Destin Dining Guide May 2020

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By Scott Miller

Who’s hungry? And not just for take out. Please don’t get me wrong; I have really appreciated and enjoyed being able to order to-go and take out these last 30 to 40+ days. I’ve lost count really, but it seems like an eternity. If you’re anything like me, you’ve been itching to get back to living life Destin style. And that means getting out and enjoying our amazing and beautiful hometown with all it has to offer. Of course, that definitely includes visiting our favorite restaurants. Oh, how we miss them. And they miss us, too!

Through God’s grace, we have turned the corner and are now slowly, but surely, opening back up our state. Amen, Amen, Amen! As of Monday, May 4, we are cleared for take off—slow and gradual, but a take off nonetheless.

I have made a number of phone calls to some of my favorite restaurants here in Destin to get the scoop, and the message has been very similar across the board. Local restaurant owners and employees alike have been working very hard during this time to prepare their establishments to welcome us back. And most importantly, they’re doing it in a safe and secure manner, keeping in mind all we have learned and following the guidance our leaders are providing. Alleluia!!! We can again go out to eat, drink and be merry at some of the best restaurants in the world right here in our backyard.

Check Facebook, websites or call ahead to check on hours of operation and other details before going as we are all still learning on the fly. If you’re more of the spontaneous type, just pick a destination and head on over.

Read on Destin Life family—here’s a few of our favorite places. And we can’t wait to get back and see them all.

AJ’s Destin
The original location on the Destin Harbor, AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar features deliciously fresh seafood and oysters and a menu that’s sure to please everyone. Along with great dining, AJ’s boasts three stages for live entertainment and events, typically held seven days a week. For now the live music and events will be a gradual rollout, so be sure to check their Facebook page or give them a call. Their one-of-a-kind massive Jumbo-Tron screen on the deck will have lots of surprises, too, for your viewing pleasure and entertainment. So, be sure to stop by soon and enjoy everything AJ’s has to offer.
(850) 837-1913
116 Harbor Blvd., Destin
ajsdestin.com

The Beach House
Located next to the Hilton Sandestin, you’ll enjoy the magnificent view of the white sandy beaches and emerald waters from every seat, indoors or out! And there are a variety of delectable dishes including Grouper tacos, perfectly charred chicken wings or, we’re sure, the soon to be famous Beach House burger. Join them for a great meal 7 days a week. Check their Facebook page or call in for more information. Interested in booking a private event? Contact events@thebeachhousesd.com. Open daily.
(850) 608-6300
4009 S. Sandestin Blvd., Miramar Beach
Thebeachhousesd.com

Beachwalk Café
Located directly on the beautiful beaches of Destin, Beach Walk Café offers a stunning selection of fresh seafood dishes that will have your taste buds dancing with delight. Beach Walk Café’s Executive Chef Daniel Peters recently created a new take out menu you absolutely don’t want to miss. In addition to its many awards and accolades from national and local brands alike, Beach Walk Café in Destin has become a staple in the Emerald Coast’s fine dining culture. You’re sure to be impressed by any dish you order. So, if you’re looking to dine on delectable take out and to-go cuisine in Destin, call to place your order today.
(850) 650-7100
2700 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin
beachwalkcafe.com

Boathouse Oyster Bar
Boathouse Oyster Bar has been one of Destin’s favorite best kept secrets; but the word is out! 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. And, of course, the oysters are raw, steamed or baked just the way you like ‘em! Come on by and enjoy the best food in town in a fun and friendly atmosphere.
(850) 837-3645
288 Harbor Blvd., Destin
boathouseoysterbardestin.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.
(850) 424-6369
Shoreline Village Plaza, 824 Hwy 98 E, Destin
Bricabracdestin.com

Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer
Brotula’s specializes in fresh, locally sourced seafood, produce, and a wide array of steamed and boiled shellfish platters that are integrated into a fun and rustic, yet sophisticated southern fish house.
Please check the Facebook page for updates throughout May. For now we will be open from Wednesday through Sunday from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. We will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays for now.
(850) 460-8900
210D Harbor Blvd., Destin
brotulas.com

Fudpucker’s
Fudpucker’s restaurant stands out from other Destin area restaurants by being dedicated to its owners’ three favorite “F” words: Food, Fun and Family. It’s a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience, and one that can be enjoyed by kids and families of all ages. We have made many exciting changes that we’re sure you’re gonna love. Check out our new outdoor seating area or come sit inside and and enjoy the best food in town
(850) 654-4200
20001 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Destin
fudpucker.com

Island Wing Company Grill & Bar
Voted Best Wings four years running, Island Wing Co. is calling your name. Come in and find your favorite beer among the 58 selections on tap or enjoy a cocktail and savor some of the tastiest food you’ve ever eaten.
(850) 837-2999
981 U.S. Hwy. 98, Destin
islandwing.com

La Famiglia Restaurant
La Famiglia has earned a reputation for serving some of the finest homemade Italian dishes, including Veal Parmesan, homemade pastas and raviolis, and antipasto. La Famiglia is a local favorite for authentic, brick oven Italian pizza, topped with a variety of traditional and specialty ingredients. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., offering a lunch menu till 3 p.m. To-go and curbside still available.
(850) 279.4527
16055 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Ste. 114, Destin
lafamigliadestin.com

Landshark’s Pizza
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. People from all over come to enjoy the best sports bar in Florida. And there’s a fully stocked bar with 95 different bourbons and 30 beers on draft!
(850) 424-6743
300 Harbor Blvd., Destin
landsharkspizza.com

The Melting Pot
Truly a one-of-a-kind dining experience, The Melting Pot provides an unforgettable, interactive night out that turns moments into memories. From the time the first piece of bread is dipped to when the last nibble of dessert is savored, you’ll learn something new. The menu has fare for every taste, a delicious meal guaranteed. Visit meltingpot.com/destin-fl to view the full menu or make reservations.
(850) 269-2227
11394 U.S. Hwy 98, Miramar Beach
meltingpot.com/destin-fl/

Tailfins Alehouse & Oyster Bar
With stunning views of the Destin Harbor and your favorite foods and drinks, Tailfins’ Entertainment Complex delivers an incredible mix of friendly and fun atmosphere along with breathtaking views. Tailfins offers three levels of indoor and outdoor dining overlooking the Destin Boardwalk. Featuring live music on the docks with Rusty Hammerstrom, BT Turner and Alexa Burroughs, Tailfins is back open, Monday – Friday from 10:30 a.m. until midnight and Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. until midnight.
(850) 650-1200
On the Harbor in Destin
tailfinsdestin.com

Tequila’s Sports Bar & Grill
Come in and enjoy a unique fusion of sports bar food and delightful Mexican dishes, lunch specials offered daily Monday through Friday for $8.99. EAT, DRINK, FIESTA!! Open 7 days a week for lunch, dinner or call ahead to place your take out and to-go orders.
(850) 279.6402
11225 U.S. 98 W., Miramar Beach
restaurantji.com/fl/destin/tequilas-/