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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...
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Friday, November 7th, 2014

The New Hero of the Palms of Destin

Once inside the resort’s main building, you make a right turn. The restaurant is at the end of a hallway. It’s a pretty large place, with a bar/lounge area on the right, and a spacious dining room to the left. There’s also an outdoor covered patio, complete with bandstand, fountains, auxiliary bar, and a pool...
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Friday, October 24th, 2014

Fried Dumplings a Must

I’ve eaten in a lot of Chinese restaurants, both the sit-down fine dining kind and the stripped-down, mostly takeout kind. I’ve learned that atmosphere does not necessarily reflect food quality...
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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...