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Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Our Brew Expert Bids Farewell to a Great Man

It was here at the not-so-tender age of 16—designated old enough to join in the grown-up family toasted celebrations—I sat on the front porch sampling beers with my dad and his brothers, who inadvertently gave me my very first lesson in brew reviewing...
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Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Beer en Espanol and What a Great View

Not that the two taste anything alike, mind you. The dark Negra Modelo has more complexity than the Corona as well as some interesting fruity notes. There’s enough flavor contrast that though it’s a bit heavier than Corona, it still pairs well with Latino food...
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Friday, August 29th, 2014

Movies, Too, If You're Into That Sort of Thing

They are football widows, and their season of willful avoidance has just begun. Yes, it’s true. As shocking as it may seem, there are those who walk among us who couldn’t care less about watching a flying pigskin and the grown men who chase it, catch it, coach it...
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Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Nice Work If You Can Get It

Not that you couldn’t. I recently saw an online liquor store offering 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve bourbon at around $4,000 for a 750 ml. bottle. If you simply must spend that kind of money on beverages, by all means do so if you can afford it...
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Thursday, August 14th, 2014

The Brew Review On Location in FoWal

Besides having dozens of taps, the barkeep is willing to mix ‘em up into a variety of unique craft beer cocktails. We tried plenty of them, as Evie— who not only was a most friendly and attentive beertender, but a mad scientist behind the bar—kept the creative concoctions coming...
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Friday, August 1st, 2014

Wine Myths and Truths Exposed

Many believe that serious, age worthy wines should only be sealed with cork, but not so fast. Recent evidence has indicated screw top closures allow wines to age just as beautifully as natural cork, and some would argue, perhaps even better...
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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Moonshine Samples and More in the Old Fox Theatre in Crestview

The front of the building looks quite a lot like the old Fox, but on approach one sees the sign (on a barrel) inviting passerby to come in for “moonshine samples.” Inside the former lobby, the brothers have set up a barrelshaped tasting room, with counter and small cups for sampling...
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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Taste Some of Florida's Finest Beers

Most plentiful in cans at well-stocked liquor stores, we managed to score a freshly tapped pour at Hopjacks, which, oddly enough, was served up in a Woodchuck glass with a Rebel IPA coaster. Ahh, diversity. Gotta love it...
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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Six of the Best from Destin, Fort Walton Beach, 30A

"Everyone works their butts off here—there’s no slackers. They care about the customers, and they’re fun to work with. It’s a house of hustlers..."
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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, September 26th, 2014

Where Tiny Diners Dance in the Aisles

Musically, Local Catch had my number that day; turns out they had TD’s as well. The recorded mix started off with some mainstream stuff by the Doors, then threw a curve with “The Alabama Song,” better known as “Whiskey Bar.” It’s an obscure Brecht/Weill show tune that Jim Morrison was born to sing...
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Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Open Midnight-Noon on Okaloosa Island

My daughter Grace (the Tiny Diner) and I ate brunch at Asiago’s on a recent weekday (my wife was working). It was late morning (I wanted to beat the early rush), and only two other parties were there. As time passed, however, more customers came in, including several vacationing families...
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Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Perfect for Tiny Diners, Too

The first thing you’ll see as you pass will be its sno ball stand, a window from which New Orleans-style sno ball confections are sold. There’s a long list of flavors, but if you want to explore further dining options, you need to walk down the path to the left which leads you into the bar/dining area/beach enclave...
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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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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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