Burger Fi has full bars!

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Though my allegiance for  good burgers lies with Vertigo, I decided to try the newest place to open in the Whole Foods shopping center, BurgerFi.

They tout local and all natural ingredients, hand-cut fries, and a variety of custard desserts. I ordered the Burger Fi cheeseburger, which had two patties, two pieces of cheese, lettuce, tomato, and their sauce, which I am pretty sure is just ketchup, mustard, and mayo – i.e. McDonald’s special sauce. The cashier informed me I could add two extra toppings at no charge so I threw on pickles because, well, they don’t have avocado on the menu; disappointment!

I was pleased with the burger: it was cooked well and flavored nicely. I’d say it’s a step up from Five Guys and on par with the basic Vertigo burger with the same items. Only, Vertigo cooks their medium. The fries are nearly identical to Vertigo, but they offer a lot more toppings, that I decided to forego on account of I don’t want to weigh a ton.

As I parted ways with my lunching buddy, I got the chocolate mocha custard shake, which was ah-mazing, but pretty much put my belly over the top.

I’d go back to BurgerFi if I’m ever craving a good, solid basic burger.

Fired up and it’s not good

A few Fridays ago, I met my friend, Mike, at the Food Truck court and sadly, only one was there: Fired Up Pizza. I can’t say mine was horrible; it had its moments. The spinach was pretty tasty with the cheese but I did opt out of eating the crust. Maybe I was just really hungry or it was due to pregnancy but it was decent.

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Mom and Pops

For years, the one hot dog stand on campus, run by my friend’s in-laws, stood by Strozier library. Then their son, Joe, decided to open his own stand. He and his wife (my friend) run two stands, separately from his parents. They have the best lemonade!

 

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Momo’s Pizza

One of the best pizza places in town, Momo’s has a location out where the “real” people live (i.e. not college kids) that we frequent. They boast “slices as big as your head” and offer a variety of other things like wings, salads, and calzones.  They are also a brewpub and offer a ton of daily beer specials. It’s one of my favorite places to eat a slice of cheese and spinach and try a beer. When I am done being pregnant, I’ll be there in a heartbeat.

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Atomic Coffee review

Recently, the long uninhabited former Jenny’s that had taken up residence next to Pitaria on Tennessee street became an Atomic Coffee. After researching the internet, I stIll can’t determine if they’re a franchise but even though other cities have Atomic Coffees, they don’t look like the one we now have that proclaims, “Finally… a world-class coffee shop in Tallahassee! ”

I intended to walk down the block and get a coffee one of these afternoons but timing never worked out. But about two weeks ago, LivingSocial offered a deal: five bucks for 10 dollars worth of food and drink. I snapped that up and finally went last Friday. I left my office in Williams at about 12:10. I would say the walk itself took roughly 8-10 minutes and I found the place to have about a four person line when I got in, which I expected because a.) it was lunchtime and b.) some of my students told me it was usually busy. The atmosphere is typical coffee shop: dark colors with ample tables, wi-fi, and some good outdoor seating, though I wouldn’t want to try and carry on a conversation along Tennessee street!

It took maybe ten minutes before it was my time to order and I chose a 16 ounce vanilla non-fat latte and The Aristotle, which was egg, spinach, feta, and tomato on ciabatta. They apparently serve all their food until 4 PM and this includes all manner of breakfast foods and lunch sandwiches made with Boar’s head meats.

My coffee was crafted in the same style as Red Eye coffee, which I frequent. In some ways, I really like the places that only have one espresso machine. Starbucks churns out perfectly fine coffee but sometimes it does taste a little burnt. At these other sorts of places, you can tell the coffee is fresher. My drink was ready in less than five minutes. Now my food, on the other hand, took a little while longer. I cannot remember exactly how long it took but I walked back into my office at 1:10, one hour after I left.

Back in my office, I enjoyed my food and drink, which was WELL WORTH the wait.

The coffee was awesome, as I expected, but the sandwich was likewise fresh and tasty. The eggs were fried but not incinerated. The feta and spinach were fresh and they didn’t skimp. I enjoyed it on ciabatta; it was crispy and meshed well with the other flavors. Even though I had to wait a while, the food was pretty awesome and I will  most likely go back to try other food combination.

Momma Goldberg’s works its way to Tallahassee

Last week, I sojourned across campus to meet up with my friend, Matt, who works as an advisor in another building. Instead of driving anywhere, we hopped across Tennessee street to “the strip” where Momma Goldberg’s deli has recently taken up residence. Actually, it’s one of the few places still running there after most of the pubs/bars got shut down due to e.coli and Legionnaire’s disease. EW. BUT ANYWAY, don’t let that deter you from trying this new eatery out of Auburn, Alabama.

Entering the place, we noticed they had a pretty extensive sandwich menu… and bagels. Weird, right? Especially since it doesn’t appear that they serve breakfast. I had chosen the beef and cheese but it turns out they were plum run out of roast beef. Grr. So I went with the chicken salad melt on wheat and a drink and chips. I think I ended up spending about $8.50.

My sandwich was nice and hot with melty cheese and a nicely mixed chicken salad. It wasn’t too chunky and had the right amount of mayo. Maybe a few too many onions for my taste but it was awfully good. The coolest part about this place is the ceiling made of doors:

Pretty neat. I’d say this is a pretty nice addition to campus-area eating. I’ll definitely go back and hit up their roast beef.

Local eatery serves up tasty options

On Saturday, after tooling around Northern Florida, my friend and I headed back into town very hungry. The place we’d planned to go out between Sneads and Marianna had turned into a Mexican restaurant, food neither of us felt like eating. On our drive back, I remembered that a new little cafe had popped up,  inhabiting one of the cabins alongside Lake Ella in midtown. As it turns out, Mickey’s Lakeside Cafe, has been open a little over a year now. It was two in the afternoon and since they hold hours of 11:30-3, we were good to go. There were two other occupied tables as we walked in but soon after ordering, we were the only people left. They have a decent sized menu: sandwiches, two quiches, and soups and salads. After hearing about it from our waiter, I went with the pulled pork because it’s apparently made local by a  guy named Karl Suber. David ordered the rueben and we both got cole slaw.

When my food arrived, I was impressed, even as it came in a plastic basket with a wax paper lining. The pulled pork was served on two slider buns but had wonderfully large portions. The cole slaw, too, was a big portion, larger than you’d get at, say, Sonny’s, which is one of my favorite mayo-based slaws. The pork was tender and tasty, as was the sauce they provided. David was impressed with his rueben, as the bread was toasted to perfection so that all the innards didn’t drip everywhere or make the bread soggy.

All in all, we were very impressed with Mickey’s and would definitely return. I am glad they are now offering nighttime hours on Thursdays and Fridays.