Food Diary: Pensacola

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Did you know that I spent a few weeks up in Pensacola earlier this summer? Trick question! Of course you do because I’ve mentioned it about half a million times. I hope you’re not totally sick of Pensacola yet because I would like to share my travel food diary with you. Enjoy! I think Pensacola’s biggest attraction is the food. There are so many places to go and eat!

Taco Rock
5454 Pensacola Boulevard
Pensacola, FL 32505

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If you know anything about me, you know I like things to be simple. Arriving at Taco Rock, we didn’t even know where to park. Eventually we decided to leave the car on an empty lot (which turned out to be the right spot anyway) and walk over. First impression – bit sketchy. But the staff was really nice and the prices were decent. The food? Well, it was great! I’d pass on the quesadilla next time but the burrito and tostadas were both good.

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Al Fresco
501 South Palafox Street
Pensacola, FL 32502

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In downtown they have about five ‘food trucks’ set up on the corner of Main and Palafox. They aren’t exactly food trucks because they are built into the ground, but they create the ambiance with some mismatched tables and chairs and hanging string lights. I had a classic grilled cheese sandwich from Gouda Stuff. It was a bit boring, but I guess that’s my fault for ordering a classic grilled cheese sandwich.

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Newk’s Eatery
400 East Chase Street
Pensacola, FL

So, apparently this is a chain. But we don’t have one here in South Florida. I ordered the Italian sandwich. It was really good but also very messy. As a side dish I had the four cheese macaroni and cheese – that was good.

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McGuire’s Irish Pub
600 East Gregory Street
Pensacola, FL 32502

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This was the absolute most recommended, Yelp’d, reviewed place in Pensacola. And for good reason. We initially tried to go on a Friday night – no parking anywhere and a crowd waiting outside for a table. Needless to say, we didn’t eat there that day. We went back on a Monday in the early evening and it was much better. Still full but not over-filled.

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I have never been to an Irish pub dinner place before so the menu options were quite interesting to say the least. Flavor wise, a bit different from I’m used to. For a starter I had the Irish Boxtys, essentially fried mashed potatoes. They come with three dipping sauces, guacamole sauce, salsa, and a sour cream sauce. I preferred the salsa. I also ordered the 18 cent bean soup – surprisingly good. And for the entrée I had the pasta rustica which is smothered in cheese and includes Italian sausage, ham, and chicken. I left the majority of the meats and ate the pasta.

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There’s a tradition of guests leaving dollar bills on the ceiling (and walls, railings, etc.) of the restaurant. Apparently there is over a million dollars on their walls.

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Adonna’s Bakery and Cafe
114 Palafox Place
Pensacola, FL 32591

 

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This place was life changing. I had never heard of french toast casserole – ever! Apparently it’s a thing though. And it’s a good thing! I am going to have to find a recipe for this and make it soon because now I’m craving it!

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Wild Honey
7175 North Davis Highway
Pensacola, FL 32504

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Just about the cutest frozen yogurt place you’ve ever seen! Just like most places in Pensacola, this space is run by the owner. Their hospitality was top-notch. And the cake batter frozen yogurt was also top-notch.

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Another Broken Egg Cafe
721 East Gregory Street
Pensacola, FL 32502

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Public service announcement: their pancakes are huge! One is probably enough, two is probably too much. I ordered the Hey Lucy omelet which includes avocados, chorizo, onions, chiles, cheddar jack cheese, sour cream and salsa. It would be a bit too heavy for an early morning breakfast but was great for the late morning. According to their website one will be opening soon here in Doral, you can bet on my being there!

La Hacienda
8086 North Davis Highway
Pensacola, FL 32514

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As far as Mexican places go, this is fine. But listen to me, do not order the guacamole. It is more of a sauce than a traditional guacamole. Very different.

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There are so many other places to go and eat in Pensacola that I just didn’t have the time to try. Foodies would love a trip here!

xo Iris

 

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