Some of your favorite spots in College Town all belong to a company called “For The Table”. Magda’s, Centrale, Township, and Madison Social were each created with their customers in mind, all while complementing one another. Need to fill your sweet tooth? Visit Magda’s. Craving some pizza & parm? Go right next door to Centrale. Need a hype atmosphere to watch the football game? Visit MadSo. These past few months, I got to meet with Matthew Thompson, one of the managing partners at For The Table. Here’s a little bit about each restaurant:
Started by a group of recently graduated FSU alumni who felt displaced in a community that on one side, prioritizes college students, and on the other, revolves around working-class professionals. By merging the college community with the young professional one here in Tallahassee they were able to create a way for alumni and students to come together: At Madison Social.
Their Tuesday Trivia socials, monthly drinking challenges, exclusively-designed merch, and their 21st birthday challenges add to the welcoming environment MadSo offers the community. No wonder they were awarded “Tallahassee’s Best Social Atmosphere” by the FSUView. Their energetic presence extends through their social platforms. On Insta, they share their delicious beer cocktails and you can find Matt’s comedic voice & MadSo’s latest updates on Twitter.
MadSo is all about the good vibes, good drinks, and good food. Besides, there’s no better place to be during a game!
CENTRALE ITALIAN PARLOR
Tally meets Italy at Centrale. Located right in College Town, this Italian parlor keeps things modern while having a 50’s diner twist to it. The contrast between the black and white on the walls keeps things looking classy. The name Centrale means “central” and the idea came from a market that Bryan & Katie, two For The Table partners, visited on their trip to Italy. Centrale's brick oven square pizza was inspired by a little shop up in Manhattan, New York called Harry’s. But Pizza isn’t all they serve; They’re well known for their bottomless bubble brunches and their chicken marsala is a highly requested dish.
“We wanted to not replicate traditional American-Italian as best as we could.” That’s what sets them apart from the typical Italian restaurants like Carrabas or Olive Garden. They also focus their efforts on their wine. They offer draft wine and their very own house wine.
If you’re looking for your next date night spot, Centrale may be the place. Join them for Pitcher & Pie Tuesdays, Girls Night Out Wednesday’s, and ½ Pizza Thursdays! @Centrale
What started off as an overflow room for Centrale, became a cozy Miami-inspired ice cream shop that is now known as “Magda’s.” Feeling as though College Town was missing an ice cream spot, For The Table filled that whole with delicious freshly-made ice cream. For coffee lovers, they offer specialty coffees made in-house.
Upon entering Magda’s you’re taken straight from present-day Tallahassee to late 70’s Miami. The palm trees and the bright pink walls were inspired by the colorful houses you can find near South Beach. The name Magda’s also plays into the aesthetic. The movie “Something About Mary” is set in Miami and the main characters friend is called Magda, this older lady living in her condo. “Hey Doll” was something Magda often said and you can find it on the staff shirts. It’s all in the details.
The next time you’re craving something sweet, stop by Magda’s! My recommendation: A scoop of salted caramel pretzel.
You can find your cocktails at MadSo, wine taste at Centrale, sip a cappuccino at Magda’s, and enjoy a cold one with your friends at Township. This award-winning restaurant has been recognized for their interior architecture and has won the 2018 German Design Award. Modeled after a beer-hall, walking into Township is almost a religious experience with their 26-foot tall cathedral-esque ceilings. Given that it’s not too far from Railroad Ave, Township also models a train station design style that combines complimenting elements of vintage and modern.
Let’s talk menu: 32 beers on tap served in full, half, or third liter steins paired with a pub-fair like set of options. The first Monday of every month is German night and the first Tuesday of every night is Cider Night. Join them on WedneStein Days and during Happy Hour from 4-7PM.
When it comes to restaurants in this community, it’s not just about the food they serve. #TheNeighborhood wants to highlight all the awesome locations found right here in this area.
Next month we’ll be featuring a new set of restaurants! Until next time, follow us on Instagram to get a sneak peak.