What Should Tallahassee Eat? – Tropical Smoothie Cafe

By William Kristoph

Tropical Smoothie Cafe on North Magnolia Drive has quick service, is always clean and has some excellent non-smoothie choices for a grab-n-go lunch. Fast food serves a purpose, to get the patron in and out of the establishment as quickly as possible. Tropical Smoothie is not quite that fast, but thanks to fresh sandwich ingredients and a great Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie it’s a great way to avoid the fast food burger and fries combo.

Turkey Bacon Ranch Sandwich

Turkey Bacon Ranch Sandwich at Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Toasted Ciabatta, plenty of turkey and bacon and some tasty ranch sauce make up the Turkey Bacon Ranch sandwich at Tropcial Smoothie Cafe.
Photo by William Kristoph using iPhone 4 and iPhoto

My latest visit to Tropical Smoothie was in order to avoid the can of Chunky Soup that I brought for lunch. I took a quick trip over the North Magnolia location to get some lunch. Unbelievably, there was no line at the counter even though the restaurant was busy. I ordered a Turkey Bacon Ranch Sandwich and a Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie. Behind the counter, the sandwich assembly area was very clean just like the rest of the restaurant. After a short couple of minutes, the sandwich greeted me. Toasted Ciabatta bread, turkey, bacon, tomatoes, greens and light ranch dressing. Okay, so maybe it’s not that much better than a burger, but it certainly tasted better.

The lettuce was crisp and cold, as were the tomatoes. The bun was warm and toasted well, which kept the ranch sauce from soaking into the bread. The turkey serving was generous and had the nice combination of hot and cold spots to it. The bacon added an extra dimension of flavor. Frankly, bacon is so good I might actually eat tofu as long as it was wrapped in bacon first.

Sometimes I only have 20 minutes to grab a bite to eat. Tropical Smoothie Cafe fit the requirements, served up a good sandwich and did it with friendly service. If you’re looking for a quick bite and a ton of smoothie choices, they’re worth a look at the North Magnolia location.

I rated Tropical Smoothie Cafe on North Magnolia “I Like It” on Urbanspoon.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe on Urbanspoon

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