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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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Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

A Beachcomber Cinco de Mayo Special and Another Great Opportunity for Bruce to Explore

Mezcal and tequila, however, are related. The main difference is that, legally, tequila must be distilled from 100-percent blue agave. Mezcal is also made from agave, but it can come from other varieties of the plant, of which there are upwards of 50. Tequila is legally made in five Mexican states, mezcal in eight...
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Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Delicious and Outrageously Affordable

You don’t go to either the Shalimar or Miramar Beach location of the Aegean Restaurant for the beer, even though you can get it for cheap, especially if you hit up their daily Happy Hour. You go for the food. And like the brewskis, the big fat Greek fare they serve is outrageously affordable...
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Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Emerald Coast Billiards in Destin

This is a new school pool hall and it’s millennial-style cool, with plenty of city-style exposed brick, polished wood and airy sky pouring through its many windows. A sleek, clean wooden platform stage offsets the bar and on Thursday evenings hosts open mic nights or live bands such as the recently booked Post Pluto and Soul Innerface...
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Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

The Brew Review Does Pensacola

So giddy are we with the extra hours of sunshine that we hit the road for our own mini Spring Break. But we didn’t head to the beach with the rest of the crowd. Instead, we hit one of our favorite fast getaways, Downtown Pensacola, to check out the vegan café Sluggo’s...
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Friday, February 12th, 2016

A Bigger and Better Landshark's Pizza in Destin

Landshark’s is now way bigger, anchored by a full bar on one side and a brightly lit dining area on the other. They also have some groovy throwback amusements like Ms. Pac Man and claw cranes, as well as a number of TVs plastered on the walls and across the bar...
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Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Bruce Collier Lets the Spirits Move Him

Gin is old—really old. Its primary flavoring ingredient, Juniper, a coniferous plant, has been around since the end of the Ice Age...
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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, 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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Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Highlands House Earns Top Honors

I profiled Chef Jim McManus of 10 on the Harbor, interviewed Olivier Petit at Destin Diner pre-opening while they were still hanging the pictures, surveyed the area’s liquor store and seafood market scene, and made some fast-but-romantic Valentine’s Day suggestions...
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Saturday, December 5th, 2015

Let's Talk About the Donuts

In true market style, the menu is written on a chalkboard outside, with daily specials and assorted extras also listed. There’s also a written menu. Inside the restaurant are long dining benches, so meals probably become somewhat communal on busy days...
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Friday, November 6th, 2015

Bruce and the Tiny Diner Do Sandestin

My family and I paid DIG a visit on a recent weekend. My daughter Grace (the Tiny Diner) loves a restaurant with plenty of outside space—the better to move around in—and she was happy to see that DIG offers both inside and outside seating...
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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