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(Nerd) Lunch Special: Tallahassee Chef's Sampler

To sum it up in one word: Och. (Pronounced "ooch." Long story.)

Fifty dining establishments from Tallahassee and surrounding areas converged on the Leon County Civic Center this evening to set up the city's largest all-you-can-eat buffet. I was able to score two complementary tickets thanks to my place of employment and my wife and I decided to have the first date night we've had in awhile and enjoy an evening of fine hossin'*.

Once we finished our evening and tallied up just how many restaurants we hit, we were horrified to find that we had only sampled twelve of the fifty (thirteen if you count the table with Pepsi). CT of five to ten years ago would not have stood for that and would have mustered up the energy to at least hit the halfway point. For better or worse, I can no longer do that.

We were able to try a wide variety of options, mostly places we've never been to before. Some, we will make an effort to visit the actual restaurant some day.

Here's the alphabetical rundown of what I ate...
At Barnacle Bill's we sampled a seafood spread of some kind on crackers. I also tried an oyster for the first, possibly last time. At Beef 'O' Brady's I sampled some of the hot wings. At Bella Bella, we had some sort of pasta that had a tasty cream sauce and some cheese bread covered with marinara sauce. The Comedy Zone was there with more wings which I passed on and some sort of egg roll thing. Klassic Katering had a ton of options. It started with a half of a Philly Cheesesteak with a side of homemade potato chips and a deviled egg. Then they had a deep fried pickle with a curry sauce and a little hamburger slider. Logan's Roadhouse had hot wings as well, but a much more sizable option and very spicy. Paulina's Pizzeria had slices of a calzone or something like that and an asparagus spread on a cracker. Pepper's Mexican Grill & Cantina served up a chicken/rice/salsa plate that you could put on a freshly made corn tortilla. Riverview Restaurant & Lounge was another place that served up several things. I can't even remember everything they had. A lot of seafood including buffalo shrimp, bacon covered scallop, bacon covered shrimp, cole slaw and some seafood pasta salad. At Rubie Sky, we had a crab cake. And at Steak Out we had some items that could be found on a kabob, steak, peppers, onions, etc.

That's just what we had. We didn't hit the rib shack, the steakhouse, the other couple seafood places, the breakfast place, the other Mexican places or the many other places.

Finally, I should make special mention of Peterbrooke Chocolatier. Those guys went all out. They had a chocolate fountain, various chocolate goodies, chocolate-covered popcorn, and my personal favorite, chocolate covered rice krispie treat. Excellent, excellent chocolate.

So, again, I say "OCH!" I'm very full, but it was worth it.

* A verb meaning the consumption of copious amounts of food. Canadian in origin. Often used by talking monkeys and guys who love soup.

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