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Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Highlands House Earns Top Honors

I profiled Chef Jim McManus of 10 on the Harbor, interviewed Olivier Petit at Destin Diner pre-opening while they were still hanging the pictures, surveyed the area’s liquor store and seafood market scene, and made some fast-but-romantic Valentine’s Day suggestions...
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Saturday, December 5th, 2015

Let's Talk About the Donuts

In true market style, the menu is written on a chalkboard outside, with daily specials and assorted extras also listed. There’s also a written menu. Inside the restaurant are long dining benches, so meals probably become somewhat communal on busy days...
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Friday, November 6th, 2015

Bruce and the Tiny Diner Do Sandestin

My family and I paid DIG a visit on a recent weekend. My daughter Grace (the Tiny Diner) loves a restaurant with plenty of outside space—the better to move around in—and she was happy to see that DIG offers both inside and outside seating...
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Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Home of the Pain in the Ass Burger

Red Door is a bigger place than it looks from the road. You have to go around the building to find the main dining area, much of which is open-air with a view of the docks. There’s a large, covered bar-in-the-round, with more seats, and a smaller room indoors where the restrooms are located...
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Friday, September 11th, 2015

Get Your Drunken Noodles on in Destin

The outside of the place is neat but not fancy. Inside is an excellent example of making the most of limited space. The walls are painted white with saffron accents. Tables are neatly spaced, there are tablecloths, and a long banquette along the back wall is covered with cushions and pillows for comfortable seating...
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Friday, August 14th, 2015

New Name and Location, Same Great Food

Joey’s sits in a shopping center in a well-traveled area of Niceville. There’s plenty of parking, though that night we had to wade through the water to get to the door. Inside the restaurant is warmly lit, the rectangular dining room offering booths and tables, including some high-tops near the back...