At the risk of being thought a barbarian - I'm not quite the food snob everyone else on this list is - I'm going to join in the complaint. I have to admit my problem isn't that I can't find decent-enough restaurant food here (I have simple taste I think). My problem is I can't find enough INTERESTING food choices. I have traveled a fair amount and lived in other countries and I get bored with the choices here. I'd like a good fish and chips (Shenanigan's is awful, and Rose and Thorn, while better, still questionable). I'd like a good German restaurant. How is it no one in a town 16 miles from the coast can make a good crab cake? And don't get me started on the lack of a brewpub. Tallahasseeans don't seem to want interesting - there used to be a (very mediocre) brew pub here called Buckhead and while I'm not sure whether the quality of the food was all that great (I was always more interested in whether the beers were good), at least it was different - they had bison and venison and squab and a few other unusual entrees that were at least something interesting. So what happened? Place closed. I would like good food - but barring that, I'd like to at least have some culinary adventures. I'd like to go somewhere and see something on a menu that would make me go 'hmm, wonder what that tastes like? I've never heard of that." Here are a few places I do like (again, I'm risking ridicule, but what the heck): The Black Bean, the little Cuban place on the Parkway, is one of my favorite places. Very simple, cheap, but reliably good. (You can't mess up a Cuban sandwich or an empanada, I guess). I actually like Po Boys (but hardly ever go because the service is so absolutely horrible and I never have three hours to kill at lunch). There's a place downtown on College called Paradigm that has pretty good sandwiches and salads for lunch. Not something I jones for - but quite good when I do go. I like Decent Pizza. Not a fan of the atmosphere - (don't like having to go up to the counter to get another beer), but the pizza's good. I think the Italian food at Mom and Dad's is just fine. Not like the best restaurants in Little Italy, but tasty. And I disagree about Samrat - I think it's pretty good. When I'm in the mood for vindaloo and a Kingfisher, that's my answer.
The Indian Pass Raw Bar may have the look you're going for, although I don't know how old it is. The building itself is old - it's in an old turpentine company building from the early 1900s. It looks old Florida and it's definitely off the path - and you'd never happen on it.You have to want to find it. It's on County Rd. 30 A between Port St. Joe and Apalach right across the street from St. Vincent Sound. Look it up