2018-05-01 / Features

Have you tried these restaurants?

By Lisa Newell

These are some of the restaurants were visited this month, representing a cross section of the variety of cuisine available in our area.

Global Grill in downtown Pensacola — our large group ordered a variety of tapas, or small plates, to pass and share. Everyone got many tastes of delicious food, ranging from seafood to lamb, vegetables and grains. The service is impeccable for such a busy restaurant ... many staff members brought out food and beverages and kept the water glasses filled.

The Grand Marlin on Pensacola Beach — casually elegant dining on Pensacola Beach also has some fantastic entrees. We had the seafood, prepared with a buerre blanc sauce and capers and it was absolutely divine. So many other great options on the menu include a daily chef’s special. No meal at TGM is complete without their signature berries and ice cream in a praline basket, and it’s enough to pass and share with your group. Wonderful views and sometimes there is live entertainment.

Rio Bravo in Gulf Breeze — This restaurant is very busy, even on a Tuesday night. Even so, the service is fast and friendly. We started with a basket of chips and salsa and black bean dip. This is one of the reasons we chose Rio Bravo, the black bean dip really is that good. We split the single order of Texas fajitas, which still left about a quarter of the chicken-beef-shrimp-veggie platter. A very generous portion! They recently remodeled and expanded.

NOLA Cafe on Pensacola Beach — I had the red beans and rice and my companion had a shrimp po-boy. Both of us enjoyed our meal, which recalled the authentic Cajun food we grew up with and is so hard to find in these parts. It was lunchtime and we got to see the views of Santa Rosa Sound from this secondstory restaurant.

Another Broken Egg in Pensacola — Thank goodness we arrived before the rush on a Sunday morning. Three of us had very generous servings of breakfast foods. One got a skillet, one got a benedict and one got biscuits and gravy. Everyone enjoyed the food, and the service was fast and friendly. A very well run restaurant that knows how to get folks in and out.

Spyro’s Gyros on Pensacola Beach — The small Greekthemed restaurant was full so we sat outside on a comfortably cool evening with our dog on a leash. One of our group ordered a salad, one ordered a kabab and the other got a pita. Service was spotty but the food was good. Will definitely give it another try.

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