Name: Jennifer Knisbell
Day Job: Assistant Marketing, PR and Events Coordinator for the Great Southern Restaurant Group; The Fish House, Atlas Oyster House and Jackson’s Steakhouse
Pensacola Resident Since: 1981
Good Eats: My mouth begins to water just thinking about all of the good food in Pensacola! For a juicy steak, Jackson’s Steakhouse is the place. The Fish House is a must for their Grits a Ya Ya and Atlas has the best sushi and baked oysters. Other favorites: Cream Cheese pizza at Ozone’s, Gyros and cheese pies from Jordan Valley and Tacos from Cactus Flower.
Retail Therapy: I love to shop almost as much as I like to eat! I am totally guilty of retail therapy—shopping always makes me feel better. When looking for something to wear for a special occasion or just to feel better about myself I always hit Indigeaux, Scout and Gibson Girl. I also love all of the jewelry and game day accessories at Pizzaz!
Watering Holes: Two-dollar drinks all night long on Wednesdays at The Fish House for Ladies Night is the best deal in town. Not to mention the music and the people watching is always entertaining! And Patrick at 5 1/2 is always great at making me something new, fancy and tasty!
Nightlife: I am all about live music and Pensacola has a lot of that to offer. I enjoy checking out the variety of bands at The Fish House Deck Bar and Sandshaker. I really enjoy some blues at Five Sisters and when they have reggae at End of the Alley. Vinyl Music Hall also has some killer concerts!
Outdoors: Obviously we have the best beaches in the world and I spend a lot of time tanning on the Gulf! Tubing on Blackwater River is always a highlight of the summer and just relaxing with friends around the pool and grilling out makes for a perfect weekend.
Arts & Culture: We are so lucky to have the “Big Five” in Pensacola. We are the only city between Mobile, Ala. and Tampa, Fla. to offer ballet, opera, symphony, theatre and an accredited museum of visual arts. I can be seen almost every weekend attending a show, whether it’s at the Pensacola Little Theatre, University of West Florida, Pensacola State College or at one of the many shows that the Pensacola Opera and the Pensacola Symphony have to offer at the Saenger Theatre.
Never Miss Events/Festivals: One of my favorite things about Pensacola is our festivals. I live for the time of year when fall rolls around and I get to go to the Greater Gulf Coast Arts Festival and the Greek Festival. I also try to never miss a Gallery Night! Other highlights include the beach Mardi Gras parade and the Seafood Festival.