600 South and New World Landing
600 South Palafox, 432-5254, 600southpalafox.com
Renowned Chef Tony Wall has joined 600 South and New World Landing as Executive Chef and Operations Manager. He comes to New World with an impressive resume’ and in 1998 was selected as one of the top six chefs in the United States. Beginning April 25, New World will offer an all-inclusive Sunday Brunch in the Courtyard and at 600 South. 600 South is a wine and tapas bar with a sophisticated atmosphere. It was selected as one of “Florida’s Finest Bars” in 2009 by Florida Trend magazine.
The Atlas Oyster House
600 S. Barracks St., 437-1961, goodgrits.com
Located on Pensacola Bay only steps away from its sister restaurant, The Fish House, Atlas offers a waterfront dining experience that’s a bit more casual than you’ll find next door. Atlas is a favorite of locals and visitors alike and stands by its name as “the place” to find delicious local oysters. Apalachicola Bay and East Bay oysters are harvested and driven to them fresh each day. Try them raw, baked or steamed. Atlas also prepares locally caught fish and shellfish such as red snapper, grouper, mahi-mahi, blue crab, and Gulf shrimp. In addition, the menu also includes cold-smoked steaks, chicken and pasta entrees as well as daily specials, sushi and a children’s menu. Many Fish House favorites are also served at Atlas. The dessert list includes the restaurant’s famous key lime pie.
A Wing & A Prayer
314 S. Navy Blvd., Suite A, 457-9994, palmetto-plaza.com
In addition to jumbo wings that come with a variety of delectable sauces, A Wing & A Prayer also serves up breakfast items such as the Breakfast Pizza, Breakfast Burrito and Biscuit and Gravy Bowl. For lunch, you can choose from a huge variety of salads, hot sandwiches like Chef Joe’s Signature Sandwich (grilled chicken, pesto mayonnaise, smoked bacon and jalapeno chedder cheese served on a multi-grain bun), subs, burgers, gyros and more. The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Catering is also available and can be customized for anything from casual breakfasts to elegant dinners.
Cactus Flower Cafe
3425 N. 12th Ave., 432-8100; 3309 Gulf Beach Highway, West Pensacola, 458-3833; 8725 Ortega Park Drive,
You won’t find the traditional A-F Mexican food menu at Cactus Flower. The California-style eatery has created a large following due to its homemade, original dishes — including its massive burritos — offered at reasonable prices. All of the restaurant’s food, salsas and sauces are made fresh, twice daily. In addition, Cactus Flower prepares food fresh to order. This takes a bit a bit longer, but the packed dining rooms day and night are evidence that their customers think it’s worth the wait. From fabulous appetizers (check out the queso dip) and entrees to incredible desserts — all made in-house — to the vast wine menu, Cactus Flower has become a Pensacola dining staple.
300 S. Alcaniz St., 433-1275, dharmablue.com
Dharma Blue is truly a coastal restaurant with a full cocktail bar and sushi bar. With a great wine list by the glass and the bottle, a versatile menu from steaks to pastas to salads to locally caught seafood and outdoor seating, Dharma Blue seems to have it all. Located on historic Seville Square, the outdoor dining experience under the umbrellas gives you a real feel for old Pensacola. The lunch menu varies from soup to quiche to pasta specials. A local favorite is the Fried Green Tomato Club with applewood-smoked bacon and spicy creole honey mustard with your choice of cheddar or pepper jack cheese. The dinner menu is a bit more elaborate, offering an extensive sushi menu, special entrees, fresh gulf seafood and steaks.
The Fish House
600 S. Barracks St., 470-0003, goodgrits.com
The Fish offers upscale dockside dining overlooking beautiful Pensacola Bay and Seville Harbor. Just steps away from Historic Seville Square, the award-winning restaurant features an inventive menu of fresh, daily seafood selections, house-smoked steaks, sushi, a handpicked wine list with over 300 wines, and the world-famous Grits a Ya Ya: A delectable Southern specialty of smoked Gouda cheese grits smothered with a sauce of fresh cream, sauteed Gulf shrimp, spinach, portobello mushrooms, applewood-smoked bacon, garlic and shallots. The Fish House also offers a full bar, late night menu and brunch on Sundays.
Geno’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant
9276 N. Davis Highway, 477-2365
Geno’s is proof that nice surprises come in little packages. This family restaurant opened in 1973 as a pizza parlor serving UWF students and the military personnel stationed at Ellyson Field. Over the years, Geno’s has doubled in size and added more homemade Italian entrees and daily lunch and dinner specials. Geno’s is an IN Best of the Coast favorite year after year, with its mom-and-pop atmosphere, friendly service and all your homey Italian favorites. This hidden gym near the UWF campus is a little out-of-the way for those of us in the south end of the county but well worth the trip.
The Global Grill
25 Palafox Place, 469-9966, dineglobalgrill.com
With an excellent bar and what is perhaps the most distinctive menu in town, Global Grill is the drinks, tapas, dinner or dessert destination for anyone who enjoys an upscale but low-key dining experience. Global’s wait staff and ambiance, with its artwork and occasional soft live music, are top notch. They also offer one of the most extensive wine lists in the area. Every meal must be finished off with the gooey-centered Spanish chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream or the creme brulee.
The Grand Marlin
400 Pensacola Beach Blvd., 677-9153, thegrandmarlin.com
With views of Santa Rosa Sound and sunsets over Pensacola Bay, The Grand Marlin offers a relaxed atmosphere where patrons enjoy the Gulf Coast’s most memorable dining experience. Printing its menu daily, The Grand Marlin chooses only the freshest fish and shellfish and each day brings specials from the kitchen of prize-winning Chef Gregg McCarthy. From tempting steaks to succulent poultry dishes to the finest seafood, The Grand Marlin has a taste for every taste.
The Gutter Lounge
3200 N. Palafox St., 434-6441,
What’s better than live music and drinks? Live music and drinks…and bowling.
The Gutter Lounge can make it all happen. The Gutter Lounge is one of Pensacola’s premiere blues bars and an overall entertainment extravaganza complete with pool, electronic darts, foosball, live entertainment and full bar. The Gutter also offers big screen TVs for sports fans and a menu offering great bar food to complement your brew. The Gutter Lounge is part of the Phoenix Crossing entertainment complex, also featuring the New Liberty Lanes Bowling Center and the Phoenix X-Park Skating Park.
Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom
10 Palafox Place, 497-6073, hopjacks.com
Hopjacks exudes an eclectic, hip atmosphere and has a fully stocked bar with an unbelievable beer selection. The pizza is just as noteworthy because of its top-quality ingredients and wide variety of toppings you won’t find at other pizza joints, such as real steak filets. And like any self respecting pizza restaurant and bar, they cater to the late-night munchies crowd until 2:30 a.m. If you haven’t already, you have to check out the local favorite — hearty Belgian fries with a roasted garlic herb dip. On almost every weekend, Hopjacks has live music ranging from blues, jazz, alternative, reggae, big band to new wave. Hopjacks’ motto pretty much sums it up: “Hot pizza. Cold beer. Cool music.”
Hunan Chinese Restaurant
3102 E. Cervantes St., 438-4787, hunanofpensacola.com
The winner of IN’s Best of the Coast “Best Chinese Restaurant” category for the last five years, Hunan offers a sushi bar, full-line buffet with over 150 items, and an extensive menu of traditional Chinese cuisine. The buffet features a smorgasbord of noodles, seafood, vegetables, soups, desserts and more, including snow crab, raw oysters, blue crab, Beijing duck, boiled shrimp, salt and pepper shrimp, coconut shrimp, Mongolian shrimp, fried shrimp, shrimp with lobsters tail, baked salmon, panfried fish, roast beef and more — and for $6.98 for lunch and $9.98 for dinner, it’s a great deal to boot. Love American Idol? Hunan offers karaoke every Saturday and Sunday from 6-10 p.m. Delivery, carry out and catering are also available.
400 Palafox Place, 437-1343, jacksons.goodgrits.com
For decadent dining, fabulous martinis and an extensive wine list, all in a pristine, cosmopolitan atmosphere, Jackson’s is the place to dine for lunch and dinner. The eclectic menu offers innovative dishes with southern charm, as well as some of the best steaks in the region. Over the past decade, Jackson’s has earned the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator eight times. In addition, as an eight-time consecutive recipient of Florida Trend magazine’s Golden Spoon Award, Jackson’s is considered one of Florida’s top 25 restaurants and is placed by the Distinguished Restaurants of North America in the top two percent of all fine dining restaurants in the country.
5175 Bayou Blvd., 475-7575, mellowmushroom.net
One of Pensacola’s newest dining additions, Mellow Mushroom serves up a variety of soups, appetizers, build-your-own salads, hand-tossed gourmet pizza, calzones, subs, hoagies and more. Build your own pizza using a smorgasbord of nearly 50 toppings, or choose from their 11 specialty pies such as the Funky Q. Chicken — with BBQ chicken, cheddar cheese, onions and bacon — or the Mighty Meaty — stacked with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ground beef, ham and bacon. Not only does Mellow Mushroom have an extensive food menu — It also offers a full bar with over 120 beers to choose from, including 72 on draft. They’ll soon be offering live entertainment at Mellow Music Live. Go to mellowmushroom.com/Pensacola for details.
45-A Via De Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach, 934-4848, thenativecafe.com
Owned and operated by Pensacola natives, Native Cafe is the place to taste all the flavors that the Gulf Coast has to offer. Known to the locals for being the best breakfast restaurant on the beach, Native Cafe is the place to get fueled up before or after a long day of surf, sun and sand. The cafe offers hearty homemade breakfast, southern-style sandwiches and Gulf seafood. Native Cafe’s signature dish, The Original Florida Fish Tacos, has gained praise from local and distant communities as among the best. Native Cafe opens daily at 7:30 a.m. and is now open for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays until 9 p.m. Also now available: two-for-one domestic and import beers and $3 margaritas, mimosas, Bloody Marys and sangria.
New York Nick’s
9 S. Palafox Place, 469-1984, newyorknicks.net
Nick’s is a sports bar with great food that’s never closed, even during hurricanes and holidays. This sports bar has the requisite paraphernalia covering the walls, every sports package in the free world, more than 40 TVs, nightly drink specials, happy hour, and a great selection of made-from-scratch-food that makes you sometimes forget that you’re eating in a sports bar. Nick’s caters to the business lunch crowd in need of a wrap and a Wimbledon update, the hockey fan hankering for a meatball sub, and the March Madness devotee searching for wings.
Paradise Bar and Grill
21 Via De Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach, 916-5087, paradisebar-grill.com
Paradise is one of Pensacola Beach’s premier music destinations. On any given night you may be treated to national touring bands or one of the best local entertainers. Sip a cocktail and enjoy the view while the grill prepares one of its famous burgers, sandwiches or seafood dishes. There’s no need to drive home because this local hangout is located next to Paradise Inn, an economical, recently renovated, retro-style hotel. Tucked away in a secluded corner away from the mainstream just steps from the waterline, Paradise Bar & Grill is the perfect spot to kick back and relax in one of the lounge chairs.
400 S. Jefferson St., 439-6545, portabellomarket.com
Portobello is tucked away inside the cozy atrium of the Pensacola Cultural Center and caters to the downtown lunch crowd from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an array of unique entrees. If you can find a seat in the sea of investment bankers and lawyers, choose from delicious soups, salads, wraps, sandwiches, as well as pasta and seafood entrees prepared by award-winning chef Erika Thomas. If you can’t decide on something on the menu, an extensive fresh fruit and salad bar is also available. Catering is also available. Contact the staff for details on Portabello’s special event menu and seating arrangements.
130 E. Government St., 434-6211, sevillequarter.com
Seville Quarter isn’t just a place to shake your thing. It also offers dining in a New Orleans-style atmosphere with historic features and decor. There is plenty of American fare to enjoy, including appetizers, soups, salads, seafood, sandwiches, wraps, fried chicken and seafood baskets, pizza, desserts and more. Customer favorites include the popular Apple Annie’s burger and Palace Oyster Bar’s oysters on the half shell. Phineas Phogg’s doesn’t have to be bumpin’ for Seville to exist. We promise. The weekday menu is served from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Wingz 2 Go Wingery & Restaurant
9409 Highway 98, 457-7224
Wingz 2 Go serves up authentic Buffalo-style wings with your choice of 23 flavors from mild to wild. Choose from more traditional flavors like hot, honey barbeque and mild, or go for a more unique option with out-of-the-box choices like the popular Cajun ranch, which is unique to Wingz 2 Go, and hot teriyaki lemon pepper, which was created by accident but is now one of their bestselling sauces. Wingz 2 Go serves jumbo wings and will even fry to their customers’ liking — from lightly crispy to full-fledged “wing jerky.” You can also choose from a variety of appetizers, strips, fries, sandwiches, salads, wraps, burgers, fried livers, gizzards and more. Dine in or carry out.
1451 Tiger Park Lane, 932-7289; 2640 Creighton Road, 477-0025, zaxbys.com
You can’t go wrong with Zaxby’s zappetizers like the cheddar bites and spicy fried mushrooms, zalads, wings and chicken fingerz that come with your choice of over 10 different sauces. We highly recommend the Zaxby’s Club basket, with a chicken fingerz sandwich topped with bacon, green leaf lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and American cheese on Texas toast. Catering is also available — For party-sized portions of all your Zaxby’s favorites, call or walk your order in at least 24 hours in advance of pickup.