Ultimate food guide to the Florida Panhandle

Growing up on the white sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast I was constantly spoiled with delicious seafood, never ending entertainment and priceless sunsets!

Headed to the Florida Panhandle soon? Need more of an excuse to go ;) Are you a local and want to try something new? Well, you found the source – Your ultimate guide to my favorite eatery’s along the Florida Gulf Coast!


Tucked away in my favorite corner of the world, home.

Location: Pensacola Beach

Red Fish Blue Fish: I call this restaurant the adult (ok kids too) playground! It’s your ultimate sunset hotspot! Enjoy a drink while lounging by the Santa Rosa Sound, or play one of their many outdoor games while snackin’. This colorful building is tucked away off Via De Luna Drive on Pensacola Beach, across from the Hilton.

Kara’s Favorite: Shrimp Po’boy (don’t opt for a salad and get the fries please) And to sip? Their signature, Blue Angel!


Dog House Deli: So hear me out for a sec ya’ll. This popular eatery serves an impressive selection of fully loaded hot dogs and Southern-style menu items. Off Palofox and also off Via De Luna Dr, Pensacola Beach.

Fav: Breakfast is killer here. Shrimp and Grits are the bomb diggity.

Sidelines: The most popular sports bar in the Pensacola area. No view of the beach but I’m sure your favorite game is on and you will run into 3 people you know. (I actually worked here for a short time in my life, I think half the people I graduated with worked here at one point in their lives). On Thursdays they have 69 cent wing night (no take home boxes)!

Fav: HANDS DOWN. Florida Marlin. No mayo. Add American Cheese. Lose the tartar. BOOM.

Location: Pensacola

Scenic 90 Café: Breakfast… a l l     d a y. Just look for the shiny diner that resembles a silver bullet and you’ve found it.

Fav: Cajun Omelet, bring on the hot sauce. // Need to walk it off? There is a great wooden walking trail just north of this restaurant called Bay Bluffs. Bring a friend.

Al Fresco: Hip, and trendy eatery (wait my Pensacola?! YES PCOLA is poppin’) Choose from four different food trucks or more seating/dining in the Shux Oyster Bar. Stroll up on your bike before a Wahoos game or post-concert! All are welcomed under the shaded palm tress! Enjoy.

Fav: Shux: Dozen Oysters (raw); crackers and hot sauce, please.


Photo provided by: Matt Patrick, follow his Instagram account @thecoconuttyprofessor for sun, sand and sea inspiration.

The Bodacious Brew: Your coffee fix… Fixed. Enjoy a light breakfast out on Palafox while sippin on some brew and people watching.

Fav: Caramel Latte (Kara likes this place a latte), and the Spanish Wrap. Extra salsa.

Same location but new addition the Brew Thru on the corner of Baylen Street & Main Street in downtown Pensacola.

Jerry’s Drive In: This iconic eatery is located in East Pensacola Heights, and they’ve been serving Pensacola since 1939! They never disappoint me with their southern hospitality and humorous wall memorabilia.

Fav: Milkshake and classic fries

Joe Pattis Seafood: A visit to Pensacola always requires a trip to the iconic Joe Patti’s Seafood. It’s an adventure in itself. The freshest seafood in town can be found at the iconic Joe Pattie’s Seafood, in Downtown Pensacola. Come here for -the- freshest seafood you will come close too. Any closer and you would be out there catchin it yourself. After you pull your number make a quick stop inside Amangiari’s Deli and Specialty Food Market for gourmet cheeses and specialty meats (you know those items that really add). Grab your handcrafted sushi and head outside.

P.S: This establishment is smelly.

P.S.S: When your getting that oh so fresh seafood, nothing else matters. YUM.

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Enjoy your tasty goodness outside or bring your selection home to cook surrounded by family and friends.


Location: Gulf Breeze:

Aegean Breeze: Two words for ya.. Gyro Meat. Best (well, only) Greek food you will find near the beach, tucked away in quaint Harbor Town, right before the bridge. This family owned restaurant has been cooking up one of my favorite cuisines for as long as I can remember.

Fav: Salmon Greek Salad (can feed two, unless you’re me); extra tzatziki on the side.

Santino’s: Picking the kids up from practice and need to grab something quick? Headed back from a long day at beach? Santino’s has been serving up my favorites for as long as I can remember. Locations: Pcola, Gulf Breeze, and Pace. They cut their pizza in squares and just might be my favorite pizza in the world (and that means A WHOLE LOT). OH and they have these things called grinders (aka God’s gift to the world; aka sandwiches, aka dankness).

Fav: Turkey and Cheese (all grinders served hot, unless otherwise requested). In highschool I went through a Baked Spaghetti stage. Don’t get me started on their garlic cheese sticks.


Your ultimate food guide to the place I call home :)


Boy am I hungry. This was too much fun. If you are a local or have been to any of these places before tell me your favorite restaurants! You can even send me a photo and I’ll feature your photo on this page! #upsideofflorida #explorepensacola.


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