What Should Tallahassee Eat? – The Bada Bean

By William Kristoph

The Bada Bean (Tallahassee, FL) Review

The Bada Bean is yet another place on my list of places in town that “I drove by 100 times and never stopped in.” In fact, I probably drove by The Bada Bean much more than 100 times. I always loved the name, but did I love the food and coffee? I promise nobody is threatening to have me sleep with the fishes or give me concrete shoes when I say that I can’t wait to head back to try some more food at The Bada Bean. It’s a pleasant coffee-house atmosphere with much better food choices than any other coffee-house where I dined.

Friday Special – The Georgia Reuben & Steak Fries

The Bada Bean - Georgia Reuben and Steak Fries
A Georgia Reuben and Steak Fries at The Bada Bean in Tallahassee, FL
Photo by William Kristoph using iPhone 4.

When I arrived I took a seat near the window and my waiter, Jacob, who was having fun joking around with some of the regulars in The Bada Bean, helped me choose a sandwich. Jacob was very helpful with the menu and provided great service throughout. I decided to go with one of the specials, a Georgia Reuben and steak fries. A few minutes later I had a beautiful sandwich in front of me a long with a pickle spear and seasoned steak fries.

The sandwich was great. The rye ‘n’ pump bread was lightly toasted, with turkey breast slices, sauerkraut, perfectly melted Swiss cheese and thousand island dressing. It was a warm, gooey sandwich that was big on flavor, and it thrilled me that it didn’t kill me with salt. The unexpected pleasure of my lunch were the steak fries. I didn’t expect the seasoning, but it provided lots of flavor. The fries were crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside and although I used ketchup with them, I enjoyed them plain too. An ice-cold pickle spear was a nice touch.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte at The Bada Bean
Pumpkin Spice Latte at The Bada Bean in Tallahassee, FL
Photo by William Kristoph using iPhone 4 and Camera+

For my dessert, I ordered a Pumpkin Spice Latte. I enjoy the Starbucks version of a Pumpkin Spice, so I decided to see how The Bada Bean stacks up. Jacob brought the “medium” latte to me in a sizable mug, filled to the brim. The size of the medium impressed me. One sip and I was very, very happy. The Bada Bean’s Pumpkin Spice Latte is smooth, rich and not overly sweet. The coffee was flavorful, but not overpowering. Neither was the pumpkin spice. Everything blended together very nicely, and I frowned when I took my last sip. I should have ordered a large.


The Bada Bean is yet another great local place to grab lunch. I can’t wait to get back to try one of their many breakfast options. I’ll definitely be back for another latte too. It’s also a great value, with surprisingly good prices for the amount of food dished out. It’s a hidden gem in Tallahassee. I rated The Bada Bean “I Like It” on Urbanspoon.

Bada Bean on Urbanspoon

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