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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...
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Saturday, January 17th, 2015

A New-ish Place to Dine on the Scenic Highway

Just inside the entrance, one leaves coastal Florida and steps into what might be called Victorian Cigar Box décor. Polished brass, plush leather seats, cut glass chandeliers, paneling, and paintings of seductive ladies in big hats and red gowns. A long, artfully lit bar extends down the right side, stocked with rows of polished bottles...
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Monday, December 29th, 2014
In the 16 restaurants reviewed, three were outside dining places, one was an all-night breakfast spot in the heart of a hard-drinking bar district, one a venerable family steakhouse, and one a trailer sitting on the edge of a dock...
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Friday, December 5th, 2014

Chef Giovanni Keeps the Level High

We were not alone. I had figured that since the place was serving a special Thanksgiving meal the next day, they might not be very full on Wednesday. We got there about 5:30 p.m., and the warm bar and lounge area were even warmer, with plenty of couples and families sipping and chatting in comfort...