Red, White and Blue comes to mind whenever we think about July—Independence Day, The 4th of July. Here along the Emerald Coast with so many military bases and service men and women close by, we are reminded daily of how blessed we are as a nation to fly the stars and stripes of Old Glory and listening to the sound of freedom as our military flies overhead. Locals and tourists alike are thankful to be here enjoying life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. So we’d like to remind you of some of the best food and entertainment. The hardest choice you’ll make is where to start first.
Hungry, thirsty, maybe a little of both? Visit Landshark’s Pizza, recent first place winner in two categories at the local Parrot Head Chili Cook Off. Owners Brian and Sue Hassmann have created the local’s favorite pizza, buffalo wings and sports pub and bar that serves great pizza AND awesome wings plus many other scrumptious eats for folks of all ages. There’s plenty of seating for everyone and TVs everywhere you look, plus fun and games all week long—all you need for a great time out. Top that off with a friendly and accommodating staff and exciting atmosphere and the choice is easy to make. Weekly specials and fun include Music Bingo on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.; $.69 cent Wing Wednesdays; and there’s a fully stocked, full-service bar with 95 different bourbons and 30 beers on draft!
Landshark’s Pizza has something for everyone including plenty of parking out back.
850.424-6743 | 300 Harbor Blvd. Destin | landsharkspizza.com
Tequila’s Sports Bar & Grill
Ready to shake it up a little, and we mean that literally; Tequila’s Sports Bar & Grill has quickly become a local favorite. Let them fix you up some of their world class jumbo-sized Margaritas, sure to set the mood to fiesta time anytime. Live music every Friday (a great way to kick off the weekend), and Latin Saturdays where you can dance the night away!
A fusion of sports bar food and delightful Mexican dishes, this locally-owned option for delicious Mexican Cuisine in Miramar Beach combines traditional authentic Mexican recipes with local coastal tastes and bar type fare. Lunch specials offered daily Monday through Friday for $8.99. Try an order of the garlic parmesan wings then top it off with an order of garlic shrimp that comes with rice and refried beans – delightful spicy goodness. And, on beautiful days, enjoy a beautiful meal, great food and drinks on the outdoor patio!
EAT, DRINK, FIESTA!! OPEN 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
850.279.6402 | 11225 U.S. 98 W. Miramar Beach
Tailfins Alehouse and Oyster Bar
With stunning views of the Harbor, your favorite foods and live tunes daily, Tailfins delivers.
Featuring three levels of indoor and outdoor dining, overlooking the Destin Boardwalk and water including live music on the top deck and fully stocked full service bar. It’s a popular stop for local favorites and bands from all over.
Tailfins’ Entertainment Complex offers an incredible mix of friendly and fun atmosphere, delicious food and drinks along with breathtaking views—a combination that’s hard to match.
Be sure to catch the scrumptious Early Bird Specials M-F from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring Tailfins’ famous Alaskan Snow Crab ~ Steamed Crab Clusters with New Potatoes & Corn, $19.95, every Wednesday!
Double Happy Hour from 4 to 7 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to closing from Mon. through Fri. with $3 Bud Light Pint, $15 Domestic Bottle Bucket, $5 Long Island Teas, House Wines and Well Drinks. All during July you can come by and enjoy live music on the docks and Dueling DJs every Fri. & Sat. night.
850.650.1200 | On the Harbor in Destin | tailfinsdestin.com
Bric a` Brac Restaurant & Night Club
Voted “Best Crab Cakes in Destin” five years in a row, Bric a` Brac is the true definition of something for everyone…a family friendly, kid friendly, American-style restaurant. Bric a` Brac is well known for its super tasty food selections served up in a fun, artsy atmosphere by a truly professional and friendly staff. Locally-owned and operated since 2014 by twin brothers Rodolfo and Fernando Petit, their hands on, fun loving style, engaging charisma and true passion set them apart. But it doesn’t stop there. Want great food coupled with great fun? Enjoy delicious entrées while you listen to some fun tunes. Live entertainment starts at 7 p.m.; Karaoke on Thursday night, live music performances by Jones & Company on Friday and Teal Magnolias on Saturday!
~ LATE NIGHT~ Latin Night Fridays & Saturdays from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. will keep the party going.
850.424.6369 | Shoreline Village Plaza | 824 Hwy. 98 E Destin
Boathouse Oyster Bar
Boathouse Oyster Bar is one of Destin’s favorite best kept secrets. Located in the heart of Destin on the Destin Harbor, the Boathouse specializes in making oysters a delicacy. Boathouse’s Gumbo recipe was written by Mama Gumbo herself. More local fan favorites include the Tuna Ranch or Blue Cheese and Trailer Park Nachos—Yum! Other menu items include American staples such as Grilled Cheese and Hot Dogs. And, of course, the oysters are raw, steamed or baked just the way you like ‘em! Boathouse has been voted Best Oysters and Best Gumbo for the past 30 years. Show up each weekend to enjoy the delicious crawfish boils until they run out. Don’t miss the Slacker Sunday Brunch and the Boathouse’s own, very popular “Slacker Series” events. Visit the website for details.
850.837.3645 | 288 Harbor Blvd. Destin | boathouseoysterbardestin.com
The Beach House
Located next to the Hilton Sandestin, The Beach House is the newest, fun spot to relax, drink and dine with a magnificent view of the white sandy beaches and emerald waters from every seat, indoors or out! And the menu is value oriented for locals and visitors alike. Sit back, relax and enjoy an ice cold beverage in The Beach House’s signature double insulated solo cup available for purchase and bring it back anytime for savings.
And there are a variety of delectable dishes including Grouper tacos, perfectly charred chicken wings or the famous Beach House burger. And don’t forget about mini mason delights — must try! You can dine in the newly remodeled restaurant and bar or watch the amazing sunsets while you eat on one of the many outdoor escapes! Join for live music several nights a week. If you’re interested in booking a private event, contact email@example.com. Open daily from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
850-608-6300 | 4009 S. Sandestin Blvd., Miramar Beach
The Melting Pot
The Melting Pot is the original fondue restaurant where guests can enjoy several fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrées, salads and unforgettable desserts. This magical fondue restaurant is perfect for the everyday occasion, from a night out with friends or a romantic dinner with your special someone to a promotion celebration with colleagues. Enjoy a wide range of seasonal and fixed menu items, and you choose the way you want it all. Of course what’s delicious food without a selection of wines and craft beers to really make it great? From the time the first piece of bread is dipped to when the last nibble of dessert is savored, you’ll have the time to discover new things about people you thought you knew, and those you’re getting to know. Owned and operated by Lucinda Hollis and her fiance, Auburn Bridge, this restaurant is the one place where the owners encourage their diners “to play with their food.” So if you haven’t already, be sure to “dip in.”
Visit meltingpot.com/destin-fl to view the full menu or make reservations.
850.269.2227 | 11394 U.S. Hwy. 98, Miramar Beach
AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar
A long-time local Destin hub, AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar sports a live band or DJ every night of the week during the spring and summer. And there’s plenty of outdoor seating right in front of the “gi-nourmous” Jumbo-Tron and stage. Club Bimini, AJ’s venue for live music and night-time drinks, rocks it later in the evening. You can savor beer and oyster specials coupled with picturesque views of the Destin Harbor. This now-famous-with-the-tourists Destin Harbor restaurant offers a waterside Tiki Village experience out back. Upstairs, Club Bimini Stage is a popular local venue for top 40 and rock bands. Oh, and bring your dancing shoes as Club Bimini becomes one of the Harbor’s hottest night clubs. Popular local bands can be found playing all week long. Come in for Prime Rib Thursdays, where AJ’s famous tender, juicy Prime Rib is served – $16.95, 4 p.m. to close every Thursday.
850.837.1913 | 116 Harbor Blvd., Destin | ajsdestin.com
La Famiglia Restaurant
No hustle and bustle here; just relaxed, the ambiance reflecting the central Italian heritage of the owners, indoors or outdoors. La Famiglia has earned a reputation for serving some of the finest homemade Italian dishes on the Emerald Coast, including Veal Parmesan, homemade pastas and raviolis, and antipasto. Not to be missed, La Famiglia is a local favorite for authentic, brick oven Italian pizza, topped with a variety of traditional and specialty ingredients, including the Margherita, a classic combination of tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, sliced tomatoes and fresh basil. A big appetite? Try the hand-stretched, 2 ft. pizza on for size! Simply a great place to take the family out for a genuine, Italian pizza experience and memory-making. Open Tues. through Sun., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., offering a lunch menu until 3 p.m. What more could you possibly ask for when you are at an Italian restaurant?
850.279.4527 | 16055 Emerald Coast Pkwy. Ste 114, Destin