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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)...
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Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Bruce Collier Visits Everyday Gourmet to Go in Fort Walton Beach

Montalto started out working at a luncheonette—Mary Jo’s—with its owner and chef, her grandmother. She cooked with her grandmother and worked behind the counter. She held on to her grandmother’s recipes, collected others from friends, and eventually compiled them into a cookbook called Recipes Without Reservations...
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Friday, May 5th, 2017

Bruce Collier Visits the Surf Hut in Destin

As the name indicates, it is a hut—a rather big one, with wide open spaces, expansive windows, and plenty of view of the white beaches out the back. We ate there early on a weekend, and scored a nice four-top next to a window...
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Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Around the World in Destin with Bruce Collier

I was alone, and my plan was to take a long reconnaissance of the prepared foods section—something not practicable when accompanied by my daughter Grace (the Tiny Diner). I’d scope out the options, choose my lunch, eat at the market, then get some takeout for later...
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Friday, April 7th, 2017

Broken Rice, Banh Mi Sandwiches and More in Pho Walton Beach

Though there are similarities among all the cuisines of the Far East, there are also differences. Maybe the biggest thing that sets the Vietnamese kitchen apart from those of its neighbors is...
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Friday, March 24th, 2017

Fort Walton Beach Spot Doesn't Jerk Around

I ate around the clock, starting with the oxtail. Oxtail is rich, luxurious meat, and it was cooked so tender it could...
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Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Lovingly Prepared Italian Cuisine, Wine and David Seering

In addition to a la carte, there’s an “Italian Family Style” option featuring a chef’s choice starter, two pastas, and a meat course. At $32.95 for two diners, it looks like a good deal...