While exploring Florida's capital, you're bound to get hungry. Here are some fun places to eat in Tallahassee!

Fun Places To Eat In Tallahassee, Florida

While exploring Florida’s capital, you’re bound to get hungry. Here are some fun places to eat in Tallahassee!


Fun Places To Eat In Tallahassee

Tallahassee is the home of both government officials and college students alike. It’s no wonder there is a bit of everything for them to eat! Below are a few of our favorite restaurants in Tallahassee…


Paisley Cafe

We fell in love with everything about Paisley Cafe! The charming decor, Kiersten (the owner) and her story, and of course the food! Kiersten had worked in banking for 19 years when she suddenly decided to change career fields and open a cafe. She wanted to do something that she loved, and that love can be sensed in every aspect of the food at Paisley Cafe.


While we were there, we had a Paisley Salad, Cheese Grits with Shrimp, a Grilled Cheese sandwich, and Macaroni & Cheese made with Seminole Pride Beef. The flavors were all so incredible. I’m not usually a fan of grits, but these grits surprised me and the grilled cheese had Gouda, bacon, and sun dried tomatoes… I was pretty sure I’d died and gone to heaven.


And all of Kiersten’s dishes are so simple! She never uses more than seven ingredients, and they’re always the best quality. I was really impressed by the Seminole Pride Beef, which comes from the Seminole Indian Tribe’s cattle, right outside of the Everglades. And when you stop by, make sure you ask for Kiersten. She has such a fun and positive vibe, I think Buddy has a crush on her! πŸ˜‰


Paisley Cafe is one of the most fun places to eat in Tallahassee
Paisley Cafe in Tallahassee
Paisley cafe salad Tallahassee
Paisley Salad
Cheese Grits with Shrimp
Cheese Grits with Shrimp
Grilled Cheese sandwich at the Paisley Cafe
Grilled Cheese sandwich
Macaroni & Cheese made with Seminole Pride Beef from Paisley Cafe
Macaroni & Cheese made with Seminole Pride Beef
Kiersten, owner of the Paisley Cafe, and Buddy
Kiersten and Buddy


Uptown Cafe

A relaxing place to enjoy a yummy breakfast! Uptown Cafe is a family owned cafe that has been around for over 30 years. While we were there, we had the Banana Bread French Toast. Let me tell you, it was delicious! We also had a side of Bradley’s Sausage, which comes from a family owned country store just outside of Tallahassee.


Our friend ordered the You Chews It, meaning you get to build your own breakfast sandwich. The sandwich was on a bagel and had bacon, egg, and cheese. Uptown Cafe also sells brownies, cookies, and other snacks that you can take home for later!


Uptown Cafe Tallahassee
Uptown Cafe
Banana Bread French Toast at Uptown Cafe in Tallahassee
Banana Bread French Toast
You Chews It breakfast sandwich at Uptown Cafe
You Chews It breakfast sandwich
Uptown cafe treats in Tallahassee
A relaxing atmosphere with yummy food!


Momo’s Pizza

This was voted Tallahassee’s best pizza in 2015! There are currently two Momo’s Pizza locations, one on Market Street and one on Tennessee Street. During our visit, we stopped by the Tennessee location. We went near closing, which was perfect because it was easy to find a table and our pizza came out quickly.


Momo’s is famous for having large slices of pizza. Their slogan is “Slices As Big As Your Head!” for crying out loud! My kind of place, for sure!! However, my friend and I both knew we wanted more than one slice, so for the price we decided to get a medium sized pizza. Just FYI, a Momo’s medium is larger than most chain restaurant sized large pizzas.


Momo's pizza in Tallahassee
Momo’s Pizza
voted best pizza in Tallahassee
Medium Pizza
eating the best pizza in Tallahassee
That first bite… the cheese… happy monkey right here!!
momo's pizza in Tallahassee
Buddy liked the pizza too!


Pro Tip: Click here to see how we segwayed our way around Tallahassee!


Dog Et Al

This is a local favorite! Dog Et Al has a 1950’s diner vibe and the service is so personal, we felt like we were making friends as we ordered. And of course, the hot dogs are amazing. They’ve done the hot dog math (there’s proof on their website), and according to it there are 10,230 possible hot dog combinations that can be made with their 10 different meats and 10 different ingredients.


You also have a choice in the size of the hot dog as well. While we were there, we ordered a Big Dog with chili and cheese and a side of cheese fries and small apple pie, a Big Foot Dog with chili, cheese, sauerkraut, and bell peppers, and a hand-dipped corn dog. Delicious!


Dog et al has the best hot dogs in Tallahassee
Dog Et Al
best hot dog in Tallahassee
Inside Dog Et Al
Big Dog with chili and cheese and a side of cheese fries and small apple pie
Big Dog with chili and cheese and a side of cheese fries and small apple pie
Big Foot Dog with chili, cheese, sauerkraut, and bell peppers, and a hand-dipped corn dog
Big Foot Dog with chili, cheese, sauerkraut, and bell peppers, and a hand-dipped corn dog


Wells Brothers (AKA Monk’s)

Another local favorite, Monk’s has been voted Tallahassee’s best burger for three years in a row. And it’s no surprise with the kinds of burgers they offer. You can build your own burger, or choose from their eclectic menu. My friend and I decided to order two burgers and split them, which was a perfect way to try two burgers that I was torn between: The Lip Smacker and The California.


The Lip Smacker is topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, peanut butter, and strawberry jam (for an additional charge). Yes, you read that right. Peanut butter on a burger. And it works!! It was such a great burger! And The California was great too. This burger was covered in avocados, tomatoes, sprouts, Swiss cheese, and a big glob of cream cheese. Both of these burgers were different but each was amazing in it’s own way.


Monk's Tallahassee, voted Tallahassee's best burger
Monk's peanut butter and jelly burger
The Lip Smacker
Monk's California burger in Tallahassee
The California


Lofty Pursuits

If you’re still hungry after all of this amazing food, or are just craving a late night snack, then stop by Loft Pursuits. Not only do they make great ice cream (they rotate through almost 200 flavors), but they also sell games and toys, make their own hard candy (on display is some old school candy making machinery), and display lots of cool vintage items. It’s a fun place to browse around while eating some yummy ice cream or drinking a tasty shake.


Lofty Pursuits in Tallahassee for ice cream
Lofty Pursuits
best ice cream in Tallahassee
So many flavors!
lofty pursuits games
Lofty Pursuit also sells toys and games
Hard candy made by candy making machinery in Lofty Pursuits
Hard candy made by candy making machinery in the store
Best ice cream in Tallahassee
Cookies and Cream




Final Thoughts On Places To Eat In Tallahassee

From classy salads to bizarre burgers, Tallahassee has it all! During our visit, we did a lot of exploring and it was great to know that we had so many options when we needed to refuel. We can’t wait to return and try even more mouthwatering meals!


So are you monkeys hungry yet? What do you think of all the great food options in Tallahassee? We’d love to read your comments below! πŸ™‚


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While exploring Florida's capital, you're bound to get hungry. Here are some fun places to eat in Tallahassee!

**A big thank you to Visit Tallahassee for suggesting such great places to eat. While two of the meals were complimentary, as always, all opinions are our own.**


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  1. All of these look great but the Paisley Cafe has really caught my attention. Those grits sound to die for.

    1. Omg Lara, they were amazing! So cheesy and creamy!

  2. Note to self…when driving through to see my daughter in Mississippi, stop by the Paisley choice for those epic eats. πŸ˜‰

  3. Looks like there are so many delicious choices of different foods to enjoy in the city, got me really hungry!

    1. Tallahassee really does have a lot of great food options Noel. Glad you enjoyed the post!

  4. This post made me seriously hungry and I just ate recently! The first cafe is my favourite from this post – the cheese grits won me.

    1. They were delicious Sia! I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

  5. You had me at banana bread french toast! Uptown cafe looks perfect for breakfast. Tallahassee’s food scene seems to have grown since I visited many years ago. Will have to check it out!

    1. Hi Jackie! The city is growing and and their food scene is amazing. I hope you’re able to go back and give it a try!

  6. OMG!!! The food from Paisley Cafe looks gorgeous!
    That salad with berry is mouthwatering! I’m not a big fan of burger and hot dogs, but I can resist to good salad πŸ™‚

    Great suggestion, for all tastes and moments!

  7. The banana bread french toast looks amazing! I also love that Kiersten never uses more than 7 ingredients, you don’t need many for dishes to be special and everything looked delicious.

    1. I agree! Her dishes were simple but delicious. πŸ™‚

  8. Awww these all look so good. The Uptown cafe looks like one I would be keen to try! Great read πŸ™‚

  9. You’re always inspiring me to explore more of Florida. These places all look great, but I’m a sucker for Shrimp and Grits.

  10. Oh yum! That pizza- wow! πŸ™‚ Actually everything looks pretty good. Which one was your favorite?

    1. Omg, I couldn’t possibly pick!! Everything was SO good!

  11. Definitely looks like a great place to go and eat! Adding to my bookmarks πŸ™‚

  12. Joseph piotrowski says:

    Only problem is you missed a Tallahassee staple…. Shell oyster bar IS panhandle seafood and a fantastic hidden gem! Maybe your next time in town you can give it a try!

    1. Thank you so much for the suggestion Joseph! I will definitely check it out next time I’m in Tallahassee. πŸ˜€

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