Palafox, south of Garden Street, has never been hotter. The American Planning Association’s recognition of it being one of the “Top 10 Great Streets of America” to visit reconfirmed what locals always have known. Go Retro celebrates this accomplishment by offering a unique tasting tour that visits some of the premier restaurants there. Talented guide and food connoisseur, Sophie Marie leads these intimate walking tours. She shares information about the buildings, businesses, and folklore in between the restaurant stops, which are most noteworthy:
Skopelos: Nestled on what used to be Palafox Wharf, this restaurant has fed presidents. Its veteran chef, Gus Silvios, can serve the best freshly cooked seafood, salads, and desserts. There you will taste his chef’s choice of the day.
O’Riley’s: Directly across the street where the U.S. took possession of Florida, O’Riley’s is the perfect place to celebrate with one of its signature calamari dishes, broxty, and fries. It will appeal to the most discriminating palate.
Adonna’s: A tasting tour has to include a bakery—especially a stop here where you try one of its popular French macarons—yummy! These are not macaroons!
V-Paul's: At downtown's best Italian restaurant, they make their own pasta, meatballs--the works. You'll get a chance to taste one of the chef's daily specials.
Old Hickory: Not all bars are created equal--especially this one, which focuses upon whiskey. Here you'll be able to learn how the proper way to drink whiskey and sample some yourself. This place will wake you up!
Jackson’s: While known as an upscale steakhouse, this venue serves an entire ensemble of dishes that brings fine dining to the foods popular on the Gulf Coast. There you will be enraptured by Chef Irv’s crab cakes.
Book by 12:00 the day of the tour.
The tour begins and ends at the Skopelos (600 S Palafox St) parking lot. Please be advised that this tour cannot accommodate anyone with dietary restrictions.
|"I can't rave enough about this tasting tour. Hunter May was an excellent guide who knew a lot about the Downtown Pensacola area and its history. We enjoyed hearing her stories, which she quickly thought of on the spot as they related to each restaurant stop. Although we were expecting smaller portions at each stop, we were pleasantly surprised by samples we received--we were stuffed by the end of the tour, which made us thankful it was a tour on foot since we could walk it off! Some of the restaurants Hunter introduced us to, such as Hog House Deli, were places we wouldn't have otherwise thought to try out. I would recommend the Palafox Tasting Tour to others whether they're local or just visiting, and I would definitely want to go again!" -- Dawn Gresko|