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Monday, August 15th, 2016

An Introduction to Homegrown Liquor

...that’s evident from the nose, which is intense rye grain, growing stronger with airing. The taste is fruity, brandy-like, and delivers on what the nose promises...
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Friday, August 12th, 2016

From FoWal to SoWal, Where to Grab a Beer with Your Four-Legger

Highlights include “2Fur” Tall Boys that fetch six bucks for both and Big Boy PBRs going for a mere two bucks each. Tijuana Flats’ impressive beer selection includes Landshark, Shock Top, Red Stripe, Blue Moon and Fort Walton Beach’s own hometown brewer, Props...
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Friday, July 15th, 2016

Tommy's Got Beer

We were happy to finally stop by Tommy Mattonie’s for lunch one afternoon before they closed at 2, and we sampled some lovely brews. We weren’t going for that other brew they’re renowned for—their delicious, freshly brewed coffee. This time, we were here for beer...
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Thursday, June 30th, 2016

The Brew Review Hits the Road

Monikers like “redneck” and “dive” make our local tourist officials cringe. But the 50-plus-year-old Flora-Bama Lounge that straddles Perdido Key and Orange Beach, Alabama, has taken this very theme and parlayed it into national acclaim. Some would say outright fame...
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Friday, June 17th, 2016

Drink Up, Dads

It’s pale (like reposado tequila) and slightly hazy. It’s mild and gentle, smelling and tasting of fresh pears, followed with a creamy, custardy taste. That extra six points of proof adds warmth. This is one to linger with, and one of the least expensive in the Compass Box line...
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Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Downtown Fort Walton Beach Has Much to Offer

But after moving catty corner across the street, the new place has been updated with lots of tables, booths and bar stools done up in downright classy dark woods and vinyl. The place is now officially good lookin'...
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Monday, May 9th, 2016

Plus a Visit to Crestview's New Liquor Store

We’d heard a lot of great things about this place lately, like you can putter around on the driving range for just under seven bucks or do the full course with a rented cart for as little as $21 per person...
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Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Meet the Team That's Taking Poppy's to the Next Level

Mongogna recalls that their earliest gig together was working for a plumber. Chris stuck with the trade and got his own independent plumbing business. Jason moved over into the thriving New Orleans food industry. Cracking the restaurant business was not easy for him, says Mongogna, until Hurricane Katrina provided a break...
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Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Congrats to Chef T on His Promotion

Submitted by Jill Tanner:“I get to use my craft to express myself through food. That’s the best part.” – Chef TChef Teofilo Tundidor, known as Chef T, was recently promoted from Sous Ch
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Friday, June 19th, 2015

Behind the Scenes at HarborWalk's Stunning New Restaurant

McManus hails from Brooklyn, and has put in 32 years in the restaurant and hospitality industry. He is a member of the New York State Chefs Association, the Beehive State Chefs Association, American Culinary Federation, American Academy of Chefs, and other organizations...
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Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Time Out Sports Bar Gets a Delicious Makeover

I had never had the pleasure of meeting Chef Cordoves (I rarely meet chefs of restaurants I review), and was happy to get the opportunity, coinciding with Cordoves’ move to the Groovy Grouper Grill, a recently opened restaurant located at Destin Commons...
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Friday, March 29th, 2013

French Culinary Institute Grad Leaves a Delicious Mark on 30A

“I always cooked,” says Pitchford, adding “I learned in self-defense” in response to her former husband’s habit of inviting guests for dinner. She picked up her first “serious” cookbook at age 20. Several decades in the corporate software world convinced her she needed to find something else to do...
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Friday, November 11th, 2011
Jeffery Beaudoin (a.k.a. Chef Jeff) has been chef at the Lazy Gecko Deck Bar in the Village of Baytowne Wharf since early fall, but it’s definitely not his first culinary rodeo. The New Orleans native (he still retains a trace of the characteris tic Crescent City accent) has been work ing in and for restaurants since age 15.
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Friday, August 26th, 2016

Not a Leprechaun in Sight

Is sushi Irish? No, and there’s no attempt here to make Japan’s most famous culinary export fit into an Emerald Isle theme. On the contrary, McGuire’s Sushi looks like a straight-up sushi bar and restaurant. With the exception of the children’s menu, I didn’t see even a hint of green about the place...
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Friday, July 29th, 2016

Destin's Baguette Bistro Earns High Praise

This area has plenty of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai dining spots, but Vietnamese places are pretty rare. Vietnam was colonized for some years by the French, who were finally shown the door...
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Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Celebrate First Anniversary of Destin Location Saturday, June 11

It’s a big place, airy and roomy, with high ceilings, a bar-in-the-round, and two full-sized dining areas, one inside and one on a covered patio overlooking a mini-beach. There’s lots of wood and exposed beams; functional-chic lighting adds to a clean, modern look...
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Friday, May 6th, 2016

Open Wed.-Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

I missed the official opening, and lost track of Destin Diner since then, figuring I’d get there when I got there. Recently I saw a sign that it was open Wednesdays through Sundays, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. I got curious all over again about how Petit and company had fit all the pieces together...
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Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Good Eats in the Heart of Destin

My family and I ate there on a recent weekend. Earlier that same week I stopped in for a Beachcomber Music Awards “pre-event” held in the restaurant’s cantina. It’s just to the right as you enter the front door, and offers both bar and tables for snacking or dining...
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Friday, February 26th, 2016

Bruce and the Tiny Diner's Adventures on 30A

The objective was a progressive lunch at five food trailers on Scenic 30A, known as Airstream Row. A sixth mobile eatery—Song—I’ll reserve for another day...
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Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Vue on 30a and Chef Giovanni Offer a Unique Multi-Course Dining Experience

The restaurant’s celebrity chef has designed a delicious multi-course dinner menu infused with colors and tastes that showcase the beautiful fall season. The dinner will be paired wines from Duckhorn Vineyards— named “Winemaker of the Year” by San Francisco Chronicle...
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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

World Class Wine Meets America's Best Chef

Submitted by Sarah Brazwell: Santa Rosa Beach's Vue on 30a presents a JUSTIN Wine Dinner on Wednesday, July 16, at 5:45 p.m. With the most spectacular view in South Walt
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Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Locals Serving Locals

Tyler Jarvis and Chris Ruyan opened Jackacudas Seafood and Sushi at HarborWalk Village on March 4. Surrounded by family, friends and over 200 guests, the proud team invited all to experience their inn
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Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

A Night to Remember at Our 2012 Restaurant of the Year

Submitted by Lauren Gall: Vue on 30a recently announced that the restaurant will host a special couple’s dinner with a specially selected menu for the upcoming Valentine’s Day celeb
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