Canopy Road Café - A 4th of July Brunch

A month late, but my latest 4th of July in Tallahassee, Florida, deserves a post! My friends arranged for a wonderful day. We started the day with a decadent 4th of July inspired brunch at the Canopy Road Café. Then we went to the Lafayette Heritage Trail Park with the Piney Z Lake and did a bit of hiking around the lake, through beautiful canopy walkways with a short stop painting some rocks (also 4th of July inspired of course ;). And then for the evening, we headed to the Tom Brown Park to meet up with some friends and enjoy the 4th of July Firework.

A very special 4th of July! Thank you to everyone who was part of it :)

Canopy Road Café

I love going out for a decadent breakfast or brunch, but most times it also involves annoying long wait times. My friend suggested to go on the 4th of July which was a Tuesday instead of the weekend. She thought that on the weekend we definitely have to wait, but maybe we would be lucky on a holiday like the 4th of July. There might be other activities going on and keep people from going brunching... We chose the Canopy Road Café because I hadn't been there before. And we chose the Southwood location, as it is a nice neighborhood and my friends hadn't tried that location. So, something new for everyone. Well, and it worked out great for us. My friend was right. We had no wait time at all and even got a table outside :)

The menu was really great as well. We all got the breakfast skillets that sounded amazing. And, of course, for such a special day, we just had to order the 4th of July pancakes. If you listened carefully, you even could hear the popping candy, like a little firework :) Here are my food highlights:

  • 4th of July pancakes - Red, white, blue pancakes with strawberries, cream, blueberries and popping candy
  • Breakfast Skillets - mine was the Beebee with lots of veggies, cheese and a fried and runny egg on top
  • Cap'n Crunch French Toast - battered in crunch berries, topped with strawberries, blueberries, bananas and vanilla glaze - extra decadent ;)

Lafayette Heritage Trail Park and PIney Z Lake

We hiked the "Bill's Memorial Trail" and continued around the lake, completing the "Lake Piney Z Loop". This hike was amazing, as it went by the lake but through nice canopy style walkways with the typical southern trees with spanish moss. To the end, there was also a large brigde boardwalk that I really enjoyed. Beside the hike itself, there was another little surprise highlight. At the end of "Bill's Memorial Trail" there was little art lab with a picnic table and a small library. It had all the equipment that you needed to paint rocks or little disks of wood or pine cones. Painting rocks is kinda popular right now. Kids paint them and leave /hide them on different places throughout the city for other kids to find. There is even a Facebook group where you can post some of the beautiful finds. Not being a child, did not prevent me from painting some myself :) And I even got a little gift from my friend as I admired her 4th of July themed painted wooden disk so much. I think it will make a beautiful christmas ornament :)

Fireworks at Tom Brown Park

For the evening we went to the Tom Brown Park with some friends. We even had some very fitting 4th of July accessories :) There was a main stage with life music, some crafts exhibitors and children activities (two big water slides). Also, there were some nice food carts. Next to the band playing on the main stage, there was a Naturalization Ceremony to welcome new citizen and after sunset the big firework show with music. A very nice way to end the evening in great company :)

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