Merry Culinary Holiday!

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Fortunately, as locals, we have many area restaurants that offer a Holiday meal or catering, and can help make the holidays special. Try Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer, a seafood-lover’s paradise, for a little break from the traditional (and there’s 20% discount for locals!) Brotula’s will be open Christmas Eve for brunch, lunch and dinner, closing at 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve (850-460-8900). PJ’s Pasta, Pizza, Ice Cream and Catering would be the perfect spot to order ahead and take a home-cooked meal as well as Sarah K’s Gourmet, Honey Baked Ham and Hebert’s Specialty Meats to accompany a perfect meal for this special time after shopping and the buzz to simply relax.

You can enjoy a Christmas Day meal at Sandcastles Restaurant and Lounge inside the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $43.95 for adults and $16.95 for children age 6-12. We recommend making reservations at 850-267-9500, ext. 44. Grande Vista Bar & Grille in Destin is offering a three course Christmas feast from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (850-424-0621).

You can join Beach Walk Café for a delicious holiday dinner this Christmas Eve. Feast on a decadent four-course meal for $65 per person (13 years old and up). Reservations are required. Spots are already starting to fill up, so call 850-650-7100 soon. The Marlin Grill will be open Christmas Eve and for dinner from 5-9 p.m. on Christmas Day (850-351-1990). The Primrose Restaurant inside The Henderson will serve Christmas Eve dinner from 5-9 p.m. and a Christmas Day brunch from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (855-741-2777). Others open on Christmas Eve include Osaka Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi Bar in Destin and Surf Hut, with stunning Gulf view, on Scenic Gulf Drive until 8 p.m.

You might want to include something special this holiday by cruising aboard The Solaris while enjoying a chef-prepared menu, or taste features hand-picked by Emeril himself at Emeril’s Coastal Italian at Grand Boulevard. Other recommendations include Bric á Brac, La Famiglia, The Melting Pot Harbor Docks, Cuvee Kitchen + Wine Bar, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 790 on the Gulf and Marina Café.