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My Pensacola: Whitney Fike

Whitney Fike
Day Job: PR/Marketing Coordinator, Fiesta of Five Flags
Pensacola Resident Since: Birth

Good Eats:
One of my first good experiences with oysters was at Grand Marlin. They aren’t wimpy and are hand picked—Even better when they are $4 a dozen on Tuesdays during Happy Hour.

Bottomless mimosas at Atlas on Sundays=Sunday Funday for anyone.

Norma’s Champagne Chicken Salad has to be the best thing ever made. I cannot get enough of it. I almost have to order two portions.

A couple of friends introduced me to City Grocery a couple of months back. The Bourbon Street Melt is mouth watering. We enjoyed an afternoon with our sandwiches, drinking wine and catching up.

Retail Therapy:
When taking a ride on the weekends we like to stop at Harley Davidson. I always find something that’s useful.

I thoroughly enjoy my quiet time away from it all, and Barnes and Nobles is just the place to escape. Browsing through new books while sipping a cup of Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha is bliss.

Watering Holes:
When Play has Skee Ball on Monday nights, it’s like going to Chuck E. Cheese’s all over again but with fierce competition.

You mention Hopjacks and I’m there. Draft beers are half off on Sunday. Only place in town I can get a Hummingbird, a must-try mixed draft!

Nightlife:
The Fish House just started the Summer Country Jam on Thursday Nights. Bringing in upcoming talent to the area for a free concert, I wouldn’t miss it.

Ever since Intermission became smoke free, I find myself being drawn to the quirky atmosphere.

The absolute best people watching around the area is at Flora Bama. We recently stopped by after a concert at The Wharf and enjoyed ourselves by simply watching the unique personalities that come through.

Outdoors:
To get away from the downtown crowd occasionally, I love to kayak down Blackwater River, starting at a point off Red Rock road. It’s so peaceful.

Arts & Culture:
Gallery Nights are a must attend for me. There are many familiar faces and so much talent to been seen throughout the businesses.

Never Miss Events/Festivals:
I’m a festival junkie. When I’m not helping plan and market the Fiesta of Five Flags festivals (Pensacola Seafood Festival and Pensacola Crawfish Festival), I’m attending any festival that will let me in.

As a Krewe member, attending the Pensacola Mardi Gras festivities in downtown Pensacola is always a good time for frivolity and good ole people watching.

Atlas Oyster House/The Fish House 600 S. Barracks St., goodgrits.com
Barnes & Noble 1200 Airport Blvd., barnesandnoble.com
City Grocery 2050 N. 12th Ave.
Flora-Bama Lounge 17401 Perdido Key Drive, florabama.com
Gallery Night, downtownpensacola.com/gallerynight
Grand Marlin 400 Quietwater Beach Road, thegrandmarlin.com
Harley Davidson of Pensacola 6385 Pensacola Blvd., pensacolaharley.com
Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom 10 S. Palafox, hopjacks.com
Intermission 214 S. Palafox
Norma’s on the Run 28 N. Palafox
Pensacola Crawfish Festival fiestaoffiveflags.org
Pensacola Mardi Gras pensacolamardigras.com
Pensacola Seafood Festival fiestaoffiveflags.org
Play 16 S. Palafox, Suite 200, iplaypensacola.com