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What’s New at Grand Boulevard

Posted on Friday, December 2, 2016

Grand Boulevard’s Town Center has grown quite a bit over the past few years and continues to expand with exciting additions. Last year, we had Menchie’s frozen yogurt store open next to Starbucks. Then Anthropologie and Lilly Pulitzer opened across from the movie theatre. The people of Destin were pretty happy with these new shops and it’s getting even better.  Grand Fitness opened this year on the second floor across from the theatre in over 20,000 square feet. The locally owned and operated...
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It’s Wine Time at the Gulf Coast

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016

The Gulf Coast of Florida is known for 3 things, an emerald green ocean, powder white sand and friendly locals who love their wine. If you’re new to the area or a vacationer who’d like to live like a local this is for you. Here are a few of our favorite spots that serve delicious wines with a healthy pour!  First and foremost Chans Wine World! Putting wine on the map in our area, Wine World is locally owned with 6 locations between the beautiful beaches of Pensacola to the beach towns of...
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Take a Cruise on SunQuest’s SOLARIS Yacht

Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

SunQuest Cruises is a locally-owned and operated company in Destin, Florida. SunQuest’s  SOLARIS yacht is one of the top places to be in Destin. The 125’ yacht features three decks with indoor and outdoor space for up to 150 people. Cruises are available year-round for weekly fine dining, dancing and sunset views. Located in Sandestin, the SOLARIS provides an all-inclusive experience as the only dining and entertainment cruise available in Northwest Florida. It was also voted the best venue...
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Red Bar Owner to Open Destin Diner

Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Destin Diner has been sitting vacant near Airport Road in Destin, Florida for the past six years. We were happy to find out that the memorable retro-style restaurant was purchased by Oliver Petit, owner of the popular restaurant Red Bar. The Petit family is well loved around the country for bringing us the Grayton Beach hot spot as well as Louis Louis and most recently, Bric a Brac .   Petit says there were many renovations to be made inside but has left the exterior to keep the same...
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World of Beer Opens in Destin Commons

Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015

World of Beer has opened its 70th location in Destin, Florida . The popular restaurant rotates taps daily so guests can discover something new each visit. Over 500 different beers are made available from more than 40 countries. The menu features a large selection of comfort food to complement their craft brews. On the first Friday of each month, the tavern will present “First Freakin Firkin Friday” featuring original brews by a local brewery. Brunch will be available on Sundays with craft-inspired...
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Valentine’s Day in South Walton

Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Last week, we gave our favorite places to dine in Destin Florida for Valentine’s Day suggestions. If you are looking to stay on the outskirts of town where it might be a little quieter, we put together another list. These are our top restaurants in the 30A area: Louis Louis is located in Santa Rosa Beach and never disappoints. Brought to us by the same family who gave us Red Bar, Louis Louis has the same red lights with eclectic flair decorating the walls. If you are going out with another couple...
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Where to go in Destin on Valentine’s Day

Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Just when you thought you were done spending money on your other half for the holidays, Valentine’s Day crept up. Your New Year’s resolution was probably to stop procrastinating so we are here to help you get ahead of the pack.  One month before V-day is plenty of time to plan the perfect evening.   Destin Florida has seemingly endless options for dining. From casual and relaxing to upscale and romantic, there is a variety of great places to choose from. Your go-to special occasion...
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El Jalisco is Open!

Posted on Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The corner spot in the Destin Commons has seen many restaurants come and go so we have tried not to get too attached. Bluepoint, Poppy’s Time-Out, and Groovy Grouper are just a few of the ones that have stayed a while next to Bass Pro Shop.  The newest is El Jalisco and we really hope this is permanent. While there are quite a few Mexican restaurants in Destin , it’s been hard to come by great food AND great service. Jalisco has only been open for a week now but we have been a few times...
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The Big Red Food Truck

Posted on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Did you know Destin has food trucks? Seaside area and  Seagrove Beach are known to have gourmet food trucks and vintage Airstreams providing everything from shaved ice to grilled cheese sandwiches to organic smoothies. We have a few in our own area as well. You have probably noticed The Big Red Truck around town by now. We recently stopped by the Calhoun Avenue location by the Destin Harbor and picked up some tacos for lunch. Along with excellent service, you get an amazing view of the Bay...
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The Time of the Oyster

Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

You know the rule: Only eat oysters in months that end in ‘R’. Of course, you can eat them any time you want but the best and safest time is in R months. Don’t be afraid of cheap oysters during this time either. Some are easier to harvest and become less expensive for restaurants to provide.      So where is the best place to eat oysters in town? Living in Destin Florida on the Gulf Coast, we are lucky to have lots of great places for seafood. Here are a few of the places we have...
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ANOTHER Another Broken Egg Opening

Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Another Broken Egg Café is one of the top choices of Destin restaurants for breakfast. It’s rare to get there and not have to wait in line for a table but they always make it well worth it. You can enjoy Signature Eggs Benedict with crab cakes and country potatoes or shrimp & andouille sausage with creamy cheese grits and french bread. Finish up with a Café St. Charles (Kahlua, Godiva, and Coffee!) and their famous biscuit beignets covered in powdered sugar. Is your mouth watering...
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Top 10 Places to Watch Football

Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Where are you watching the games each week? The fall season is full of football parties, wings, beer, and cheering. While we love having all our friends over to see the wins of our favorite team, sometimes you just don’t want to deal with preparation and clean-up. There is quite the selection of sports bars and Destin restaurants but which ones are worth trying? Thankfully, we try every place once so we decided to give you a review of the places around town so you know where to go:   10...
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Beer Fest Time!

Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Among the most highly anticipated Destin events is the Beer Festival which will be held on Saturday, September 27th from 2-5pm. The annual event is hosted by Chan’s Wine World located in Paradise Key Shopping Center. A vast variety of high-end craft and microbrews will be featured at the festival.  There will also be culinary stations set up, a silent auction, and a VIP tent. Boukou Groove will be performing live for the entertainment of the afternoon. Proceeds from this year’s event benefit...
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Destin’s Own Craft Bar

Posted on Wednesday, September 3, 2014

We love to see new restaurants in Destin, Florida . The Craft Bar opened early this summer next to Wine World by Destin Commons. Called a Florida Gastropub, it specializes in handcrafted beer, wine, and food with fresh local ingredients. The first of its kind on the Emerald Coast, the restaurant has been a popular spot with regular business. Indoor and outdoor seating is available and the décor is one of a kind with a 100 year old reclaimed cypress from the Chattahoochee River for the bar...
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Wake Up Call

Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The “snooze” button is NOT your friend. You slept in again and as you rush to work, the long line of cars in the Starbucks drive-thru is taunting you. As your Gulf Coast guide , we have good news! There are actually places in the   Destin area that can give you a caffeine fix just as good and in most cases, half the cost. KaraBoo Bakery in Miramar Beach provides delicious organic coffee with tons of options at a great price along with excellent service. The only problem is they also have...
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New Surf Hut in Town

Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

If there is one thing we can’t get enough of, it’s beach restaurants. Surf Hut is the newest addition to Old 98. Joining the ever popular tourist and local hot spots Crab Trap, Pompano Joe’s, and the Back Porch, is a new beachy restaurant right on the Gulf . The local reviews are in and overall it looks like it’s going to be a regular pit stop. Open air with a Caribbean-style atmosphere and optional seating right by the water, it’s a perfect place to grab a drink or meal before surfing. Families...
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Bric a Brac

Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2014

We know there is no shortage of amazing food in these parts. From seafood to Cajun to authentic Mexican, the Emerald Coast offers a little bit of everything. One of the area’s most popular hot spots for a long time now is the Red Bar in Grayton Beach. With their mouth-watering Panne Chicken and garlic mashed potatoes to die for, it’s no wonder people are talking about (and advertising) Red Bar all over the country. Many were excited to have Louis Louis open up in Santa Rosa Beach with many similarities...
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Buy Local

Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Farmers Markets provide opportunities to purchase products from local farmers and artisans. Many markets offer fresh produce, bread, and specialty items.   Florida has several available farmers markets to shop at. The Market Shops in Sandestin have a display every Sunday morning year round. Rosemary Beach has the  30A market open every Sunday morning and on Thursdays during the summer. Fresh local seafood and organic juices are also available at this location. The Green at Gulf Place...
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Donut Day!

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2014

Tomorrow is National Donut Day. Are you preparing yourself for a day dedicated to America’s favorite treat? Since this sweet occasion only comes once a year, we have to be in the know as to where to go tomorrow.  Destin has quite a few options to explore. The Donut Hole is a very popular restaurant, as you can usually see by the line out the door. Don’t let that scare you though, the line moves faster than you think and the wait is worth it! When you walk in, there is a bakery with an assortment...
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The Season of Festivals Begins

Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014

The Sandestin Wine Festival kicked off last night and will continue throughout the weekend. The festival has been named the “Best Annual Event” by Destin Magazine and receives accolades from nationwide media. Hundreds will flock to the Village of Baytowne Wharf to enjoy wine tastings along with great food and music. Over 500 domestic and international wines will be available with a Retail Tent on property to purchase your favorite selections. Representatives from vineyards around the world will...
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Destin Commons Expansion: Fast Facts

Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014

We were all excited to hear the news about our favorite shopping center, the Destin Commons, expanding this summer. When the “H&M Coming Summer 2014” sign went up out front, word spread fast and people across the Panhandle have been counting down the days until opening. The globally popular retail store is known for fashion-forward apparel at amazing prices. The two story location in Atlanta has been as much a vacation staple as the alluring IKEA. By the end of summer, we’ll have our very own...
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Margaritaville Opens On the Harbor

Destin Harbor Opens New Restaurants

Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014

The Florida Panhandle has many appealing features, one of them being the seemingly endless dining options. The Destin harbor has two restaurant grand openings already this year.   The Destin location for Margaritaville officially opened this month in HarborWalk Village. From Volcano Nachos to specialty margaritas, guests can enjoy the coastal-inspired menu along with great music and stunning views. Jackacudas Seafood and Sushi restaurant is new at the harbor with a grand opening on Fat...
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A Romantic Stroll Along the Beach

Don’t Forget Your Valentine!

Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014

Looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day plans? We gathered together a few options to choose from. The Melting Pot fondue restaurant is always a great experience and a go-to place for special occasions. Cuvee Bistro has holiday specials for a satisfying date night with delicious seafood and a Valentine dessert platter. If a movie is on the agenda, Carmike Cinemas in Grand Boulevard has the Ovation Dining Club with luxury seating, a wall to wall screen, and adult beverages available. You can never...
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Local Brewery Unveils New Beer Line

Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014

This month, Grayton Beer Company launched a new range of their locally brewed beer. Based in South Walton, the brewery has announced four new beers and updated their packaging and branding with styles familiar to the Gulf Coast. Martin Liptrot, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, says their “designs incorporate images well known to locals and connect with the strong South Walton identity we are so proud of.” Feedback from the locals has been great so far and soon the brewery will be open...
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It's Happy Hour Somewhere!

Posted on Thursday, December 26, 2013

With shorter days and colder evenings, we don’t get to spend as much time as we would prefer on the beach. Thankfully, Destin has some great restaurants for us to pass away the time until it gets warm again. Harry T’s Lighthouse restaurant is a local and tourist favorite with waterfront views and delicious seafood. On Monday nights you can watch football in the downstairs bar and order the Wing Special of 10 wings for $2.49. Every weekday, Happy Hour is from 11am-7pm, the perfect time to try...
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Emerald Coast Seafood Festival: Panama City Beach

Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fresh seafood is a delicacy that's dished up daily on the Emerald Coast. Local fishermen bait their hooks and lure your favorite seafood dish to nearby restaurants. Throughout the year seafood festivals are celebrated from Pensacola to Panama City, honoring all who have a part in serving the tastiest seafood in town. Our next stop in the Emerald Coast Seafood Festival Series....Panama City Beach. The  2013 Panama City Beach Seafood & Music Festival is held on Thursday, October 17th through...
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Emerald Coast Seafood Festival: Destin

Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Serving fresh seafood is a daily privilege on the Emerald Coast. The Gulf of Mexico provides an ocean full of delicacies just waiting to be served at your favorite beach town eatery. That's why festivals honoring local seafood restaurants and chefs are hosted from Pensacola to Panama City Beach. Our next stop in the Emerald Coast Seafood Festival Series.....Destin! The 35th Annual  Destin Seafood Festival is held on October 4th through the 6th. Stroll through the beautiful HarborWalk...
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An Evening at Mimmo's

Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013

As I walked past the Little Caesar's store front from my parking spot I had no idea what I would find behind door number two! I was not reluctant at all to try the new Italian Restaurant in Destin.  Mimmo's had only been open for a few weeks and already I was bombarded with positive comments from my friends and peers on their experience. From the looks of the crowded parking lot I was not the only curious, hungry soul wanting to taste what the fuss was about! I opened the...
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Emerald Coast Seafood Festival: Pensacola

Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013

The Emerald Coast takes pride in serving the freshest seafood right out of their back yard, the Gulf of Mexico. That's why Seafood Festivals are an Emerald Coast tradition and are anxiously anticipated by locals and guests! This is a celebration of sea delicacies taking place every year from Pensacola to Panama City. Our first stop for delicious seafood is Pensacola! The Fiesta of Five Flags 36th Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival will be held on Friday, September 27th through Sunday, September...
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HarborWalk in July

Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013

Imagine a colorful colossal structure with all the flair of Bourbon Street. New Orleans themed shops, restaurants, and bars align a boardwalk that stretches out over the Gulf of Mexico. Welcome to HarborWalk Village Destin, Florida! HarborWalk Village  is located right on the beautiful Destin Harbor so renting a boat or Jet Ski is a must! Popular dolphin cruises go out daily as well as world class charter boats. Destin, once referred to as a little fishing village, provides a successful...
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Stewby's Seafood Shanty Is In A Class Of Their Own

Posted on Saturday, December 15, 2012

If you’re a local you’ve heard this question time and time again, “where can I get good, fresh seafood?” If you are a vacationer chances are you’ve asked that question time and time again, never receiving a satisfying answer. Truth of the matter is us locals don’t know what to tell you….until now! If you want fresh, delicious, no-frills seafood you won’t find it in Destin with an ocean view. No, you’ll find it in an old portable school classroom...
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The Emerald Coast's Fall Festivals

Posted on Monday, September 10, 2012

Fall is my favorite time of year in Destin. Locals call it the ‘between season’, when the summer crowds have gone back home and it’s a little too early for the holiday surge. The weather is at a perfect 75-85 degrees and my favorite outdoor festivals make their yearly appearance once again. October is the month fo r Destin’s 34th Annual Seafood Festiv al. Three days of over 20 food vendors, mostly local restaurants, serving up delicious seafood dishes. The setting takes place along the beautiful...
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An Afternoon at PJ's

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Looking for a restaurant that is more than just dinner? I have the place for you! It’s Pompano Joe’s Seafood House right on the beach. This is a restaurant you could spend all day at. Located in Miramar Beach, situated right on the sand making Pompano Joe’s the perfect afternoon beach spot. There is no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon basking in the sun or floating in the ocean with a fruity cocktail by your side. Pompano Joe’s has you covered with, not just...
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Happiness Begins at 4:00 PM

Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Destin is made up to two types of people. The vacationer who is looking for a little R & R as well as entertainment from the moment they arrive to the day they head home. Then there is the local, who is trying to find a way to live as close to a vacationer as possible. Thus the reason “Happy Hour” is such an important phrase in our town. Honoring many requests here are 3 of the hottest “Happy Hour” spots in Destin. Carrabba’s Italian Grill is a favorite for happy hour! Monday through Saturday...
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Destin’s Latest Bite for Breakfast

Posted on Sunday, January 8, 2012

There’s a new breakfast spot in Destin right next to Mellow Mushroom and across from Another Broken Egg. As tempting as it was to turn right into a familiar restaurant that I’m assured of getting delicious food and great service I decided to live on the edge. Left I turned into a big yellow shopping plaza announcing in bold yellow letters The Pancakery .   I walk in to a friendly, eager to serve waiter that was so refreshing I failed to notice how empty the place was! While lines pile out...
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Big City Taste in Fort Walton Beach

Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tucked away on Brookes Street sits Big City American Bistro. Hidden but never secluded, the word is out! This place is where you want to eat! It’s a casual, open atmosphere with prices that don’t hurt the pocket book and flavor that belongs in a five star restaurant.   I arrived at Big City American Bistro for a late lunch and from the time I was seated to the time I left the entire wait staff was hustling and bustling to accommodate a crowd. People continued to pile in with no break...
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It's Happy Time in Destin

Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2011

Destin has a new favorite Happy Hour and you can find me there any given night between 4:30 and 9:00pm, Cuvee Bistro. It’s a Trendy restaurant with a fun, locals’ atmosphere. Owned and operated by Destin’s most cherished chef Tim Creehan, so it doesn’t hurt that the food is amazing too. Cuvee Bistro is quickly becoming the “place to be” in Destin. True to its name, Cuvee Bistro offers a fusion of French, Asian, and Mediterranean flavors as well as award-winning...
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Pensacola Interstate Fair

Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Fair is coming to Pensacola, Florida! Starting October 20th for 10 days you can enjoy the largest and most exciting event held on the Gulf Coast! Attracting exhibits and participants from all over the country the Pensacola Interstate Fair will offer something for all! Progress through Education has been the central theme from the beginning offering students who have participated in the fair $40,000 in scholarships each year. In keeping with the theme, the Pensacola Fair exhibits will include...
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Sunday Brunch on 30A

Posted on Friday, April 15, 2011

 Last Sunday I found myself driving down 30A with friends looking for a breakfast spot. We are all locals and looking for a change from the standard breakfast places we always seem to end up at. We stumbled across Stinky’s Fish Camp and decided to give it a try.     I had never been there and must admit the name had me a bit hesitant. The friends I was with had tried it for dinner and assured me that the restaurant did not live up to its name. I was pleased to find they...
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Taste Destin this Spring!

Posted on Sunday, March 20, 2011

The 25th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival is right around the corner! Held on April 28th through May 1st, you can enjoy four days of unique events. Attend private dinners, participate in auctions for rare and distinctive wines, and experience a wine tasting like no other. I’ve been a faithful attendee of the Sandestin Wine Festival for the last three years. Last year’s event was amazing, showcasing 800 wines! I did my best to sample as many as possible but at the end of the day I’m sure I lost...
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St. Patty's on the Destin Harbor

Posted on Thursday, March 3, 2011

Harborwalk Village is celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a week chalk-full of great food, music and traditional Irish imbibery! It all starts on Saturday, March 12th from noon until 4:00PM with the 3rd Annual Grogg Games on the Destin Harbor. Here you can experience the ultimate Irish Street Festival, bag pipe band, live music and entertainment. On Thursday, March 17th at 4:00PM, the Grogg March will "Sham-Rock" throughout the Village, where each venue will entertain audiences with live...
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790 North is Local’s Favorite Snowbird Lunch Spot

Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Last week my husband and I were looking for somewhere different to go for lunch, we were tired of our usual spots. I suggested 790 North which rests on the first floor of The Inn at Crystal Beach on Scenic Hwy 98. He said “Isn’t that kind of expensive, it’s right on the Gulf and I think they are pretty pricey. This is just lunch.” I said that we should at least check out the menu and what a wonderful surprise! Besides their regular every day menu items like duck and Andouille gumbo, spicy hurricane...
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World Dining Experience in Destin

Posted on Monday, November 15, 2010

Chan's Wine World brings back their World Dining Series for the season. This is why locals long for the fall and winter months of Destin. The perfect weather and always a perfect dining experience at Chan's Wine World. What makes Chan's World Dining Series so unique? Join me for dinner and see. It's Tuesday afternoon, head counts are taken and reservations are made for the World Dining experience. A click to chanswineworld.com  to see what Country you will be dining in tonight. A short drive...
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Blues, Brews & BBQ

Posted on Wednesday, November 10, 2010

It's round three of HarborWalk Village's Brews, Blues & BBQ celebration! On November 13th from Noon to 4:00 PM, the Destin Harbor will be alive with the sounds of live music, the smell of delicious southern-style BBQ and the aroma of over 25 speciality American beers! As part of the event, local Destin restaurants will compete in a spirited BBQ cook-off, and offer samples of creative BBQ styles and signature coastal classics. Top winners in their respective categories will be awarded prizes...
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Grand Favorite for Seafood & Cocktails

Posted on Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Being a local, and having a business on the Beach, you try them all but stick with the best restaurants and bars. One of our favorites is The Grand Marlin . You can enjoy the main dining area with an oyster bar, or a personal favorite, the North Drop Bar. For company it's family-friendly and consistently serves high quality cuisine, including fresh seafood (when available) and all the island cocktails. What is enjoyable is the island-casual atmosphere, where you can show up in flip flops,...
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The Boardwalk Offers Something For All

Posted on Monday, August 23, 2010

If you plan on visiting Pensacola Beach and are looking for a casual, relaxing place to shop (or just browse around), look no further than the Boardwalk. You'll find anything from beachwear and fashion boutiques to liquor and convenience stores. Some of the shops you'll find include Alvin's Island Tropical Department store, Bamboo Willie Wear, Geronimo's Outpost, Go Fish Clothing and many others.
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Score Your Next Meal at Sidelines

Posted on Monday, August 16, 2010

Sidelines Sports Bar is a casual restaurant located on Pensacola Beach. Your typical sports bar with an abundance of televisions around the restaurant blaring your favorite game. Convenient speakers on each table allowing you to choose which game you’d like to watch. Not a place for conversation, but awesome for those days you want to sit back with friends, enjoy a delicious meal, a cold beer, and a good yell at the umpire. Unlike most sports bars I was quite impressed with the menu options that...
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Beer at the Pier "German Style"

Posted on Sunday, August 15, 2010

If you like beer and a fun, social atmosphere you have to try the Hofbrau Beer Garden at Pier Park in Panama City Beach. It’s like stepping into an authentic Munich beer hall, with live German music and merriment. Everyday’s a party at the Hofbrau Beer Garden. Along with tasty Bavarian Brews you’ll enjoy the best German Food around such as: “Vienna Style” Schnitzel, Knackwurst Sandwich, Fish & Fries, and my favorite, Giant Pretzels with Bavarian Beer Cheese. Now let’s get back to the beer...
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Get Your Sea Legs at Old Bay Steamer

Posted on Sunday, August 15, 2010

If you are looking for amazing seafood you have to stop by Old Bay Steamer on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach. This no-frills restaurant attracts locals and tourist alike. In fact, I’ve never been there when there was not a crowd. With plenty of seating and an efficient staff the wait is never long and the experience always enjoyable. The name says it all. A bucket full of delicious steamed seafood including Crab Legs, King Crab Legs, Shrimp, Mussels, and Clams; along with their side-kicks...
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A Curious Little Restaurant in Alys Beach

Posted on Saturday, August 14, 2010

George's is a trendy, frog-themed restaurant set on 30-A in Alys Beach. Casual dining inside this quaint cottage-style restaurant or outside on the patio where there is a cool ocean breeze. Judging by the crowd on and off season, George’s is the place to eat in South Walton. The lunch menu is broken up into two categories so you can be good and order off the “BEHAVE” side of the menu where you’ll try dishes such as: Curry Chicken Salad, Veggie Frittata’s, or my husband’s favorite George’s Grilled...
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Italian Done Cozy by the Harbor

Posted on Wednesday, August 11, 2010

La Famiglia is great, great, great for three reasons. One -- it’s authentic. The menu opens with a warm welcome from the Rella family in almost perfect English and it’s as adorable as the décor. The family is totally Italian and so is the food. I love how the whole family works together to make the restaurant work. Two - they have the best Pizza. I order my own pizza: la rustica, a white chicken pizza, and I eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner and refuse to share. Three --...
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The Pensacola Fair is Near

Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pensacola Interstate Fair is coming to town. That’s right, get ready to feel like a kid again! Ten whole days of old-fashion family fun begins October 16th through the 26th. Located on West Mobile Highway in Pensacola, it is the largest and most exciting event held on the Gulf Coast. What will this year at the fair bring? An endless good time with Fair rides and exhibits that will capture the attention of all. There’s a Custom Car show and wood carving exhibit for Dad and photographic arts and...
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PCB Hot Spot: Pier Park

Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2008

Pier Park is the latest hot spot of the Emerald Coast. This open-air regional lifestyle center brings shopping, restaurants, and tourist attractions to the Panama City Beach area. With nearly 900,000 square feet of outdoor amusement and breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico, it’s no wonder Pier Park is drawing in the crowd. Shop at Pier Parks many unique retail shops, including locals favorites; Fish Tales Gallery, Jake at the Beach, and No Regrets Stationary and Gift Boutique. Victoria Secret...
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PCB Seafood, Wine & Music Festival

Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The idea is simple - a celebration of the wonderful array of local area seafood prepared by local chefs merged with local and nationally acclaimed wines, entertainment and vendors with a special focus on families. The Panama City Beach Seafood, Wine & Music Festival is designed to reflect a true taste of the coast, a true toast to the coast and some of the world's best entertainment - we promise it will be like no other festival ever presented on Panama City Beach. SEAFOOD, CELEBRITY CHEF...
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Second Annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner

Posted on Monday, July 7, 2008

Local celebrities can be found “Somewhere in Time” at the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce and Coastal Area Council’s Second Annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner, August 14, 2008, at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa. “Celebrities” throughout Greater Walton Area and the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast will serve up delectable fare while dressed in attire reflecting this year’s theme, “Somewhere in Time…A Night at the Movies”. Representing movies, actors and actresses, from a variety of eras and...
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Traditional Southern Fare is Tops at Cock of the Walk

Posted on Friday, July 4, 2008

Any restaurant wishing to channel a theme could be inspired by the vehemence of Cock of the Walk. Echoing its idiomatic name, Cock of the Walk flaunts its Mississippi Riverboat persona with a wide theatrical range. Located off East Nine Mile Road near University Parkway, the restaurant opened in 1999 on a private wooded lot. Since then, progress has bequeathed a nearby Kohl's, Target and a host of other businesses. Somehow, the restaurant has managed to retain some of its verdant quality. "We...
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Harborwalk Village Now Welcomes Tourists & Residents

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The pace of HarborWalk seems to be more of a run. A month ago, visitors to the construction zone at the foot of Marler Bridge and in the shadow of Emerald Grande would walk through piles of sand under hulking structures with no facades. A half-built lighthouse that will be a trademark of the new Harry T’s restaurant would cast a shadow on construction crews working furiously below. One month later, the walkway is paved in an elegant brick pattern, the lighthouse is complete and crews are putting...
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Destin Hot Spot: Fat Clemenza's

Posted on Monday, April 21, 2008

If you haven't had the chance to visit Destin's new favorite Italian "hole-in-the-wall" restaurant, Fat Clemenza's, stop everything you're doing and go right now! The first time I ate was by recommendation of my parents, who said the food was as good or better than our favorite little spot back in Miami. Although I didn't believe them at first, my wife and I ate their two nights later. Since our first time eating at Fat Clemenza's, we have come back nearly twice a week to enjoy what is by far...
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Domino's Pizza opens new Pensacola Beach restaurant

Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008

Domino's Pizza franchisee, Scott Magnes, owner of the Gulf Breeze Domino's store recently opened a new Domino's Pizza store on Pensacola Beach. The store, located at 5 Via de Luna, opened on December 31and serves the entire Pensacola Beach area and is a completely different concept than a typical Domino's Pizza store. "We are excited about the opportunity to serve the residents of Pensacola Beach," said Scott Magnes, Domino's Pizza franchisee. "Our goal is to continue to develop a loyal customer...
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Destin New Orleans Style

Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2007

If you live in Destin, New Orleans is moving closer — or at least its cuisine is. The well-known New Orleans institutions Pat O’Brien’s, Camellia Grill and Commander’s Palace have all announced that they’ll be opening new locations in Legendary’s HarborWalk Village on Destin harbor. Clark and Blake Brennan, whose family own the Brennan’s Restaurant of New Orleans, have opened the Brennan’s Royal B Restaurant on Emerald Coast Parkway. Over in Walton County, another Big Easy restaurant, Fire, relocated...
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Pensacola Celebrates French Heritage with Mardi Gras

Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2007

“Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez.” Let the good times roll. Pensacola, the “City of Five Flags,” has been ruled by Spain, France, England, The Confederate States of America and the United States. Come January, the 450-year-old city will be celebrating French style during its Mardi Gras festivities. Mardi Gras might be known for raucous parties in New Orleans, but in Pensacola, it presents dozens of opportunities for family-friendly fun. From parades, delicious cuisines and balls to even a kritter...
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Best Kept Secret #5: Camille's Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Posted on Sunday, July 1, 2007

Destin is known for its beautiful beaches, challenging golf courses and trendy shops, but when the sun goes down its culinary flare rises. Destin is home to some of the finest dining establishments in the world and the options are endless. From steak to seafood, spaghetti to enchiladas, Destin has it all. This brings us to the all-so-perplexing question: Where do we eat? I’ll tell you a little secret! When the locals are in the mood for delicious food we head over to Camille’s at Crystal Beach...
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Destin Shop Spot: Grand Boulevard

Posted on Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Move over Destin Commons – the Grand Boulevard is on its way to town! Soon to open in the 2007/2008 year, this two-hundred and fifty million-dollar town center with one-hundred and seventy-five thousand square feet of specialty retail and restaurant space is destined to live up to its name! Located at the entrance of the all-inclusive Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort and adjacent to the new state-of-the-art Sacred Heart Hospital, you’re only moments away from your destination. What does this mean...
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Destin Commons draws millions

Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007

More than 11 million people, more than the populations of Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee combined, visited Destin Commons in 2006 — and that number might be a little low. Traffic count statistics from the 2006 calendar year show an estimated 11,282,242 visits to the shopping center at U.S. 98 and Danny Wuerffel Way, up more than 2 million from 2005. Destin Commons opened with great fanfare in November 2003. Darin Grigg, general manager of Destin Commons, said the shopping center has traffic...
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South Walton Hot Spot: Gulfplace Town Center

Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Gulfplace is a local delight unlike any other with it’s eclectic design decked with southern class. Located a little outside of Sandestin at the intersection of 30 A and 393 just off Hwy. 98, it’s a quaint yet completely unique hot spot. Nestled in the heart of the town square are the charming local artist huts. There are no two things alike from wildlife paintings to glass design, you can find that unique gift you’ve been looking for. Miss Lucille’s Gossip Parlor is another one-of-a-kind place...
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A Plate of Destin Seafood

Posted on Sunday, October 1, 2006

There’ll be corn dogs, Italian ice and sweet plantains. There’ll be chicken cooked anyway you wish — jerk chicken, curry chicken, grilled chicken. McGuire’s Irish Pub and Brewery will make you a root beer. Java Joz will serve coffee. And Ted Roberts will prepare funnel cakes. Yet, with a name like “Destin Seafood Festival” many expect to see ... well, seafood. In recent years, frozen, bagged seafood cooked by out-of-town vendors, such as from North Carolina, has been the norm when it comes to...
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Destin Shop Spot: The Destin Commons

Posted on Sunday, August 13, 2006

“The Commons” is a perfect name for this Destin shop spot, because regardless of age, gender, or any other factoid about yourself, you will have something in common with The Commons. (Okay so that’s not really what “commons” means but well... wait and see... it just might.) There is virtually something for everyone at this open air mall. If you like to shop for clothing and accessories for all styles and ages there are roughly 40 different shops to suit you. From classic Lillie Rubin and Ann...
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Strolling along Destin's harbor, step by step

Posted on Wednesday, August 9, 2006

A man is giving himself a shower with a garden hose at step 271. Employees are getting chewed out over the condition of a pontoon boat at step 5. These are the kinds of things one experiences when pacing out the steps on the docks on the north shore of Destin’s harbor. Exactly how far is it to walk the stretch of dock from just west of Lucky Snapper east toward Fisherman’s Wharf? Guesses of a million, 525, 168 and 933 steps were all guesses ventured by the uninformed. The answer? 633 steps. The...
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2006 Destin Seafood Festival

Posted on Saturday, July 22, 2006

Come experience a true "taste of Destin" at the 28th Annual Destin Seafood Festival. With even more participation from local companies, this year’s festival, voted Best Community Event and Best of the Best in Entertainment in Emerald Coast magazine’s 2005 reader’s poll, promises to be better than ever! From shrimp to fish and more, local seafood restaurants, including The Back Porch, Café Grazie, Fisherman’s Wharf, Louisiana Lagniappe, and Pompano Joe’s, will serve up favorite...
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Destin Hot Spot: The Whale's Tail

Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Did you know that 75% of people polled come to Destin, Florida for our fabulous beaches? That comes as no surprise when we have such great DESTIN-ations like the Whale's Tail Bar and Grill! So here's a little tale about the tail ... From surfing to snorkeling and margaritas in the sun, With umbrellas and beach chairs for everyone. There’s volleyball, kayaks, and clean white sand, And googly-eyed couples walking hand in hand. Where laughter and sunscreen fill the air, And Destin locals add southern...
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