Good Eats: With kids, it’s hands down The Tuscan Oven—kids get to play with pizza dough and it’s a family operation. On date night, it’s Jackson’s or Global Grill downtown, and The Grand Marlin on the beach. There is nothing better than traveling to a restaurant in a boat!
Retail Therapy: Now that cobia season is here, my personal therapy is to unnecessarily buy fishing tackle at Gulf Breeze Bait & Tackle or Outcast. I always seem to have more tackle than I will ever need in a lifetime, but buy things anyway. It actually helps me feel better about losing a rod and reel after my four-year-old drops it overboard.
Watering Holes: If I am downtown, 5 1/2 Bar is clearly my favorite—classic bar, good bartenders and a “New Orleans” feel. At the beach I respect any place that has a dock. Paradise Bar & Grill is always a good stop and the Bushwhackers are some of the best! You are not a true local if you can’t recognize a quality Bushwhacker.
Nightlife: Downtown is great and it’s hard to beat. The Fish House, Jaco’s, Wine Bar and Hopjacks are a few of the usual stops. Now that summer is here, the beach bars are also great. I have to mention The Break and Shaker to name a few. Dave Kelly at The Break was even nice enough to name a drink after me after a vacation. I think it’s my only “claim to fame.”
Outdoors: When there is any free time, I am on a boat with family. My favorite places are in the Santa Rosa Sound exploring the National Park and looking for trout, redfish and crab with my kids, or at Fort McRee. Anyone who has not visited these areas is missing out! Now that I have seen the grass in the field and the view from the stadium, I look forward to watching the Blue Wahoos. Pensacola should really be excited!
Arts & Culture: I enjoy seeing live music at Vinyl. I have seen a ton of great musicians come to Pensacola since Vinyl opened its doors and we are lucky to have them on Palafox!
Never Miss Events/Festivals: All of the Fiesta events are great! That organization does a ton for the community. The Seafood Festival and Crawfish Festival are a few favorites. Where else can your kids race crawfish?