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Friday, August 28th, 2015

A Critical Guide to America's Best Selling Spirit

Perhaps Red-baiting Senator Joseph McCarthy’s biggest failure is that vodka is currently the best-selling spirit in the United States. My father’s 1960s-era bartender guide’s vodka chapter listed three cocktails—Bloody Mary, Screwdriver and Moscow Mule...
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Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Aug. 29 Event Features Brew + Cocktails + Live Music

Like Oyster City, for example, which is almost local. They have a small, true craft brewery in nearby Apalachicola, where they produce small batches of what they call “nouveau American beer brewed in a traditional style” using locally sourced ingredients whenever and however they can...
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Friday, August 14th, 2015

Our Beer Expert Takes Advantage of Tax Free Days

If you think August is a boring month without much to celebrate, may we remind you that Florida has one of the longest—and best—tax holidays in the country?...
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Friday, July 31st, 2015

Celebrating a Decade of Wetness in Navarre

At O’Connor’s, you not only can drink your brew but eat it, too. We’re talking about the cod and fried cheese, each fried up in beer batter and featured on the menu along with other pub fare and steaks. For the budget-conscious, there are specials that are yours for the texting, as well as a daily Happy Hour that will save you 50 cents a drink...
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Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Destin - 30A - Fort Walton Beach - Navarre - Niceville

They are generally close to the beach, with words like “express” and “convenience” in their name. They are a favorite of travelers, making one last stop before checking into the hotel on the first day of vacation...
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Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Our Beer Expert Hits Lucy Buffett's New Place in Destin

Even so, we can think of plenty of other reasons to hit up Lucy Buffett’s newest place, besides her being the sister of what’s-his-name, that famous singer who eventually became a restaurant entrepreneur himself. First off, the “crazy sista,” a/k/a Lucy, really is at least a little crazy...
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Monday, July 6th, 2015

Brew on a Budget

Happy Hour drafts start at a measly $2 for Bud Light, with imports fetching a buck more. Bottled domestics are $2.50, and well drinks are $4. Late night eats are priced right, too, ranging from $2.99 to $9.99. And you can score an absolutely FREE taco at midnight by ordering a beverage (or anything else) costing $3 or more...
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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, 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, August 14th, 2015

New Name and Location, Same Great Food

Joey’s sits in a shopping center in a well-traveled area of Niceville. There’s plenty of parking, though that night we had to wade through the water to get to the door. Inside the restaurant is warmly lit, the rectangular dining room offering booths and tables, including some high-tops near the back...
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Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Dining with Bruce Collier

The inside dining room is roughly square, open with a slightly elevated section and plenty of window seating. Tables are utilitarian-chic metal, chairs are lounge-style, and there’s a large bar for sippers (with a view of the patio). Floors are wooden, the walls are painted in weatherworn pastels and accents, and the décor is 100-percent beach themed...
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Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Dining with Bruce Collier

My daughter Grace (the Tiny Diner) climbed up on her chair and after she’d cooled off a little, began rocking back and forth to the recorded music. That afternoon it was mostly Caribbean and reggae-style tunes designed to wash off the dust of the day. She is a natural, unself-conscious dancer, something her mother and I are not...
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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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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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