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Friday, February 13th, 2015

Our Dining Expert Bruce Collier Plays Cupid

Beer or sake? Your call, but if you want to do like the Tokyo execs, ask for Japanese whiskey, like Suntory’s Yamazaki malt. If challenged, say something like “Oh? It’s Jim Murray’s World Whiskey of the Year.” That’s bound to impress somebody, just try to make sure it’s your date...
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Saturday, January 17th, 2015

A New-ish Place to Dine on the Scenic Highway

Just inside the entrance, one leaves coastal Florida and steps into what might be called Victorian Cigar Box décor. Polished brass, plush leather seats, cut glass chandeliers, paneling, and paintings of seductive ladies in big hats and red gowns. A long, artfully lit bar extends down the right side, stocked with rows of polished bottles...
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Monday, December 29th, 2014
In the 16 restaurants reviewed, three were outside dining places, one was an all-night breakfast spot in the heart of a hard-drinking bar district, one a venerable family steakhouse, and one a trailer sitting on the edge of a dock...
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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...