When we have company, the first restaurant we traditionally bring them to is the Crab Trap. It is a wonderful restaurant situated right on the Gulf of Mexico. The restaurant is casual but the views are anything but casual. Just about every table has a wondrous view of the water and the beach. The menu is typical Florida seafood with an emphasis on local ingredients. My favorite is without question the crab cakes. Full of flavor they're served with a homemade sauce that is divine. Sweet tea is served liberally and it's just a great place for a great meal. The only consistent negative is the service which in our 10+ visits has ranged from uninterested to at times rude. Despite that the Crab Trap continues to be a favorite of ours and our guests.
PROS: great views and food
CONS: service could be better
My daughter enjoyed our visit here. It's a really interesting place to walk around. The person staffing the front register was friendly and answered our questions. The prices were a little high though. We found the prices much higher than a typical chain store and somewhat higher even then PetSmart. Still, if we're in a hurry and our dogs need something it's a good place to stop in and something Niceville probably needs.
PROS: good location, nice size store
CONS: prices seemed high
The Niceville library thrives in its new location. The children's section is outstanding. But what makes this library outstanding is its staff. They know us by name and miss us when we don't come around. Adjacent to the children's park, it's a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. One negative would be that the hours are shorter and they are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Other than that, this family loves the Niceville library!
PROS: great staff, great place for kids
CONS: hours could be longer
We spent my daughter's tenth birthday here and really had a great day. Our out-of-town guests loved the place - especially the interactive encounters. I was amazed at the up close and personal pictures we bought. One had a sea lion literally "kissing" my daughter's cheek. The shows were great and even in late summer it wasn't too crowded. We'll be back.
PROS: good park
CONS: a little small
This is an okay place to shop for school supplies and educational activities. We don't feel the staff is particularly friendly and they refuse to give homeschoolers discounts so they don't really get our business that often. It's also extremely crowded and they clealy need more space. Still, it's the only place in town like it so they stay very busy.
PROS: educational supplies abound
CONS: poor parking and poor store layout
When I need something notarized this is my first choice. It's also a great place to get copies made or mail packages. It's locally owned and operated and the people are usually pretty friendly. I'm glad we have one.
PROS: one-stop business shop
CONS: lines can be long sometimes
This is a somewhat satisfactory outlet mall. It really appeals more to the tourists but my family does go occasionally. The key is to know what stores you want and where they are. We regularly visit both the Nike Store and the Disney Outlet and that's all we do. We drive to both places. The mall is just too big and too hard on the feet to walk all around it.
PROS: great deals
CONS: way too big
We often find ourselves driving over to Seaside for an afternoon of shopping. Featured in the movie "The Truman Show" Seaside is a wonderful shopping area. We love the art store and the bookstore (Sundog books). The restaurants are great and we always come home a little happier after a visit to Seaside.
PROS: great shopping area
CONS: parking is limited
We travel a lot but with two big dogs we are always looking for a boarding place. Niceville Animal Clinic is our kennel of choice. Our dogs are big (a chocolate lab and a golden retriever) but the staff at Niceville Animal Clinic handles them with no problems. Our Golden is especially bad (he's still a puppy - a hundred pound puppy) and the staff just smiles every time. The dogs always seem happy to go and we travel better knowing they're well cared for.
PROS: great kennel
Another Broken Egg is one of our new favorites. The breakfast menu is definitely what they're known for. From incredible "breakfast potatoes" to wonderful omelettes and pancakes they truly put their own spin on ordinary breakfast food. We also had a great lunch there recently. Everything tasted incredibly fresh and service was impeccable.
PROS: great food, wonderful service