Located in the Kleman Plaza on the ground floor of the popular Tallahassee Center, 101 Restaurant offers a mixture of big city style and southern hospitality. With a convenient downtown locale next to Capitol and a few blocks from the Florida State University campus, the restaurant changes the food scene in the area by bringing customers something they have never seen before. Executive Chef Jason Bruner, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, is recreating the brand of 101 Restaurant by bringing customers some of the finest and freshest ingredients found locally in the Capital City. 101 Restaurant offers FSU athletes, professors, journalists, lobbyists, lawmakers and other celebrities an All-American menu for lunch and dinner, with their filet and wine pairing being a particularly popular choice.
101 Restaurant, 215 W College Avenue, Tallahassee, Florida, USA, +1 850-391-1309
With the help of his nephew, Jesus Carranza created El Jalisco. Currently with seven locations across Northern Florida, El Jalisco is regarded as one of the top Mexican restaurants in the state. Serving boldly flavored dishes made with fresh ingredients inspired by the tastes of Mexico, El Jalisco is nothing short of authentic. From the menu try the Guadalajara platter, which consists of chile relleno with beef and one cheese quesadilla, or the shrimp a la diabla, which is cooked in hot salsa and served with rice and beans.
El Jalisco, 2022 N Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida, USA, +1 850-878-0800
One of Northern Florida’s most sought after seafood restaurants, The Front Porch uses local farm-to-table produce to accompany fresh seafood for an interesting twist on Gulf Coast cuisine. Executive Chef Katie Septman captivates her audience by serving meals on a naturally landscaped porch beneath undulating oak trees draped in Spanish moss. The dog-friendly restaurant offers a ‘yappy hour’ on Thursdays from six to nine, where dogs are invited and served organic doggy treats, allowing their owners to enjoy the social atmosphere. From the menu, order the Gulf shrimp, soaked in bourbon gravy and layered on top of smoked Gouda grits.
The Front Porch, 1215 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL, USA, +1 850-222-0934