After spending a hot, sweaty Saturday afternoon at the FSU game (which we lost, making things even worse), hubby and I were ready to scarf on some down and dirty mexican food. We found a coupon in one of those little discount books we get in the mail for Los Amigos and thought we'd give it a try. We figured if it wasn't good, at least it wouldn't be full price, right?
On Friday, after work, I met up with a girlfriend at Fusion Cafe for a gab 'n grub session. Honestly, I always forget about Fusion and this was actually only my 3rd visit to the restaurant in the year and a half that I've lived here. It's probably because like most of Tallahassee's non-chain restaurants, it's unassumingly tucked away in the corner of a little strip mall, just waiting patiently for you to visit. Once inside, you realize it's anything but unassuming. Decked out in deep maroon and dark grey colors, it definitely gives off a modern/urban vibe - almost like you've walked into a swanky hotel's lounge bar. The chairs are comfy and the lighting is low, which makes it easy to sit and stay awhile.
I have to admit, it's very hard for me to want to eat Italian in Tallahassee. To me, Italian food is winter food. I just really can't bring myself to eat hot, rich, saucy food when it's just as hot outside. But don't get me wrong, I'm an Italian girl and I love Italian food, but here in Florida I've found I rarely get the craving for it. So when I do, I must act!
As we headed over to Wells Brothers (aka: Monk's), we weren't quite sure what to expect. I've lived in Tallahassee for a year and a half and I've never heard boo about this place. However, I received a suggestion through email recently and so hubby and I thought we'd check it out (see...if you email me, I will listen!)
For our last meal in New Orleans (*tear*), we traveled back to Bourbon Street to grab a bite to eat at Red Fish Grill before our Haunted French Quarter Tour - because everyone knows you don't want to meet a ghost on an empty stomach!
For brunch on Sunday, we headed over to the Garden District, not knowing what we would find. We had no recommendations from anyone about restaurants in this area, but we thought it looked like a cute part of town worth exploring. The parking spot we found just happened to be right in front of Maya's, and so fate graciously intervened.
The most extravagant meal of our entire trip was at Commander's Palace. From the outside it looks as if it could be a little girl's doll house. It's decked out in turquoise and white, with columns and scalloped edges and all. On the inside, it's a grand old house steeped in all the luxury and refinement of the Antebellum Age. It's not in the French Quarter, mind you, it's on Coliseum Street in the Garden District, so you'll need to take a car or a taxi to get there. Reservations are absolutely required to visit this restaurant, and let me tell you, they are absolutely worth it! But be forewarned, you must dress to the 9's - no shorts are allowed and they prefer that men wear jackets.