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Gai Pad Prig at the Royal Orchid

Posted: 07/06/2012 - My last attempt at finding a local restaurant in Ocala, Florida, was a disaster. Passing several national chains I made my way along SW College Road in search of the Royal Orchid.

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Pulled Pork at Chubo’s Dawg House

Posted: 06/29/2012 - A small sign on the road announced Chubo's Dawg House had set up shop somewhere in the plaza that serves as a home to Tan's Asian Cafe, Esposito's, and the Brooma Grill. I cruised the parking lot looking for the food truck and pulled a u-turn.

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Aloha to the King’s Hawaiian Pork & Slaw Sandwich

Posted: 06/22/2012 - While attending Florida State, the Firehouse Subs was one of my go to places for a quick and tasty meal at a price that would not break my student budget. Even though I've graduated I still enjoy eating there. Recently I heard on the radio that they were rolling out a new menu item called the King's Hawaiian Pork & Slaw Sandwich and I knew I had to give it a whirl.

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O’Brothers Irish Pub and the Oscar Wilde

Posted: 06/15/2012 - O'Brothers is a converted home painted white and trimmed in bright red paint. An analog clock was anchored to the peak of the roof with a large green shamrock on each side.

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Brotherly Love at Graffiti Junction

Posted: 06/11/2012 - When people think of Orlando, Florida, the first thing that probably pops into their head is the mouse. For those willing to dig a little deeper the city has some very beautiful neighborhoods.

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A Solid Steak and Cheese Sandwich from the Meat House

Posted: 06/01/2012 - Unwrapping the sandwich the microwave's ding rand in my ear. How could they nuke beef tips? My expectations plummeted and I took a bite. To my surprise rather than being tough and rubbery the beef tips were tender.

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Fill Your Tank at T-Rays

Posted: 06/01/2012 - The burger was good, and if you pine for an old-fashioned hamburger, T-Rays' will hit the spot.

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Black Jack’s Smoke Stack BBQ

Posted: 05/25/2012 - Despite its unassuming appearance the parking lot was packed. I opened the front door and was greeted by a smiling waitress. She called me darling and told me to take a seat wherever I liked.

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Fuel Up at the Midtown Filling Station

Posted: 05/11/2012 - Since it opened, the Midtown Filling Station has been on my list of places to visit. The restaurant is located in the building on the corner of East 5th Ave and Thomasville Road, in in the space formerly occupied by the Winery and Tapas.

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Keep on Trucking Past 484 New York Pizza

Posted: 05/04/2012 - Over the past couple weeks I-75 has become a second home. On my frequent trips between Tallahassee and Orlando I try to avoid chains. Instead I attempt to seek out local places for a quick lunch or dinner. While pumping gas in Ocala I saw a sign for 484 New York Pizza.

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Hunan Shrimp at Ming Tree Cafe

Posted: 04/27/2012 - Ming Tree Cafe recently opened its doors off the roundabout in Killearn across the way from the Killearn United Methodist Church.

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Persian Fare at Green Erth Bistro

Updated: 04/20/2012 - I was in and adventurous moods and did not want a sandwich or burger. While sitting at a stop light I Googled the restaurants in the area. Paging through the results I noticed one called Green Erth Bistro. Yes, it's spelled Green Erth Bistro

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A Caffeine Fix at the Catalina Cafe

Posted: 04/13/2012 - Due to a morning appointment I found myself on the East Side of Tallahassee in need of some breakfast. I decided to check out Catalina Cafe. It is located in a plaza on Capital Circle SE across the street from Sonny's and Sam's Club.

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Bahn Mi at Nha Trang

Posted: 04/12/2012 - I approached the shaded patio located on the backside of a building that faced Colonial Drive. Wisp of blue gray smoke curled above several lounging men who smoked cigarettes. I asked if they knew where Nha Trang was located. They shook their heads and indicated they did not speak English.

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Blackened Redfish at Richard’s Evening Grill

Posted: 03/30/2012 - My mother-in-law agreed to watch little man and honey badger, and this meant Becky and I had a night to ourselves! We decided to go out for a grow-up dinner at a place where the menu was devoid of pictures.

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Bowl of Pho Serves Un-Phogettable Pho

Posted: 03/16/2012 - Until about a year ago my experience with pho consisted of watching Anthony Bourdain slurp a bowl full of beef part-filled broth on the Travel Channel. It looked delicious, and I tried to make some myself. The results were mediocre at best.

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Feed Your Froyo Beast at Yobe Frozen Yogurt

Posted: 03/09/2012 - Outside sat two round tables with black umbrellas. A small corrogated roof sheltered the door. The exterior was clad in red brick. Near the top of the building a colorful sign proclaimed the structure as the home of Yobe Frozen Yogurt.

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A Delicious Red Curry at Siam Bistro

Posted: 03/02/2012 - Siam Bistro, the sister restaurant to Siam Sushi, is located on on Thomasville Road between the Goodwill Store and Market Square Liquors.

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The Pieces Fit Together at Mozaik

Updated: 02/17/2012 - In Tallahassee, Mozaik is a restaurant that advertises itself as "never the same, always amazing!"

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Spicy Tuna Galore at Sumo Sabi

Posted: 02/10/2012 - A large purple and green sign adorned with a sumo wrestler announced Sumo Sabi's presence. I was unsure what to expect as I passed an employee washing the reflective silver windows that lined the restaurant's front.

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Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto

Posted: 02/03/2012 - Mr. Roboto has received a considerable amount of buzz and is billed as Tallahassee's number one "cheap eats" restaurant. I was curious to see if it lived up to the hype.

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A Festival of Meat at Sahara Greek & Lebanese Cafe

Updated: 01/20/2012 - A couple months back blog reader invited me out to lunch at one of his favorite places, Sahara Greek & Lebanese Cafe. This week I finally took him up on the offer and we decided to meet for lunch.

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