Destin/Panama City - Any suggestions
Going with friends and family around the first week in July.
Like all kinds of food and open to any suggestions - prefer indies vs. chains.
We will be cooking as well so farmers market or grocery choices would be helpful also.
Thanking you in advance...
Thanks for the replies -
NancyH - I've read your foodblog - We'll be trying out a few of those places, enjoyed your take on Delray Beach, as well.
beachmouse - thanks for your replies as well - looks like if we have a bad meal it will be our own fault.
Looks like we are staying in an area called Seagrove or Seacrest Beach - bring on the sun - as if I don't get enough of it already - its all good.
Hope everyone has a great summer - stay safe !!!
go to Seaside and check out Cafe Rendez Vous for wine and tapas; Cafe 30A for fantastic, gourmet cuisine including the best cobia dish I;ve ever had; Fire in Grayton Beach for homemade deliciousness--try the Cuban sandwich..the pita chips and homemeade dips are outstanding as well...
We love Destin and visit every winter. I've photo-blogged all the food from our last two trips here: http://funplayingwithfood.blogspot.com/2009/02/more-fun-playing-with-food-in-destin-fl.html, http://funplayingwithfood.blogspot.com/2009/02/more-fun-playing-with-food-in-destin-fl_25.html,http://funplayingwithfood.blogspot.com/2008/03/fun-playing-with-food-in-destin-florida.html.
Also, check out the Sowal chat board: http://www.sowal.com/bb/dining-food/.
Our current favorites include Callahan's, Dewey Destin's, Silver Sand Breakfast at Harbor Docks, Harbor Docks (with the caveat that we had some disappointments there this year), Commander's Palace (pricey but good), Nick's on the Bay (in Niceville - a little bit of a hike, but well worth it for fresh crab and other maritime goodies). Down 30A, we loved Stinky's Fish Camp, Cafe Tango, Fabrice, and LaBotana. We've also had some great meal at Enzo's and Fire, and we enjoyed very tasty nibbles and drinks at Senor Mojitos.
Nick's is actually far closer to Freeport than it is Niceville (and is BFE and technically in a little crossorads called Basin Bayou a couple miles west of Freeport)
Dewey Destin has a new place on the Destin harbor where they've taken the good from the (still open) bayside place and tweaked and expanded the menu. Best view is at one of the small tables on the second floor deck- you can see across East Pass and to the channel from there.
In terms of farmer's markets and organics, the indies are the A Girl Named Toni produce market (go north from Grayton Beach toward US 98 and turn at the sign) and For the Health of It in Blue Mountain Beach. Publix can handle most general grocery needs, and is a decent place to grab a sandwich or rotisserie chicken.
I'll also throw in a recommendation for Gravel Road and The Red Bar in Grayton Beach. Red Bar is pretty much a beach dive. Gravel Road is nicer but still not too fussy. For French pastries and sandwiches/salads, I like Fabrice's in Watercolor.