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pensacola june 18th-24th

i'll be in pensacola this summer for a week. just wondering what's happening there restaurant-wise. i may go down to criolla's in grayton beach(ate there the year it opened many many times but haven't been back in many many years). also curious about the brennan's restaurant in destin(the royal b). not sure if commander's will be open when i'm there(tho i'm eating at the flagship restaurant in n.o. twice in june).
i'd appreciate any recommendations. price is not an issue, either cheap or expensive. just want some interesting food. thanks.

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  1. gee folks, as a 6th generation floridian(who lived his first 40years there)i know most south florida folks don't really consider the panhandle to be PART of florida but i did think someone would have an idea, opinion, &/or recommendation. personally, i know p'cola has several good restaurants(eat is one of them, if it's still open)but is this just a dead zone for the florida board here?

    1. I spent a lot of time in Pensacola last year and ate a number of times at the Global Grill downtown on Palafox. I was never disappointed. I also like Hemingway's on the island. Next trip will include a visit to the Marina Oyster Barn off Cervantes. Also try a local favorite Jerry's Drive-In on Cervantes. The Fish House/Atlas Oyster Bar is enormously popular but there's always a wait. Come very early or very late.

      http://www.dineglobalgrill.com/index....

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      1. re: Big Easy

        i guess i didn't make it clear in my initial post that i actually was born & raised in p'cola as part of a 6generation florida family. so...i spent most of my high school & jr high school years having cheeseburgers at jerry's drive in. it's actually quite bad but i will go there to have the fried chicken gizzard plate(as i've done every time i re-visit the city). marina oyster barn is equally bad, pedestrian fried seafood. fish house/atlas are ok. not bad for the area but those waits are killer(have to get there early). haven't heard about global or hemingways(i actually owned a little bar/grill on the island for 17years), so i'll check them out. thanks a lot.

        1. re: bataille2

          just drove back from Apalach and found the road from Navarre to Pensacola is still not open. keep that in mind if you plan to drive off the island.
          I did notice that a Zea's has opened across from McGuire's. didn't have time to drive the beach area to see what is there. have fun!

          1. re: edible complex

            hi. thanks for the heads up on the navarre beach road. that's incredible. that damage was from ivan & dennis which hit the island a year before katrina. they may not open it up(like at the other end, down by ft.pickens). i'm actually thinking about driving down to destin to check out the brennan's place there or even criollas(one of my favorite local places)in grayton beach.
            if i'm correct zea's in the italian place that opened w/folks from the old standby marchello's(now closed). i've eaten there twice. standard american italian, w/LOTS of red sauce everywhere & most of the entrees going from the freezer to the oven to the table. it's ok, esp for a group dinner. thanks for the info.

            1. re: bataille2

              Zea's is a concept from the Taste Buds located in NOLA, who originated Semolina's. the Thai ribs and Rainbow trout are outstanding. here's the menu:
              http://www.zearestaurants.com/uploads...

              1. re: edible complex

                ok. the italian place is around there somewhere. it's closer to the road than i recall zea's being. i actually met friends at this place(zea's)you're talking about. they ate; i had a drink. looked like a wide-ranging menu, done w/a little more than competence. now that i'm looking at the menu i recall those ribs did smell pretty good. thanks.

          2. re: bataille2

            Thanks for the heads up on the Oyster Barn. Maybe I'll take a pass on that one.

            BTW, avoid Seville Quarter at all costs. I went in a pinch one evening when there was a two-hour wait at the Fish House and had one of the worst meals of my life. Seville Quarter used to be the place in P'cola many years ago, but not any longer.

            One other recommendation: there's a hole-in-the-wall seafood restaurant across the street from Joe Patti's that has great boiled shrimp. I've been there three times and two of them we were the only people in the place. The seafood dishes were very respectable and very moderately priced. Maybe it hasn't been discovered yet (or the locals know something that I don't). Sorry I can't remember the name of it.

            1. re: Big Easy

              yeah. i know about seville quarter. unbelievably my family owned a printing company in p'cola(pensacola printing...published one of the first real newspapers there in the town)& it used to be in one of the buildings that now houses seville quarter(if they're still calling one of the bar's lily marlenes, that's it). speaking of holes in the wall, there's the still great blue dot down in what used to be called the blocks(belmont & devilliers). their cheeseburgers(as of last year)were still the best in the city & still covered w/those heavenly greasy fried onions. that place down by joe patti's used to be run by a guy i went to high school w/& the name of the restaurant was his name but i'm drawing a blank right now. i also had several very good meals at a place called EAT at the corner of palafox & wright(?). it's more high-end new america style(w/a few nods to southern cooking, ie stone ground grits)& more expensive than blue dot but i was happy w/it. thanks.

              1. re: bataille2

                "that place down by joe patti's used to be run by a guy i went to high school w/& the name of the restaurant was his name but i'm drawing a blank right now."

                It came to me--I'm pretty sure it's Sammy's.

                1. re: Big Easy

                  yes. sam cambriotes...(phonetically(because i can't remember how to spell it): cam BRI o tis). that's it! thanks. altho, there IS a strip club in p'cola called sammy's too. no connection between the owners. thanks again.

            2. re: bataille2

              I get the shrimp po-boy at Jerry's with their "special" sauce in the plastic squirt bottle. It's amazing what you can do with thousand island dressing.

              1. re: Big Easy

                lol...i know that sauce...i use it on my salad that i get w/my chicken gizzards. it's a wonderful life.