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Saturday, June 20th, 2015

Give Dad What He Really Wants for Father's Day

But whether you just stop by on your way to somewhere else, or decide to while away the afternoon in Hot Spot’s well-ventilated, spacious shop, you’ll find some great gifts for the discriminating dad. We know smoking isn’t the most politically correct habit right now, so no lectures...
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Friday, June 5th, 2015

The Brew Review Hits 30A, 30A Hits Back

Here you’ll find the same great menu and a similarly friendly staff. The name seems more relevant at this location, though technically it’s located by the Gulf, not the sea...
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Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Though the interior—which wisely includes a full bar—is tastefully done in stained woods and handsomely finished concrete floors, we opted to sit outdoors on the adjacent deck. We figured even if the drinks and food proved to be a disappointment, the gorgeous harbor view alone makes a visit here worthwhile...
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Friday, May 8th, 2015

This Just In - Mom Wants Beer!

But no worries. It’s easier than you think to ensure a hoppy and chill Mother’s Day for the brewloving momma in your life. If brunch is on your agenda (and in your microwave), trade the typical mimosas for some fuss-free bubbles like a super-delicious Founders’ Breakfast Stout...
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Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

What Better Way to Celebrate May 5?

But even though Pepito’s offers a stellar selection of tequilas to choose from—including Cabo Wabo and Patron—we’re going to have to pass on the hard stuff anyway. It’s not that we don’t love a good shot or two (or five or six) of top shelf tequila, particularly if it’s mixed up as a ginormous margarita...
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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Our Resident Beer Expert Gets Her Grape On

So how does a beer lover start wining? Consider the sage advice from the folks at Gallo when bellying up to the wine bar. If you’re a fan of IPAs, they suggest giving a Pinot Noir a swirl, as both are prone to fruity or earthy notes. Like a good Hefeweizen? Try a Moscato...
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Friday, March 27th, 2015

Plus - Sour Beers, Mixed Results

Now we like grapefruit just fine, especially the pink ones. And juiced with a shot of vodka? That’s Sunday brunch in a glass, right there. But mix grapefruit juice with beer and throw in a lot of sugar—which is essentially what the Radler tastes like—and all we can say is Yuk!...
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Friday, March 13th, 2015

Good Brew Options North of 98

Those hopheads on the other side of the bridge who like to complain there’s nowhere to pick up a fast sixer of good stuff, we’ve got good news for you. There’s a BP store on John Sims Parkway that has an incredible selection of craft brews—over 300 to be kind of exact...
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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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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, June 5th, 2015

Outstanding Seafood Pasta and More

Highlands House is just that—a house—with a second story reached by a giant staircase in the back. There lots of wood, the surfaces are clean and plain. The patio invites strolling, listening to the live music, or drifting sedately in the plus-sized porch swing...
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Thursday, May 21st, 2015

The Best (Only?) Vietnamese Eatery in Destin

The restaurant is located in a row of businesses set back from the road. Once inside, the atmosphere is calm and quiet. The dining room is rectangular, with a service area in the back, glass-topped booths and tables with tablecloths. The walls are papered, and there are little decorative touches here and there, including a large fish tank...
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Friday, May 8th, 2015

Plump, Fresh Oysters and More

The entree list that night offered capellini with roasted tomatoes and basil, grilled grouper, grilled flat iron steak, brined bone-in pork chop, pan-seared snapper, pan-seared scallops, and a grilled salmon salad. My wife ordered the grouper and I got the steak...
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Friday, April 10th, 2015

Grand Boulevard Gets More Deliciouso!

I, my wife and our daughter Grace (the Tiny Diner) got to Travinia early enough that we had our pick of seating. By the time we left things were much busier. It’s a large place, with outdoor patio seating and a split indoor dining area offering booths and open tables...
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Friday, March 27th, 2015

Good Eats, Full Bar in Downtown FoWal

The “front” entrance is actually on Brooks Street, but you can also get to the restaurant from Miracle Strip by going down a short passageway and crossing a courtyard shared by several businesses. There are two connected dining areas, one small, one large...
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Friday, March 13th, 2015
The day my wife and our 4-year-old daughter Grace (the Tiny Diner) ate at Buck’s we decided not to eat outside, though there are plenty of seats on the enclosed patio areas. It was one of those recent chill weekends, so we went indoors. We got there shortly after lunch service started (the menu is the same all day, though there is a lunch special)...
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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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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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