I like lunch meetings, and a lot of those happen on the beach. My two favorites are on the Boardwalk: Laguna’s (chicken and waffles or fried oyster tacos are both killer) and Hemingway’s (black bean chili is great, and the best green beans you’ve ever eaten). In town, my favorite is Five Sisters (fried chicken, of course). I also love Jaco’s and Leisure Club.
I’m lucky that Sara is an amazing cook, but for date nights we love Aegean in GB (Stavros cooks a great steak), Fish House (great gumbo, grits and sushi), and Dot is an incredible sushi chef at The Hilton. For family dinners, we love Cactus Flower for Mexican, and Grand Marlin (Lisa is the best, and the fried lobster app is just plain great).
Hmm. Not really our specialty, as we’re asleep most nights by 9:30 p.m., but when we do go out it is definitely Vinyl. It is an incredible venue, and one of the greatest gems in our city. Super cool space, incredible sound system, and the acts that they bring in are just awesome. Their bar, 5 ½, is amazing.
I love to do triathlons. For the best swim, bike or run training, I use coaches Mark and John at Multisport Performance Institute. They are fantastic. I swim at Portofino (they have a club membership option), bike all over the place (the 28 mile stretch on the beach from Fort Pickens to Navarre Beach never gets old, with water views on both sides), and run 6@6 at Running Wild (Paul’s running store is great). For a great triathlon training and social group, I belong to Tri Gulf Coast and love their annual Mere Mortals program.
Tough not to mention the Naval Aviation Museum and especially the new Naval Flight Academy, which is so cool and going to be a huge attraction when it opens. My kids are in the Pensacola Children’s Chorus (the Potes do an amazing job, especially Christmas on the Coast). We are very excited for opening day of the Blue Wahoos, and all the other cool stuff on the horizon at the Maritime Park. Sara and I can’t wait for the home-made pasta at the soon-to-be-open Bodacious Olive on Palafox.
Never Miss Events/Festivals:
If we are in town, we never miss Gallery Night (Zarzaur’s graffiti wall is awesome) and we love hanging out at Jewelers Trade (they have the best catered apps brought in from Ed Smith). The Santa Rosa Island triathlon is an awesome event, as is the Double Bridge Run. The Pensacola Museum of Art has some great events (Art in the Park, Art in Bloom), and we love the Seafood Festival and the Gulf Coast Arts Festival.