Not Your Regular Southern Eats

Yes, Milton, Florida is very much a laid-back Southern town, as is Navarre Beach, but that doesn’t mean the dining is all barbecue, biscuits-and-gravy and fried chicken. Navarre Beach features a range of cuisine styles that some people might find unexpected. Our visitors enjoy the variety.

Here’s a few:

Papa Nalu Aloha Grill
That’s right, you can eat Hawaiian fusion food in the Florida Panhandle. Conveniently located in a roadside mall in Gulf Breeze, Papa Nula serves an array of “pupu’s” (Hawaiian for appetizers), bowls, wraps, sandwiches and salads. Specialty plates are highlighted by Hala Kahiki Ribs (with pineapple) and Huli Huli Ribs (native Hawaiian, sweet and spicy. Komo I Ka (enjoy).

3499 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, FL
(850) 932-4837

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Boomerang Pizza Kitchen
This homey place doesn’t take you Down Under, but Up North. Boomerang’s specialty is New York-style pizza made from scratch, along with the usual pastas and calzones. The restaurant doesn’t ignore its Southern-ness, though. For dessert, try the Bread Pudding a al Mode. For a sweet-tooth snack, Boomerang’s offers cinnamon-glazed nuts and different types of fudge. Oh, and they have Cheerwine sodas.

5227 Willing St, Milton, FL
(850) 564-1465

Blackwater Bistro
If you suddenly get a craving for Tender Aged Beef Wellington and a bottle of red wine — or something else fancy — this is the place. Blackwater Bistro has a large menu that also includes things like baby-back ribs, burgers, sandwiches, wraps and salads–not to mention their Sunday brunch! Located in a quaint house with a front porch, this comfy place is a block away from the Blackwater River.

5147 Elmira St., Milton, FL
(850) 623-1105

Nikko Japanese Steakhouse and Wasabi House
These are the places for sushi — and more. The Nikko menu has around 85 choices, from your basic California Roll to Baby Octopus Nigiri (sliced raw fish over pressed vinegared rice). Nikko also offers a lively Hibachi table and other Japanese specialties. The restaurant is located in Pace, seven miles southwest of Milton. (4510 Highway 90, Pace, (850) 994-1295) Pace loves its sushi. Less than a mile east you’ll find Wasabi House, which also serves Thai, Chinese and Japanese hibachi.

797 US 90, Milton, FL
(850) 994-9068

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The Slippery Mermaid
This waterfront sushi bar, located in a bungalow, has a bit of a Jimmy Buffet-style flair. The Sushi is supposed to be awesome, plus they have indoor and outdoor dining.

8779 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre, FL
(850) 621-2119

La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant
This family-owned and operated restaurant has two locations, one in Milton and one in Pace. Think of La Hacienda as authentic, slightly upscale Mexican, but without the upscale prices. The ample menu has 54 entrees and a generous selection of appetizers, sides and desserts.

6471 Caroline St. (Hwy 90), Milton, FL
(850) 623-2558

4601 US-90, Pace, FL
(850) 995-8414