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Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Joni Williams on Vinnie McGuire's in Destin

One of our all-time favorites is McGuire’s Irish Pub, where we’ve been going since as long as we can remember. And that precedes the location in Destin—the original is in Pensacola. They started out as a restaurant with well-prepared food that’s reasonably priced for the generous bounty they serve...
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Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Sweet Baby Jesus and More Must-Trys

At the Destin Whole Foods, this includes what is probably the best beer selection of any chain grocery store in the local area. For starters, Whole Foods has managed to magically pack a mind-blowing number of cans, bottles, singles, sixers and special holiday value packs in a not-so-big portion of the store’s rear aisle...
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Monday, December 4th, 2017

Just the Liquor Talking with Bruce Collier

Meet Beaujolais (BO-ZHA-LAY). For government administration purposes it’s a part of the Burgundy (Bourgogne) region of France. Wines of Burgundy are some of the most respected (and sought after) vintages in the world...
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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

No Pumpkin? No Worries!

By never, we mean never this year. Last November, we were easily able to score our pick of the great pumpkin brews that are only available in autumn. Everywhere we looked—grocery stores, liquor stores, gas stations, even drugstores—there were plenty of pumpkin brews just waiting to be picked...
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Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

HarborWalk's Food + Drink + Music Spectacular Saturday, Nov. 4

Even though under-21-year-olds can’t imbibe, they can chow down to their heart’s content with a foodonly ticket for $20. VIP upgrades are $50 (advance sales only), which ups the drink count to 10. At-thedoor prices are five dollars more. A discounted rate applies for military and first responders, so make sure you ask about it if it applies to you...
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Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Pub Crawls, Sudsy Festivals and More

There’s no entry fee and no set schedule to follow. In other words, you can start off wherever you want and pretty much meander through the pubs at your own pace...
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Monday, September 25th, 2017
“A girl that was working here couldn’t show up for work one day, and I was outside working taking money at the door. They said, ‘Can you bartend?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’m not good at it, but I can do it.’ So they stuck me in there and I’ve been behind the bar ever since,” says Mikey.
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Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

What's Brewing with Our Fearless Beer Correspondent

Though there are a variety of ways to cook with beer that involve batter and a deep fryer—which is way too much mess for lazy cooks like ourselves— the recent Hurricane Irma-induced temperature crash reminded us fall (a/k/a football season) is almost here...
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Monday, June 19th, 2017

By Bruce Collier

The Brooklyn native has been in and around kitchens for more than 30 years, having learned his craft in the restaurant and hospitality business in New York, Salt Lake City and Pensacola, eventually coming here to Regatta Bay. It was at Regatta where he began offering cooking demonstrations to the public...
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Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
Corradetti started cooking 13 years ago at the age of 20. He attended ALMA La Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana, the world’s leading international training center for Italian Cuisine. “It’s the best school in the world,” says Corradetti. After school, he went on to...
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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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Friday, January 12th, 2018

Bruce Visits the Twisted Grape Cafe & Wine Bar

My first thought was that it looked like a tea salon. There are tables and chairs of all kinds, mixed and matched, cushioned loveseats and a comfy-looking armchair. The aquamarine walls are decorated with framed photos and prints, and there are sturdy cabinets and shelves...
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Friday, December 29th, 2017

By Bruce Collier

My family and I visited 17 restaurants for review in 2017. They were Grayton Seafood, Café Organic, Bella Sera, David’s Catfish, Bamboo Jamaican, Pho Eva, Surf Hut, Black Pearl, Dewey Destin Seafood (Crab Island), Pazzo Italiano, Al’s Beach Club and...
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Monday, November 20th, 2017

Bruce Collier Finds Half Shell Heaven in Destin

The dining room is subdivided by partitions into both open and enclosed dining areas, allowing privacy and conversation. There’s a bar partly down the length of one wall. Playing over the sound system were some rousing Mardi Gras Indian songs, followed by Wynton Marsalis playing Jelly Roll Morton, and other Louisiana music.
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Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Bruce Collier on The Parson's Son in FWB

My plan was to eat lunch solo, then take home dinner for my family. The house caters to working people with limited lunch time, offering handy to-go meal options as well as catering services. They also offer a discount to military, law enforcement and first responder personnel...
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Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Dining with Bruce Collier Visits La Crema

La Crema has an outdoor patio with tables, some of which are under cover. There is also indoor seating. The sky was still grey and there were occasional drops, so we opted for indoors. We gave our name and phone number to a hostess and took a short stroll down to the beach to watch the red-flagged surf...
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Friday, October 6th, 2017

Dining with Bruce Collier

Unlike a lot of places in this part of town, parking is easy at Mary’s Kitchen. They open at 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and serve from the same menu all day. It’s casual and reservations are generally not necessary, but I was told that larger groups might want to call ahead in the evening...
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Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Dining with Bruce Collier

Ciao Italia sits on a corner overlooking U.S. 98 East, easily visible from the road. The restaurant is spacious, with plenty of windows, indoor and outdoor seating. The dining room is an elongated rectangle, with a bar/ lounge (and piano) a semi-private dining area, and tables for small and large parties...
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Friday, August 11th, 2017

Dining with Bruce Collier Visits 30A

The restaurant sits just off the road, a yellow-buff structure with plenty of windows and several shaded outside tables. We ate inside, in the main dining area. There’s a smaller dining space in the bar/lounge, complete with a pianist. Table sizes vary. The walls are whitewashed brick, tables are wooden, with sturdy...
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Friday, July 28th, 2017

Some Sweet Sweet Potato Chips and More on Okaloosa Island

Sure, they are popular gathering spots for summer visitors, and yes, they fill up fast, and finding a parking space demands patience and cunning. But my family and I have had great success of late. Mostly it’s a case of clearing one’s schedule and getting there early...
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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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