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Saturday, February 28th, 2015

The Beachccomber Brew Review

But by night? That’s when the magic happened. The dance floor was rolled out and live music was served up, along with ample libations and plenty of good times. Sadly, after it closed a few or so years ago—followed the Hard Rock Cafe location here more recently—there hasn’t been a later-night, good-times-guaranteed party place in the Commons...
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Monday, February 16th, 2015

Mardi Gras Brew Recommendations from Our Expert

Yet another low-suds sipper, the dark Raison D’Extra is intense with flavor that’s brown sugar sweet with dried fruit—Dogfish claims it’s “brewed with boatloads of big ol’ raisins”—plus coffee and chocolate notes. And that high ABV? You can dang sure taste it, slapping the tongue with every sip.
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Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Chocolate + Beer = Best of Both Worlds

To hophead purists, the idea of chocolate beer can be almost sacrilegious. If you stop and think about it though, a lot of hearty stouts and porters often have distinct chocolate notes. And may we remind you that chocolate in its natural state isn’t at all sweet? Most often, it’s even slightly bitter...
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Friday, January 30th, 2015

Bruce Collier Gets His French on

Along with Champagne, its sparkling countryman, Cognac is about as definitively French as it gets. A snifter of Cognac is an iconic symbol of wealth, elegance and sophistication. Sooner or later, if you are in the habit of giving spirits as gifts, you will give someone...
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Sunday, January 18th, 2015

A Few Great Reasons to Stick Around After the Songwriters Festival

Now we know what you’re thinking. Where can I go to grab a beer without breaking the bank? That’s January for you, the month when December’s holiday shopping spree catches up with our wallets. But no worries—you can still have your beer and drink it too, without breaking the bank...
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Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Craft Movement Came to a Head in '14

This year, the craft movement really came to a head (pun intended) right here in Beachcomberland when at least two new pubs specializing in craft beer selections opened in Destin, two annual beer fests drew packed crowds, and two new South Walton breweries began producing and distributing their suds...
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Friday, December 5th, 2014

A Visit to Jac McTighe's on 30A and More Beer News

After circling the filled parking lot, we finally gave up and settled for a spot on the highway. Once inside, however, we got lucky and were able to snag a just-vacated booth inside. Otherwise, the place was standing room only, and even that was elbow-to-elbow...
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Thursday, November 20th, 2014

After-Holiday Dinner Sipping

All the above beverages have one thing in common—they help settle your tummy. Before modern pharmacology, liqueurs were often used as traditional remedies. Armed with the above dozen—and these are only a few—you can have thirds of Aunt Louise’s leaden cornbread dressing...
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Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Our Beer Authority Tries on Some Holiday Brews

Finding a great beer is pretty easy. But finding a great pumpkin beer? Not so much. They’re usually too sweet, too heavy, too spicy, not spicy enough, lacking or overdosed with pumpkin flavor...
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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, 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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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...
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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