There is no greater adventure in Tallahassee than setting out to find yet another delicious local restaurant. Our community is filled with great local finds, and 2018 has several new tasty opportunities to look forward to! Check out some of Tallahassee’s best new restaurants and start your 2018 food bucket list before these small town finds get big.
The Tally Cat Cafe
An idea taken straight from a big city and adapted for our very own community, the Cat Cafe is a classic have your cake and eat it to scenario. For only $7, visitors can cuddle up with adorable cats that need a home – all while drinking delicious coffee or eating tasty pastry from the in-house bakery. Scheduled to open in 2018, this will be just another place that makes Tallahassee such a unique place to live and eat!
Arepana Latin Grill
One of the most recent addition to the ethnic flavor of Tallahassee is Arepana, offering a savory array of arepas and rice bowls. Similar to other restaurants by Viet and Nam — the brothers that run the Tallahassee food scene — Arepana is a beautiful fusion of several different cultures: Colombian, Cuban, Puerto Rican and Venezuelan. Located on 1176 Capital Circle SE, this new hot spot is the perfect place to stop for a food experience you can’t get anywhere else in the city.
Goodberry has introduced Tallahassee to a deliciously healthy breakfast or lunch meal that no one can seem to get enough of: the açaí bowl. No, Goodberry may not be the very first place in Tallahassee to offer the açaí bowl, but it is arguably the best. Located in a petite house on Thomasville Road in midtown, Goodberry has indoor and outdoor seating to experience açaí topped with any fruit, nut, or dessert of your choosing. Though it opened last June, this still makes the 2018 restaurant bucket list for its growing menu and endless variety of combinations.
Below is a list of restaurants composed by Rochelle Koff of the Tallahassee Democrat that are set to open in the new year. With so many new options, our restaurant bucket list is filled up and ready to begin!
Debuting downtown: In a much-anticipated opening, Sage business partners — chef Terry White and sommelier Craig Richardson — will open a high-end, Italian steakhouse on the ground floor of the six-story building owned by Brian Ballard, CEO of Ballard Partners. The building, under construction at Park Avenue and South Monroe Street, is expected to open in late summer or early fall 2018.
The Hideaway Cafe: Coffee master Jason Card (Journeyman coffee) will be partnering with Midtown’s Waterworks to create Hideaway in the former Spaceport Lounge (the back part of the bar). “Coffee, food and interesting people” coming our way this month, Card said. 1133 Thomasville Road; 850-224-1887.
Grove Market Cafe: David and Elizabeth Gwynn, owners of Cypress, will be opening a breakfast and lunch restaurant in the former home of the northeast location of the burger joint, Vertigo, which closed just before Christmas. The flagship Vertigo on Lafayette will remain open. The new cafe, expected to open in early February, will incorporate produce from local farms and “concentrate on comfort foods,” said David Gwynn. The cafe will have sit-down service and a “grab-and-go” section. The menu will offer gluten-free and dairy-free choices. 1440 Market St.
McAlister’s Deli: The chain, known for its fat sandwiches and sweet tea, is expected to open a branch near Trader Joe’s in January. 3425 Thomasville Rd.
3 Natives Tallahassee: Founded three years ago in Tequesta, this 3 Natives is expected to open Jan. 6, serving açaí bowls, cold-pressed juices, smoothies, wraps, salads and bagels. This branch will be the chain’s eighth location; the Tallahassee operation is owned by Kerry Nohle (owner of Which Wich and Smashburger franchises in Tallahassee and Destin). Walker Plaza, 3020 W. Pensacola S