With several Pensacola locations, on the northeast and southwest parts of town as well as Pensacola Beach, Cactus Flower Cafe is a local favorite for California style Mexican cuisine. The spacious interior at this location on 6881 West Highway 98, is tastefully decorated in rich earth tones with lots of track lighting for atmosphere. Of course all of the Cactus Flower locations across Northwest Florida and in Alabama are known for the fresh, quality ingredients used in their delicious foods.
One of my best friends offered to bring me breakfast at work and asked what I would like – I said I’d love a bacon, egg and cheese croissant thinking I’d get the usual greasy fast food. He shows up with this droolworthy croissant breakfast sandwich and a side of roasted herb potatoes from George Artisan Bakery & Bistro and it was amazing. Thick, crispy bacon on a huge fresh toasted croissant with cheddar cheese and a slab of scrambled eggs so large it looked like an omelet. The potatoes were roasted with fresh rosemary and other herbs and by the time I was finished with breakfast I knew I wouldn’t be needing any lunch.
My kids go to school with a relative of the Szotski family and on his birthday he shared mini cheesecakes with the class instead of the usual cupcakes. I heard about those cheesecakes for days so I had to try them out for myself. Szotski’s Cheesecakes, located at 2600 W. Nine Mile Road, is definitely worth a visit and I completely agree with the kids’ recommendation.
Residents and visitors on Perdido Key and the west side of Pensacola can enjoy an eclectic mixture of southern fare, Cajun style favorites and St. Louis ribs at Butch’s Bistro and BBQ. Located in Perdido Key Plaza at 13118 Sorrento Road, across from the Winn Dixie shopping center, Butch’s is open Monday through Wednesday from 11 to 7, Thursday through Saturday from 11 to 8, and they’re closed on Sunday.
Located at 707 E. Cervantes Street, between I-110 and North 9th Avenue, you’ll find Oh Snap! Cupcakes & Gourmet Bakery. Baking up fresh goodies from scratch everyday, they’re open Monday through Saturday from 9 AM until they’re sold out so call 850-466-3363 after 7 PM to see if they have what you’re looking for. They’re also open on Sundays from noon to 5 PM.
The bright, cheerful colors of the Native Cafe, both inside and out, give passersby an idea of what many locals will tell you – you can get the best breakfast on the beach at this family owned cafe in the so-called “historical Pensacola Beach mall”. Located at 45A Via De Luna, next door to The Islander and a short walk from Casino Beach, the Native Cafe is open daily for breakfast and lunch and they serve homemade favorites with a southern flair.
Recently I had the opportunity to try the southern fare at Union Public House located at 309 S. Reus Street, downtown Pensacola near the Wahoos Stadium. My best friend and her husband had been hearing great things about the restaurant so we decided to check it out. We arrived at 4:30 Saturday evening and were presented with a “cold” menu and informed that the “warm” menu wouldn’t be available until 5:00. We decided to get started with some specialty cocktails and the Beef Fillet Carpaccio, Fried Capers, Shaved Parmesan, Garlic Aioli, Parm, Pickled Cipollini ($12).