From the Editor...

Home / Articles / Dining / Dining Reviews
comments   -  
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...
comments   -  
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...
comments   -  
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...
comments   -  
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...
comments   -  
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...
comments   -  
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)...
comments   -  
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...
comments   -  
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...
comments   -  
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...