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My Pensacola—Chad Stacy

Chad  Stacy
Day Job: Financial Advisor with Rodney Rich and Company
Pensacola Resident Since: 2006

My Pensacola goes from Cordova to Downtown, out to Gulf Breeze and Pensacola Beach.

Good Eats:
First, if you need to cater a lunch, there’s no one better than Chet’s Seafood, where Randy and Justin still catch what they serve.
Downtown, you can’t beat the view at Jaco’s and Seville Quarter has the best soup and salad bar.
If I’m in Cordova, it’s a toss-up between Jersey Mike’s and Firehouse Subs.
But, I also love Chili’s.  I prefer to sit at the bar (free chips and salsa) where Amanda does an awesome job during lunch.
For Dinner, Downtown Rules. Tre Fratelli is a great place to take a date.
It’s hard to beat Fish House for Brunch.  I took my Mom there for her birthday and she loved it.  JP and Company are on top of their game.
If you want Mexican, drive on up 12th Avenue and go see Lee and Joni at Cactus Flower.  Those ladies have perfected their style.  Ask for one of Lee’s favorite wines to go with your dinner.
If dining on the beach, we prefer to go by boat.  You can dock up at the Grand Marlin and grab a surf and turf combo or you can head over to Peg Leg Pete’s and enjoy a Shipwreck with some of the best oysters on the coast.

Retail Therapy:
I don’t really shop that much, but these are my favorites:
Business/Professional:  Don Allen’s
Jeans: Buckle for Lucky and Big Star
Shirts:  Southern Tide, Vineyard Vines which I buy mostly online unless Don Allen’s has it.
Shorts, Flops, and Fishing:   Outcast Bait and Tackle has it all!  AFTCO are the best fishing shorts, Rainbows are best knock-around flops, Crocks and Guy Harvey are best flops for fishing.

Watering Holes:
Pat takes care of my Seville Rotary Club on Tuesdays at Seville Quarter/Rosie O’Grady’s.
Angela always makes me a good drink on The Deck at Fish House, while Lucas puts a show on for the ladies on Wednesdays.
Anytime on the weekend is a good time for a boat ride to Paradise Bar and Grill, where the bushwhackers and music make the atmosphere a secret hangout for the locals.

Nightlife:
Summertime is easy, everyone’s at the beach.   Genti and Lauren are my favorite bartenders at Capt. Fun’s.  Congrats on your recent engagement!
Fall is dominated by my Auburn Tigers, but when I’m not at the game I like to watch them with the Auburn Club at HelenBack.  I may stop downstairs and say hello to George and Alex at ICE, and then walk down to Intermission. I think everyone knows the drill…

Outdoors:
I love the water; it’s why I moved here.  I love to fish.  Our preferred way of travel on the weekend is by boat.  Somewhere between our canal and the Pass is where we’ll be.  Sunday dinner is at our house or Gary’s and we’re grilling out what we caught that weekend.  If I get lucky, we’ll take a trip in Rodney’s boat and Robert Barnes will put us on the good spots about 30 to 40 miles out.   Paddle boarding is also my new obsession.  On a flat day there’s nothing better than cruising around the Gulf or behind Quietwater Beach.
I also love sports.  I play at Exchange Park for Dave Presnell and his Franchise, Big Rhino, where our Co-Ed Softball team has won its last four seasons and our Men’s Flag Football team is the defending Champion!

Arts & Culture:
Don’t blink or you’ll miss some sort of history in Pensacola.  From the grounds of the old Pensacola/Alabama Railroad where my Firm sits today, down to Seville Historical District, out to Fort Pickens/Fort McRae.  Gallery Night turns Palafox Street into a classy Bourbon Street for a night of socializing with friends and celebrating local artists.

Never Miss Events/ Festivals:
Blue Angels Weekend- Little Sabine is the place to be. If you’re riding over with us, be on the dock at 8 a.m.!!
Mardi Gras Parades- The Beach Parade is my favorite, and everyone ends up at the Sandshaker of course!
Opening Day for the Blue Wahoos-  Can’t wait!!! Thank you Quint!!