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Brunch at The Grand Marlin on Pensacola Beach

“Do you have any questions?” the waiter asked, and AdventureMan asked “Yes, what is a TGM hamburger?” and the waiter responded “The Grand Marlin; don’t be embarrassed, you’d be amazed, just about every customer asks that question.”

We thought it might be a brand name or something, and sort of it is.

It is Sunday, a glorious warm Sunday, and everyone is feeling it, everyone is ready for some sun and some heat after the devil of an ice storm that hit us at the end of January. The yards of the gardeners are heaped with devastation, and we are warned not to cut anything yet, wait until all danger of frost is passed. Cutting your “dead” plants signals them to send out new growth, and you don’t want them wasting energy sending out new growth until you can guarantee that the new growth will not be killed by another freeze.

Meanwhile, it is a glorious day, a perfect day for brunch at The Grand Marlin, where we are shown to a small private room that reminds us of similar lunches in Saudi Arabia, or Qatar, or sometimes even Kuwait where ‘families’ (women) might like to dine without prying eyes. There is even a curtain that can be pulled to insure privacy.


They have a great brunch menu, and the whole back side of it is drinks. You wouldn’t think people would be hittin’ the sauce at 0930 on a Sunday morning, but you would be wrong, LOL.



We had a great waiter, he took good care of us and could answer all our questions, brought us the extras we requested, made sure our cups and glasses stayed filled, all unobtrusively.

The coffee was noticeably good. As do many restaurants around here, The Grand Marlin has its own bottled hot sauce, Fire in the Hole, which warns you that it is very hot:


The restaurant fills up fast, even early in the day, with church goers and with beach goers, and so there is a wide range of dress from very casual to church-going chic. The live music starts early, too, around 1000, so there is also a wide range of ages, from kids to young adults, to some aging geezers around the bar, hitting it hard early in the morning.

When our breakfasts come, we are both delighted. I had intended to order the crab cake benedict, but when I saw Smoked Salmon Benedict on the menu, I was a goner. AdventureMan ordered a Vegetable Frittata and said it was one of the best. We were both very happy with our food.



Although by the time we left there were people waiting for tables, we were never rushed. It is an altogether civilized and enjoyable Sunday brunch, with lots of delicious temptations on the menu to try each time we go.

February 18, 2014 - Posted by | Customer Service, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Florida, Food, Gardens, Pensacola, Restaurant


  1. Hi, Seattle mama: Come May ’14, my mum and dad are expected to be in your neck of the woods. Needed a reco on good places for Ethiopian and Vietnamese food in Seattle and Vancouver from the foodie in you.
    And trust me, this is not a send up of any kind.

    Comment by Hommes pour hommes seulement | March 2, 2014 | Reply

    • Homme: Ethiopian in Seattle – there is a lot. Check TripAdvisor for top recommendations; I can tell you that there is a huge Ethiopian settlement in the E. Cherry area, several restaurants right along Cherry (and also some great “Mediterranean”.) I’ve also seen Ethiopian restaurants and groceries near Sea-Tac Airport, which is another great international area in Seattle; there is Vietnamese near the airport as well. Highway 99 is a wealth of small but decent restaurants. I always use TripAdvisor to help me decide.

      Vietnamese – again, so many good places; my favorite is a family run place at 5 corners in Edmonds, I think it is called 5 Corner Pho, but Seattle is a very large place and there are truly good Vietnamese places in a lot of locations. Again, Trip Advisor is what I use when in Homer, AK, or Damascus, or Doha 🙂 etc.

      Honestly, it will depend on where your parents are staying and if they will be driving. There are some great little dives along Highway 99 going north from downtown, there is an “International District” (old Seattle calls it Chinatown.) In truth, most of the time I spend in Seattle now, I go where friends take me or in Edmonds, where my Mom and youngest sister live. I’m not the most up-to-date on really great restaurants; I like off-the-beaten track.

      Comment by intlxpatr | March 2, 2014 | Reply

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