Ice-cold oysters glisten on platters at Shux Oyster Bar, their shells skillfully popped open by the shucker's knife. Many diners come to this outdoor patio?nestled amid palm trees on Palafox Street?to enjoy the shellfish sashimi-style, while others savor them baked or char-grilled. The chefs' skills extend beyond oysters: they also grill fresh Gulf grouper, prepare crab cakes and desserts, and build stuffed burgers. And while most of the reasons to visit are gustatory, the location doesn't hurt: the spot is just two blocks from the Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, so groups can conveniently catch a game after dining indoors or outdoors or snatch an errant baseball from the air while sipping a cold drink.
Under new ownership and management, Old-world Italian and New York tastes combine at Paisano's Restaurant & Pizzeria, where the chefs make all the Italian dishes by hand. Garden salads and garlic knots line up next to comforting favorites that dominate the entree selections. Choose from entrees such as fettucine alfredo, lasagna, or chicken parmesan. Of course, specialty pizzas also abound, from classic Margherita to Meat Lover's or BBQ Chicken pies. The family-friendly eatery also offers a kids' menu, ideal for children 10 or younger.
Passage to India paves the way to a banquet of tandoori chicken, boneless lamb curries, and fluffy loaves of buttery naan. A talented chef with two decades of culinary experience takes diners across the Indian subcontinent, from the hummus-capped mountains of Kashmir to the curry-splashed shores of Mumbai. After nothing remains of their goat biryani, save memories of basmati rice, guests can turn to comfort with a bowl of homemade mango ice cream or ras malai?cheese balls in a sweet cream sauce.
The staff at Nick’s Boathouse aim to combine affordable, upscale seafood specialties and a casual atmosphere, where waterfront views surround the outdoor patio and lantern-style lights illuminate the wood accents of the indoor space. On Friday and Saturday nights, the owners hire local bands to serenade diners as they savor blackened-chicken pasta and one of four signature flatbreads. The kitchen staff prepares fresh fish to order at lunch, dinner, or private events.
Since the first location opened in 1991, The Crab Trap has been catering to visitors and locals with authentic gulf coast dishes in waterfront locales. Now with four locations, the menu encompasses seafood fare such as tequila-lime grouper, as well as Gulf specialties such as gumbo and crab cakes. As diners gaze upon pristine sand and crystal-clear waters, they can enjoy tasty treats such as fresh oysters, crab legs, grilled shrimp, and signature crab dip.
Beachy colors and Caribbean flags set a tropical scene inside Island Kitchen, an eatery that serves up the flavorful foods from Jamaica and other island nations. Fall-off-the-bone jerk chicken, oxtail, and goat curry are a few specialties, and sides, such as sweet plantains and yellow rice, round out meals. For vegetarian diners, the spot's chefs prepare jerk vegetables, curry cabbage, and other meat-free offerings.