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Great place for social and community interaction. This- 24 acre park offers a venue brining together arts, entertainment, education, history and wellness. Located in the heart of downtown Tallahassee this park has a state-of-the-art amphitheater, interactive water fountain, and children's play area. There is something for everyone.
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Cascades Park
1001 South Gadsden Street
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Great place for social and community interaction. This- 24 acre park offers a venue brining together arts, entertainment, education, history and wellness. Located in the heart of downtown Tallahassee this park has a state-of-the-art amphitheater, interactive water fountain, and children's play area. There is something for everyone.
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Panama City Beach
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Wakulla Springs
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Artport Gallery
Tallahassee International Airport
3300 Capital Cir SW
Artport Gallery
Carrie Meek-James N. Eaton Sr. Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center and Museum is on the Florida A&M University campus at 445 Gamble St. Housed in the 1907 Carnegie Library and Meek-Eaton facility, the museum contains artifacts, photographs, manuscripts, art works, oral history tapes and rare memorabilia that document the history and culture of Africans and African-Americans, including their institutions and organizations. A visitor parking permit is available at the campus parking services on Wahnish Way. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum. Admission: Free
Meek-Eaton Black Archives Research Center and Museum
445 Gamble St
Carrie Meek-James N. Eaton Sr. Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center and Museum is on the Florida A&M University campus at 445 Gamble St. Housed in the 1907 Carnegie Library and Meek-Eaton facility, the museum contains artifacts, photographs, manuscripts, art works, oral history tapes and rare memorabilia that document the history and culture of Africans and African-Americans, including their institutions and organizations. A visitor parking permit is available at the campus parking services on Wahnish Way. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum. Admission: Free
Florida State Capitol, 400 S. Monroe St., is a 22-story tower with House and Senate chambers on either side, both with public viewing galleries. There is an observation deck on the top floor and a Florida information center just inside the west plaza entrance. Florida's legislature is in session from March through April. Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum. Admission: Free
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Florida State Capitol
400 South Monroe Street
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Florida State Capitol, 400 S. Monroe St., is a 22-story tower with House and Senate chambers on either side, both with public viewing galleries. There is an observation deck on the top floor and a Florida information center just inside the west plaza entrance. Florida's legislature is in session from March through April. Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum. Admission: Free
Goodwood Museum and Gardens is at 1600 Miccosukee Rd. The restored antebellum house is appointed with marble fireplaces, mahogany staircases and a fresco depicting Aesop's Fables. Originally a composite of Greek Revival, Federal and Italianate architectural styles, the house was modified with the addition of columns in the early 1900s. The estate was home to several prominent Floridians, including Sen. William C. Hodges. Guided tours are available. Food is available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum. Admission: Gardens free. Guided house tour $12; $10 (ages 65+ and active military with ID); $6 (ages 6-12). Reservations are recommended.
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Goodwood Museum & Gardens
1600 Miccosukee Road
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Goodwood Museum and Gardens is at 1600 Miccosukee Rd. The restored antebellum house is appointed with marble fireplaces, mahogany staircases and a fresco depicting Aesop's Fables. Originally a composite of Greek Revival, Federal and Italianate architectural styles, the house was modified with the addition of columns in the early 1900s. The estate was home to several prominent Floridians, including Sen. William C. Hodges. Guided tours are available. Food is available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum. Admission: Gardens free. Guided house tour $12; $10 (ages 65+ and active military with ID); $6 (ages 6-12). Reservations are recommended.
Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park is at 3600 Indian Mounds Rd., at the s. tip of Lake Jackson. The mounds are remains of a ceremonial center that existed A.D. 1100-1200. Four earth temple mounds are within the site. Picnicking is permitted. Admission: $3 (per private vehicle with maximum 8 people); $2 (per person arriving by bicycle or on foot).
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Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park
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Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park is at 3600 Indian Mounds Rd., at the s. tip of Lake Jackson. The mounds are remains of a ceremonial center that existed A.D. 1100-1200. Four earth temple mounds are within the site. Picnicking is permitted. Admission: $3 (per private vehicle with maximum 8 people); $2 (per person arriving by bicycle or on foot).
Mission San Luis, 2100 W. Tennessee St., is on a hilly, oak-shaded site and features reconstructed buildings, including a Native American council house, a fort, a Spanish dwelling, and a Franciscan church and friary. The Apalachee-Spanish village was the western capital of Spanish Florida 1656-1704. Living-history guides demonstrate 17th-century life. Special events and workshops are offered throughout the year. A visitor center has exhibits, a gift shop and a 125-seat orientation theater. Pet friendly (call for restrictions/fees.). Picnicking is permitted. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.
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Mission San Luis
2100 West Tennessee Street
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Mission San Luis, 2100 W. Tennessee St., is on a hilly, oak-shaded site and features reconstructed buildings, including a Native American council house, a fort, a Spanish dwelling, and a Franciscan church and friary. The Apalachee-Spanish village was the western capital of Spanish Florida 1656-1704. Living-history guides demonstrate 17th-century life. Special events and workshops are offered throughout the year. A visitor center has exhibits, a gift shop and a 125-seat orientation theater. Pet friendly (call for restrictions/fees.). Picnicking is permitted. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.
Museum of Florida History, in the R.A. Gray Building at 500 S. Bronough St., has exhibits depicting Florida's vibrant history. Visitors can view a variety of artifacts, including a mastodon skeleton and a giant armadillo mannequin from the Pleistocene era, gold and silver from Spanish shipwrecks, flags flown during the Civil War, a partial replica of a Florida steamboat, memorabilia reflecting Florida's role in World War II and various artifacts from the changing gallery. Touring exhibits and educational programs also are featured. Food is available. Time: Allow 30 minutes minimum. Admission: Donations
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Museum of Florida History
500 South Bronough Street
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Museum of Florida History, in the R.A. Gray Building at 500 S. Bronough St., has exhibits depicting Florida's vibrant history. Visitors can view a variety of artifacts, including a mastodon skeleton and a giant armadillo mannequin from the Pleistocene era, gold and silver from Spanish shipwrecks, flags flown during the Civil War, a partial replica of a Florida steamboat, memorabilia reflecting Florida's role in World War II and various artifacts from the changing gallery. Touring exhibits and educational programs also are featured. Food is available. Time: Allow 30 minutes minimum. Admission: Donations
Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park, 7502 Natural Bridge Rd., is the 6-acre site where the Battle of Natural Bridge was fought Mar. 5, 1865, to prevent Union troops from capturing the Capitol at Tallahassee. Picnicking is permitted. Admission: $3 (per private vehicle with maximum eight people); $2 (per person arriving by bicycle or on foot).
Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park
7502 Natural Bridge Road
Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park, 7502 Natural Bridge Rd., is the 6-acre site where the Battle of Natural Bridge was fought Mar. 5, 1865, to prevent Union troops from capturing the Capitol at Tallahassee. Picnicking is permitted. Admission: $3 (per private vehicle with maximum eight people); $2 (per person arriving by bicycle or on foot).
Tallahassee Automobile Museum is at 6800 Mahan Drive. Among the vehicles in this collection are a 1948 Tucker, three Batmobiles (two of which were used in Batman movies) and the hearse that carried Abraham Lincoln's body. Americana collectibles and related memorabilia also are displayed. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum. Admission: $17.50; $15 (senior citizens and two or more adults); $11.75 (students with ID); $8 (ages 5-9).
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Tallahassee Automobile Museum
6800 Mahan Dr
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Tallahassee Automobile Museum is at 6800 Mahan Drive. Among the vehicles in this collection are a 1948 Tucker, three Batmobiles (two of which were used in Batman movies) and the hearse that carried Abraham Lincoln's body. Americana collectibles and related memorabilia also are displayed. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum. Admission: $17.50; $15 (senior citizens and two or more adults); $11.75 (students with ID); $8 (ages 5-9).
Tallahassee Museum, 6.5 mi. s.w. on Lake Bradford at 3945 Museum Dr., depicts north Florida's natural and human history. A nature trail winds through 52 acres of scenic lakeshore woodlands, which are home to Florida panthers, red wolves, otters, deer and bears. Also on the grounds are a restored 1880s farm complex; Bellevue Plantation, the antebellum home of the great-grandniece of George Washington; a one-room schoolhouse; a church and a caboose. The museum's Tallahassee Tree to Tree Adventures features an adventure course and ziplines. Visitors move among the trees with tightropes, crab walks, jungle bridges, nets and ziplines; a children's course, an intermediate course and a 2-hour course for the truly adventurous are offered. Note: Closed, secured athletic footwear is required for the ziplines and adventure course. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum. $10.50; $10 (ages 65+ and college students with ID); $7.50 (ages 4-15). Tallahassee Tree to Tree Adventures $15-$45.
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Tallahassee Museum
3945 Museum Road
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Tallahassee Museum, 6.5 mi. s.w. on Lake Bradford at 3945 Museum Dr., depicts north Florida's natural and human history. A nature trail winds through 52 acres of scenic lakeshore woodlands, which are home to Florida panthers, red wolves, otters, deer and bears. Also on the grounds are a restored 1880s farm complex; Bellevue Plantation, the antebellum home of the great-grandniece of George Washington; a one-room schoolhouse; a church and a caboose. The museum's Tallahassee Tree to Tree Adventures features an adventure course and ziplines. Visitors move among the trees with tightropes, crab walks, jungle bridges, nets and ziplines; a children's course, an intermediate course and a 2-hour course for the truly adventurous are offered. Note: Closed, secured athletic footwear is required for the ziplines and adventure course. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum. $10.50; $10 (ages 65+ and college students with ID); $7.50 (ages 4-15). Tallahassee Tree to Tree Adventures $15-$45.
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, at 3540 Thomasville Rd., .5 mi. n. of I-10 exit 203 on US 319, consists of more than 1,100 acres, including 28 acres of ornamental gardens that are the focal point of the park. New York businessman Alfred B. Maclay and his wife, Louise, began the gardens in 1923. Colorful azaleas, camellias and Oriental magnolias as well as many native plants bloom January through April. The Maclay House has restored living and dining rooms and serves as a center for information about the Maclays, camellias and the gardens. Nearly 8 miles of hiking, biking and horse trails run through the park, which also features a picturesque picnic/recreation area with covered shelters, a swimming area, a paddleboat launch, rental kayak and a playground. Audio tours of the gardens are available. Recreational activities are permitted. Picnicking is permitted. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum. Admission: Park $6 (per private vehicle with two to eight people); $4 (per single-occupancy vehicle); $2 (per person arriving by bicycle or on foot). Garden admission (including house) Jan.-Apr. $6; $3 (ages 2-12); free rest of year with paid park admission.
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Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
3540 Thomasville Road
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Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, at 3540 Thomasville Rd., .5 mi. n. of I-10 exit 203 on US 319, consists of more than 1,100 acres, including 28 acres of ornamental gardens that are the focal point of the park. New York businessman Alfred B. Maclay and his wife, Louise, began the gardens in 1923. Colorful azaleas, camellias and Oriental magnolias as well as many native plants bloom January through April. The Maclay House has restored living and dining rooms and serves as a center for information about the Maclays, camellias and the gardens. Nearly 8 miles of hiking, biking and horse trails run through the park, which also features a picturesque picnic/recreation area with covered shelters, a swimming area, a paddleboat launch, rental kayak and a playground. Audio tours of the gardens are available. Recreational activities are permitted. Picnicking is permitted. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum. Admission: Park $6 (per private vehicle with two to eight people); $4 (per single-occupancy vehicle); $2 (per person arriving by bicycle or on foot). Garden admission (including house) Jan.-Apr. $6; $3 (ages 2-12); free rest of year with paid park admission.
Great area for hiking and biking. Disc golf, tennis courts, racquet ball, picnic pavilions.
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Tom Brown Park
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Great area for hiking and biking. Disc golf, tennis courts, racquet ball, picnic pavilions.
The refuge is open year round, daylight hours (gate on Lighthouse Rd opens at 6 am). Entrance fee required. The refuge's Visitor Center and administrative office are located about 25 miles south of Tallahassee, FL. From Tallahassee, take SR 363 (Woodville Hwy) to Wakulla.
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St Marks National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Centre
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The refuge is open year round, daylight hours (gate on Lighthouse Rd opens at 6 am). Entrance fee required. The refuge's Visitor Center and administrative office are located about 25 miles south of Tallahassee, FL. From Tallahassee, take SR 363 (Woodville Hwy) to Wakulla.
The large majority of the space is the greenway — a 160-acre, snow-globe view of North Florida's natural charms: miles of trails winding through dense woods into open, knee-high grass patches that nudge the edge of still waters.
Fred George Park
4830 Fred George Rd
The large majority of the space is the greenway — a 160-acre, snow-globe view of North Florida's natural charms: miles of trails winding through dense woods into open, knee-high grass patches that nudge the edge of still waters.
Food scene
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Kool Beanz Cafe
921 Thomasville Road
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IHOP
2840 Apalachee Parkway
Zaxby's Chicken Fingers & Buffalo Wings
180 Capital Cir SW
Guthrie's
1818 W Tennessee St
Lucky Goat Coffee
1400 Village Square Blvd
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Publix Super Market at Governors Crossing II
101 North Blair Stone Road
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Sonny's BBQ
3101 Dick Wilson Boulevard
In business for more than 40 years, the restaurant is often considered one of the best in the area for Asian cuisine. The friendly and professional staff will gladly help you select from the many entrées offered on the menu. The crab Rangoon is delicious, with huge pieces of crab prepared with a light peanut oil. Large, heaping portions and a sushi bar are deliciously satisfying. The mango ice cream ends the meal nicely.
Azu Lucy Ho's
3220 Apalachee Pkwy
In business for more than 40 years, the restaurant is often considered one of the best in the area for Asian cuisine. The friendly and professional staff will gladly help you select from the many entrées offered on the menu. The crab Rangoon is delicious, with huge pieces of crab prepared with a light peanut oil. Large, heaping portions and a sushi bar are deliciously satisfying. The mango ice cream ends the meal nicely.
Take a time-out to relax and refuel at the locally owned spot that features menu options to satisfy the vast majority. Basics include sandwiches, burgers and wings while entree selections such as pasta dishes, steak and seafood round out the menu. The bar remains open long after food service ends and live music is enjoyed in the evenings on weekends. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays. The event room is popular for catering small functions.
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Backwoods Bistro
401 East Tennessee Street
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Take a time-out to relax and refuel at the locally owned spot that features menu options to satisfy the vast majority. Basics include sandwiches, burgers and wings while entree selections such as pasta dishes, steak and seafood round out the menu. The bar remains open long after food service ends and live music is enjoyed in the evenings on weekends. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays. The event room is popular for catering small functions.
The on-site garden, the farm-to-table ingredients and the trendy atmosphere makes this a popular spot to enjoy a variety of flavorful dishes. Menu options include a delicious fried shrimp appetizer, pulled pork sliders and tender filet mignon. Desserts are made in house and include apple crumble with ice cream, bread pudding and Key lime pie. Enjoy a stroll among the gardens either before of after dinner.
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Backwoods Crossing
6725 Mahan Dr
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The on-site garden, the farm-to-table ingredients and the trendy atmosphere makes this a popular spot to enjoy a variety of flavorful dishes. Menu options include a delicious fried shrimp appetizer, pulled pork sliders and tender filet mignon. Desserts are made in house and include apple crumble with ice cream, bread pudding and Key lime pie. Enjoy a stroll among the gardens either before of after dinner.
Located on a busy main street and nestled among other businesses, the upbeat eatery can be spotted by the painted murals on the exterior. Start with the house-made bubble bread which is a huge hit at this local spot, then enjoy a savory entrée such as chicken Parmesan or cheesy lasagna. Several dining areas are open to patrons as well as an inviting patio. Local art is featured and for sale. The staff is welcoming.
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Bella Bella
123 East 5th Avenue
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Located on a busy main street and nestled among other businesses, the upbeat eatery can be spotted by the painted murals on the exterior. Start with the house-made bubble bread which is a huge hit at this local spot, then enjoy a savory entrée such as chicken Parmesan or cheesy lasagna. Several dining areas are open to patrons as well as an inviting patio. Local art is featured and for sale. The staff is welcoming.
Located in a modest strip mall, the cozy café offers a wide variety of breakfast selections ranging from light and healthy to heaping hungry over-sized plates which are available throughout the day. Among various options, salads, sandwiches and burgers are listed on lunch menu. The restaurant can be difficult to spot as it is masked by a canopy of moss-draped oak trees.
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Canopy Road Cafe
1759 Apalachee Pkwy
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Located in a modest strip mall, the cozy café offers a wide variety of breakfast selections ranging from light and healthy to heaping hungry over-sized plates which are available throughout the day. Among various options, salads, sandwiches and burgers are listed on lunch menu. The restaurant can be difficult to spot as it is masked by a canopy of moss-draped oak trees.
This restaurant's seasonally changing menu includes pulled pork on top of corn cakes, dolloped with slaw and drizzled with peach barbecue sauce—and that's just an appetizer. The limited entrée selections are presented in fun and inspired ways, with creative sauces and accompaniments. The constantly updated cheese menu consists of eight to 10 options, offered with a pick-three or pick-five tasting flight. A casual menu is available at the bar.
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Cypress Restaurant
320 East Tennessee Street
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This restaurant's seasonally changing menu includes pulled pork on top of corn cakes, dolloped with slaw and drizzled with peach barbecue sauce—and that's just an appetizer. The limited entrée selections are presented in fun and inspired ways, with creative sauces and accompaniments. The constantly updated cheese menu consists of eight to 10 options, offered with a pick-three or pick-five tasting flight. A casual menu is available at the bar.
What do you do when you move from Buffalo to Florida? Open a pizza parlor of course, displaying your skills at creating tasty New York-style pies. This cozy joint is not in a garage but the rustic décor could be mistaken for one. Order at the counter to dine in, take out or call for delivery.
Dave's Pizza Garage
1216 North Monroe Street
What do you do when you move from Buffalo to Florida? Open a pizza parlor of course, displaying your skills at creating tasty New York-style pies. This cozy joint is not in a garage but the rustic décor could be mistaken for one. Order at the counter to dine in, take out or call for delivery.
Whether by the slice or the pie, this popular, simple joint serves fresh-baked pizza. The wide selection of toppings and crispy crust are what keep customers coming back. The place opens at 4 p.m. on Sundays.
Decent Pizza
1026 North Monroe Street
Whether by the slice or the pie, this popular, simple joint serves fresh-baked pizza. The wide selection of toppings and crispy crust are what keep customers coming back. The place opens at 4 p.m. on Sundays.
The staff is more than happy to help you decide from the plethora of menu selections of authentic Indian dishes. Vegetarian options are available along with chicken, beef, lamb, goat and seafood. Midday, a lunch buffet is served. Only dinner is served on Sunday.
Essence Of India
1105 Apalachee Parkway
The staff is more than happy to help you decide from the plethora of menu selections of authentic Indian dishes. Vegetarian options are available along with chicken, beef, lamb, goat and seafood. Midday, a lunch buffet is served. Only dinner is served on Sunday.
Relaxing and casual, the restaurant serves a large variety of menu items that are expertly prepared and flavorful. Among the options you'll find Spanakopita, crab cakes, pasta and seafood dishes. Some favorites include Georgio's seafood platter, pasta Katerina and roasted garlic stuffed filet mignon. A number of after dinner coffees and desserts are offered including a delicious cheesecake baklava. The calming background music adds to the serenity experienced here.
Georgio's Fine Food and Spirits
2971 Apalachee Pkwy
Relaxing and casual, the restaurant serves a large variety of menu items that are expertly prepared and flavorful. Among the options you'll find Spanakopita, crab cakes, pasta and seafood dishes. Some favorites include Georgio's seafood platter, pasta Katerina and roasted garlic stuffed filet mignon. A number of after dinner coffees and desserts are offered including a delicious cheesecake baklava. The calming background music adds to the serenity experienced here.
The New Orleans inspired restaurant offers diners a touch of pizzazz with art and décor reminiscent of Mardi Gras and Bourbon St., and background music playing Cajun and jazz tunes. Big easy dishes include boudin balls, jambalaya and po'boys. Variety is plentiful, patrons can also order seafood, steak and signature dishes such as Red Fish Alexandria. House-made dessert options include Oreo beignets and bananas foster. Parking is available in the garage under Kleman Plaza.
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Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille
301 South Bronough Street
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The New Orleans inspired restaurant offers diners a touch of pizzazz with art and décor reminiscent of Mardi Gras and Bourbon St., and background music playing Cajun and jazz tunes. Big easy dishes include boudin balls, jambalaya and po'boys. Variety is plentiful, patrons can also order seafood, steak and signature dishes such as Red Fish Alexandria. House-made dessert options include Oreo beignets and bananas foster. Parking is available in the garage under Kleman Plaza.
The friendly, inviting spot has been serving tasty sports bar grub in the capital city for more than 30 years. It's a tough call to pass on the fried egg cheeseburger, but the popular wings may tempt you! Both are deliciously filling. The fried desserts include cheesecake and toast. Numerous TVs are placed throughout offering unobstructed views of the featured games. Take out is popular, be sure to call in your order ahead of time.
Hobbit American Grill
2020 W Pensacola St
The friendly, inviting spot has been serving tasty sports bar grub in the capital city for more than 30 years. It's a tough call to pass on the fried egg cheeseburger, but the popular wings may tempt you! Both are deliciously filling. The fried desserts include cheesecake and toast. Numerous TVs are placed throughout offering unobstructed views of the featured games. Take out is popular, be sure to call in your order ahead of time.
Family friendly fast food dining establishment.
Chick-fil-A
2302 Apalachee Pkwy
Family friendly fast food dining establishment.
Casual dining and sports bar.
Miller's Ale House - Tallahassee
722 Apalachee Parkway
Casual dining and sports bar.