Jeri's Midtown Cafe, serving love on a plate for years

Jeri's Midtown Cafe
Posted at 3:46 AM, Dec 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-27 08:45:02-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Just off Thomasville road in Midtown, hidden behind a white picket fence, you'll find a place serving love on a plate.

It's got a southern taste of shrimp and grits and specialty sandwiches, previously known as Paisley’s Cafe, but now Jeri's Midtown Cafe.

“(I) Fell in love with the city, the town, the people in it and decided to make it my home," Owner of Jeri's Midtown Cafe Jeri Madden.

Madden use to manage Paisley’s Café.

When the owners decided to close the place, she wanted to keep their legacy going with the same love on a plate.

“A lot of people thought I was bold for naming it after myself," Madden said. "It was simply because prior to it being jeri’s, people would say I’m going to jeri’s place and I’m going to see jeri.”

While Madden is not from Tallahassee, her love for this city started at a young age.

“I use to come up to Tallahassee when I was in middle school and high school for band camp at Florida State University," Madden said. "It was really Florida State University that drew to Tallahassee.”

Now a proud FSU alum, she says she’s honored to have a restaurant where she can share her love for homemade food with a community that’s become family.

“The community of Tallahassee means more to me than I could have ever imagined," Madden said.

With that community support Jeri’s Midtown café is now Totally Tallahassee.