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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...
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Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Dining with Bruce Collier

Ciao Italia sits on a corner overlooking U.S. 98 East, easily visible from the road. The restaurant is spacious, with plenty of windows, indoor and outdoor seating. The dining room is an elongated rectangle, with a bar/ lounge (and piano) a semi-private dining area, and tables for small and large parties...
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Friday, August 11th, 2017

Dining with Bruce Collier Visits 30A

The restaurant sits just off the road, a yellow-buff structure with plenty of windows and several shaded outside tables. We ate inside, in the main dining area. There’s a smaller dining space in the bar/lounge, complete with a pianist. Table sizes vary. The walls are whitewashed brick, tables are wooden, with sturdy...
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Friday, July 28th, 2017

Some Sweet Sweet Potato Chips and More on Okaloosa Island

Sure, they are popular gathering spots for summer visitors, and yes, they fill up fast, and finding a parking space demands patience and cunning. But my family and I have had great success of late. Mostly it’s a case of clearing one’s schedule and getting there early...
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Friday, July 14th, 2017

Bruce Collier and His Crew Check Out Pazzo

They accept reservations but I can never estimate driving times during summer, so we took a chance without one. The place was more than half-full when we got there at 6:15, and completely full within an hour...
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Friday, June 30th, 2017

Dining with Bruce Collier

Inside, the restaurant is plainly furnished (but clean and well-maintained), with a sign pointing diners to the order counter. There are some framed photos and mementos on the walls. They have printed menus, but when the line is forming, it’s a good idea to read your choices off the blackboards hanging over the counter...
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Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Bruce Collier Visits the Black Pearl on Okaloosa Island

The restaurant is basically a rectangle, with a bar to the immediate right of the entrance, an inside dining room, and an open-air dining area with spacious frame windows looking onto the beach (with the fishing pier off to the right)...