I decided to try BurgerFi to see what the hype is about. A short trip over to the old Miracle Plaza with a small adventure involving trying to find a parking space (look behind the buildings) and I was ready to head in and order. Inside, I had a few minutes to look around while I waited in line. BurgerFi follows the seemingly standard upscale fast food burger joint decor. Metal, wood and the unfinished look flooring complete with music that is a bit too loud.
Looking for Tallahassee’s best hot dog? Look no further than the funky little Voodoo Dog in the All Saints District near Florida State University. I finally checked it out last week after numerous recommendations from friends, co-workers and Twitter followers. Voodoo Dog definitely lived up to its reputation of being fast and very tasty.
The Jefferson Voodoo Hot Dog and Cheese Fries
When I arrived at 4:30 on Friday, Voodoo Dog was basically empty. Instead of looking through the huge blackboard behind the counter trying to figure out what I wanted to eat, I asked the girl at the counter. She recommended The Jefferson, a Voodog Dog (a bacon-wrapped hot dog) with Mac n Cheese on top. I ordered that and some cheese fries and sat down at a table to mess around on Twitter.
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.
Before Vertigo Burgers & Fries opened I decided that I would give them until October to get the kinks worked out before I stopped in and tried it. Other members of the #TFBA and Urbanspooners didn’t wait and Vertigo paid the price on their Urbanspoon page for some opening day jitters. I can safely say that my experience at Vertigo Burgers & Fries was void of those kinks. But, did I like it? Read on.
I decided to order a Straight Up Burger, so that I could eliminate any weird cheeses or ingredients when considering my feelings about a burger from Vertigo. I ordered, paid and had my food in about ten minutes. The staff was friendly and there was plenty of room to sit down at 11am when I headed over for an early lunch. Vertigo was pleasant enough to hang out in for 20 minutes while I ate.
The Straight Up Burger with French Fries
Regarding the Straight Up and fries, I’ll start with the positives. The burger was cooked to my order (well done), and the toppings (lettuce, tomato, pickle and red onion) were crispy and cold. It was definitely not the worst burger I’ve ever had.
First off, I blew it. I forgot to take pictures. Even while I was watching Mike take pictures all over Bird’s and Joe was busy trying to photo-bomb them, I forgot to take a picture of my burger. Here is a picture of a frog that was a stowaway in my car until I let him out in the Bird’s parking lot, instead. Good luck to the little guy. I hope it makes it downtown.
The Burger and French Fries
When it comes to a review of a burger, I like to keep it basic. It’s not fair to try some off the wall flavors and then write it up if I don’t like the particular combo I chose. At Bird’s I went with a very traditional 10 oz burger, with lettuce, tomato, cheese and grilled onions. If you like your burgers thick, then Bird’s is for you. As usual, Bird’s cooked mine to a nice medium, with enough pink for my liking but no mooing. The meat is flavorful, and is not overpowered by salt, thankfully. The toppings were fresh and the grilled onions added the sweetness that I wanted. Continue reading What Should Tallahassee Eat? – Bird’s Aphrodisiac Oyster Shack