Jaco’s Bayfront Bar and Grille: The Bella Mushroom Stack and the Waterfront View Are the Perfect Pairing

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Jaco’s Bayfront Bar and Grille: Great Food and a Great View

When I think of some of my favorite restaurants with a view, immediately Jaco’s Bayfront Bar and Grille comes to mind.  Not only does Jaco’s have fantastic food, but you can also enjoy an incredible view while you savor your meal. There’s nothing more relaxing to me than enjoying the Bella Mushroom Stack while sitting on the veranda enjoying the sunset.

Jaco's Bayfront Bar and Grill
Sunset view at Jaco’s.

Jaco’s is also an ideal spot for lunch. I love dining here when the days are bright and sunny and the skies are clear.  There’s something about sitting outside enjoying the view of the water that just relaxes me. It’s therapeutic.  This is one reason why I could not live in a landlocked state without regular trips to the beach. I NEED to be near the water!

If the view isn’t enough to entice you to visit Jaco’s, here’s what will completely convince you: the Bella Mushroom Stack. I still recall the very first time I ate at Jaco’s. Friends from work treated me for my Birthday and introduced me to the Bella Mushroom Stack. Ever since then I’ve been a fan! Next time you go to Jaco’s, or if you’re making an appearance for the very first time, order the Bella Mushroom Stack and prepare to be amazed.

Jaco's Bayfront Bar and Grill Bella Mushroom Stack
Bella Mushroom Stack at Jaco’s

Jaco’s Bella Mushroom Stack

What I like best about the Bella Mushroom Stack is the unique taste and textures. There are multiple levels of flavor to this entrée.  A grilled portabella mushroom dresses a layer of creamy risotto and is topped with fresh, peppery arugula. The grilled portabella gives you the chew you would expect from a meat, while also imparting the savoriness you would expect from a well-seasoned protein. The risotto is laced with a pesto sauce that gives it a pleasant punch of basil herbiness that balances out the buttery goodness of the risotto.

A bright tomato cream sauce imparts just the right level of acidity. I love the inclusion of the Kalamata olives  and the garnish of feta cheese. It subtly imparts a Mediterranean flair. The brininess from the olives along with the salty tanginess of the feta add a nice dimension to this plate. A balsamic drizzle gives a delicate hint of sweetness. The Bella Mushroom Stack is rich, but it does not sit heavy due to the balancing infusion of seasoning and herbs that offset the richness of the risotto and cream sauce.

This is the perfect time of year to be outside breathing in the fresh air and enjoying this paradise we’re fortunate to call home. Make these lovely spring days even more fabulous with the Bella Mushroom Stack savored over a picturesque waterfront view. Cheers to fabulous food and scenic views.

 

 

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My Favorite Things Pensacola, FL – My Favorite Place to Go for Grouper Pontchartrain

My Favorite Things Pensacola: Grouper Pontchartrain

My Favorite Things

My Favorite Things is a local coffee shop/boutique/lunch and breakfast spot that has been known to the Pensacola area for several years now. Initially, this coffee shop served only breakfast and lunch, but last year they extended their hours and their menu and began serving an evening meal. The restaurant itself is tucked in between Jerry’s Diner and The Magnolia. It’s a quaint coffee shop turned-restaurant with a cute and quirky personality. The dining atmosphere is casual and laid-back with an indoor dining area as well as an outdoor courtyard.

Recently, I dined at My Favorite Things and was quite impressed with their dinner menu.  The menu included an extensive variety of options. Steak, grouper, salmon, braised lamb shank, and lobster ravioli are among the dinner selections. For those with more of a gourmet street food craving, the menu also offers  tacos, burgers, and flatbreads. With such a blend of culinary options, anyone is certain to find a food that suits their palate.

It was honestly hard to choose from all the tempting entrées. Admittedly, I am a bit partial to seafood. Living on the Gulf Coast, I’m rather spoiled by the convenience and availability of fresh seafood. While I do love a good steak, more often than not you’ll find me ordering seafood when dining out. I’m pretty much a fan of grouper prepared in any form or fashion.

Grouper Pontchartrain

When Tosh, our server, brought out the Grouper Pontchartrain I was quite impressed. I was not expecting such a generous serving nor such a lavishly crafted presentation. The golden-crusted grouper regally set atop a crisp leaf of Savoy Cabbage. The grouper was peeking out from underneath a generous amassment of jumbo shrimp, crabmeat, onions and mushrooms all married together in a rich, buttery sauce. To the side and slightly underneath the cabbage-encased grouper, sat a fluffy white cloud of whipped potatoes. Adorning the plate and adding a pop of color was an assortment of zucchini, yellow squash, diced sliced tomatoes and ribbons of purple onion.

My Favorite Things: Grouper Pontchartrain
Grouper Pontchartrain at My Favorite Things

The grouper was a large, fresh fillet. Grouper is a lean fish with a nice firm and flakey texture. It is light in flavor without being overly “fishy.”The grouper fillet was generously coated and dressed with Panko crumbs and then panéed to a light and golden brown. The Panko crumbs added just the right crunch. The Grouper itself was impeccably cooked to just the right doneness without being the least bit dry.

The grouper would have been delicious simply by itself. But why stop here? At least that’s what the culinary mastermind at My Favorite Things seems to think. This light and flavorful fish is then topped with a Pontchartrain sauce.  The Pontchartrain sauce is FULL of jumbo shrimp and lump crab meat. Again, they don’t skimp on portions for this entrée! The shrimp and crab meat swam in a delightfully rich and buttery Pontchartrain sauce. Red onion, mushrooms, parsley along with a hint of lemon balanced the sauce and gave it the ideal balance of buttery creaminess and herbaceous earthiness.

The Accompaniments

The Grouper Pontchartrain is served with My Favorite Things mashed potatoes and your choice of a side.  The vegetable of the day was medley of yellow squash, zucchini squash, red onion and tomatoes.  The mashed potatoes were fluffy and buttery, just they way mashed potatoes should taste. The vegetable medley was sautéed splendidly and was the perfect side to compliment the rich flavors of the Grouper Pontchartrain and the whipped potatoes.

Next time you’re in the East Hill area for dinner, stop by My Favorites Things and try the Grouper Pontchartrain. Even if you’re not in the area it’s definitely worth a special trip. It may just become your new favorite thing.

 

 

 

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