Georgio's - Fine Indeed

Before I get into my review, I have to preface it by saying that my husband is one of those unfortunate Christmas babies. You know, the ones whose birthdays are right before or right after Christmas and usually get lost or downplayed in the shuffle of the holidays? Yep, that's him. My Mom just happens to be a Christmas baby too, so I've had lots of experience in how to handle this sort of thing. Oh yes, there are rules, you know. The first rule is NEVER, NEVER wrap their presents in Christmas paper. It might be convenient, but it's not very nice. Their birthday is NOT Christmas. And NEVER, NEVER lump their birthday celebration in with a holiday party. You have to do it separate and you have to make as big a deal out of it as you would have made for anyone else's birthday (sometimes a little bigger deal, just to combat all the Christmas hoopla)!

So for hubby's birthday this year I made reservations at Georgio's. When the lovely woman on the phone asked if I had a seating preference, I asked what my options were and she began to rattle off a list of about 12 different areas within the restaurant that we could choose from - in the room with the piano player, up on a higher level, etc, etc. Having never been to Georgio's before and not knowing the lay of the land, I told her it was my husband's birthday and asked what she would recommend. She told me she would reserve a private area for us. Sounded perfect!

When we arrived, we were promptly ushered to our table in The Alcove - a tiny private room (that probably could have been a storage closet) off of another small secluded area (which you can see in the pic above). And when I say tiny, I mean, we were the only table in that room and our server didn't even have room to talk to us beside our table, so he just stood at the doorway and took our orders. It was definitely private, so that was nice. But because we were situated near the front windows of the restaurant, there was also a slight draft coming in from outside, and so it was also a bit chilly. But it made hubby feel special, so hey, my plan worked!

Georgio's is decorated much like a gentleman's lodge. Dark woods dominate a landscape of maroon and green colored furnishings and pictures of racing horses and dogs decorate the walls. It definitely feels as though it was originally established much earlier than 1994.

The menu is extensive, as is the list of daily specials, but the waiter was quick to pair it down to the most worthwhile selections for us. We were debating whether or not to get an appetizer, but after hearing that our entrees came with fresh bread (with smoked salmon spread), fresh vegetable and potato sides and our choice of soup or salad, we opted to skip the appetizer course.

So we both started with the Roasted Pecan Salad with their house vinaigrette. And I must say, this salad was extremely scrumptious! With creamy feta cheese and a tart dressing, it was all we could do not to lick the bowls after we had finished with the greens!

Many of the menu items have a decidedly Greek/Mediterranean flair to them, but we headed straight for the steaks since this was a special occasion. Hubby picked the Filet Alla Rossini - filet mignon atop a crostini topped with cognac and bernaise sauces and pieces of prosciutto. I ordered the Filet Au Poivre - a peppercorn crusted filet with cognac sauce. While both steaks were equally tender and flavorful, I think I preferred hubby's over my own. I think the combination of the two sauces on his steak made for an interesting mix of tangy and savory.

Both of our steaks also came with asparagus, a potato cake and cooked carrots. The potato cake was absolutely yummy - with layers of cheese, melty potatoes and crispy bacon - what a trio! The carrots were also delicious - they tasted like they had been basted in honey and were topped with poppy seeds. The asparagus, while decent, was nothing more special than your average cooked asparagus.

All in all, it was a very nice meal. I think if we go again, we'll decide to sit in the main dining room - perhaps in the area with the piano player so we can feel like we're a bit more in on the action. No one ended up sitting in the adjacent room next to us the entire time we were there, so we felt a bit isolated, but hey - it was a Tuesday night and we wanted to have our alone time anyway. We left with full bellies, happy smiles on our faces and high hopes of making a return trip sometime soon.

Tally Foodie Rating:
Atmosphere - B- (a bit outdated)
Taste - A
Presentation - B
Service - A
Price - $$$

Restaurant Info:
3425 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee FL 32309

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Red Elephant - A Stampede to Your Arteries!

Arteries - prepare to be clogged! And YOU - prepare to like it! At Red Elephant, you get nothing less than cheesy, meaty, greasy, completely, totally, unabashed bar and grill food that's sure to go straight to your hips, thighs, tummy or any other problem area that you've been trying to get rid of for the past 10 years.

But you know, sometimes if something's wrong - you don't wanna be right. And that's exactly how I feel about Red Elephant. Of all the pizza joints I've tried in town, this one is my favorite. And believe me, that's saying a LOT because I have quite a few requirements for what constitutes "good" pizza in my book. I know this debate has been raging since the beginning of time, and there are those who will punch someone in the face if they like Chicago Style pizza better than NY Style pizza or vice versa. Pizza is a personal thing. I get it. So I'm not saying you have to agree with me, I'm just saying this is what I like:

  1. Thin crust
  2. Not a lot of sauce (I hate when you take a bite of pizza and the sauce squirts all over your face - or your shirt)
  3. Lots of toppings on TOP of the cheese (Don't bury those puppies! I want to see how much I'm getting! And If I order pepperoni, I want pepperoni, dangit! Not just one or two - but LOTS)
  4. Crunchy meat toppings (I hate soggy, rubbery pepperoni, sausage, ham or bacon)
  5. Low on grease (yes, some grease is essential, but I don't want to be able to soak my napkin in it)
  6. Small slices (I want to pick up my pizza with one hand and eat it, not cut it, fold it or use two hands to lift it!)
  7. Fresh made (Not something that's been sitting around under a heat lamp, I want that sucker to be made-to-order and come out piping hot!)
Red Elephant consistently delivers on all of the above. In fact, they back their food with a 100% Quality Guarantee and you don't see that too often anymore. Plus, they do it all within a fun, casual, family atmosphere with good, friendly service. What more could you ask for? Loaded Fries. That's what.

I can't set foot in this place without ordering their Loaded Fries - a monstrosity of crispy cheese fries, topped with bacon bits and served with a spicy ranch dressing. If you don't get an order the next time you go in, I'd say you're certifiably crazy. These things are like eat-your-heart-out delicious. And not only that, but I'm quite certain they put something in this dish that makes them highly addictive. I can't stop eating them until I pick every last piece of cheese and bacon off the plate. And you couldn't stop me, even if you tried. Even if you told me that the place was on fire, I would calmly continue to stuff my face with the cheesy-bacony-potatoey goodness that is their Loaded Fries, and a burly fireman would have to throw me over his shoulder, plate in hand of course, and carry me out. Order them - I'm telling you - you won't be disappointed! Unless you hate awesome stuff. Then, you might.

Because the Loaded Fries are such a generous portion, we only ordered a Small Hearty Meat Lovers Pizza to follow them up. That's pepperoni, sausage, ground beef and bacon - all perfectly crispy and all loaded on top of their fresh cut mozzarella cheese and homemade sauce. I mean, seriously? Salty and savory, crunchy and melty, this pie was just what the doctor ordered. And look at all those toppings! If you think you could get more toppings on this pizza - I just dare you to try. I mean, I just couldn't even see the cheese underneath! LOVES IT! So, the next time you're planning to cheat on your diet, give this place a try - I promise, I'll never tell!

Tally Foodie Rating:
Atmosphere - B (a bit loud and lots of kids running around)
Taste - A
Presentation - C
Service - A
Price - $$

Restaurant Info:
Red Elephant
1872 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee FL 32303

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Peterbrooke Chocolatier - Chocoholics Start Drooling!

After having a lovely dinner at Kiku, we decided to make a stop right next door and explore Peterbrooke Chocolatier. Basically, if you can imagine it dipped, dunked, soaked or coated with chocolate, you can surely find it here!

They've got chocolate covered pretzels, popcorn, cherries, blueberries, toffee, walnuts, pecans, cashews and every other nut imaginable! They've got chocolates in the shape of turtles, starfish, sand dollars and seashells. They've got baskets of chocolates, boxes of chocolates and even chocolate pizzas! They've got white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate. Basically if you can think of it, and it's chocolate, Peterbrooke has it.

We visited right before Thanksgiving (can you tell I'm behind in my posts?) and they even had a chocolate cornucopia - what an amazing feat of chocolacity??!! (And yes, I just made that word up.) For our after-dinner dessert, we selected a bag of milk chocolate dipped pretzel sticks. It was $15 for a bag of 12. And while hubby really didn't want to fork over the dough, I gave him my best puppy dog eyes and pouty lips and eventually, he folded. Of course, when we got home and I dug into the bag, who was right there next to me, hand outstretched? That's right. It was hubby.

While I admit, it's pretty hard to screw up chocolate dipped anything, these bad boys were absolutely delicious. I mean, sinfully delicious. So bad, that you couldn't eat just one. There's just something about that salty-sweet combination that keeps your taste buds watering for more! Needless to say, the bag was gone in a matter of days. So, if there's someone on your Christmas list that you're just not sure what to get - a boss or co-worker, a hairdresser or petsitter, heck, even your in-laws - may I suggest a tasty little chocolate delight from Peterbrooke? I think I just did.

Tally Foodie Rating:
Atmosphere - A
Taste - A+
Service - A
Presentation - A
Price - $

Store Info:
Peterbrooke Chocolatier
3491-13 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee FL 32309

Kiku - Go for the BOGO!

Okay, okay. I know. Long time, no blog. But, as I'm sure you know, tis the season to be crazy! It always seems like December is the busiest month of the year for me - with work, with shopping, with parties to host or attend - and that leaves little time left for sleep, much less anything else! If you don't believe me, I dare you to come over to my house and look at the mountain of laundry that has overtaken my living room for the past week, just sitting there, stinkin' up the place. I DARE YOU!

I did, however, have time to squeeze in a quick visit to the newest sushi place in town, Kiku. Located over by the Bonefish Grill on Thomasville Road, it's a chic, cozy little place all decked out in gold, red and black. And since they've opened, they've been running a Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sushi special - which makes them a spectacular value, especially right now while all of your money is going towards the ho, ho, holidays!

We started off with a bowl of salted edamame (surprise, surpise!) which was delightfully delicious and not an overly generous portion. I hate when they give you a bottomless bowl of edamame and you pop so many of those puppies that you have no room left for the main event!

For our sushi rolls, we selected the Alaskan Dream Maki and the Bahama Roll. While they were both good, we definitely preferred the Bahama Roll, which was shrimp, cucumber and asparagus with spicy mayo. I liked the little kick of the spicy mayo and the crunchiness of the ingredients inside. The Alaskan Dream Maki was good too - spicy tuna, cucumber and tempura flakes with salmon covering the roll and salmon roe on top. I'm not sure you can tell from the pictures, but those balls of roe were GINORMOUS! They were seriously the size of peas and I think it freaked me out a bit. I tried to shake as many off as possible, but I still ate a couple and for whatever reason, at that size, the texture sort of weirded me out.

At any rate, the sushi was fresh, the service was prompt and the atmosphere was pleasant. I only spied one small TV over the sushi bar that was playing a football game, but the sound was turned off (which could be a positive or negative depending on whether or not you have a Y chromosome). I for one, hate competing with a TV for my husband's attention when we go out to eat. And I did ask how long the BOGO special was going on, but the server had no idea. Although it's plastered all over a billboard on Capital Circle and it's prominently displayed on their website, so I'd guess it's not going anywhere anytime soon!

Tally Foodie Rating:
Atmosphere - A
Taste - B+
Presentation - B
Service - A
Price - $

Restaurant Info:
Kiku Japanese Fusion
3491 Thomasville Rd Suite 12
Tallahassee FL 32309

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This blog is dedicated to giving you honest reviews of local restaurants in Tallahassee and the surrounding area. I won't hold any punches, you'll hear about it all - the good, the bad and the (hopefully infrequent) inedible!

This blog was written from July 2009 - August 2010 and is now retired. I currently live in Sarasota, FL...stay tuned for more on my adventures there!