Restaurant Review: Kitchen on San Marco, Jacksonville FL

Once I turned 21, the Gastropub quickly became one of my favorite kinds of restaurants. I like to go out to bars with friends. When a bar offers food as well, it makes then environment to hangout and relax so much easier. If someone gets hungry, you don’t need to leave. Everyone can get what they want.

Gastropubs are a hybrid between a bar and a restaurant. Now yes, it’s true that many bars serve food. Likewise, most restaurants serve alcohol. It’s really the expectations that are setup by labeling your place of business a gastropub that sets it apart from other places within the food industry. A gastropub typically offers a higher quality, elevated, and fresher experience from the rest. It doesn’t just serve drinks. They create their own using flavors you won’t find anywhere else. Likewise, it doesn’t just offer bar food. Gastropubs take bar food and elevates it to a whole new level. It finds a way to balance familiar flavors with new experiences. The best gastropubs take their unique food and drinks and use them to form their own identity.

Naturally, one of the first spots my wife and I found when we moved out to the west coast was a gastropub. When we moved back to FL, I searched for the same thing. I am happy to say that I think I finally found that place in Jacksonville. Located near the riverside area on San Marco road, Kitchen on San Marco offers a gastropub experience with southern flair.

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Walking into Kitchen on San Marco, I was caught by the atmosphere and service. I made a reservation online ahead of time. We were shown to our table immediately, there was no waiting. I should note that they were not busy at the time. I assume we would have been seated immediately even without the reservation. It was nice to have the option to make one. It picked up by the time we were leaving with satisfied patrons enjoying their meals and time. The restaurant featured a large bar seating area, roomy booths, and high top tables. The atmosphere was warm and inviting. It seemed like the kind of place that allowed for both a nice dinner, or a place to relax and keep the drinks flowing – the perfect combination for a gastropub. Our server was super friendly. She knew the menu well and kept the drinks refilled. She checked on us frequently, but wasn’t annoying. Continue reading

Restaurant Review: Korean BBQ and More, Tallahassee FL

As my time being a graduate student comes to an end, a new point in my life beings. In anticipation of this, I will be moving to the other side of town, away from Florida States campus, next year. One of the things I am going to miss most about the student side of town is Korean BBQ and more.

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Restaurant Review: Jason’s Deli Tallahassee, FL

Recently, when I have heard the words “Jason” and “Deli” in the same sentence, I have only heard one of two responses. I have heard either “that place is really good” or “that place is always packed, is it any good”? The second response made it easy to decide my next place to review. I am happy to report that yes, Jason’s Deli is good.

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Restaurant Review: Newk’s Express Cafe Tallahassee, FL

This week I have a guest review from one of my best friends (and fellow foodie). If you want my opinion here’s the short version. The food was ok, but I wouldn’t go back unless someone else picked the restaurant. Now, on to the review.

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Restaurant Review: Your Pie Tallahassee FL

I went to “Your Pie” only knowing two things about it. I knew it was a new pizza place in Tallahassee and that it was a chain restaurant. The concept initially sounded great to me. “Your Pie” is a make your own pizza place – subway style. I couldn’t help but think who doesn’t want to make their own pizza? After all, people are particular about their pizza toppings. That’s when it hit me. Who doesn’t already customize their pizza order? I mean yes, if you order a pizza one might choose a meat lovers pizza, a white pie, etc. However, even though most places offer a choice of specialty pies, all the pizza places I have ever been to allow me to customize my pizza as well.

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Restaurant Review: Food Glorious Food

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Location: 1950 Thomasville Road Tallahassee, FL 32303
Phone: (850)224-7279
Website: http://www.foodgloriousfood.com/
Dinner Prices: Meals – $7.00 to $33.00
Current Special:

Lunch: Pick 2 – A sandwich, salad, or soup for $9

Food Glorious Food is a locally owned Italian restaurant in Tallahassee. I chose to visit this restaurant because it is well-known among the foodies of Tallahassee. The restaurant has been open for over 27 years and prides itself among a changing menu and fresh ingredients. The title alone made me curious of what kind of food awaited me. Continue reading

Restaurant Review: 101 Restaurant

I thought I would start this blog off with a restaurant review.

101 Restaurant

Location: 215 College Ave. Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Phone: (850)391-1309
Website: http://www.101tallahassee.com/
Prices: Tapas – $6.99 to $12.99
Meals – $9.99 to $25.99
Current Special:
Sunday through Wednesday specially marked entrees are $9.99

101 is a restaurant that advertises itself as “a social dining experience”. It is part bar, part restaurant. The “social” experience comes from an extensive tapas menu and the ownership of a club next door, Mint. I couldn’t find any information on their website, but to the best of my knowledge you still need to pay cover for Mint even if you eat at 101 first. Since it was just my girlfriend and I, the tapas experience will need to be reviewed on another day.

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