Foodies for Foo Foo: Discover Pensacola’s Varied and Tasty Dining Scene
Date Posted: Oct 13, 2016
Pensacola, Fla., has long been known for fresh seafood, but it’s also an under-the-radar foodie hub capable of satisfying every palate. Meander the blocks of historic downtown and find new cafes and restaurants pulsing with global flavors. Choose a waterfront spot and watch the sunset while you dine. And before you head home, pick up unbelievably fresh local seafood from one of the world’s busiest fish markets.
Here’s a sample of Pensacola’s tempting tastes:
Joe Patti’s Seafood Market
It’s hard to beat the experience of shopping for fresh fish at the wildly efficient Joe Patti’s, Pensacola Bay’s sprawling seafood market that first opened in the 1930s. Take a number, peruse the dizzying variety and place your order. The prices are unbeatable. Don’t miss the fresh sushi made on site or the shrimp steamed to order.
Located on thriving Palafox Street overlooking Plaza Ferdinand, Jackson’s is not only one of Pensacola’s best fine dining restaurants, it’s one of the best in Florida. Chef Irv Miller’s stellar lineup combines hand selected, wet-aged, grain fed beef with vibrant interpretations of Gulf seafood. The restaurant also makes a point of using boutique produce raised by Florida farmers.
A Pensacola landmark, Jerry’s Drive-in is an old school, cash-only spot with fuss-free Southern diner fare. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the beloved dive serves up countless bacon cheeseburgers and gravy fries, but other favorites include the barbecue pork sandwich and fried pickles. This restaurant being quirky Florida at its best, try the fried mullet with a side of corn poppers.
The Tin Cow
An evening downtown isn’t complete without a stop at The Tin Cow, known for live music, build-your-own gourmet burgers and adult milkshakes. That’s right – The Tin Cow has come up with all manner of ways to spike the classic kiddie drink. Try the Milk and Honey with bourbon and agave, or the award-winning Key Lime Pie with vodka, lime juice, vanilla liquor, brown sugar and a graham cracker crust garnish.
Skopelos at New World
A Pensacola institution, Skopelos recently reopened at the New World Inn and features Greek and Mediterranean cuisine in a fine dining atmosphere. Executive Chef Gus Silivos’ menu makes beautiful work of local seafood, including the tempting parmesan-crusted grouper cheeks with saffron court bouillon and sizzled collards, part of the mezze menu.