other Florida State campus based restaurants but it is well worth it. Make your trip to Bella Bella an experience, go for a special occasion and take advantage of the top notch service and menu. On my most visit to Bella Bella I brought my mom and aunt, who had been dying to go ever since I first started raving about it. I am from a classic Italian family, complete with lots of family members and loud parties, so I am very particular about my Italian food. My family was spoiled by my late grandmothers cooking, we compare every restaurant to it. Bella Bella, we concluded, comes very close to the same outstanding flavor. The menu contains staples such as sausage lasagna and chicken parmesan. The marinara sauce is full bodied and compliments the food perfectly. The Bubble Bread is Bella Bella’s call to fame. I have known people who even order it as a main course. It is a cheesy, crispy, piece of goodness that is dipped in marinara sauce and makes everyone gush over it.
The atmosphere in Bella Bella is comfortable and intriguing. It has an in house bar in the middle of the restaurant which provides a perfect place to wait for your table or even eat your meal. The tables are uniquely made of vintage doors there are many lanterns that make for a romantic ambiance.
If you have yet to experience the world of Bella Bella I suggest you pick up the phone and make a reservation right now. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed by the food, service, or overall experience. It is a Tallahassee Treasure that has everyone talking and craving Italian food. You will walk out of there with a full stomach and a happy heart.
You might not know about Tallahassee’s little bakery treasure located off of Capital Circle Northeast called The Cake Shop. If you don’t, you should thank me now.
Upon walking into The Cake Shop your nostrils are greeted with an abundance of fresh baked good scents. The sight of two cases filled with sweets delights your eyes and causes instant happiness. There are quaint wooden table and chairs around the shop if you choose to sit and enjoy your treats there. The Cooking Corner sits adjacent to The Cake Shop and they offer cooking classes. Both locations also serve as venues if you need to use the space for a party, meeting, or what have you. As if The Cake Shop wasn’t already trying to make your life better, they have a drive-thru where you can pick up your (already paid for) delights without even having to leave your car! They are open Monday through Friday 8:30-6 or Saturday 8:30-12.
The Cake Shop bakes up all the sweet treats you could ever want and their cases are filled daily with a variety of selections. They specialize in cakes, cupcakes, and cookies. The cupcake selection includes: Vanilla, Chocolate, Marble, Red Velvet, Italian Cream, Coconut Cream, Caramel Cream, Cappuccino, Snicker’s Candy Bar, Peanut Butter Fudge, Chunky Monkey, Filled with Butter Cream, German Chocolate, Mint Chocolate, Boston Cream, Salted Caramel, Chocolate Raspberry Cream, Snickerdoodle, Triple Chocolate, Chocolate Sundae, and Cupcake of the Month. If that wasn’t enough, the cookie varieties are: Chocolate Chip, Snickerdoodle, Oatmeal Raisin, Neiman Marcus, Gingersnap, Peanut Butter with Chocolate Chips, Chocolate dipped Pecan & Chocolate Chips, White Chocolate, Cranberry & Walnut, and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut. The cupcakes run around $3 each, but are a generous portion.
I’ll give you a minute to recover from all that and I understand if you had to read it twice just to let it sink in.
I’ve only experienced The Cake Shop a total of two times. I know, it should be a sin. The first time I went I got an assortment of cookies that included, Chocolate Chip, Snickerdoodle, and Peanut Butter with Chocolate Chips. All were delicious and I would have to say my favorite was the classic Chocolate Chip. My latest time there I decided it was time to try the cupcakes. I selected the Peanut Butter Fudge and Vanilla filled with Buttercream. The Peanut Butter Fudge was filled with a creamy peanut butter filling and the Vanilla was filled with a mouth-watering buttercream filling. Both were incredibly moist and decadent. The people who work there are extremely friendly and happy to help you make the tough decision of which type of cupcake or cookie to choose.
How could the experience of a bakery be a bad, right? Well, The Cake Shop goes above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to being a bakery. The were voted Best of Tallahassee 2012 Bakery and for a good reason. If you’re not already on your way there, try it out soon! They are a treasure that won’t disappoint.
Ask any student what their favorite restaurant near campus is and I guarantee you 90% will say Gordos. Personally, my friends and I make it a point to go for lunch or dinner at Gordos at least once a week. It’s a classic Tallahassee establishment that attracts crowds of people everyday. Bring your parents, your other half, your best friends, bring everyone!
Gordos has two locations, their newest opening in Market Square, and the original, which is located right off of Pensacola, less than a mile from The Florida State University’s Doak Campbell Stadium and open since 1996. The building has recently gotten a fresh coat of bright paint so it is bound to catch your eye. The Gordo’s sign is also known to always have a witty statement up. For example, on Valentine’s day the sign said “Blah, Blah, Blah… Let’s Get Drunk.” Fittingly, getting drinks at Gordos means getting a “Gordo Smash,” their house drink which features four different kinds of rum and a splash of juice. It promises to get you smashed.
The food menu at Gordos is quite extensive, it features Cuban classics such as the Cubano, Empanadas, Arroz con Pollo, and Yuca. The Cuban food also gets an American twists with the introduction of Gordo Fries, the Gordo Burgers, and many other sandwiches to choose from. The food is always fresh and full of Latin flavor. Advice from a Gordos regular, order the Gordos sauce and put it on everything from your fries to your sandwiches. Use ketchup and you are asking for some weird looks
The only thing questionable at Gordos is the service. The restaurant is always packed so its understandable that things will take longer than usual, but it has come to the point where I always make sure I don’t have any where to be after getting food because I know it will be a long while before I sign the check and leave. It is a common occurrence to wait almost an hour for food. Thankfully, when the food finally comes, you are never disappointed.
Gordos is a restaurant that people flock to, it has a reputation like no other. Every time my parents come back to town they insist that we find time to get food at Gordos. It has a care free atmosphere and always promises excellent food and good fun. Keep your eyes open and you may even see the infamous “Gordo” there (the guy on all of the iconic green and pink drink cups). Game days, rainy days, school days… head to Gordos.
I’m mixing things up since it’s Friday afternoon and reviewing a bar instead of a restaurant. Not just any bar though, the bar voted best happy hour 2012 Best of Tallahassee. Level 8 sits atop the renovated Hotel Duval off of Monroe Street and is Tallahassee’s only rooftop lounge.
It is the place to go to experience a panoramic view of Tallahassee either when the sun is setting or at night. Now to the important part, happy hour, it’s offered everyday from 4-8 p.m. Yes, that’s right, everyday! They offer $4 wines, martinis, wells, and imports. Wednesdays are dedicated to the ladies when it’s “Little Black Dress night” that starts at 10 p.m. where champagne is free all night long. On Friday nights, there is live music from local artists. If you’re hungry for dinner before or after your visit to Level 8, Shula’s 347 is conveniently located downstairs in the lobby of the hotel and their steaks are out of this world!
I’ve had the pleasure of going there a few times since I turned 21. The atmosphere is like nothing else in Tallahassee. Its like something you would find in South Florida or New York. The sunsets are amazing and they offer the comfiest couches to watch them from. You don’t have to worry about standing in line and pushing your way to the counter in order to get a drink, there are waitresses who are happy to serve you. The bar encompasses the entire top floor of the hotel so it is plenty spacious both inside and out. The views are what really draw people up though, who knew that the Tallahassee skyline was a sight to see?
The last time I went was when my parents came to town and I took my roommates. We all had an array of drinks including beer, wine, and liquor. Everyone found something that they enjoyed and we had a great time. It’s definitely something out of the ordinary for Tallahassee but in a good way. It’s a great location for girls nights, date nights, or if you just want a drink after a long day at work.
So there you have it Tallahassee, I’ve filled you in on your very own local alcoholic treasure. Be safe and enjoy Level 8 Lounge responsibly.
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