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Friday, April 6th, 2018

By Bruce Collier

First Watch is a fairly large place, with plenty of window space, making for a bright and cheery atmosphere. Inside the door is a rectangular dining area, with well-spaced...
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Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Bruce Collier on DeFuniak Springs' Tropicana Club

My pre-New Year lunch consisted of a Cuban sandwich, something I find very hard to resist anywhere I find it. It’s the genuine south Florida article, roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, and pickles. Chef Lemapu does a slight variation on the mustard, using a Creole mustard aioli in place of the traditional yellow mustard...
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Friday, February 9th, 2018

Bruce Collier Reports from Shunk Gulley on 30A

It was a weeknight, and they don’t take reservations, so we tried to get there early ahead of the crowd. The place was half-full when we arrived—me, my wife, and our newly seven-yearold daughter Grace (The Tiny Diner). A guitarist was covering some ‘70s songs, and we were taken to our table amid a buzz of eating and talking diners...
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Friday, January 26th, 2018

Bruce Collier Finds a New Favorite in FoWal

This area is blessed with an abundance of Korean places. There’s a welcoming, generous vibe about the cooking and the vigorous flavors—pickled vegetables, sesame, garlic, fiery peppers. Their love of beef would do Texas proud. Like their neighbors the Japanese, they never met a fish or a vegetable they didn’t like...
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Friday, January 12th, 2018

Bruce Visits the Twisted Grape Cafe & Wine Bar

My first thought was that it looked like a tea salon. There are tables and chairs of all kinds, mixed and matched, cushioned loveseats and a comfy-looking armchair. The aquamarine walls are decorated with framed photos and prints, and there are sturdy cabinets and shelves...
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Friday, December 29th, 2017

By Bruce Collier

My family and I visited 17 restaurants for review in 2017. They were Grayton Seafood, Café Organic, Bella Sera, David’s Catfish, Bamboo Jamaican, Pho Eva, Surf Hut, Black Pearl, Dewey Destin Seafood (Crab Island), Pazzo Italiano, Al’s Beach Club and...
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Monday, November 20th, 2017

Bruce Collier Finds Half Shell Heaven in Destin

The dining room is subdivided by partitions into both open and enclosed dining areas, allowing privacy and conversation. There’s a bar partly down the length of one wall. Playing over the sound system were some rousing Mardi Gras Indian songs, followed by Wynton Marsalis playing Jelly Roll Morton, and other Louisiana music.
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Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Bruce Collier on The Parson's Son in FWB

My plan was to eat lunch solo, then take home dinner for my family. The house caters to working people with limited lunch time, offering handy to-go meal options as well as catering services. They also offer a discount to military, law enforcement and first responder personnel...
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Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Dining with Bruce Collier Visits La Crema

La Crema has an outdoor patio with tables, some of which are under cover. There is also indoor seating. The sky was still grey and there were occasional drops, so we opted for indoors. We gave our name and phone number to a hostess and took a short stroll down to the beach to watch the red-flagged surf...
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Friday, October 6th, 2017

Dining with Bruce Collier

Unlike a lot of places in this part of town, parking is easy at Mary’s Kitchen. They open at 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and serve from the same menu all day. It’s casual and reservations are generally not necessary, but I was told that larger groups might want to call ahead in the evening...