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Friday, July 14th, 2017

Joni Williams Reports from Niceville

We showed up around 7 on a Saturday to find the regular and overflow parking lots already packed. Likewise, a good-sized crowd was taking over the front decks, and we had to move fast to find available seating inside the small pub. You’d expect flustered, but...
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Friday, June 30th, 2017

Beachcomber Brew Review by Joni Williams

But we know a secret about Uncle Buck’s. Towards the rear of the house, in between the rows of alleys, there’s a good-sized freestanding bar. Even if it was so crowded it was standing room only, at least we could snag a drink instead of...
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Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Joni Williams Checks Out Chef Dan's New Place

But wait, there’s more. Said restaurant also has a separate bar about as far away from a redneck dive as you can get (not that we don’t love a good dive, mind you)...
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Friday, May 19th, 2017

Joni Williams and the Brew Review Hit the Road

So there we were in this vile motel room with a dog that would hysterically freak out if we so much as tiptoed out to the ice machine, which we unfortunately had to do after a seemingly mild injury caused our mouth to swell to Donald Duck-like proportions...
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Friday, April 28th, 2017

Good Eats, 60 Craft Brews and More in Pier Park

We weren’t disappointed when it came time to order, either. Our brew crew went with one big, fat juicy house specialty burger, a perfectly prepared panini and a crisp and oh-so-fresh Brass Tap teaming with bleu cheese crumbles. Everything arrived quickly, was well prepared and outrageously delicious...
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Monday, March 27th, 2017

Five Good Reasons to Stop In

It’s beautiful in an islandesque way as well as incredibly functional. And big. There’s enough space here to host a special event. Or just you, while basking in the happy knowledge that shoveling snow isn’t on your Spring Break agenda. Can we get an amen...
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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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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, July 14th, 2017

Bruce Collier and His Crew Check Out Pazzo

They accept reservations but I can never estimate driving times during summer, so we took a chance without one. The place was more than half-full when we got there at 6:15, and completely full within an hour...
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Friday, June 30th, 2017

Dining with Bruce Collier

Inside, the restaurant is plainly furnished (but clean and well-maintained), with a sign pointing diners to the order counter. There are some framed photos and mementos on the walls. They have printed menus, but when the line is forming, it’s a good idea to read your choices off the blackboards hanging over the counter...
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Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Bruce Collier Visits the Black Pearl on Okaloosa Island

The restaurant is basically a rectangle, with a bar to the immediate right of the entrance, an inside dining room, and an open-air dining area with spacious frame windows looking onto the beach (with the fishing pier off to the right)...
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Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Bruce Collier Visits Everyday Gourmet to Go in Fort Walton Beach

Montalto started out working at a luncheonette—Mary Jo’s—with its owner and chef, her grandmother. She cooked with her grandmother and worked behind the counter. She held on to her grandmother’s recipes, collected others from friends, and eventually compiled them into a cookbook called Recipes Without Reservations...
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Friday, May 5th, 2017

Bruce Collier Visits the Surf Hut in Destin

As the name indicates, it is a hut—a rather big one, with wide open spaces, expansive windows, and plenty of view of the white beaches out the back. We ate there early on a weekend, and scored a nice four-top next to a window...
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Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Around the World in Destin with Bruce Collier

I was alone, and my plan was to take a long reconnaissance of the prepared foods section—something not practicable when accompanied by my daughter Grace (the Tiny Diner). I’d scope out the options, choose my lunch, eat at the market, then get some takeout for later...
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Friday, April 7th, 2017

Broken Rice, Banh Mi Sandwiches and More in Pho Walton Beach

Though there are similarities among all the cuisines of the Far East, there are also differences. Maybe the biggest thing that sets the Vietnamese kitchen apart from those of its neighbors is...
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Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Lovingly Prepared Italian Cuisine, Wine and David Seering

In addition to a la carte, there’s an “Italian Family Style” option featuring a chef’s choice starter, two pastas, and a meat course. At $32.95 for two diners, it looks like a good deal...
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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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