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Monday, July 01 2013


With an endless supply of fresh seafood, breathtaking views of the water and the creative minds of local chefs, whatever your gastronomic choice is, Pensacola has the place for you.

Ask any local where the best place is to get a hamburger at a reasonable price and chances are you are going to hear about Jerry's Drive-In. This popular favorite has been serving folks since 1939 and is located at 2815 East Cervantes Street in East Pensacola Heights - just look for the pig outside. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Other favorites here included fried mullet and gizzards. The walls are covered with bumper stickers and signs with funny and sarcastic slogans.

Are you in the mood for a stick-to-your ribs Southern breakfast? Look for further than the Coffee Cup, another Pensacola institute. Opened since 1945 at 520 East Cervantes Street, this quaint eatery boasts "quality food, friendly service and grits". Enjoy a build-your-own omelet, corned beef hash, breakfast sandwiches and did I mention they have grits? Visit them on Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. or Saturday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For a fine dining experience, try Jackson's Steakhouse, overlooking Plaza Ferdinand where General Andrew Jackson accepted the transfer of Florida from Spain to the United States in 1821. Opened in 1998, this restaurant has earned the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator eight times and the Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend magazine. It is also in the top two percent of all fine dining restaurants in the country, according to the Distinguished Restaurants of North America. They are open for lunch Tuesday through Friday with a daily price fixed lunch special for $18 that includes a martini! Other specials include two glasses of house wine and an appetizer for $20 starting at 5 p.m.

McGuires Irish Pub, at 600 East Gregory Street, is one of the best known and most visited restaurants in Pensacola. It has been said that when Molly McGuire received a dollar bill as her first tip, she tacked it up behind the bar for good luck. Other customers have added to the collection and now there are more than a million signed bills in the restaurant. It is located in a 1927 building that was originally a firehouse. They feature more than 20 hamburgers including the $100 "Grand Burger" made with filet mignon and served with champagne and caviar. If you are in the mood for a good brew, they operate their own brewery and serve five regular beers and one seasonal variety. They are opened seven days a week from 11 a.m. to the wee hours (usually meaning 2 a.m.). Reservations are not accepted so get there early or expect to wait!

For fresh seafood, look no further than the Fish House. This restaurant offers dockside dining overlooking Pensacola Bay and Seville Harbor. The specialty dish is Grits a Ya Ya, a delicious combination of smoked Gouda cheese grits, fresh cream, sauteed Gulf shrimp, spinach, portabello mushrooms, applewood smoked bacon, garlic and shallots. They offer a 3,500 square foot outside deck with a bandstand, fire pit and bar. Happy hour runs from 4 to 6 p.m., 7 days a week with live music nightly and a Ladies' Night with $2 drinks every Wednesday. Come with friends or meet new ones outside on the deck. The view just can't be beat!

Whatever you are in the mood for, Pensacola has a restaurant to accommodate those taste buds! From Southern comfort food to Creole, Japanese, Chinese and everything in between, try something new today or visit an old favorite. To learn more, visit

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