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There’s something exciting about traveling across the country or even the world to experience different cultures. You can visit local museums, historic monuments and other local attractions, but to really experience a city’s true culture, you have to try the food. The beautiful city of Pensacola, Florida may be attracting tourists because of its beautiful, relaxing beaches, but sampling some of the local cuisine will give you a whole new appreciation for the oceanfront paradise.

If you’re ready to eat like a local in Pensacola, Florida, here are five places you should visit.

1. Blue Dot Barbeque

Looking for a good, old-fashioned burger? Blue Dot Barbeque has undoubtedly been called the best hamburger in all the land… well at least in Pensacola, Florida.  Only opening during lunch time—11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the historic Belmont-De Villiers district downtown— you can bet there’s always a heavy flow of traffic in and out.  Stop at an ATM to grab some cash and head over to Blue Dot Barbeque to try out one of their mouthwatering, slap yo mama burgers or even a rib sandwich that will leave you guessing why you ever ate a McDonald’s McRib.

Location: 310 N. De Villiers Street, Pensacola, FL

2. Polonza Bistro

If you’re looking for a casual place to take your family while visiting Pensacola on vacation, Polonza Bistro should be on your list. Polonza Bistro is owned by long-time residents of Pensacola and siblings Judy Ring and Mark Webb on Palafox Street in the historic downtown area.  The restaurant serves both breakfast and Lunch, Monday through Friday, with a menu that features house-made daily specials like chicken pot pie on Thursdays and vegetarian specials.  Polonza Bistro offers guests scrumptious, mouth-watering options that will leave you satisfied and returning for more.

Are you ready to eat like a local at Polonza Bistro? This restaurant is located at 286 N. Palafox St., Pensacola, Florida.

3. Five Sisters Blues Café

Located in the heart of Historic Downtown Pensacola, Five Sisters Blues Café serves up southern comfort food with a side of soulful music. Five Sisters Blues Café’s menu features classic southern dishes spiced up with a kick of Creole and Caribbean flavors that have left guest wanting more. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, you can stop in to enjoy southern comfort foods, such as chicken & waffles, collard greens, smoked turkey breast, and red beans and rice. There’s also live jazz music.

4. Cubi Bar Café

Opened in 1996, the Cubi Bar Café is a perfect restaurant to add to your list if you’re planning a visit to the National Naval Aviation Museum, because it’s not just a restaurant; it’s a popular museum exhibit.  The Cubi Bar Café was designed to duplicate the décor and layout of the famous Cubi Point Officers’ Club that was a place enjoyed by Navy and Marine Corps squadrons, ships, and units when passing through the Western Pacific. The menu features sandwiches, soups, and wine that bare names that are a tribute to aviation, like Chicken Pita Pilot. So, if you’re ready to dine at one of the coolest venues in Pensacola, FL, head over to the Cubi Bar Café from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more local favorite restaurants, just ask a Pensacola native to direct you to their favorite place. Happy eating!

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