News Bites: Spring restaurant menus, a beer garden and boba shops come to the Pensacola area

Spring is here, and the Pensacola area’s restaurants and breweries are budding with new spring menus, a new outdoor beer garden and two new boba shops. Here’s the latest batch of New Bites providing dining updates for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

Spring into new seasonal menus:

Jackson’s Steakhouse

400 S. Palafox St.

While Jackson’s has been a Pensacola staple for 25 years, executive chef Irv Miller likes to keep his customers on their toes when it comes to unique dishes to taste. This spring, he has prepared a special menu influenced by the spring season that will debut April 12 with a new line of handcrafted cocktails to match. In addition to the new menu items, some of the regular menu offerings will now be served with different accompaniments to lighten up the dish for spring. From a refreshing citrus slaw to a decadent Dijon-sherry cream sauce, here are some of the dishes that make the new menu sing.


  • Steakhouse hummus: Whipped hummus, extra virgin olive oil, salsa macha, East Hill Honey, Mission Farms’ microgreens, grilled naan.

  • Red snapper: Za’atar spice-crusted red snapper, napa slaw, roasted cashews, ginger dressing, clementine mandarin butter sauce

  • Chicken breast: Joyce Farms’ Frenched chicken breast, Dijon-sherry cream sauce, sauteed cultivated wild mushrooms, tomato pearl couscous.

  • Lamb Chops: Rosemary garlic marinated and open-fired, grilled asparagus and charred red onion pedals, BG196 Mustard demi-glace.


A Blackberry Bourbon Smash cocktail during a preview of the new Spring menu at Jackson's Steakhouse in downtown Pensacola on Wednesday, April 3, 2024.
A Blackberry Bourbon Smash cocktail during a preview of the new Spring menu at Jackson's Steakhouse in downtown Pensacola on Wednesday, April 3, 2024.
  • White Sands: Astral Blanco tequila, fresh sour mix, triple sec, St. Germaine Elderflower liqeur, freshly muddled cucumbers, cucumber wheel garnish

  • Venezuelan Nights: Diplomatico Plantas Blanco rum, charred jalapeno infused pineapple juice, sour mix, triple sec, jalapeno garnish

  • Summer Symphony: St. Augustine vodka, fresh citrus, Cointreau, house made watermelon puree, lime wheel garnish.

  • Blackberry Bourbon Smash: Whistle Pig’s 6 year Piggyback rye, house made blackberry and mint syrup, fresh citrus, Lovo prosecco, fresh blackberry garnish.

George Bistro

6205 N. Ninth Ave.

When the weather starts getting warmer, the flavors begin to get a little lighter. If you’re a George Bistro fan, it’s no surprise that owner and executive chef George Lazi has infused all the freshest flavors of the spring season into fragrant cocktails and signature dishes. With sugar snap peas being incorporated into both salad and signature drinks, here are some of the special items now available this spring.


The local catch, which in this picture is a red snapper, is a spring seasonal dish at George Bistro.
The local catch, which in this picture is a red snapper, is a spring seasonal dish at George Bistro.
  • Seared Scallops: Seared scallops, creamy cauliflower puree, roasted brown butter cauliflower, sauteed sugar snap peas, English peas, fennel and zucchini in herb vinaigrette.

  • English Peas + Mint Ricotta: Whipped lemon ricotta, English peas, thyme, fresh mint, honey, toasted artisan bread.

  • Spring Cobb Salad: Arcadian mixed greens and romaine, sugar snap peas, zucchini, watermelon radish, scallions, tomato, bacon, egg, avocado, and feta tossed in cucumber herb dressing.

  • Grilled Lamp Chops: Rosemary garlic marinated lamp, pearl couscous with fresh herbs, asparagus and spinach, served with a lemon mint yogurt, finished with cilantro and fresno chiles.


  • Can’t Be Tamed: El Jimador tequila, tamarind, chili, mango, line, Disco Inferno bitters

  • Snap Out Of It: Svol Sweedish Aquavit, dill, tarragon, fennel, sugar snap pea, lemon.

  • Raspberry Mule: Vodka, raspberry, lime, ginger beer

  • Cucumber Basil Martini: Vodka, cucumber, basil and lemon.

New business brewing in Santa Rosa County

Ye Olde Brothers Brewery

4458 State Road 87, Navarre

Ye Olde Brothers Brewery is appealing to Navarre’s early risers with a new drive thru coffee trailer on the brewery’s grounds serving up items like specialty coffees and breakfast burritos. The coffee shop is open from 6-11 a.m. on Monday through Thursday. It offers the classics like cappuccinos, lattes and cold brew along with customized concoctions. The stand will have 25 coffee flavors to create your own combo, including sugar-free flavors. They also offer homemade baked goods such as blueberry and carrot cake muffins. Specialty drinks include:

  • Blondie: White chocolate, caramel and vanilla.

  • The Hippie: Lavender, cane syrup and vanilla.

  • Almond Joy: Marshmallow, almond and chocolate.

  • Holley Haze: Mashmallow, almond and French vanilla.

Beardless Brewhaus- Pace

6542 Woodbine Road, Pace

The owners of Beardless Brewhaus are expanding their Pace footprint through The Backyard, an outdoor venue positioned behind their Pace brewery that opened March 28. The space is taglined as “where Pace comes to play” and will be a 1-acre beer garden and activity space. It’s a family-friendly and dog friendly environment, with games like cornhole and Jenga for customers to enjoy. Owners also plan to incorporate more family friendly activities such as outdoor movies and live music, according to a social media post by Beardless Brewhaus.

The Backyard will offer a mix of domestics and craft canned and bottle beer outside, with draft beer available inside of the brewery. The Backyard is now open from 4-9 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 4-10 p.m. on Friday, noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.  Follow The Backyard - Pace on Facebook for more updates and information.

Pensacola is bubbling with new boba shops

J.Y. Tea Pensacola

6601 N. Davis Highway #21

The bubble tea trend is still raging on in Pensacola, and J.Y. Tea Pensacola, which just debuted in March, is a bubble tea lover's paradise. J.Y. Tea brings over 50 flavors of hand-shaken teas, slushies, milk teas, lattes, blended drinks and fruit blasts. Customers can also customize their toppings and choose their sweetness level: 0%, 25%, 50%, 75% and 100%. The full menu can be found on the J.Y. Tea Pensacola Facebook page. J.Y. Tea Pensacola is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and closed on Monday. Some of the shop specialties include:

  • Honey roasted boba tea

  • Matcha Oreo Frappuccino

  • Dragon peach oolong

  • Mango yakuit

All About Boba

501 S. Palafox St.

All About Boba, downtown Pensacola’s newest bubble milk tea shop, has debuted in The Garden at Palafox + Main. The shop celebrated its grand opening in February and has been drawing customers downtown ever since. Some of the main draws include their unique flavors and Monday happy hours special from 3-5 p.m. on Mondays where drinks are buy one, get one half off.

“It’s surprising that a lot of people are not familiar with boba, but we have a lot of newbies who love it on their first try,” All About Boba owner Christine Guillory said.

At All About Boba, the tea is brewed fresh and boba cooked every few hours to keep it fresh, per the shop’s social media page. Right now, the shop offers 17 milk tea flavors, eight fruit teas or juice flavors and eight specialty drinks along with tapioca boba, popping boba and jellies. They also whip up special occasion drinks, like their Bantham milk, a Star Wars inspired butterfly pea tea and coconut milk tea, that they created for Pensacon. While the shop is fairly new and still expanding its offerings, they plan to include other toppings such as cream cheese foam and crème brulee in the near future, according to Guillory. They will also be debuting taiyaki this month. Here are some of the shop’s top picks:

  • Brown Sugar Earl Grey

  • Double Purple (Taro milk tea and Ube stripes)

  • Strawberry Matcha Latte

  • Brown Sugar Matcha

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