Trying to decide where to eat today? There’s no need to flounder.
There are many beach restaurants to choose from, several within walking distance of our beachfront hotel. One that has stood the test of time is Flounder’s Chowder House, across the street from the Holiday Inn Resort next to the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk.
Flounder’s is a touristy spot, indeed, but locals love it, too – for all its quirky splendor, beginning with the 55-foot fishing vessel at the entryway and a ‘Man Eating Giant Clam’ mounted on the wall with a sign saying it eats grumpy children.
You’ll notice seafaring souvenirs throughout the decor, in cast nets and other antiques mounted on the walls and ceilings.
It’s a great spot to take the whole family day or night, with its sandy playground, adirondack chairs, picnic tables and even beach volleyball.
The menu features fresh seafood options, of course, but there are also burgers and sandwiches, chicken, steaks and even pasta dishes.
To start, try the Floyd Flounder’s Phenomenal Flounder Chowder. The restaurant’s namesake won the Great Florida Chowder Cook-Off, as featured in Southern Living Magazine. (Quite a big deal, in these parts.)
Whatever your hankering, fowl or fish, you’re sure to find it on the extensive menu.
The full bar serves up all the fruity concoctions, and a selection of beers brewed at sister restaurant McGuire’s Irish Pub, located in Downtown Pensacola. We like the Irish Red with our fried fish.
They’ve recently launched a sushi menu, and the restaurant is a big brunch spot on Sunday mornings.
Kid’s Meals are served with a Rice Krispie Treat that I personally like to swipe and stow away in my purse until they’ve eaten what’s marginally good for them. If you ask for a table adjacent to the playground, you can enjoy a meal in peace while your children run (safely) amok.
Later in the evening, Flounder’s packs out as a local hangout, with live entertainment on the stage most nights. To party as the locals do, the most popular drink is called a Diesel Fuel.
Available in several permutations, you’ll often see girls carrying the pink version and dudes sporting the blue. We’re not sure you want to know what is in them right this second.
You may get tipsy just reading it.