Good Eats: I’d never turn down a Monte Cristo from Sidelines or a gyro from Jordan Valley; those are two of my favorites. But I’ve been to the Tin Cow twice in the past week—so good and so new. I appreciate any place that will let me top my burger with sprouts, Cajun mayo, white cheddar, and a fried egg.
Retail Therapy: I think our thrift stores are great. I met a vintage vendor from New Orleans who loves coming here to stock up. The sad thing is that we don’t have any cool vintage shops of our own. Can someone sponsor a contest for that?
Watering Holes: I plan on re-celebrating my 21st at Hopjacks next spring, since I’m just 20 and I’ll be living in Disney World when my birthday rolls around this year. Pensacola’s too small a town for fake IDs.
Nightlife: I’m really loving what Vinyl Music Hall has brought the downtown area—an alternative for people who aren’t impressed by Seville Quarter and who went through the DayGlo party phase a while ago.
Outdoors: The Naval Live Oaks just past the beach exit is my favorite place to go when I want to see the water but I don’t want to necessarily “beach it.” There’s not much there, but if you poke around enough you can get a really good view of the stingrays in the Bay.
Arts & Culture: I think our museums deserve much more love than they get. I’m including the Artel Gallery in the list—with the Pensacola Museum of Art, the T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum and the Naval Aviation Museum—even though it’s not technically a museum. We have incredible history and culture right here, there’s no excuse for not taking advantage of it.
Never Miss Events/Festivals: DeLuna Fest, definitely. Last year’s line-up was awesome, and this year’s is just as great. The location and the season make it a perfect way to showcase our gorgeous beach. It’s also nice to have an event that’s engaging to the younger, hipper population of the city. It makes me less nervous of my hometown becoming extinct due to irrelevance.