Hello! Welcome back to Day Two of my Pensacola Beach Vacation. Today's post is a continuation of THIS previous post where I discussed how we spent New Years Eve day at Fort Pikens. After our visit to the fort, we were all hungry so we went to the famous Native Cafe which I read on Pinterest had the best fish tacos in Pensacola Beach. Well believe it or not, but this Wisconsin girl had never had a fish taco before, so I had to check this place out for myself. It is a tiny little cafe located in a strip mall filled with gift shops and other restaurants. It's only open for breakfast and lunch, and the prices are very reasonable. I love the colors of this restaurant:
The Pelican Drop, where they had a lot of shows and New Years Eve activities from 5:00 pm. to midnight, but we were so cold and couldn't bear the idea of spending five hours outside, so we passed on that. We did however go to the Boardwalk Pier at 8:00 pm. to watch the fireworks. I never saw fireworks on New Years Eve before, so this was quite a treat!
The prices were very reasonable. I had a crabby patty (my first one of those too) which was absolutely delicious. It basically was crab meat made into a patty and served on a bun. Below are pics of my family inside the restaurant so you can get an idea of how the place was decorated. I loved all the string lights hanging all over the place. One thing we noticed about a lot of the restaurants in the area was that they weren't built for cold weather. Most of them, like this one, were literally open areas that had roofs, but minimal walls. The windows are only covered with a thick plastic that they lower if the temperatures drops. The only heating are fire places/pits or outdoor patio heaters. Some places, like this one, have overhead heaters that blow out hot air strategically over tables to help keep guests warm. Because the restaurants are all open, it is not unusual to see birds inside the establishment. It is quite a fun experience, and quite different for someone who is from a cold climate.
Once back at our hotel we just relaxed in our room as we waited for the second fireworks display to begin. But my husband's and mine over-fifties bodies couldn't stay awake, and we fell fast asleep. But the thunderous boom of the fireworks over the Gulf Pier woke us up at midnight, so we jumped out of bed and watched the fireworks from our balcony. Many other hotel guests were on their balconies too, and we all ooh'd and ahh'd together and screamed 'HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!" It was such a magical and beautiful experience.
Have a great day! Amy