Cypress is one of my husband's favorite restaurants in town. Mostly because of a dish called the Low Country Boil, which he affectionately calls the Down Under Thunder (don't ask, I won't tell). I have to admit, I cannot share the same sentiment. Now, before you kill me, try to understand me.
Just south of the Capitol building on Monroe St., lies the best little Thai place in Tallahassee, Bahn Thai. It's a quaint little joint, where hundreds of polaroids of smiling patrons are tacked up on the entryway wall, the tablecloths are bright and cheerful and the restaurant is draped in metallic garland and twinkle lights. They've got framed posters of Thailand along with various cultural dolls and nick-knacks galore, but the best stuff to check out just happens to be at the checkout counter - where the first $1 they made back in 1979 is browning and crumbling inside a laminated pouch, and a gold placard proclaims, "When I'm right, nobody remembers. When I'm wrong, nobody forgets." Ain't that the truth?
Before catching a movie on Saturday night, we stopped off at Tapas to grab a bite. I must admit, Tapas is one of my favorite new Tallahassee restaurants. It opened in early 2009 and every time I go, it's always packed with people, so I'm sure they're enjoying great success. Since "tapas" means "small plates" in Spanish, I'm going to give you a few short reasons why I absolutely love this place (small, short - same thing really, right?).
- The most expensive dish on the menu is $13
- Their menu options change frequently enough to keep things fresh, but not so often that it drives you crazy
- It's great for people who have "diner's remorse" and wish they would have ordered what their date did - because everyone HAS to share
- Each dish is packed full of tantalizing flavors
- You leave full, but not the-top-button-on-my-jeans-is-gonna-blow-stuffed
This Friday, hubby and I decided to satisfy our mexican tooth for dinner. And as far as we're concerned, there's only one truly authentic mexican restaurant in Tallahassee - Morelia's. As soon as you walk into the joint, you're greeted by a friendly hostess who quickly shows you to your table. The decor inside Morelia's is sparse, but showcases mexican sombreros and ponchos against red and gold swathed walls.
As a nice little mid-week break, hubby and I paid a visit to one of our favorite restaurants, Masa. It's a swanky little asian-fusion restaurant whose menu offers refreshing twists on sushi, seafood and some traditional chinese and thai dishes. The walls are painted a dark and moody maroon and grey and decorated with large paintings of feathers. The tables and chairs are a dark espresso wood, the drapes are heavy and the lighting is low. It gives the place a very romantic and dramatic feel. The kitchen and sushi bar are both exposed, and diners can sit at the counter and watch their food being prepared, if they so choose.
Because I am a tad addicted to cupcakes at the moment (okay, a tad maybe the understatement of the year) I decided to check out the cupcakes over at The Cake Shop. It's a quaint little bakery off John Knox Rd. that many Tallahasseeians (I'm just going to keep using that term until someone tells me different) are deeply devoted to. I ordered a cake from The Cake Shop a few months back and while it was good, I wasn't head over heels. However, it was a fairly simple cake - marble with buttercream icing. The cupcakes however, are a horse of a different color.
In March, hubby and I attended the Chef's Sampler benefiting the Children's Home Society at the Tallahassee Mall. It's a culinary event where over 50 of the top chefs from local restaurants come together and offer a sampling of their best food and drink, all in one place. We had a wonderful time and were exposed to a few restaurants we had never heard of before. One of which, was Fish Bonz in Thomasville.