One of the first things that I like to do when we arrive in Pensacola, Florida, after greeting our handsome son and his adorable wife of course, is to head down to the waterfront to Joe Patti’s for some fresh seafood.
Joe Patti’s Seafood offers a huge selection of freshly caught seafood from Florida and the Northeast and Northwest. You choose what you want, and their efficient staff weighs it, packs it on ice, and sends you on your way.
While we were down by the water, we spent some time exploring Palafox Pier at the south end of Palafox Street. Palafox Street runs through the city from north to south. The water in the background of the photo below is Pensacola Bay, part of the Gulf of Mexico.
As this plaque explains, the history of Pensacola dates back over 450 years.
It has been great to watch the downtown core be revitalized in recent years.
The Bodacous Olive is a new olive oil/balsamic vinegar store. This is the second one that we’ve seen on our travels this summer that has opened recently. They do have some lovely products!
It’s nice to see that downtown Pensacola is bicycle-friendly.
One day for lunch, we went to George’s on West Garden Street.
It’s another new place with a lovely interior and delicious food. They’ve just recently started opening for dinner as well as breakfast and lunch.
The menu contains lots of naturally gluten-free choices, and our server seemed to be quite familiar with what might contain gluten and what would not. I had the Grilled Steak Salad with a beautiful steak and large Portobello mushroom on an arugula salad.
Charlie had the Tuna Nicoise Salad.
Our daughter-in-law enjoyed the Chicken Salad.
They also make a very attractive latte!
Also in the downtown area is Ever’man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe, a grocery store and cafe for natural and organic foods. It probably would have been a nice place for lunch and coffee if there weren’t already so many other great choices!
After church on Sunday, we went to Pot Roast & Pinot for brunch. Their food is delicious! Our kids had taken me here for my birthday last year, and I was keen to go back again!
Here, the menu labels items as gluten-free and those that can be made gluten-free. Of course, it’s always wise to tell your server if your food needs to be gluten-free. I had the Tex Mex Scramble.
Charlie had the Belgian Waffle Deluxe with ham.
One rainy day, we enjoyed lunch at Constant Coffee & Tea on Scenic Highway. Again, it’s another relatively new place that we hadn’t been to before.
The salads just come with gluten-free crackers automatically, yay!
They also serve a lovely latte.
On our last day in Pensacola, we went for a morning birthday coffee in Bagelheads.
It’s always difficult to say good-bye to family, but it was especially sad to have to leave on our daughter-in-law’s birthday. However, Charlie is due to be back for work on Monday, so we have to be on the road. Bagelheads has been a favourite destination ever since the days when it was about the only place where we knew we could get a good cup of coffee in downtown Pensacola.
As the name implies, there are all sorts of bagels and sandwiches made with bagels.
I’ve previously eaten gluten-free salads at Bagelheads at lunchtime. I probably could have ordered eggs without the bread for breakfast, but I just enjoyed a coffee this time. Out of the window is a beautiful view of water and palm trees.
Next time, I’ll tell you about Pensacola Beach.