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Friday, July 18th, 2014

Necromangocon, Christmas in July and More

Fortunately no one listens to us because we were given the Necromangocon and no doubt about it, it is definitely sweet. And clear, crisp, light, slightly fruity and absolutely delicious...
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Friday, July 4th, 2014

Beering Up Along the Boggy Bayou

From the outside, Hurricanes is classic brick and clean lines with classy, understated fixtures. But inside, it has a whole different vibe, reminiscent of a throwback beach party—big screen TVs aside— with a tiki décor that’s a mash-up of surfboards, thatched overhangs, red hurricane flags, neon colors and sleek, gleaming woods...
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Friday, June 20th, 2014

Unibroue Ephemere and More

The Ephemere, however, is rich and hoppy, with a lot more depth than most apple brews. Even its appearance is different from those other guys, with the Ephemere being slightly murky rather than clear. Best of all, It definitely isn’t overly sweet, though it will tickle your tongue some and has enough tartness and bitters for balance...
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Friday, June 6th, 2014

One More Reason to Love the Destin Harbor

Any time we’re seriously considering a move from our homeland, one trip to the Harbor has us quickly changing our minds. After all these years, those gorgeous Caribbean-blue waters and shock-white stands can still take our breath away. Yep. This is love alright...
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Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Just the Liquor Talking

There’s another side to rum, however, one that doesn’t involve guys who look like Johnny Depp and date Fair Spanish Ladies. Rum can be bold and pungent, but it also mixes extremely well in a variety of drinks...
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Friday, May 23rd, 2014

The Brew Review Visits the Shalimar Hideaway

Alas, unless we need to either drown our sorrows or fist bump our way through Happy Hour after consulting an attorney, weighing in at the weight loss center or unloading or scoring a home with the realtor, we’re not sure when we’ll get back to Shalimar...
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Friday, May 9th, 2014

And Howsabout That Smoked Tuna Crack?

Just call us Abe Lincoln, but as much as we know we should say we went to Bric A Brac solely for their beer selection, we cannot lie. We initially were inspired by visions of smoked tuna dip dancing in our heads, which we have most affectionately (and politically incorrectly) renamed smoked tuna crack...
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Friday, April 25th, 2014

Area Brew Tastings, Beer News and More

They were way ahead of their time back then, not only offering arguably the best craft beer selection in the area but as far as we know, the first to offer a mixand-match six-pack. Or to misquote a classic country song, they were crafty when crafty wasn’t cool...
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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, 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, July 17th, 2014

Good Eats with Fishermen, Charter Captains and Tourists

If you’ve been to Seaside, you’ve seen what’s called Airstream Row, serving everything from veggie smoothies to pork barbecue. If you prefer to hang out with the fishermen, charter captains and summer tourists around the docks of Destin Harbor, you have another option...
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Friday, July 4th, 2014

Dining with Bruce Collier

My family and I ate lunch at Acme Ice House on a recent weekend. We got there right at 11:30 a.m., to beat the crowd (the same menu goes for lunch and dinner). The restaurant is located in a building that runs lengthwise along 30A, with plenty of outdoor seating (too hot for us), and cool inside dining as well...
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Friday, June 20th, 2014

Good and Affordable Eats Since 1983

My family and I made our first trip to the Fort Walton Coach-N-Four on a weeknight. We got there early enough that I thought we’d beat the crowd. I was wrong. The parking lot was nearly full, and it’s a big lot. Fortunately, there are plenty of seats, booths and a room that looks like it’s suited for banquets...
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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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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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