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Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Dining with Bruce Collier and You-Know-Who

They’ve branched out, and Baytowne in Sandestin now boasts its own New Orleans Acme embassy. You can sit outside and see the sights (less picturesque, but safer than what you’ll see in the Quarter), or eat inside. My wife and daughter Grace (the Tiny Diner) ate there on a recent weekend, and decided to eat inside...
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Friday, September 26th, 2014

Where Tiny Diners Dance in the Aisles

Musically, Local Catch had my number that day; turns out they had TD’s as well. The recorded mix started off with some mainstream stuff by the Doors, then threw a curve with “The Alabama Song,” better known as “Whiskey Bar.” It’s an obscure Brecht/Weill show tune that Jim Morrison was born to sing...
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Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Open Midnight-Noon on Okaloosa Island

My daughter Grace (the Tiny Diner) and I ate brunch at Asiago’s on a recent weekday (my wife was working). It was late morning (I wanted to beat the early rush), and only two other parties were there. As time passed, however, more customers came in, including several vacationing families...
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Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Perfect for Tiny Diners, Too

The first thing you’ll see as you pass will be its sno ball stand, a window from which New Orleans-style sno ball confections are sold. There’s a long list of flavors, but if you want to explore further dining options, you need to walk down the path to the left which leads you into the bar/dining area/beach enclave...
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Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Good Eats with Fishermen, Charter Captains and Tourists

If you’ve been to Seaside, you’ve seen what’s called Airstream Row, serving everything from veggie smoothies to pork barbecue. If you prefer to hang out with the fishermen, charter captains and summer tourists around the docks of Destin Harbor, you have another option...
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Friday, July 4th, 2014

Dining with Bruce Collier

My family and I ate lunch at Acme Ice House on a recent weekend. We got there right at 11:30 a.m., to beat the crowd (the same menu goes for lunch and dinner). The restaurant is located in a building that runs lengthwise along 30A, with plenty of outdoor seating (too hot for us), and cool inside dining as well...
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Friday, June 20th, 2014

Good and Affordable Eats Since 1983

My family and I made our first trip to the Fort Walton Coach-N-Four on a weeknight. We got there early enough that I thought we’d beat the crowd. I was wrong. The parking lot was nearly full, and it’s a big lot. Fortunately, there are plenty of seats, booths and a room that looks like it’s suited for banquets...
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Thursday, April 10th, 2014

One More Great Reason to Hang in Downtown FoWal

Momma Goldberg’s Deli has a modest storefront, narrow across but once inside, it’s more spacious than it first appears. I, my wife and our daughter Grace (the Tiny Diner) ate at Momma Goldberg’s on a recent weekend, coinciding with a local radio station’s broadcast from the premises...
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Thursday, March 27th, 2014

HarborWalk Village's Award-Winning Restaurant

Crab Island Cantina is a sprawling place, with two bars—one outside, one inside—and indoor and outdoor dining tables. The weather was fair, so we ate outside, in a large courtyard shielded from weather by drapes without losing the view. Our server brought us menus, chips and salsa, and left us to study...