Good eats: Favorite sushi in town is Sumo Sushi at the Carlton Palms, the daily specials are well priced, the staff is friendly, and Sumo Sushi’s fish is always fresh. Favorite Mexican is Taco Rock, they make their own chorizo and horchata. Try the marinated carrots, they will make your forehead sweat (and mine’s a big one!) Favorite pizza is Hopjacks; get the butcher block and never forego the Belgian fries.
Retail Therapy: I do a lot of gardening and work around the house, so The Garden Gate outside of Gulf Breeze is where I like to go for expert advice on what are the best plants to put in the ground. I also spend a lot of time at Floral Tree Gardens, they have a great selection of plants, fertilizer, and flower pots. On Saturdays I make at least one, if not more, visit to Lowe’s. Lowe’s is where I probably do most of my “shopping” as opposed to actual purchasing. I can’t ever just walk in and buy something and walk out.
Watering Holes: Patrick at 5 1/2 is a good friend of mine and can serve you some creative and mouth-watering drinks. The Wisteria is a great place to visit with friends and to shoot pool.
Nightlife: Most of my nightlife is spent sleeping. However, we do like to make concerts at Vinyl Music Hall; they have been bringing in some great shows. George Clinton was the most memorable. The Fish House Deck is a great place to relax and unwind especially when they have live music.
Outdoors: Despite growing up here, I’m not a beach person. I like the restaurants and entertainment on the islands, but sitting in the sand doing nothing is not my idea of a good time. I like to spend the summer out on the bay and in the sound fishing. Call up Eric Holstman with Redfish University for a great inshore guide. I spend my winters in the woods hunting in Alabama. Mike’s Gun Shop is a great place to go for outfitting. When I can, I like to get up to my alma mater, Sewanee to do some hiking.
Arts & Culture: We love to go to the Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival and see all the vendors displaying their art (sometimes we buy some too). The ClassicFest Concert Series at Christ Church is wonderful and features some great artists this year.
Never Miss Events/Festivals: We love the Seafood Festival and all the great food, artwork, and music available. What a great venue to experience fall in the Panhandle. We always go to the Greek Festival each year to dine on some lamb and baklava and to watch the kids (and Judge Geeker) dance.