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Friday, April 11th, 2014

The Brew Review Goes Hoggin'

Hog’s Breath isn’t just a tourist hot spot, it’s a locals hangout, with roots that go way back. Though it’s been in its Destin location for many years, it opened way back in the ‘70s on Okaloosa Island and quickly became one of the area’s few hip places...
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Monday, March 31st, 2014

From Our Friends at Mellow Mushroom in Destin

Not only does Destin's Mellow Mushroom have great food and FREE copies of The Beachcomber (while supplies last), they've prettied up their bar considerably. Here are some of the 'Shroom's finest c
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Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Because a Hog's Breath Specialty Drink Is Better Than No Drink At All

From the Hog's Breath Specialty Drinks menu, all of which are "made to order and served in a souvenir cup." Discover more at Goombay Smash. Malibu Rum, orange and pinea
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Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Once you start shopping the liquor stores in this area for Irish whiskey, you will quickly find the same labels— Jameson, Bushmills, and Tullamore Dew—are everywhere. Widen your search and you might encounter Paddy, Powers, Michael Collins, Knappogue Castle, Kilbeggan and Redbreast...
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Sunday, March 16th, 2014

The Brew Review Returns to Downtown FoWal

Rest assured—to us, anyway—it’s always about the beer, especially when it comes to brews from the Motherland. We mean Germany, of course, where they take their beer making so seriously there are actually centuries-old laws dictating its production and purity of ingredients...
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Friday, February 28th, 2014

Do (Beach) Blondes Have More Fun?

Walking into a house filled with beer lovers while packing new brews—brightly packaged in unmissable, sunshiny yellow and sky blue, no less— is a little like diving into a shark tank with a fistful of chum. Those bottles didn’t stand a chance of survival...
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Saturday, February 15th, 2014

The Beachcomber Brew Review Gets Funky

What we like best about Funky’s is its variety of musical offerings. Plus, it isn’t just another band place or karaoke bar, though they do regularly host both. They’re also the place to go for open mic night, where aspiring and seasoned musicians alike can try out their acts on real people...
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Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Just the Liquor Talking with Bruce Collier

If you like bourbon, chances are good you’ll like rye, if you appreciate the “spice.” Rye’s other characteristics include a slightly biting sweetness. I’ve heard it described as being like tasting a peppered piece of fruit. Once Redeemed, I went on to sample another 11 different ryes, most obtainable locally...
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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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Thursday, April 10th, 2014

One More Great Reason to Hang in Downtown FoWal

Momma Goldberg’s Deli has a modest storefront, narrow across but once inside, it’s more spacious than it first appears. I, my wife and our daughter Grace (the Tiny Diner) ate at Momma Goldberg’s on a recent weekend, coinciding with a local radio station’s broadcast from the premises...
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Thursday, March 27th, 2014

HarborWalk Village's Award-Winning Restaurant

Crab Island Cantina is a sprawling place, with two bars—one outside, one inside—and indoor and outdoor dining tables. The weather was fair, so we ate outside, in a large courtyard shielded from weather by drapes without losing the view. Our server brought us menus, chips and salsa, and left us to study...
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Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Conveniently Located Right Next Door to Our Music Awards Venue

Directly adjoining Graffiti’s dining room is Funky Blues Shack, a popular local bar and music venue that was gearing up for an open mic night that evening. Graffiti offers three cozy dining areas with tables and booths. We ate in the one nearest the Blues Shack...
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Monday, February 10th, 2014

Plus This Year's Winning Recipe

Submitted by Kay Phelan:More than 220 people gathered to sample delectable desserts using Girl Scout cookies as the main ingredient at the 2014 Destin Desserts. Six local chefs vied for the chance to
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Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

PBR... Really?!?

It’s easy to kick back at Miller’s and throw down a couple cold ones at the bar, or take in a game—even the biggie on Feb. 2—on one of its many TV’s. And we do mean many. We’re sure we counted at least two or three dozen— they’re everywhere. Likewise, seating, both inside and out, is more than ample, easily accommodating parties of up to six or more...
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Friday, January 31st, 2014

Dining with Bruce Collier

The restaurant sits just off the road, with plenty of parking. Once inside the door, your first view is that of the large, three-quarter round bar. There are dining rooms to the left and right, one of which (on the left) boasts a small stage area for musicians...
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Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

FoWal's Tijuana Flats Gets High Marks in the Brewski Department

...a Helles doppleback according to the brewer, which explains why we sucked it right down despite the freezing temps outside. This is a beer lover’s beer, robust and earthy with some subtle fruit and spice notes, and packing a buzzworthy ABV of 8 percent...
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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Celebrating 2013's Best Brews

Not only did some groovy new beer joints open this year, a number of well-established local restaurants, bars and shops radically expanded their beer offerings. Plus, 2013 was the year the Brew Review was born. Really, is there any better kind of work to have than one with “must drink beer” in the job description? We think not...
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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