Are you in the holiday spirit?

While out and about enjoying the hustle and bustle of the season, add in time to savor the flavor of these tasty items on menus along the Emerald Coast.
Photo by Scott Holstein
Fried Green BLT with homemade potato chips

Candymaker, Miramar Beach
OK, when you can get a homemade caramel apple and a mimosa in the same location, that’s a sweet deal. Tom Ehlke, fondly known as the grouchy candymaker, has opened a new Candymaker Candy Store on Scenic Highway 98 near The Back Porch. We were pleasantly surprised to find our favorite meal on the menu — breakfast! We tried The Special — two eggs, biscuits and gravy, hashbrowns, grits and bacon (or your choice of ham or sausage). We topped off our “candystore” breakfast with a mimosa for $5. All we have to say is, “Cheers to the Candymaker!” $10

The Dog House Deli, Pensacola Beach
The 1970s brought us psychedelic designs, bell bottom jeans, disco and lucky for Pensacola … wieners! In recent years, Pensacola Beach has gotten hip, too. Namely, for The Dog House Deli, a small cheery joint with counter service. We tried the Usual Dawg — a hot dog (available in four sizes) topped with chili, cheese and onions. They really hit it out of the park. Groovy! $3.50

Cabana Café, Destin
It’s easy to feast at the Cabana Café, because everything is good. Located poolside at Aeriel Dunes condominium in Seascape Resort, it’s a tasty, hidden gem we were happy to discover. Cabana Café owner Wayne Anderson says they are known for their pizza, but we are partial to the Fried Green BLT. This sandwich features fried green tomatoes, crispy bacon, fresh lettuce, Creole mayo served on Texas toast. We paired ours with homemade potato chips (yes, we said homemade) served with homemade cilantro chip dip ($6.49). There was a movie called “Fried Green Tomatoes,” and we think this sandwich deserves top billing! $8.99

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