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Best of the Coast 2016: Restaurants + Food Featured Winners

Another Broken Egg Cafe
721 E. Gregory St., anotherbrokenegg.com

How long have you been in business/practicing?
Our grand opening was January 23, 2012—so we’re approaching our fifth year in business.
What sets you and your business apart?
Great service, fresh quality food and great recipes. Plus everything is prepared quickly and properly at reasonable prices.
What inspires you?
Great customers who enjoy a delightful eating experience inspire us to try even harder.
Other than your business, what’s on your local “best” list?
We enjoy the progressive, growing atmosphere of Pensacola and it’s people.
Answers by:
Linda and Homer Biggers, Co-Owners

Apple Market
1021 Scenic Hwy., applemarketpensacola.com

How long have you been in business/practicing?
20 Years at the Apple Market, 44 years in the grocery business.
What sets you and your business apart?
A unique assortment of merchandise and services not offered by other traditional or specialty grocers. Custom cut meats, broad assortments of organic produce, locally produced items, huge craft beer selection, fine wines, imports and an incomparable deli with catering available.
What inspires you?
The opportunity to serve our customers and our community. My banker also helps motivate me.
Other than your business, what’s on your local “best” list?
Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters
Answers by:
David Apple, Owner

Cactus Flower Cafe
3425 N. 12th Ave., cactusflowercafe.net

How long have you been in business/practicing?
15 years
What sets you and your business apart?
Our fresh take on modern Mexican.
What inspires you?
Happy people inspire me.
Other than your business, what’s on your local “best” list?
Global Grill, The Wine Bar on the Boardwalk, and Sake Cafe.
Answers by:
Lee Kafeety, Owner

Carmen’s Lunch Bar
407-B S. Palafox, carmenslunchbar.com

How long have you been in business/practicing?
Carmen’s Lunch Bar has been open for four years. I opened Carmen’s in 2012 after winning the Pensacola Business Challenge, which allowed me the opportunity to open my dream restaurant in the heart of downtown.
What sets you and your business apart?
We have an eclectic menu that highlights cuisines from different countries, including Spain, Italy, India, and Morocco. We believe that our focus on fresh ingredients, vibrant flavors, and creative recipes make Carmen’s a unique destination. The cozy bar, al fresco patio, and Latin tunes also draw regulars back to Carmen’s.
What inspires you?
I love creating an experience. I am fortunate to have traveled and to have eaten in many incredible restaurants. My most memorable moments are always at the table with wine, delicious food, and friends. If I can help create this kind of experience for someone else, I feel fulfilled.
Other than your business, what’s on your local ‘best’ list?
George’s Artisan Bakery & Bistro for best brunch. I love their dinner too. Plus, Escape Wellness Spa hands down for best massage, Pure Pilates Downtown for best pilates and Paradise Bar & Grill for best Sunday funday spot.
Answers by:
MariCarmen Josephs, Chef/Owner

CitySpree Pensacola
4303 Spanish Trail, Ste. A, ordercityspree.com

How long have you been in business/practicing?
We have been honored to serve the Pensacola area for the last three and a half years.
What sets you and your business apart?
We pride ourselves on communication and professionalism. We represent our restaurant partners professionally and communicate with our customers regularly. We are locally (and veteran) owned and Pensacola is our home.
What inspires you?
We are inspired by the ability to take care of people and businesses. Our job is to grow a restaurant while providing an amazingly convenient service to our customers. If we do right by our community, we do right in business.
Other than your business, what’s on your local ‘best’ list?
Along with our restaurant partners, our ‘best’ list includes our networking partners through the Organization of Networking Entrepreneurs (theoneorg.com), the Chamber of Commerce (Pensacola and Pensacola Beach) and our great friends at the Pensacola Ice Flyers.
Answers by:
Ron and Patty Spradling, Owners

Constant Coffee & Tea
615 Scenic Highway, constantcoffeeandtea.com

How long have you been in business/practicing
? Three years
What sets you and your business apart?
We are never satisfied. There is always something new that begs to be explored. It pulls at us. It keeps us up at night. It drives us wild.
What inspires you?
Pensacola inspires us. It’s people. It’s energy. This town is begging for progress. You can feel it in the air. This city is beautiful and it deserves all of our passion.
Other than your business, what’s on your local “best” list?
The crew at Union Public House is killing it right now. George Artisan Bakery & Bistro is amazing and Carmen’s Lunch Bar is perfect.
Answers by:
Philip Switzer, Owner

End of The Line Cafe
610 E. Wright St., eotlcafe.com

How long have you been in business/practicing?
End of The Line Cafe opened its doors August 2002. Starting as a small coffee shop and community space, eventually working forward with persistent momentum to become a restaurant, catering and event space.
What sets you and your business apart?
Offering honest, clean and healthy food. Plus a passion for the ever-changing art of food and compassion for all of the beautiful ways it makes it to our table. More than anything, the sense of community this particular space has. It’s like no other place I’ve been a part of.
What inspires you?
Seasons. Gardens. But most of all the new generation of chefs that are focused on the best quality, local, organic, and more sustainable menus. I’m proud to say Pensacola is blooming with it and I’m looking forward to more of it.
Other than your business, what’s on your local “best” list?
Cactus Flower, Restaurant IRON, O’zone and The Magnolia.
Answers by:
Jen Knight-Shoemaker, Owner

Ever’man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe
315 W. Garden St., everman.org

How long have you been in business/practicing?
Ever’man was established as a local not-for-profit community natural food grocery in 1973 and now has over 11,000 members. Ever’man has the region’s largest selection of local, natural and organic products. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in our cafe daily. Ever’man is member-focused, guided by cooperative principles.
What sets you and your business apart?
At Ever’man, we provide healthier, more nutritious, alternatives to conventional offerings, while still providing our members and customers with a wide variety of foods. Due to our long-term relationships with local and regional farmers, seasonal selections are plentiful. Our cooperative supports organic, local, cruelty-free, fair trade, and Non-GMO products.
What inspires you?
Our staff is inspired by our mission statement to provide the greater Gulf Coast area with education about health, nutrition, and environmental issues; access to healthy, natural foods and products at the lowest possible price; support for responsible, local agriculture and small business; an example of green business practices.
Other than your business, what’s on your local “best” list?
We have the best white and pristine beaches, with choice restaurants and bars that offer a seat to the best views. We can also shop the unique offers of small business owners, enjoy outdoor sports, or go to any number of locally organized events.
Answers by:
Maria Pinochet, Marketing Manager

The Fish House
600 S. Barracks St., fishhousepensacola.com

How long have you been in business/practicing?
The Fish House, located on the water in Downtown Pensacola, has been a part of the community for over 18 years.
What sets you and your business apart?
We strive each and every day to create a positive dining experience for our guests; it is the foundation from which we began. We are proud to be a locally owned and operated business serving our friends, families, and visitors some of the best that our community has to offer.
What inspires you?
Our community is a constant source of inspiration for us all. It is what inspires us to be the best we can be.
Other than your business, what’s on your local ‘best’ list?
Pensacola Naval Air Museum, Blue Angels, Historic Pensacola Village, Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola Opera, Pensacola Symphony, Ballet Pensacola, Pensacola Little Theatre, IMPACT 100, University of West Florida, our beautiful beaches—the list goes on and on.
Answers by:
Maria Goldberg, Director of Marketing, Public Relations and Events

The Grand Marlin Restaurant & Oyster Bar
400 Pensacola Beach Blvd., thegrandmarlin.com
How long have you been in business/practicing?
Since opening in 2010, The Grand Marlin has become a favorite dining destination for locals and visitors alike, earning accolades from Trip Advisor, Open Table, and Wine Spectator. An inspired menu of fresh, delicious coastal cuisine, stunning views, and the friendly, attentive staff keeps our guests coming back for more.
What sets you and your business apart?
The Grand Marlin takes pride in the freshness and quality of all our food and ingredients, especially seafood. We provide the freshest seafood available and print our menus twice daily, reflecting our selections. We boast the area’s best-stocked, most tempting oyster bar where the finest oysters are shucked to order.
What inspires you?
We have a lifelong passion for serving great tasting seafood and are dedicated to using the freshest products available. Our focus is to provide upscale-casual dining while serving fresh, local ingredients paired with exceptional service in an inviting and relaxed environment.
Other than your business, what’s on your local ‘best’ list? Pensacola Beach is tops on our “best” list. Our team originated in Atlanta, and when we began discussing The Grand Marlin concept, we knew Pensacola Beach was the perfect location. We also count locals as “best” in our book—their support helps keep us busy year-round.
Answers by:
Julie Linander, Outside Sales and Marketing Manager

Hot Spot Barbecue
901 E. La Rua St., facebook.com/hotspotpensacola

How long have you been in business/practicing?
Since June 2013.
What sets you and your business apart?
We’ve got the best Southern Barbecue in the area.
Other than your business, what’s on your local ‘best’ list?
Downtown, Palafox St. and Pensacola Beach.
Answers by:
James Hlubek, Manager

Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille
997 S. Palafox, jacosbayfrontbarandgrille.com

How long have you been in business/practicing?
We are celebrating our sixth year.
What sets you and your business apart?
Our spectacular location on Palafox Marina and beautiful sunsets, while enjoying prepared from scratch daily food in a tiny kitchen.
What inspires you?
Seeing our customers smiling, unwinding, and enjoying our food, service, and spectacular location.
Other than your business, what’s on your local “best” list?
Our sister spot—V. Paul’s Italian Ristorante on Palafox.
Answers by:
David Hambrick, Owner

The Magnolia
2907 E. Cervantes St., magnoliapensacola.com

How long have you been in business/practicing?
On Halloween this year, we will celebrate our five-year anniversary.
What sets you and your business apart?
We do what we like. We make food we love to eat and put a lot of love into every decision we make. We hope when you walk into our little bar, you feel welcome and comfortable.
What inspires you?
People who take risks and work hard. Kindness. Passion for something. And good music always gets the creative juices flowing too.
Other than your business, what’s on your local ‘best’ list?
Kiley’s brother, Patrick, has a fantastic place called Union Public House. We buy cars from her other brother, Ryan, at Sandy Sansing Nissan. Her brother-in-law, Antonio Bruni, is on this very list as runner-up best attorney, but he’s numero uno in our book.
Answers by: Bill and Kiley Manning, Owners/Operators

New Yorker Deli & Pizzeria
3001 E. Cervantes St., newyorkerdeliandpizzeria.com

How long have you been in business/practicing?
Our business opened its doors in 1991, and we are proud to say that we are celebrating our 25th year.
What sets you and your business apart?
We believe that what sets us apart is our large selection of menu items with fresh ingredients and great prices. We work hard to provide a menu that offers something for everyone. We take pride in making sure that every customer receives great service and great food with every visit.
What inspires you?
One of the many things that inspire us is getting to know the people in the community that we are lucky enough to serve. We strive to treat our customers like family and work hard to give back to the community that we work and live in.
Other than your business, what’s on your local ‘best’ list?
We are a fan of all of our locally owned businesses and feel that Tomato Joe and Tomato Pam deserve to be recognized for all of the fresh tomatoes they provide to local businesses in the area.
Answers by
: Wayne and Renee Nix, Owners

Nom Sushi Izakaya
410 S. Palafox, nomsushi.com

How long have you been in business/practicing
? We will be celebrating our two-year anniversary on October 17.
What sets you and your business apart?
Nom is unique because we have a great team that is dedicated to our mission of providing delicious, scratch-made food in a fun environment. From the ramen noodles to the steamed buns, everything on our menu is made in-house. We focus on sustainability and bringing in fresh fish everyday.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by the simplicity of Japanese cuisine and the fresh fish and seasonal produce that we work with. We work to create beautiful dishes that let the flavor of the product shine.
Other than your business, what’s on your local “best” list?
We’re lucky to have so many great options in Pensacola, but no warm weekend is complete without a trip to Pensacola Beach, followed by a Bushwhacker, live music, and a sunset at Paradise Bar and Grille.
Answers by:
Brad Jones, Owner and Executive Chef

Polonza Bistro
286 N. Palafox St., polonza.com

How long have you been in business/practicing?
Five years
What sets you and your business apart?
Everything is made from scratch with local ingredients, plus we are family owned and family run. We are also one of the only restaurants in town offering specialty coffee with highly trained baristas with a large bar, so regulars have front row seats to all the action.
What inspires you?
Connecting with the regulars and making a positive impact in our community by providing a space for interaction and connection. Plus, we love showcasing the highest quality coffee program in the south with excellently trained baristas and personable staff.
Other than your business, what’s on your local ‘best’ list?
Union Public House has done an excellent job of showcasing amazing southern comfort food in an elevated way, and their cocktail program is the best around.
Answers by:
Tasha Bronson, Cafe Manager and Jami Brown, Front of House Manager

Restaurant IRON
22 N. Palafox St., restaurantiron.com

How long have you been in business/practicing?
We opened in the Summer of 2012 and moved to our current downtown location in December of 2014.
What sets you and your business apart?
We believe our desire to constantly improve set us apart. Each member of our staff is constantly learning new techniques and trends in hopes of offering an exceptional product.
What inspires you?
We are always inspired by our guests who provide us great feedback. Plus we have access to wonderful fresh, local ingredients, which drives our creativity. It is inspiring to see others put their hearts into their business. You can tell when someone is genuinely proud of the product they provide.
Other than your business, what’s on your local ‘best’ list?
There are so many great finds in Pensacola. We love Nomadic Eats, Taqueria El Asador, East Hill Market (the meatballs are great) and Sky’s Pizza Pie.
Answers by:
Nikki Nash, Managing Partner

The Ruby Slipper Cafe
509 S. Palafox, therubyslippercafe.net

How long have you been in business/practicing?
We opened our first location in New Orleans in May 2008. We have since grown to six locations—including four in New Orleans, one in Pensacola (opened July 2015) and one in Orange Beach (opened June 2016).
What sets you and your business apart?
We bring New Orleans flair to southern breakfast standards, brunch classics, and fresh lunch dishes. Our commitment to quality and the communities where we live and work also help set us apart.
What inspires you?
Being a breakfast/brunch-focused restaurant allows you to set the tone for your customers’ day. If you give them great service and a delicious meal, you’re setting them up for success.
Other than your business, what’s on your local “best” list?
In downtown, we love Global Grill, Jackson’s and the Bodacious companies. On the beach, we love the beach itself, Peg Leg Pete’s and The Grand Marlin.
Answers by:
Jennifer Weishaupt, Chief Operating Officer/Co-Owner

Sky’s Pizza Pie
5559 N. Davis Highway, skyspizzapie.com

How long have you been in business/practicing?
I’ve been in the food service industry for over 20 years and in business for six years.
What sets you and your business apart?
We sell New York style pizza by the slice, along with full-size pies. We use fresh ingredients, our dough is made daily in store, everything is made to order, and we strongly strive for consistency.
What inspires you?
My daughter, Skylah, pushes me to strive for my best each day to set an example for her and her future. She also loves my staff and making pizza.
Other than your business, what’s on your local ‘best’ list?
I personally love Four Winds International Food Market. I appreciate his passion for food and other specialty items.
Answers by:
Sarah Noble, Owner

The Tin Cow
102 S. Palafox, thetincow.com

How long have you been in business/practicing?
Four and a half years
What sets you and your business apart?
We are a burger venue unlike any other. We offer you a chance to build your dream burger, topped with anything and everything under the sun, prepared by our grill masters and delivered right to your table. We know who we are: canned craft beer, spiked milkshakes, and the best burgers.
What inspires you?
The growth in downtown, the demand from our loyal customers to keep expanding—we are up to three open locations with constant calls requesting for us to open in other locations and folks inquiring about franchising.
Other than your business, what’s on your local “best” list?
New Yorker Deli is my favorite sandwich. I love both Play & Escape on Palafox (especially after a few beverages from one of our establishments), and IRON is my special occasion/birthday go-to. Pot Roast & Pinot has the best wine list hands down, but I also must mention The Wine Bar because they have the best charcuterie.
Answers by:
Renee Legere, Marketing Manager

Union Public House
309 S. Reus St., unionfl.com

How long have you been in business/practicing?
Union opened December 31, 2015, and we’ve been slammed ever since. We are pumped that Pensacola has come out in masses to support us.
What sets you and your business apart?
Aside from the high quality of our product, Pat and I have very unique and modern tastes to please the palette.
What inspires you?
Pensacola’s growth
Answers by:
Blake Rushing, Owner/Chef

V. Paul’s Italian Ristorante
29 S. Palafox, vpauls.com

How long have you been in business/practicing?
Two years
What sets you and your business apart?
Italian coastal cuisine with our made from scratch sauces. Plus we’ve got the best collection of Italian wines on the Gulf Coast and a beautiful metropolitan setting in the core of downtown Pensacola.
What inspires you?
Seeing friends and family meet to enjoy our food and drink.
Other than your business, what’s on your local “best” list?
Our sister spot—Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille.
Answers by:
David Hambrick, Co-Owner

VooDoo BBQ & Grill
1741 E. Nine Mile Road, Unit 9, voodoobbqandgrill.com

How long have you been in business/practicing?
We will celebrate our two-year anniversary on November 11, 2016.
What sets you and your business apart?
VooDoo BBQ & Grill brings together your favorite bbq styles and kicks them up a notch with Caribbean, Cajun, and Creole spices. We also feature other Louisiana legends like red beans and rice, jambalaya, bbq shrimp, as well as shrimp po-boys, salads, and fresh made burgers.
What inspires you?
We are inspired by our faithful customers who allow us to serve them on a regular basis and by our ‘krewe’ members who take pride in the product they serve.
Other than your business, what’s on your local ‘best’ list?
Where do we start? There are so many great things about Pensacola—which is exactly why we opened our business here. We love to frequent many establishments on the beach, as well as downtown.
Answers by:
Rick West, Owner/General Manager

Wild Honey Frozen Yogurt
7175 N. Davis Highway, facebook.com/wildhoneyfroyo

How long have you been in business/practicing?
We opened for business in February 2014.
What sets you and your business apart?
We are known for our premium-frozen yogurt, gelato, custard, Italian ice and sorbets. We also feature a generous toppings bar with over 80 fresh and delicious toppings to choose from, and our fabulous, fun and family-friendly atmosphere is the perfect place for Pensacolians to enjoy a special treat.
What inspires you?
I love Pensacola. I grew up here, and it is my home. The wonderful people of our town inspire me daily. The families and individuals that we are blessed to serve at Wild Honey are a continual inspiration to me and to our team.
Other than your business, what’s on your local ‘best’ list?
Who doesn’t love Pensacola beaches? It’s what makes us a beautiful destination for so many people. We are blessed to live here.
Answers by:
Theresa Ward, Owner/Operator

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