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Thursday, June 7th, 2018

By Nikki Hedrick

When it comes to eating out, I’m guilty of landing in a slump—stuffing my face with the same options in the same predictable places. So although I’m including my favorites, I also sought out the opinions of my lovely Facebook friends. If I missed your favorite spot...
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Friday, May 18th, 2018

Dining with Bruce Collier at Shan Kishi

The restaurant is located in a heavily trafficked section of U.S. 98, near to large and small retail outlets. The dining room is rectangular, with booths and tables on either side, a decorative aquarium in front, and a sushi bar at the back. It’s done in brown and red, with quiet decorative touches on the walls...
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Friday, April 6th, 2018

By Bruce Collier

First Watch is a fairly large place, with plenty of window space, making for a bright and cheery atmosphere. Inside the door is a rectangular dining area, with well-spaced...
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Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Bruce Collier on DeFuniak Springs' Tropicana Club

My pre-New Year lunch consisted of a Cuban sandwich, something I find very hard to resist anywhere I find it. It’s the genuine south Florida article, roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, and pickles. Chef Lemapu does a slight variation on the mustard, using a Creole mustard aioli in place of the traditional yellow mustard...
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Friday, February 9th, 2018

Bruce Collier Reports from Shunk Gulley on 30A

It was a weeknight, and they don’t take reservations, so we tried to get there early ahead of the crowd. The place was half-full when we arrived—me, my wife, and our newly seven-yearold daughter Grace (The Tiny Diner). A guitarist was covering some ‘70s songs, and we were taken to our table amid a buzz of eating and talking diners...
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Friday, January 26th, 2018

Bruce Collier Finds a New Favorite in FoWal

This area is blessed with an abundance of Korean places. There’s a welcoming, generous vibe about the cooking and the vigorous flavors—pickled vegetables, sesame, garlic, fiery peppers. Their love of beef would do Texas proud. Like their neighbors the Japanese, they never met a fish or a vegetable they didn’t like...
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Friday, January 12th, 2018

Bruce Visits the Twisted Grape Cafe & Wine Bar

My first thought was that it looked like a tea salon. There are tables and chairs of all kinds, mixed and matched, cushioned loveseats and a comfy-looking armchair. The aquamarine walls are decorated with framed photos and prints, and there are sturdy cabinets and shelves...
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Friday, December 29th, 2017

By Bruce Collier

My family and I visited 17 restaurants for review in 2017. They were Grayton Seafood, Café Organic, Bella Sera, David’s Catfish, Bamboo Jamaican, Pho Eva, Surf Hut, Black Pearl, Dewey Destin Seafood (Crab Island), Pazzo Italiano, Al’s Beach Club and...
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Monday, November 20th, 2017

Bruce Collier Finds Half Shell Heaven in Destin

The dining room is subdivided by partitions into both open and enclosed dining areas, allowing privacy and conversation. There’s a bar partly down the length of one wall. Playing over the sound system were some rousing Mardi Gras Indian songs, followed by Wynton Marsalis playing Jelly Roll Morton, and other Louisiana music.