Black Skimmer Grille is ready to serve you

There’s a new eatery in town, and they are located in the heart of Navarre Beach’s gold standard golf course, Hidden Creek.

Andrew Suthers is owner of the newly opened Black Skimmer Grille which started officially serving customers June 1. From local brews to masterful burgers, this eatery flies under the banner of comfort food done right. It is named for the shorebirds that frequent our white sand beaches.

“We want to be neighborhood casual comfort food, like the local ‘Cheers’ but also great food,” Andrew said. “We are very reasonably priced. We think we are right at that sweet spot.”

The restaurant features four 55- to 65-inch TVs mounted on the walls, along with a dartboard, full bar and new outdoor deck seating overlooking the course’s rolling greens.

The menu features a few consistent entrees with a chalkboard of rotating specials for the rest of the fare.

The space has been leaving much to be desired up to now, if I’m being honest. It felt stuffy like your typical Then the property just sat vacant for a while as the golf course management wanted to find a perfect fit to bring it to the next level.

Then came Andrew and his crew.

Andrew moved to our coastal community from Lexington, Kentucky. He’s been working in restaurants for 17 years, having started up two locations in that time. The chef previously owned Oscar Diggs, a phenomenal gastropub in downtown Lexington known for its high-end food and beer.

In addition to the combined 22 years of experience between Andrew and his partner, Kara Mardell, they have also partnered with Michael Juhl, who has been working in restaurants and pubs for 25 years.

When I stop in, Michael always stops by the tables to check in with guests and maybe crack a few jokes.

Andrew said they are excited to get the food rolling out. And rolling out it has been.

This place knows how to do it from scratch, and I mean actual scratch kitchen style. None of this ‘well only part of it came from the freezer’ nonsense. They cut their own potatoes in house to make their seasoned French fries, and that savory peppercorn bacon was created in the onsite smoker, not bought in a store.

Same with the wings which are smoked to perfection, then fried for that crispy texture.

My partner in crime said he loved their bratwurst, and the steak is well seasoned in a delicious demi glace.

Plus, the prices weren’t hard to swallow either, a rarity for golf courses.

So whether you are looking for a round of golf or just a great burger, come check out The Black Skimmer Grille this summer on beautiful Navarre Beach,

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