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Friday, August 14th, 2015

New Name and Location, Same Great Food

Joey’s sits in a shopping center in a well-traveled area of Niceville. There’s plenty of parking, though that night we had to wade through the water to get to the door. Inside the restaurant is warmly lit, the rectangular dining room offering booths and tables, including some high-tops near the back...
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Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Dining with Bruce Collier

The inside dining room is roughly square, open with a slightly elevated section and plenty of window seating. Tables are utilitarian-chic metal, chairs are lounge-style, and there’s a large bar for sippers (with a view of the patio). Floors are wooden, the walls are painted in weatherworn pastels and accents, and the décor is 100-percent beach themed...
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Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Dining with Bruce Collier

My daughter Grace (the Tiny Diner) climbed up on her chair and after she’d cooled off a little, began rocking back and forth to the recorded music. That afternoon it was mostly Caribbean and reggae-style tunes designed to wash off the dust of the day. She is a natural, unself-conscious dancer, something her mother and I are not...
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Friday, June 5th, 2015

Outstanding Seafood Pasta and More

Highlands House is just that—a house—with a second story reached by a giant staircase in the back. There lots of wood, the surfaces are clean and plain. The patio invites strolling, listening to the live music, or drifting sedately in the plus-sized porch swing...
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Thursday, May 21st, 2015

The Best (Only?) Vietnamese Eatery in Destin

The restaurant is located in a row of businesses set back from the road. Once inside, the atmosphere is calm and quiet. The dining room is rectangular, with a service area in the back, glass-topped booths and tables with tablecloths. The walls are papered, and there are little decorative touches here and there, including a large fish tank...
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Friday, May 8th, 2015

Plump, Fresh Oysters and More

The entree list that night offered capellini with roasted tomatoes and basil, grilled grouper, grilled flat iron steak, brined bone-in pork chop, pan-seared snapper, pan-seared scallops, and a grilled salmon salad. My wife ordered the grouper and I got the steak...
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Friday, April 10th, 2015

Grand Boulevard Gets More Deliciouso!

I, my wife and our daughter Grace (the Tiny Diner) got to Travinia early enough that we had our pick of seating. By the time we left things were much busier. It’s a large place, with outdoor patio seating and a split indoor dining area offering booths and open tables...
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Friday, March 27th, 2015

Good Eats, Full Bar in Downtown FoWal

The “front” entrance is actually on Brooks Street, but you can also get to the restaurant from Miracle Strip by going down a short passageway and crossing a courtyard shared by several businesses. There are two connected dining areas, one small, one large...
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Friday, March 13th, 2015
The day my wife and our 4-year-old daughter Grace (the Tiny Diner) ate at Buck’s we decided not to eat outside, though there are plenty of seats on the enclosed patio areas. It was one of those recent chill weekends, so we went indoors. We got there shortly after lunch service started (the menu is the same all day, though there is a lunch special)...
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Friday, February 13th, 2015

Our Dining Expert Bruce Collier Plays Cupid

Beer or sake? Your call, but if you want to do like the Tokyo execs, ask for Japanese whiskey, like Suntory’s Yamazaki malt. If challenged, say something like “Oh? It’s Jim Murray’s World Whiskey of the Year.” That’s bound to impress somebody, just try to make sure it’s your date...