Get Off the Eaten Path at These Downtown Restaurants

Posted: Sep 12, 2018 09:22 pm Updated: Oct 17, 2023 10:20 am

Pensacola boasts a rich culinary scene, and there is no shortage of eclectic food options nestled along downtown streets. From southern comfort food to Middle Eastern cuisine, there is a spot to satisfy virtually any culinary craving, so take a trip off the “eaten path” discover a few of our favorite downtown dining spots.

In the heart of Palafox Street, Dog House Deli is local favorite, a casual spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a mouthwatering menu that includes Cajun-style crawfish andouille and a Chicago-style hot dog that is worthy of the Windy City. Check their Facebook page for monthly and weekly food specials, guest chefs and charitable projects. 

Just a few steps down Palafox is Four Seasons Catering and Eatery, a local gem whose crave-worthy salads include the Blackened Grouper & Zucchini Pappardelle and the Asian Salmon. Or, if you're feeling particularly Southern, try the Fried Green Tomato Sandwich with House-Made Pimiento Cheese and Bacon. Need we say more? 

Just around the corner is Jordan Valley, a Middle Eastern restaurant with authentic cultural dishes. For starters, try the Tyropita "Cheese Pie," — deep fried feta cheese wrapped in flaky filo. Follow that up with the Tandoori Chicken Platter, Grilled Mahi Mahi Platter or a Gyro. (Tip: outside there's a relaxing hookah lounge area).  

Over to the west you’ll find Union Public House, just across the street from Blue Wahoos Stadium. Here, the chef combines fresh ingredients with inventive ideas to create his Wild Boar Sloppy Joe and Heirloom Tomato Grilled Cheese, among other delectable wonders. UPH offers both shareable small plates and hearty entrées.  

One of the newest downtown hot spots is Big Top Brewery, where you'll find a great menu (Smoked Meatloaf with Garlic Smashed Potatoes? Yes!), 24 beers on tap, big screen TVs and game tables. Be sure to try a unique brew, maybe the sweet, zesty Conch Republic Key Lime Wheat Ale or the rich, full-bodied Okefenokee Backwater Imperial Stout.

Next time you visit downtown Pensacola, be sure to venture to one of these unique spots off the eaten path!