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Hemingway’s on Pensacola Beach

“How about Peg Leg Pete’s?” I asked, as we were contemplating where to eat lunch.

“We haven’t eaten at Hemingway’s for a while,” he responded, “let’s go back there.”

I had to grin. There is so much that goes into where a person chooses to eat, and I suspect my husband is yearning, on some deep level, for some exotic taste of the life we left behind. Hemingway’s is built like a lodge, could be a hunting lodge in Montana or a hunting lodge in Africa, you know, a lot of wood, open construction, heavy wood beams in a high gently peaked roof, a vast balcony (like where you could have a Samburu Sunset and watch game wandering in to the watering hole)

Hemingway’s it was. As we waited for our meals to arrive, we tried to figure out when the last time we had eaten there had been, and we think it was back . . . more than five years ago, when our son was getting married. We had flown into town a week early to have time to get adjusted to local time and to arrange for a rehearsal dinner. We flew in, had a weekend with our son and his bride-to-be, including a meal at Hemingway’s, and then we headed up the coast to make our arrangements, and to get out of their hair during an exceptionally busy and stressful pre-wedding week.

I love that Hemingway’s has some really good special menus for lunch; AdventureMan had the Hurricane Shrimp and I had the Salmon Caesar. We started with the onion straws, but there was so much, we barely touched them. They were the thin little onions, so each tiny little ring was a lot of crisp batter and fat, and not a lot of onion. A little tasty, but not a lot. Most of the taste was in the Ranch Dressing type dip that accompanied them. I’d skip them next time.

I made a mistake; there was a Caesar salad with something and there was a spinach salad with salmon, so I asked for a Salmon Caesar and he said “Oh! Yes, we can do that, just put it on Caesar instead of the spinach.” I like that flexibility, and I found their Caesar salad very tasty; not bland.

AdventureMan really enjoyed his Hurricane Shrimp and particularly loved the way they were skewered, so that on the grill, you can flip them without shrimp slipping off.

At the end, we succumbed to sharing a rum brownie, very delicious. I wish I could say we didn’t finish it, but we did leave most of the whipped cream behind. 😉

All in all, a nice meal in a great atmosphere. Service was attentive without being too intrusive. We will probably go back soon and take our son and his wife. 🙂

October 9, 2011 - Posted by | Adventure, Africa, Customer Service, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Florida, Food, Living Conditions, Pensacola, Road Trips


  1. Thanks for the heads up. Might have to try it at some point when I’m in the area.

    Comment by suwanneerefugee | October 12, 2011 | Reply

  2. Great place to bulk up after one of your long canoe/kayaking/tubing/fishing expeditions. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 12, 2011 | Reply

  3. Oh

    Comment by Jewaira | October 16, 2011 | Reply

  4. I’m so happy to see you, Lady J. Is there ever a chance you would come to Pensacola? Is there ever a chance we would meet? I’ve never forgotten your inspiration, the courage you and 1001 Nights gave this very private person to jump into this very public arena. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 16, 2011 | Reply

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