or cook at home
Worth checking out
Locally owned and operated with more than 20 TVs, one in every
booth, free WI-FI, play area for kids with game room. Serving
wings, pizza, burgers, salads, sandwiches, beer, wine and spirits.
$3-10, 757 Harbor Blvd (adjacent to Destin Cinema) 273-9464
and 116 NE Eglin Pkwy, FWB, 243-9464.
Restaurant and Deli 2/3
A local lunch and dinner favorite for
years, it offers a wide selection of sandwiches,
salads, burgers, steaks and chops. Favorites
are New York strip steak, prime rib, and youname-it deli sandwich
classics. Daily specials, wine and beer, $4-19. 950 Gulf Shore
Drive, Destin, 837-6328.
They came ridin out of Texas
you a winning combination of Southwestern and American favorites.
Full bar service. $5-15, 504 E. Mary Esther Cutoff , Mary Esther,
243-2019 and 34902 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, 269-3203.
Fun, good food served late, Sunday brunch and bartenders that
are the envy of the industry. $6-12, 34881 Hwy. 98W, 654-5588
on the Island
Burgers, pasta, salads, creative libations, seafood, and sandwiches.
Also a full selection of souvenir items, plus a playground for
the kids. $7-17, 108 Santa Rosa Blvd, Okaloosa Island, 243-3833
Beachside Bar & Grill 2/3
You’ve heard about the funny name and the ‘gators,
but the food’s also worth a try. Wide range of snacks, sandwiches,
local seafood and land-based dishes, efficiently served in dining
rooms for all sensibilities. Full bar and live music. $4-24, 20001
Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin, 654-4200.
Breath Cafe 1/4
A variety of food options including hamburgers, pasta, appetizers,
certified Angus beef, and local Gulf seafood entr»es at
great prices. Daily specials. Live music 7 days a week.
$4-19, 541 Hwy 98E, Destin, 837-5991.
Step on, over, or around the peanut shells, and enjoy a lengthy
menu of Southwestern-style grilled steaks, ribs, burgers, chicken,
or fish, served in a family-friendly atmosphere. Memorable sides
include beer-braised onions and house made potato chips. Full
bar service, $4-20, 315 Mary Esther Blvd, Mary Esther, 243-7191.
Long-established for lunch and dinner with entrees from veal parmesan
to broiled stuffed flounder, chicken and steaks. $10-18, 157 SE
Brooks St., FWB, 302-0266
Dueling Piano Bar and Grill
Sit outside or inside at Rum Runners
and take in the scene at Baytowne Wharf while
sipping a tropical specialty drink or beer. Varied
Caribbean/Coastal/Mediterranean menu, featuring
seafood, steaks, chicken and pasta, served in a
relaxed and unhurried atmosphere. Full bar, live
entertainment. $7-20. Village of Baytowne Wharf,
Several pages of items to choose from and a friendly and casual
atmosphere for lunch or dinner. $6-18, 200 Mary Esther Blvd, Mary
Restaurant & Lounge
Delight in the casual comfort and enjoy lavish buffets or complete
menu dining. Features fresh, local seafood, steaks and continental
specialties for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Seafood and prime
rib buffet every Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday brunch
buffet. $9-30, 4000 Sandestin Blvd, in the Hilton Sandestin, 267-9500.
on the Bayou 1/3
Enjoy American and Italian style pub food at this relaxed Fort
Walton Beacj hangout. Bar snacks, baskets, hot and cold subs,
sandwiches, burgers, and a list of pizzas cover everyone’s
taste. Full bar service. $4-20. 200 Eglin Pkwy NE, Fort Walton
Village Market Cafe
Lunch and Dinner 10:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Grocery Store number 1 in Seagrove Beach Souvenirs, fresh to-go
items, cocktail and party snacks, wine and beer. A local's habit
for 55 years. $6-16, 3004 Hwy. 395 (1/2 mile east of Seaside).
The place for ribs. Open for lunch and dinner. $5-15, 140 Hwy.
98E, Mary Esther, 244-3445
Breath Boss Hog Bar-B-Q
Smoked chickens and turkeys, sandwiches and plates, food service
catering, homemade pie, and picnics to go. Pulled pork and chicken
sandwiches with our own special sauce. Take-out only. Located
right next to Hogs Breath. 837-5991.
Carolina Style Bar-B-Q
Serving a wide variety of moist, flavorful and tender
pork, beef and poultry BBQ done right. Side items are made fresh
daily. We cater to your every need. $4-10.50, 4677 E. Hwy 20,
of Destin, Inc.
Chicken and ribs, all the traditional side items, sandwiches and
platters. $6-18, 606 Hwy 98E, 837-9314
An old-fashioned diner offering a wide variety of home cooked
meals, with daily breakfast, lunch and dinner specials. Plus ice
cream parlor treats to accompany or top off any meal. $3-6, 1083
Hwy 98E (across from Blockbuster) 654-5843
Serving fresh pastries every day, open for breakfast and lunch,
Tuesday to Saturday at 10 a.m. and for Sunday brunch beginning
at 9 a.m. Located in the Shoppes at South Haven, $1-12, 4821 Hwy
98 N, Santa Rosa Beach, 267-0619.
Serving breakfast 7 mornings a week from 5:30-10:30 a.m. Big country
breakfasts fit for the sea-going fisherman in the true tradition
of Destin. $3-12 538 Hwy 98, Harbor Docks restaurant, Destin,
Coffee & Guesthouse
Nestled amongst the trees, surrounded by herb and flower gardens
and serving vegetarian breakfasts from 7:30-11:30 a.m. with comfortable
rooms in the Old Florida laid back atmosphere. Cafe» $2-7,
rooms $115-170. 85 DeFuniak Street, Grayton Bch, 231-2733. www.hibiscusflorida.
House of Pancakes
More than pancakes. Specialty sandwiches, dinner entrees, carafes
of coffee. $4-12, 348 SW Hwy 98, FWB, 2439333 and 10859 Hwy. 98W,
Blue Orleans 3/4
A little bit of the “Big Easy” on Scenic 30A. Po’boys,
red beans and rice, gumbo, jambalaya, beignets, and specialty
crab cakes, plus home style blue-plate specials. Full Cajun breakfast
menu and open for lunch and dinner. Live music as the spirit moves.
$3-24, 2260 W. Hwy 30A, Blue Mtn Bch, 622-1909.
Calypso Beach Cafe & Sports Grille
The menu features recipes from New Orleans and the Caribbean.
Appetizers, Gulf-fresh seafood, tasty chicken, steaks, sandwiches,
made from scratch soups, salads and award-winning desserts. New
Orleans style brunch on weekends, open daily at 11 a.m. $5-26,
15812 Front Beach Road, Panama City Bch, 850-234-6788.
If you like your Louisiana style food with a view, try Cocodries
on Navarre Beach. Seafood, sandwiches, steaks and chops served
in huge portions, indoors and outdoors. Open daily for lunch and
dinner, Full bar, including some favorite Louisiana beers. $4
23, 8649 Gulf Blvd., Navarre Bch, 850- 939-8777.
Quarter Grill 3/4
This little establishment offers thoughtfully prepared samples
of Creole and Cajun cooking, with embellishments from the Mediterranean
and Far East. Fish, shellfish, chicken, and pork served with lush,
full-flavored Louisiana regional sauces. Po? boys, and excellent
boudin. Beer and wine. $3-17. 714 Howell Road, Niceville, 678-2604.
Beachside Bar & Grill 1/3
Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico with perfect casual comfort, and
a varying menu offering tasty snacks and entrees. Features raw
bar, fresh seafood, signature specialty drinks, build your own
burger burger, and make sure to try the artichoke fritters. Live
music. $6-30, 4000 Sandestin Blvd., in the Hilton Sandestin, 267-9500.
Buffalo wings a specialty, plus burritos, Michigan dogs, sandwiches,
and appetizers. Happy hour til 9 pm daily. $2-7, 138 Hwy.
98SE, FWB, 244-5515
O’Brady’s Family Sports Pub
(2 Locations) 1/3
A range of wings, sandwiches, wraps, soups and salads served in
a traditional, but family-friendly, sports bar atmosphere with
lots of TV choices and a kid’s game room. Excellent chicken
wings, hot deli sandwiches, fresh salads, and great kids menu.
Beer and wine. $4 - 10. 9375 Emerald Coast Parkway (The Market
Shops at Sandestin), 837-9710 and 4540 Hwy 20E, Niceville, 897-3964.
A premiere wings restaurant. Sports on multiple screens and libations
too. $4-7, 116 NE Eglin Pkwy, FWB, 243-9464
Bar & Grill
Big selection of food and 19 TVs for sports. $5-22, 125 Poinciana
Blvd, Destin, 837-4399
Sidewalk Cafe 3/4
Sandwiches of many kinds and colors are the star at this busy
cafe. An extensive menu offers hot and cold meat and vegetable
wraps, panini, salads, and soups, washed down with fruit smoothies.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner served. $4-8. 10406 Emerald Coast
Parkway, (Silver Sands Factory Stores) Sandestin, 650-2920.
Wine only, but in any combination you’d imagine, paired
with a wide assortment of tapas-inspired appetizers, salads, sandwiches,
quiches, and quesadillas. Great desserts and friendly service.
$5-25. 4105 Legendary Drive, Destin, 654-7273.
Everyone knows what this place is famous for, but the variety
of food is a surprise. $8-10, 15015 Hwy 98E. 654-1007
Dine casually at this Baytowne beach bar, with reasonably priced
burgers, and grilled or fried chicken, fish, crab cake and shrimp
sandwiches and entrees, plus southwestern and house specialties.
There’s a large selection of draft and bottled beer, wine
and smoothies. $4-24. Village of Baytowne Wharf, 351-4526.
Sidewalk Café 1/2
Open for lunch Monday through Saturday
and dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. Serving up an international
bistro menu including sandwiches, salads, pastas, sparkling water,
wine and beer. $6-17, 4424 E. Commons Dr., Destin, 269-0185.
A huge selection of beer makes this the place for those wishing
to try beers from around the world. Salads, burgers and fish sandwiches
round out the menu. $6-20, 83 Central Sq., Seaside, 231-1950
Tail Beach Bar & Grill
If you want to feel like you’re at a real beach
bar, this is the place; good food and drinks, plus superb bloody
mary’s. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. $4-15, 1373 Scenic
Gulf Dr. Destin, 650-4377
Ass Coffee Company
A gourmet coffee company specializing in Kona coffee, espresso,
cappuccino, and lattes. The deli features Boar’s Head products
muffins, breakfast sandwiches and desserts. The store carries
a unique line of merchandise and provides free wireless Internet
access. Open daily at 7 a.m. $1-6.50, 1708 Scenic Gulf Drive (Old
Highway 98) 269-3997
at Crystal Beach
A coffee and market shop, overlooking the gulf. Camille’s
offers a wide variety of coffee, breakfast, muffins, sandwiches,
salads, fresh fruit smoothies and a package store.Open daily.
2931 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin Hwy 98, 337-8860.
A local espresso bar featuring art, coffee, and conversation.
Menu selection includes espresso, lattes, mochas, granitas, muffins,
cookies and more. Available for private parties on request, Open
Mon-Fri 7am-5pm, Sat 8am-2pm. $1-5, 984 Airport Road, Destin,
Serves the fine gourmet featuring fresh deli sandwiches made-to-order,
imported chocolates, homemade cookies, fresh baked pastries, Starbucks
coffee, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, as
well as other specialty foods. $10-15. 4000 Sandestin Blvd., in
the Hilton Sandestin, 267-9500.
This is a family owned deli, grill, and sports bar featuring authentic
Philly cheese steaks, brick oven pizza, deli and specialty sandwiches
and salads in a laid back family atmosphere. A great draft beer
selection too. $8-12, 19 N. Eglin Pkwy, FWB, 864 5577.Starbucks
Coffee for everybodys taste and size requirements. Iced
or hot lattes, cappuccinos, and espresso, plus muffins and other
yummy stuff your mother never made. $2-6, The Markets at Sandestin,
9375 Hwy 98W, 267-6235, Destin Commons, Baytowne Wharf and Uptown
Perched at the foot of a bridge overlooking the bay this bar and
eatery offers a varying daily menu of fish, chicken, pork, beef,
pasta, and sushi served in a colorful, slightly oddball two-story
building. Save room for the apple dumpling. $5-20, 24200 U.S.
Hwy 331 South, Santa Rosa Beach, 622-3335. 30°
Splendid adult dining in a romantic atmosphere in Bay Point Marina.
Steak, veal, chicken, fish and shellfish served in luxurious and
imaginative ways. Irresistible desserts. Wine tasting, live entertainment
and a full bar. $6-34. 3900 Marriott Drive, Bay Point Marina,
Panama City Beach, 850-236-1115.
City American Bistro
Get ready for the best at this classy bistro in Fort Walton Beach.
An extensive menu offers both high toned and comfort food, rack
of lamb, grilled fish and steaks, pizza, even meat loaf and mac
and cheese. Polished, whole- hearted service, and swoon-inducing
desserts. Wine and beer. $5-29. 171 SE Brooks Street, FWB, 664-0664.
Oyster specialties, heirloom soups, bread
baked in-house. An impressive array of
seafood, beef, lamb, and fowl prepared
in simple and classic styles. Extensive
childrens menu. $5-27. 102 Market Street,
Downtown Carillon Beach. 850-235-2811.
Wine & Cheese
Featuring 50 wines by the glass, open-air courtyard seating and
the only environmentally controlled wine store in the Panhandle.
Gourmet cheese plates are served all day and wireless Internet
connectivity is available. Wine flutes available, inquire about
tasting events. 66 Main Street, Rosemary Bch, 231-1219.
Fresh local shrimp, fish, shellfish, beef, and
chicken are combined Caribbean and Creole
Continued on page 24 style. Fresh, top-quality ingredients from
all over make for a memorable dining experience. The wine list
is lengthy and varied, the desserts are made in-house, and even
the childrens menu is classy. Full bar service and a quietly
elegant atmosphere. $8-45, 170 E. Scenic Hwy 30A, Grayton Bch,
Fine dining on the beach inside Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
Open for dinner at 5 p.m. and seasonally for lunch. Reservation
suggested. $22-55, 9301 Hwy. 98W, Sandestin, 267-4800.
Dinner/Dance Cruise 3/4
Drink, dine, and even dance on the water with an evening cruise
from Baytowne Marina. SunQuest Cruises entertainment yacht
Solaris offers fine Dining and musical entertainment. Limited
advance reservation menu, wine and full bar, as well as special
cruises. $65 for dinner and cruise. SunQuest Cruises, Baytowne
Marina, Sandestin. 650-2519.
City American Bistro
A bistro offering an extensive menu of both high toned and comfort
food such as meat loaf and mac and cheese. Other choices are rack
of lamb, grilled fish and steaks, and pizza. Polished service
and swoon-inducing desserts. Wine and beer. $5-29, 171 SE Brooks
Street, FWB, 664-0664.
Bistro & Bar
Serving lunch M-F and dinner Tu-Sat. Salads, sandwiches, enchiladas,
steak, seafood, and pasta. Separate menus for lunch and dinner.
$5-20, 14 NE Racetrack Rd, FWB, 863-2143
Follow the crowd to the big house, and choose from an ever-changing
menu offering local seafood, steaks, lamb, and pizzas. Starters,
salads, and main courses with a taste of Europe, Asia, and North
African spice. Wine list, full bar. $8-37, 3899 E Hwy 30A, Seagrove
at Crystal Beach
Gulf Coast/New Orleans cooking meets the flavors of Japan in this
warm, cozy dining establishment with a Gulf view. Seafood rules
both on the regular menu and at the sushi bar. Full bar service
offered. $4-20, 2931 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin, 337-8860.
Cellar & Wine Bar
Wine county cuisine including steaks, chicken, seafood pasta and
grilled tuna and shrimp. Only dinner is served here, but they
offer nightly specials. Has a full bar and wines by the glass,
plus retail wine cellar. $6-29, 36120 Hwy 98W, Destin, 650-8900
Elegant, imaginative selection of local and exotic foods, prepared
with satisfying style. Grouper, snapper, tuna, scallops, buffalo
and elk are among the choices, served stuffed, sauteed, seared
and roasted, paired with plantains, boniato and cous-cous to name
only a few. Wine by the bottle and glass. $8-26. 50 Uptown Grayton
Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, 534-0960.
Bistro 2.1.5 ¾
Open for lunch and dinner and featuring cuisine from Asia and
Europe including salads, pastas, soups, seafood, and steaks. Separate
lunch menu as well as food for the kids. Champagne martinis and
many wines by the bottle and glass. $4-19, 215 Miracle Strip Pkwy,
and the Red Bar
Blackboard specials every day for lunch and dinner. Salads, burgers,
soup, fish of the day, baked eggplant, pasta, and manicotti. Crab
cakes on the weekends. $5-18, 70 Holt Ave, Grayton Bch, 231-1008
Beach Club 1/2
Casual, classy dining for lunch or dinner. Soups, steaks, and
seafood with spectacular views of the Gulf. Separate menus for
lunch and dinner. $5-30, 4801 W. Hwy 30A, 267-2305
Village Market Café
Lunch and dinner served from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily. Also
a full service grocery store featuring fresh cut steaks, salads,
beer and wine. A locals habit for 53 years. $4-16, 3004
Hwy 395 South, 231-5736.
Eat light or eat hearty, you’ll enjoy choosing from the
varied menu of seafood, steaks, pasta and chicken, seasoned with
spices from the Caribbean, Far East, Gulf Coast and Mediterranean.
Great house made potato chips. Full bar. $3-24. 1096 Scenic Gulf
Drive, Destin, 837-9834.
Wonderful food, service, and atmosphere. Unusual approach to wine
service offering flites or taster size assortments.
Open daily for lunch and dinner, plus a well stocked retail wine
store. $5-$19, 10859 Hwy 98W, Destin, 650-9820
Splendid French and French-inspired food served in a romantic
atmosphere indoors or outdoors just under the Brooks Bridge. Choose
from seafood, beef, chicken, duck, and some rarely seen French
specialties. Terrific bread. Wine by the glass or bottle. Reservations
accepted. $4-28, 233 Alconese Avenue, FWB, 244-3550.
Fresh made soups, fois gras everywhere, excellent breads and pastries
baked on the premises. Fish, seafood, chicken, beef, lamb, and
duck prepared and served in a stylish country French atmosphere.
Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. Reservations suggested. $5-39, 35C
Musset Bayou Road, Santa Rosa Bch, 622-3022.
Just a short stroll from the beach and serving traditional Italian
fare, served in a comfortable, casual setting. The chef prepares
plenty of seafood, pasta, pizza, and your favorite meat dishes
nightly at 4 p.m. $7-20, 1771 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin, 837-7240.
One of Seaside’s longest-running dining attractions, Cafe
Spiazzia boasts an extensive menu of light and substantial Italian
fare. Breakfast, lunch and dinner features omelets, soups, salads,
sandwiches, pizza, pasta, hearty main courses, and some classic
Italian desserts. Beer and wine only. $4-22, 2236 Scenic 30A,
Set in an 80-year-old house on the water, Caffe Italia offers
comfort and friendly service. Traditional Italian-style appetizers,
pastas, lasagna, pizzas, and house specialties, made with fresh
herbs and local fish. Wine, beer, and bar. $4-24.,189 Brooks Street,
Fort Walton Beach, 664-0035.
Italian Restaurant ¾
Wide selection of traditional Italian fare, including pizza, pasta
entrees, and mixed grill. There are numerous combinations and
ingredients, served in generous portions. Full bar service is
available. $6-19. Corner of Cty Hwy 393 and 30A, Santa osa Beach,
Comtemporary Italian cuisine is served
for lunch Tuesday through Friday and for
dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Reservations encouraged. $5-25,
301 Harrison Ave., in the heart of downtown Panama City, 850-913-9131.
Guglielmo maintains the uncompromising standard he set long ago
for high quality Italian fare. La Fiamma offers pasta, fresh seafood,
chicken and meat prepared in the style of Northern Italy and elsewhere.
Daily specials and family style dining add to the choice. First
class tiramisu. $6 -28. 529 Hwy98E, Destin 654-9880.
La Dolce Vita
Guglielmo maintains the uncompromising standard he set long ago
for high quality Italian fare. La Fiamma offers pasta, fresh seafood,
chicken and meat prepared in the style of northern Italy and elsewhere.
Daily specials and family style dining add to the choice. First
class tiramisu. $6 -28. 529 Hwy98E, Destin 654-9880.
Mediterranean cuisine featuring pasta, pizza, steak, chicken dishes,
clam chowder with full bar service. Adjacent Funky Blues Shack
offers bar specials and live entertainment. Open for dinner at
5 p.m., $6-18, 707 Hwy 98 E, Destin, 654-2764
Magnolia Grill 1/3
Enjoy Italian favorites, or old-fashioned Florida-style seafood
in a warm, friendly, homelike atmosphere. Pasta, grilled, fried,
blackened or broiled seafood, giant steaks, and a lengthy, worthy
dessert list. Wine and beer. $5-24, 157 Brooks Street SE, Fort
Walton Beach, 302-0266.
Garden (2 locations)
Italian food of all kinds, never empty salad bowl and bread sticks
galore. $6-13, 216 Hwy 98W, FWB, 244-1667 and 34970 Emerald Coast
Pkwy, Destin, 650-2307.
do you have a taste for?
| Barbecue | Breakfast
Cajun/Creole | Casual
Contemporary | Eclectic
| French | German
Italian | Latin/Mexican
Oriental | Pizza/Pasta
Steaks | Sushi | Southern
Cancun's Mexican Restaurant
Authentic Mexican cuisine served daily for lunch at 11 a.m. Daily
happy hour Monday - Friday 3-6. Live entertainment Friday nights.
$5-15, 12889 Emerald Coast Parkway (Miramar Plaza) Destin 269-7788
The real Mexican deal here, short on pretty but long on tasty,
with a menu featuring home cooked tamales, tacos, enchiladas,
and other hearty Mexican fare. Usually crowded at lunch, and a
good place to practice your Spanish. Daily specials. Beer and
Mexican sodas. $2-10. 209 Main Street, Destin, 543-8670.
A more sophisticated taste of Mexico on the Gulf. Extensive menu
offers Mexican favorites, plus a wealth of fresh fish and seafood
choices. Outstanding grilled fish and shrimp, crab quesadillas,
pork tamales, tortilla soup, and imaginative salsas. Full bar.
$4-19. 950 Gulf Shore Drive, Destin, 837-2247.
An enormous menu, plenty of room, and a friendly staff make Pepito’s
a good bet for a Mexican snack or feast. Traditional and unusual
fare includes carnitas, enchiladas, fajitas, vegetarian dishes,
steaks and seafood specialties. $4-19. 757 Harbor Blvd, Destin,
Southwest Grill (2 locations)
Words are the same but after the Destin phone number, put and
655 Grand Blvd, Sandestin, 267-9008.
Baba Grill Cafe 2/3
Satisfy your Greek and Middle Eastern cravings at this Fort Walton
Beach lunch and dinner spot. Grilled lamb, beef, chicken and fish,
as well as traditional Middle Eastern specialties like hummus,
tabbouleh and baklava. Buffet available. $3-20, 550 Mary Esther
Cut Off, FWB, 986-5555 .
A daily changing menu offers meat, fish, shellfish, rice and pasta
dishes. The atmosphere is warm and casually elegant. A tapas bar
and adjoining artisanal bakery add variety. Full bar with entrees
starting at $17, 36178 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, 654-6066.
A taste of traditional Greek and Middle Eastern food in Grayton
Beach. Dine indoors, on the patio, or take out. Choose from sandwiches
with lamb and chicken gyros, falafel, tabbouli, dolmas, Greek
salads and spinach pie, and Baklava. Offers an extensive list
of vegetarian items, as well as daily specials plus beer and wine.
$5-10. 14 Clayton Lane, Grayton Bch, 231-2700.
Traditional Greek cuisine served in a pleasant, open-air atmosphere
on scenic 30A. Beer and wine served and the restaurant is also
available for special events and parties. $7-18, 3375 W. Cty Hwy
30A, Blue Mountain Bch, 267-3011.
Asian and Asian-inspired meat, seafood, poultry and vegetarian
dishes, imaginatively spiced and elegantly served in a romantic
off-the-road atmosphere. Exemplary Chinese barbecue duck, sushi,
silky chocolate tofu pie, and banana spring rolls. Cocktails and
wine. $6-42. 3295 Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, 267-3028.
All your Chinese favorites, classically prepared with individuality
and served with style. Beef, chicken, pork and seafood, noodles
and family-style dishes. Beer and wine. $2 - 19. 12889 Emerald
Coast Pkwy, Miramar Plaza, Destin, 837-6675.
Tucked comfortably away in a stylish Rosemary Beach neighborhood,
Onanos offers a small but varied menu of Mediterranean influenced
chicken, meat and vegetarian options, including
homemade pastas. Sauces and seasonings are
fresh and imaginative. Desserts include homemade
ice creams. Open every day but Sunday
for dinner and serving wine and beer. $6-30. 78
Main Street, Rosemary Beach, 231-2436.
Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
Enjoy fresh fish, shellfish, meat and chicken dramatically prepared
before your eyes in the hibachi rooms. Or choose your favorite
sushi, sashimi or house special rolls in the sushi bar. Open weekdays
for lunch and dinner with full bar service. $5-50. 34745 Emerald
Coast Pkwy, Destin, 650-4688.
It’s the little Sushi house on the Lagoon. Osaka Sushi Rocks
offers an extensive list of sushi, sashimi, and rolls, both classic
and regional specialties. Friendly, serene atmosphere. Tempura,
noodles and teriyaki favorites also available. Wine and beer.
$4-50. 108 Cannery Lane, Village of Baytowne Wharf, 351-1006.
Whether you go Japanese, Vietnamese, or pay a visit to both, this
is the place. Sushi, rice dishes, and traditional soups (pho),
meat and seafood rice platters, teriyaki, and stir-fries. Beer,
wine, and sushi bar. $5-30. 14091 Emerald Coast Pkwy, (Emerald
Coast Centre) Destin, 650-5319.
East meets West and everyone wins at this attractive restaurant
with an elegant atmosphere with reasonable prices. A full range
of sushi, Japanese, Thai and a touch of European fare. Fish, shellfish,
duck, beef, noodle and curry dishes, with full bar and sushi bar.
$4-25. 4236 Legendary Drive, Destin Commons, 650-5861.
Seafood & Steaks
Taisho offers a variety of Japanese-style steak and seafood dishes,
served in your choice of three dining rooms and a sushi bar. Customize
your evening, choosing sushi, grilled or tempura-fried meat, chicken
and seafood, or get a face full of entertainment in the hibachi/teppanyaki
rooms. Full bar. $4-39, 11610 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, 650-2996.
Pizzeria & Pasta
Serving lunch and dinner. All the traditional Italian foods, including
pizza and pasta. $6-12, 4005 E. Hwy. 30A, Seagrove, 231-2500
Pizza Da Guglielmo
Gourmet homemade pizza made in the authentic Italian tradition.
Not to be confused with American style pizza. $10-18, 29 Hwy.
98E, Destin, 654-9815 and Sandestin (in Silver Sands) 654-3040.
Mushroom Pizza Bakery
Widely, wildly assorted menu of stone baked pizzas, hoagies, calzones,
salads, and specialty items. Pizzas traditional and exotic include
pesto, jerk chicken, gourmet white, and the Magical Mystery Tour.
Colorful psychedelic dÈcor and friendly service. $4-25.
960 Hwy 98E, Sunsations Plaza, Destin, 650-6420.
Authentic Italian cuisine includes stromboli, calzones, grinders,
bakes pastas, muffelettas and seafood. Beer and wine available.
Special children’s menu. Waterfront seating available with
dine-in, take-out and delivery within Sandestin Resort. $5-13,Village
of Baytowne Wharf, 351-1998.
Pizza, beer, appetizers, salads, and sandwiches in a casual atmosphere
along the beach. Live music Tuesday through Sunday, $4-12, 1688
Scenic Hwy 98, Destin, 650-8558.
AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar
Seafood plus atmosphere overlooking the harbor. Oyster happy hour
every day,1/2 off sunset dinner entrees inside the restaurant
from 4 - 6:30 PM. Live bands, dancing, late hours and 1/2 off
appetizers from 4-7 p.m. at Club Bimini Sunset Central. $8-18,
116 Hwy 98E Destin, 837-1913.
Bill’s Crab House 1/2
Local seafood served every which way—steamed, fried, broiled,
and grilled. This perennially popular family spot spotlights crab,
but there’s shrimp, fish, oysters, scallops, even squid
and ‘gator. Daily specials, full bar. $4-30. 4748 Hwy 98
West, Santa Rosa Bch, 267-3849.
Fragrant wood fired grilled fish, steak, shellfish, and chicken
served marinated and seasasoned in a cozy restaurant on the Boardwalk
on Okaloosa Island. Generous food portions, outdoor dining in
season, warm atmosphere, full bar service, $8-27. 1450- Miracle
Strip Pkwy, 833-3016.
Fresh seafood, prime steaks, cocktails and friendly service in
warm surroundings at modest prices. Raw bar, 20 beers on draft,
patio seating and kid's menu also available. Open for lunch and
dinner daily, reservations not required. $7-35. 4304 Legendary
Drive, Destin Commons, 654-1921.
Award winning gumbo, oysters youll suck off the shell and
a cast of characters plus authentic harbor atmosphere. $5-10;
288 Hwy. 98E, Destin, 837-3645. (Open Fri., Sat., and Sun. through
An extensive selection of fresh fish and
seafood, along with steaks, pork, chicken,
and pasta dishes with an emphasis on grilled fish and offering
a variety of sauces. Tastefully decorated with a grownup atmosphere.
Meals are served until late, with full bar service. $4-20, 4447
Commons Drive East, Destin, 650-3161.
Cafe & Manatee Tiki Bar
Seafood and tropical drinks restaurant and bar featuring blackened
grouper, marinated tuna, prime rib and broiled seafood platter.
Happy hour from 5-7 p.m. daily. $5-25, Located in the Holiday
Inn on Okaloosa Island, 573 Santa Rosa Blvd., 244-8686.
Restaurant & Waterfront Market 1/2
Grouper, lobster, snapper, shrimp, crab, and seasonal fare share
the menu with steaks and a few surprise items. Classic Florida
coastal seafood, served in a busy, friendly atmosphere and offering
full bar service. $5-39. 5551 North Lagoon Drive, Panama City
Dave’s on the Gulf 3/4
A tradition since 1977, Capt. Dave’s is a go-to place for
the kind of seafood that made this area famous. A time-tested
selection of fried, grilled, and broiled fish, shellfish, steaks
and chicken, with house and seasonal specialties. Full bar. $5-25.
3796 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin, 837-2627.
Trap (2 locations)
Getting seafood to the people is what it’s all about at
Crab Trap. Huge space and plenty of tables, efficient staff, and
a menu full of crab, shrimp, fish and shellfish prepared in old
and new-fashioned ways. Full bar, $5-40. 3500 Scenic Hwy 98E,
Destin, 654-2722 and 1430 Hwy 98W, Okaloosa Island Boardwalk,
Family seafood house, also serving burgers and more. $7-20, Hwy
30A, Santa Rosa Bch, 267-2299
Fish Out of Water
Built for comfort and flavor, this Watercolor retreat offers a
small but well-chosen selection of fish, seafood and meat delights.
Luxurious novelties like foie gras, Kobe beef, and grouper cheeks
make it a memorable dining experience. Sushi bar and cocktail
lounge. $8-34, 34 Goldenrod Circle, Watercolor Inn, Seagrove Beach,
Terrific view of the Destin Harbor from the deck, excellent service,
fried green tomatoes and oodles of seafood prepared in a variety
of ways. Full bar service and special items for the kids. $6-18,
210 Hwy 98E, Destin, 654-4766.
Bar & Grille
Party to live music and sunsets on the open deck overlooking the
bay. Featuring chargrilled oysters on the half shell, steamed
seafood buckets, grilled sandwiches and a large selection of specialty
cocktails. $9-25, Village of Baytowne Wharf, 351-1997.
Overlooking the Destin Harbor featuring original atmosphere and
great seafood from our own seafood market, sushi and hibachi.
Live entertainment on the deck. $4-25, 538 Hwy 98, Destin, 837-2506.
It may be a chain, but its roots are in the right place
for good seafood and they dont disappoint. All your favorites
and some surprises too. $8-13, 14055 Hwy 98W, Destin, 650-1882
Everything from the sea served every which way along with salads
and desserts. $2-16, 2964 Scenic Hwy. 98, Destin, 650-0755
Centrally located in Shoreline Village Mall, this restaurant has
fresh seafood, fine steaks, prime rib and more. A full selection
of alcoholic beverages available. $8-28, 878 Hwy 98E, 654-2828.
Going strong at 40-plus, Nick’s is a local tradition for
the best of the Gulf’s fish and shellfish. Fish, shrimp,
oysters, scallops, and crab served grilled, steamed, or fried
in a casual family atmosphere. Daily specials and raw oysters
in season. Serving beer and wine. $4-26, 7585 Hwy 20, Basin Bayou,
Seafood & Steak Restaurant
The name says it all. Seafood and steak is on the menu every day.
Alaskan king crab and grouper when available. $6-20, 1027 E. John
Sims Pkwy, Niceville, 678-6131
Steamer - 1/3
Wide variety of fresh steamed seafood served in every imaginable
combination. Choose from crab, shrimp, lobster, oysters, clams,
mussels, and fresh catch of the day. Pasta and steak/seafood pairings
also offered.Friendly, efficient service. Open daily for dinner,
with full bar. $4 27, 102 Santa Rosa Blvd., Okaloosa Island,
Florida Fish House 1/3
A great big ole place deep in summer tourist country, offering
an attentive staff and seafood served deep-fried, grilled with
fancy sauces or even uncooked at the sushi bar. Plenty of choices
of fresh fish, shellfish, and beef. Daily specials, full bar,
live music. $4-29. 5235 E Hwy 30A, Seagrove Beach, 534-3045.
Waterfront Crab Shack 1/3
A taste of the good old days in one of the oldest waterfront seafood
houses in the area. A menu crowded with fresh local seafood served
fried, grilled, or steamed in every combination. Soups, salads,
steaks, and sandwiches too. Full bar service with open patio/deck.
Arrive by car or boat. $5-25, 104 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW, FWB,
Caribbean cuisine using fresh seafood, chicken, beef and more.
Open for lunch and right on the beach. $8-20, 2237 Scenic Hwy.
98, Destin, 837-2224
Featuring a lounge and sushi bar, specializing in fresh fish,
charbroiled prime rib, and grouper Panama. Early bird specials
and a childrens menu too. $11-30, 10292 Front Beach Road,
Panama City Bch, 850-233-9080.
Fine dining offering local and regional fish and shellfish boiled,
steamed, grilled, broiled, blackened, fried, or in sauce with
pasta. Steaks, chicken and pork are also offered, all with a coastal/Caribbean
flavor and featuring an open air bar overlooking the bay. Open
for lunch and dinner daily, with full bar service. $5-50, Village
of Baytowne Wharf, Destin, 351-1996.
Voted the best new restaurant in Panama City Beach. Casual fine
dining while watching the action in the 25,000 gallon saltwater
aquarium. Piano bar in the evening featuring Michael Rorah and
happy hour daily, call for details. $11-26, 11040 Middle Beach
Road, Panama City Bch, 850-230-2739.
The classic Gulf Coast beach bar, with all the trimmings. Local
seafood, sandwiches, entrees and daily specials served in a come-as-you-are
casual atmosphere. Live entertainment most nights. Open daily
for lunch and dinner, with full bar service. $4-25, 5121 Gulf
Drive, Panama City Beach, 950-235-3555.
at the Loop
Good selection of local seafood and land fare, simply prepared,
served with efficiency and a smile. Grilled, fried, and blackened
fish and chicken, sandwiches and salads. Pork chops, steak, even
wings and pizza. Open late, with full bar, wide choice of draft
and bottled beers. $5-24, 10952 Hwy 30A, Inlet Beach, 231-9410.
Excellent service is a hallmark of one of the areas oldest
dining establishments. Open only for dinner. $14-25, 24 Miracle
Strip Pkwy SE, 243-3482.
Fish Camp 2/3
Seafood is king at this informal Santa Rosa eatery. Oysters “all
ways,” crawfish pie, catfish or frog legs meuniere, and
gumbo are a few the Louisiana-inspired dishes. Service is friendly
and attentive, and you can come as you are. Wine and beer, $7-32.
5994 CR 30A, Dune Allen Beach, 267-3053.
Intimate dining inside the Henderson Beach Park Inn B&B. Featuring
foods with caribbean and southwest flavors. Reservations., closed
Sun. and Mon. $5-24, 2700 Scenic Hwy. 98E, Destin, 654-0400
Seasonal menus, USDA prime steaks, local seafood specialties,
extensive wine/spirits Enjoy stunning harbor views from our multi-leveled
dining rooms or sit outside at our harbor bar or lounge. Reservations
suggested 650-3900 or firstname.lastname@example.org | 320 Harbor Blvd.
Head Restaurant & Tavern
Since 1978, a good reason to drive to Panama City Beach. Beef,
seafood, pork, chicken, and game foods simply prepared, with an
emphasis on grilling. Regular house specialties, nightly specials
and live entertainment Wed-Sat. Full bar service. $3.50 - $27.
O’Quigley’s Irish Pub & Grille
Bustling, friendly sports bar/Irish pub atmosphere with an array
of eccentrically titled but substantial and tasty grill and pub
style snacks and main courses. Offering coconut shrimp, Reubens,
wings, daily specials, soups, salads, pasta, ribs, wraps, steaks,
and sandwiches. Full bar service. $4-25, 34940 Emerald Coast Pkwy,
Seafood and Steakhouse
A wonderful blend of the area’s freshest seafood, succulent
steaks, and award winning Italian specialties. Enjoy a wide selection
of daily fresh catches; choice cuts of beef and the best Italian
meatballs on the Emerald Coast! Private dining available. $5-25,
14051 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, 650-4144.
Lunch or dinner, you can count on a good steak at a reasonable
price here. You can also enjoy grilled fresh salmon, pork chops,
ribs, notable burgers, shrimp, and an array of chicken dishes.
Desserts of epic proportion. Full bar. $4-21. 544 Mary Esther
Cutoff, Mary Esther, 315-1020 and 34863 Hwy 98W, Destin, 654-9115.
Chris Steak House
Beef is the main event at this roomy and indulgent dining spot.
Steaks, chops, rich New Orleans-style appetizers, and potatoes
prepared nearly every way imaginable. A friendly, attentive staff,
full bar and extensive wine list. $5-79. 15000 Emerald Coast Parkway,
The area's only AAA four-star restaurant specializing in the finest
prime beef and freshest seafood available. Features private dining
facilities and wine room with more than 800 labels. Many meals
prepared tableside. Reservations suggested. $10-50, 4000 Sandestin
Blvd., in the Hilton Sandestin, 622-1500.
Glittering on the water, Harbor Grille offers superb fish, seafood,
beef, and chicken, prepared with style and served attentively.
Loin of swordfish with shrimp gravy, free range chicken with mushroom
cabbage rolls, steaks, and a wider-than-usual array of desserts
and daily specials. Full bar and live music too. $6-32. 320 Hwy
98E, Destin, 650-3900.
Good food at a good price. Always a nice atmoshphere. As a franchise
restaurant, the food is always prepared the same, making this
choice an easy one. You will always know how things will turn
out. The Bloomin Onion is awesome. $5-25. 34908 Emerald Coast
Pkwy, Destin FL 32541, (850) 269-1936.
Basmatis Asian Cuisine & Sushi
$6-28, 3295 W. Hwy.30A, Santa Rosa Bch,
24200 S. Hwy 331, Santa Rosa Bch, 622-3335.
at Crystal Beach
$5-10, 2931 Scenic Hwy 98, Crystal Beach, 337-8860.
Steakhouse and Sushi Bar
34745 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, 650-4688.
$3-12, 538 Hwy 98, Destin, 837-2506.
Old Florida Fish House, $4-29, 5235 E Hwy 30A, Seagrove Beach,
$4-9, 10292 Front Beach Road, Panama City Bch, 850-233-9080.
$5-30, 14091 Emerald Coast Pkwy (Emerald Coast Centre), 650-5319.
$4-8, 763 Hwy. 98E, Destin, 654-5818
Seafood & Steaks
11610 Emerald Coast Pkwy, 650-2996.
258 N. Eglin Pkwy, FWB, 862-0005
Serving lunch daily from 11-4 p.m. offering fresh veggie plates,
Thai food, shrimp, fish sandwiches and plates, and daily specials.
$3-12 538 Hwy 98, Destin, 837-2506
Home cooking specializing in fried chicken
and meat loaf, like Mom used to make.
$2-10, 575D N. Beal Pkwy, FWB, 863-1141
Authentic Thai food prepared by natives of that country. Stir
fry beef and chicken dishes, vegetable dishes and more. Open for
lunch and dinner. Each dish freshly prepared to order. $7-18,
201 SE Ferry Rd., FWB, 243-6911
Located in the heart of Destin, Thai Delights offers exemplary
Thai cuisine, using fresh local seafood and plenty of flavorful
Thai herbs and seasoning. Choose from stir-fries, curries, noodles,
spicy soups and salads. Beer and wine are available. $4-25, 205
Mountain Drive, Destin, 650-3945.
An extensive menu of
plain and fancier Thai dishes, served in a small,
tastefully decorated atmosphere. Thai sausages,
fish cakes, pad thai, soups, curries, salads, vegetarian items,
and specialties featuring chicken, beef, pork, and fish and seafood
with beer and wine. $4-11. 12889 Emerald Coast Parkway, (Miramar
Plaza) Destin, 837-5344.