Golden Spoon Awards
Tallahassee Restaurants Are Among Florida’s Best
Florida Trend magazine confirms what Tallahassee diners already know: Tallahassee has some of the best restaurants in Florida.
Nine Tallahassee restaurants are among those recognized this year with Florida Trend Golden Spoon Awards. The magazine annually issues Golden Spoons to restaurants it considers the best in the state.
Best New Restaurant
Il Lusso is Tallahassee’s newest fine-dining eatery, guests enjoy savory, homemade pasta, along with prime dry-aged steaks. The Italian Steakhouse offers customers an extensive wine list in its metropolitan-style dining room.
Backwoods Crossing redefines farm-to-table cuisine with locally sourced food from its own backyard, along with regional farmers. Owners, Jesse and Tyler Rice, create modern dishes with a twist of Southern flair, made from fresh, farm-grown produce found on Backwoods’ three-and-a-half-acre farm. A cornucopia of veggies and fruits, in addition to a chicken and quail coop on-site, adds to the divine, ever-changing menu.
Savour is a hub of hospitality with seasonally inspired, regionally sourced and creatively prepared cuisine, offering a chic and eclectic dining experience in downtown Tallahassee.
Golden Spoon Hall of Fame
Cypress Restaurant is a consistent winner and is listed among restaurants in the Golden Spoon Hall of Fame. Florida Trend raves about its “new appreciation for the Old South,” its use of local produce, game and seafood and its creative use of ingredients such as sugar cane, fennel, okra and goat cheese.
Food Glorious Food another Hall of Fame restaurant, serves artfully prepared American fusion cuisine that celebrates Southern classics such as collards, cheese grits, seafood and andouille sausage. The menu includes petite filet mignon, spiced duck breast, caramelized salmon, pan-fried grouper and an extensive dessert menu.
Sage newly inducted into the Hall of Fame serves smart cooking with wit and local ingredients and worthy of leaving the inner rings of the capital. Chef Terry White’s imagination shows from the very start of the menu: Tempura frying, kimchi and sriracha give Gulf oysters Asian kick while he stuffs squid with chorizo and black rice. Entrees are both Southern comfy and worldly, from summer veggie stew of baby zucchini and pattypan squash with goat cheese croquettes to lamb tagliatelle or filet mignon with field pea succotash.
Masa is a modern venture in Asian fusion skillfully executed by Tallahassee’s Lucy Ho, who arrived in the capital almost 50 years ago as a professor’s wife and was the city’s first Chinese cooking teacher. Masa offerings include lettuce rolls, sashimi, tempura, pad Thai, curried duck breast, lamb chops, seafood and beef tenderloin tips.
Lucilla’s contemporary southern cuisine will leave guests wanting more of its pimento cheese fritters, Bradley’s sausage or vinegar chicken after leaving.
Table 23 serves classic southern food under a canopy of moss-covered oak trees. Through high-quality ingredients, local availabilities and traditional preparations, the food allows the natural flavors of the region to greet the guests with a familiarity that mirrors the atmosphere