Road Trip: Florida State
Posted: Tuesday May 1, 2007 11:23AM; Updated: Tuesday May 1, 2007 11:34AM
Since its inception in 1851, Florida State has been one of the nation's most popular schools. But what's life really like in Tallahassee? SIOC enlisted the help of our good friend Jenn Sterger, and member of the Class of '07, to get the scoop on all things Seminole.
Best place to celebrate a big win:
Tennessee Street. The Strip, as we call it, is a mecca for Tallahassee nightlife. From dive bars (The Pub), to '80s for the ladies (Yanni's), it has a little something for everyone. Not to mention its where my fellow Cowgirl Allison and newbie Jessica hold down sweet bartending gigs at Big Daddy's -- ranked one of the craziest bars in the country. So don't be surprised if you hear a little Charlie Daniels and some bar stomping on a Thursday night ... things are probably just getting started.
Best class to sit in on:
Multicultural Film. While most would laugh at the idea of watching films for a grade, Multicultural Film is one of the most enlightening classes on campus. Don't be fooled by its "EASY A" exterior, as this class offers a lot of interesting insights into the workings of today's society, and the way people from different cultural backgrounds, genders and beliefs come to relate and interact with one another. So, you give up your Monday nights to attending a class (a.k.a. film screening). It sure beats 8 a.m. freshman bio. And who knows .. you might just learn something!
The Capitol Building. Located next to Doak, it's better known for being an enormous phallic symbol. If you have to ask what I am talking about, I'm sure Google images can assist you.
Best place for a guy's night out:
The Palace Saloon. Forget the '80s music and girly cocktails. When the male population of Florida State needs to cut loose, they head to the Palace. The place just screams manliness: the lack of décor (aside from beer and sports neons), the abundance of pool tables and dartboards and the absence of any drink that requires a straw. Considering Tallahassee is devoid of gentleman's clubs, the Palace offers a retreat from the girlfriend's nagging, without the need for further explanation.
Best place to nurse a Sunday morning hangover:
Brunch at Andrew's Capital Grill & Bar. Where else in the world can you find all the best foods from home in one location for one great price? And the fact they serve the all-you-can-eat goodness until two in the afternoon is pure genius after a long night on the town. Sure, you may eat so much you require a two-hour nap post consumption, but in the end, it's more than worth it.
Best place to catch a glimpse of Bobby Bowden:
Tower at the Practice Fields. If Bobby Bowden is King of Tallahassee, then the observation tower is his throne. Many grueling afternoons, the legend can be seen perched on top his tower observing and critiquing practice. And if the practice field lights are dimmed then you can always find his likeness poised in front of the athletic department wing of Doak, and of course the giant stained glass window that is always lit.
Best place to grab a slice:
Momo's. Pizza is a college student's main source of nutrition, and Momo's does its part to make sure no student goes hungry. The slices they serve up redefine huge: They are as big as your head!! And that is no exaggeration.
Best place to hide out for a few hours:
"Going down the River." Sometimes you just gotta get away, and Lake City's Ichetucknee River is the perfect place to let go of your worries. 128 miles, and 3.5 hours of carefree relaxation, and all on a college kid's budget. So pack a cooler and your floaties, and prepare for a sweet escape.
Best place to make out:
The pitcher's mound at Dick Howser Stadium. Though I don't have any personal experience in the matter, legend has it that the mound has seen more action than home plate. It's even ranked in Playboy's top places to "hook up" on college campuses. You don't have to be a pitcher to really bring the heat!! But be forewarned ... I've been told they've installed motion-sensored video cameras. So be discreet, and leave no trace. Otherwise, you might just get shut out.
Best pregame ritual:
The Village. Most schools have a special place to gather on game days... a building, a parking lot ... but Tallahassee has an entire village. The tenants of the apartment complex adjacent to Doak Campbell open up their homes, their hearts and their coolers to Seminole fans and visitors alike. Though visitors in blue and orange may get a bit of heckling, the kids that gather at the village are simply there to enjoy the pregame festivities and have a good time. Maybe it takes a 'village to raise a fan,' too.