At The Butcher Shoppe, handcrafting sausage and sculpting fresh cuts of meat is a family legacy. Owner Kevin Green and his son Jordan will tell you that serving as a local expert on meat is not just a job; it's a way of life. When the father-son team welcomed Troy Moon of the Pensacola News Journal into their store, Jordan showed off his extensive beef knowledge, knife skills, and the tattoo on his arm, which depicts a snarling steak holding a butcher's knife in each hand. When asked how long he planned to work for his dad, the ambitious and dedicated youth replied, "Hopefully until he either gives up this one to me, or we open another one." Given their talent and close connection with their customers, that may not be a bad idea.
In addition to prime, certified Angus and choice beef, the duo showcases specialty items such as bison and alligator, providing a “how-to” cooking guide with each cut in order to ensure the best flavor. They also turn their patrons' wild game into sausage—adding hot Cajun spices, maple, or sage for an extra kick—and handpick marinades and barbecue sauces that are ideal for slathering on grilled meats or making slip ‘n’ slide journeys more flavorful.
Scotti’s Pizza Palooza emits golden brown pizzas and hearty Italian fare from its dining area and at its speedy carryout window. Pizzas bear an array of meats to waiting mouths, such as the That's a Meaty Pie with sausage, pepperoni, meatball, ham, and bacon, or carry cargo that is closer to the earth with vegetarian options including the pizza Florentine with spinach, tomato, mushroom, and feta.
The culinary artisans at Miguel's Authentic Mexican Cuisine dish up a multifarious menu of both authentic and American-inspired Mexican cuisine. Quash the complaints of a demanding belly with an imperious order of nachos grande ($7.50) or guacamole ($4.75), then break the resulting silence with a signature puff taco buzzing with beef, beans, or chicken slathered in salsa and cheese ($5.25–$6.75). Steaming beef, shrimp, or chicken fajitas ($11.95) saunter into exclusive mouth parties with an escort of grilled vegetable sycophants. Dishes such as the 8-ounce taco burger ($3.75) and taco pizza ($6.75) combine classic American and Mexican innovations with results that would shame any mariachi boy band. Match the meal with a refreshing lime margarita ($2.99 for a small) or icy imported brew ($2.95).
Alongside its Mediterranean platters, Jordan Valley Restaurant serves up ample hospitality. The restaurant strives to be a social space where friends and new acquaintances can mingle amongst Middle Eastern spices, or chat on the porch over hookahs. The kitchen’s staples include kebabs, gyros, and a variety of pitas filled with kafta, tandoori chicken, or meatballs.
Quiznos' toastmasters fix a fleet of submarine sandwiches using butcher-quality meats, fresh toppings, and an array of artisan breads, which they artfully assemble as you watch. Signature subs (up to a $6.49 value, though prices may vary by location) come straight from Chef Zach Calkins's gourmet cookbook. The protein-packed prime rib & peppercorn swims with sautéed onions and mozzarella, and each Baja chicken sandwich—like a bouquet of roses set on fire—fuses the sweet and the smoky. The turkey ranch & swiss arrives piled high with lettuce, tomatoes, and red onions, and a convivial quartet of cured meats bathes in red-wine vinaigrette upon the classic italian sub. Feel free to trap condiments between nine-grain wheat, rosemary parmesan, italian herb, or italian white breads, or avoid the bun concept entirely by either ordering one of five chopped salads, such as the classic cobb, or ordering your secretary to send bread's calls straight to voicemail.