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Speaking from experience, we know that people who like to go out, love to eat. And if you're like us, you don't mind paying a little more for superior quality and service. But in times like today we need to save money at times too. Here are some tasty reviews, comments, and suggestions of stuff we stuffed ourselves with.
They Still Have The Heads On Them... A RECIPE FOR YOU
Ever since I was a little boy my folks would always make my favorite meal for my birthday dinner. Fried shrimp with french fries or hushpuppies and a big glass of sweet tea. I still eat shrimp a lot. I get it fresh from the market or off the private shrimp boats. I like it now sauteed in butter and placed over pasta because I can make it happen quickly. Or if I get in the mood for boiled shrimp and crabs... omg I’m making myself hungry.
brb going to go find some shrimp.
1 gallon water
1 med. onion, sliced
3 lemons, sliced
3 oz. liquid crab boil
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 to 3 lb. med. size shrimp, headed
1/2 c. salt
2 trays ice cubes
Put all ingredients except ice and shrimp in a large pot. Bring water to a boil. Add shrimp. Let water come back to a boil and cook for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Do not over cook! Remove from heat, put ice in. This will allow the shrimp to sink to the bottom to absorb seasonings and will make the shrimp easier to peel. Let shrimp set 15 minutes. Drain water and serve.
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An eclectic Italian menu offers popular classics such as Linguine Bolognese and Veal Picatta, as well as signature dishes such as Lobster Ravioli, Hazel Grouper and Mediterranean Shrimp. Located in The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Graffiti & The Funky Blues Shack
109 Cannery Ln, Sandestin, FL 32550
Here are a few places I've gone out to eat and sometimes why...
AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar ~ 116 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541 ~ (850) 837-1913
"Meet me at AJ's" is what we always tell people visiting to the area. It's the place to meet on the harbor, get a cocktail, watch the fleet come in with their catch, and even catch your own sunset. And if you come there after dark you will enjoy dinner and live music on the deck. Locals love it and you will too.
Callahan's Restaurant & Deli Destin, FL 32541 A Destin restaurant that has been serving comfort food in big portions for years. I have loved the meatloaf with mashed potatoes or pork plates but I never have room left for dessert.
Camille's ~ 2931 Scenic Highway 98, Destin, FL 32541 ~ (850) 337-8860 Great little place for tasty entrees as well as some of the best sushi in town. Bring a date and get-a-way from the touristy joints. If you like Harbor Docks or Darma Blue you will like this one too.
Captain D's Seafood ~ 19 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 (850) 244-3656 Sure it's a chain restaurant but when you want some shrimp and more I go here. I love the malt vinegar on my fish because it reminds me of fish n chips from Canada. Also it's very affordable and fried... lol
Ciao Bella Pizza ~ 29 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541 ~ (850) 654-9815
There are a few locations around town but owned by different people. All of the food is consistantly good. I love their thin crust pizzas and usually start with some fried calamari with sweet tea.
Cuvee Bistro ~ 36120 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL 32541 ~ (850) 650-8900 Don't miss the happy hour specials here with great deals on martinis and appetizers from 5-7pm. The crowd is a little bit older but still up for a good time. Great food and live music.
Donut Hole ~ 635 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541 (850) 837-8824 Another one of the Destin originals. Go for breakfast with donuts or eggs and stuff. Lunch and dinner meals are good too. Come early because during the season there may be a wait.
Fat Clemenza's ~ 12273 US Highway 98 W, Miramar Beach, FL 32550 (850) 650-5980
You talking to me? Yes I am... and if you like Italian you will love this place. Great wine selection and pizza and desserts too... mwah!
Fat Daddy's Pizza ~ 4942 US Highway 98 W # 18, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 (850) 267-4992 You may have already read about this place in the stuffed section. All you can eat lunch buffet is when you will find me here. They also have the best beer prices in South Walton.
Floyd's Fish House ~ 1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 (850) 243-2232
Golden Corral ~ 733 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541 ~ (850) 654-5030
Graffiti & Funky Blues Shack~ 109 Cannery Ln, Sandestin, FL 32550 ~ (850) 424-6650
Popular local restaurateurs Chuck and Carmen Stiles have opened Graffiti & The Funky Blues Shack, a family-friendly eatery and blues club with funky folk artwork that showcases artists from throughout the Southeast. An eclectic Italian menu offers popular classics such as Linguine Bolognese and Veal Picatta, as well as signature dishes such as Lobster Ravioli, Hazel Grouper and Mediterranean Shrimp.
Hogsbreath Saloon ~ 541 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541 ~ (850) 837-0360
Harbor Docks ~ 538 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541 ~ (850) 837-2506
Local Color. Local Flavor. Back in 1979, Harbor Docks was just a weather-beaten little cottage with six picnic tables, one bathroom, and an ancient old dog named Raspberry who laid out on the porch all day thumping his tail at the folks who wandered up for a few ice cold beers and oysters on the half shell. Harbor Docks was nothing fancy back then, and things haven’t changed much.
Back in 1979, Harbor Docks was just a weather-beaten little cottage with six picnic tables, one bathroom, and an ancient old dog named Raspberry who laid out on the porch all day thumping his tail at the folks who wandered up for a few ice cold beers and oysters on the half shell. Harbor Docks was nothing fancy back then, and things haven’t changed much.
Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q ~ 14073 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL 32541 ~ (850) 424-5895
Some of the tastiest bbq in the area, pork, beef, and chicken. Taco Tuesday's have become a favorite of the locals where you can get a taco with lettuce, tomato, cheese, lime and either pork or chicken for a few bucks.
Joey's Italian Grill & Bar ~ 1027 John Sims Pkwy E, Niceville, FL 32578 ~ (850) 729-3535
If you are over in Niceville and hungry then go say hey to Chris. Tell him you are hungry and find out what mouth-watering creation was made in the kitchen today. Great sandwiches and entrees.
La Famiglia ~ 300 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541 ~ (850) 424-5795
La Paz ~ 950 Gulf Shore Dr, Destin, FL 32541 ~ (850) 837-2247
This is the place for Mexican food. It is not fast food but good for that will have you wanting more. The spinach caso dip is worth the trip alone, add a margarita and call it a day.
LongHorn Steakhouse ~ 34863 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL 32541 ~ (850) 654-9115
Louis Louis Restaurant ~ 35 Mussett Bayou Rd, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 ~ (850) 267-1500
The same owners as the Red Bar in Grayton Louis Louis is becoming another favorite. Just like the Red Bar as far as limited number of nightly chalkboard entrees but you will find one to make you happy... enjoy.
Marina Cafe ~ 404 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541 ~ (850) 837-7960
Mc Guire's Irish Pub ~ (850) 650-0000 It doesn't matter if you are not Irish because once you walk inside you become Irish. Brewed beers inhouse, live music nights, great comfort food, and you can even kiss the moose if you desire. St. Patrick's Day is packed here every year and a party that might take months to recover from.
Mellow Mushroom Pizza ~ 960 Highway 98 E, Destin, FL 32541 ~ (850) 650-6420
New Dragon Chinese Restaurant ~ 34904 Emerald Coast Pkwy # 102, Destin, FL 32541 ~ (850) 650-1288 Order online for home delivery.
Old Bay Steamer ~ 102 Santa Rosa Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 ~ (850) 664-2795
Olive Garden ~ 34970 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL 32541 ~ (850) 650-2307
Outback Steakhouse ~ 34908 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL 32541 ~ (850) 269-1936
P.F. Chang's China Bistro ~ 640 Grand Blvd, Miramar Beach, FL 32550 ~ (850) 269-1806
Panera Bread ~ 4220 Legendary Dr, Destin, FL 32541 ~ (850) 837-2486 Also another Panera Bread in the Silver Sands Outlet Center in Walton County.
Pizza Hut ~ 1027 Highway 98 E, Destin, FL 32541 ~ (850) 269-2555
Ordering delivery to your condo works but they have a $5.99 buffet Monday thru Friday from 11-1pm is well worth the price. They have a small salad bar some you can think you are eating heathly while devowering pizza.
Red Bar ~ Grayton Beach, FL 32459
It used to be a little local secret but after time the visitors have found it and they keep coming back for more. Chalk board entrees to choose from usually about five of them and full bar or dessert completes your visit.
Ruths Chris Destin ~ 15000 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL 32541 ~ (850) 337-5108
Seagar's Prime Steaks & Seafood ~ 4000 S Sandestin Blvd, Miramar Beach, FL 32550 ~ (850) 622-1500 Sure their steaks are awesome and you can get cigars there too but I love the bananas foster dessert. It's prepared table side, good for you, and low calorie... okay it's prepared table side. But it is sooooo good and the person you share it with will be impressed and the banana is good for you right?
Sushisiam of Destin ~ 4236 Legendary Dr, Destin, FL 32541 ~ (850) 650-5861
One of the best sushi places in Destin. A small place full with big flavor. Check out their pictures on Facebook and you will be wanting sushi tonight... like we need motivation.
T.G.I. Friday's ~ 34881 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL 32541 ~ (850) 654-5588
The Breakfast Table Cafe' - 385 Highway 98 East, Destin, FL 32541 - (850) 460-7322
When you see the yellow jeep outside you'll know it's time to turn in and then enjoy a great breakfast or lunch. Check out their specials and even "Local's Tuesday's" where everyone is a local. Open daily from 6am - 2pm but closed on Wednesdays.
The Crab Trap ~ 3500 Scenic Highway 98, Destin, FL 32541 ~ (850) 654-2722
The Lighthouse Restaurant ~ 878 Hwy 98, Destin, FL 32540 ~ (850) 654-2828
Tuscany Italian Bistro ~ 36178 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL 32541 ~ (850) 650-2451
V Restaurant ~
Across the street from the Gulf of Mexico you will enjoy yummy cocktails and dinner. Or just stop in after work for a drink at the bar and you never know who might show up.
MONDAY | SPORTS
TUESDAY | FISH TACOS
just because it's yummy
WEDNESDAY | SUSHI NIGHT
THURSDAY | THIRSTY
FRIDAY | ...
SATURDAY | BEACH TIME
SUNDAY | CHILLIN' WITH THE FAMILY
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