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Jul 26, 2010 02:09 PM

Good Eats in Destin. Florida Area

I will be staying at Baytowne Village in late August. I am looking for a great spot to celebrate my birthday. Don't mind driving. As far as price goes I am looking for $20-$30 entrees. Please give your recomendations.

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  1. The Marina Cafe on the waterfront in Destin is outstanding open for dinner only with nice views. Cafe Tango and Cafe 30 A are both excellent. Restaurant Fire is a very nice place to celebrate.

    Marina Cafe @ 404 Harbor Boulevard, Destin, FL 850 - 837 - 7960.
    Cafe 30 A @ 3899 East County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 850 - 231 - 2166.
    Cafe Tango @ 14 Vicki St., Santa Rosa Beach, FL 850 - 267 - 0054.
    Restaurant Fire @ 55 Clayton Lane, Grayton Beach, FL 850 231 - 9020.

    1. I'm not an expert on Destin, but I REALLY enjoyed Cuvee Bistro when I visted over Memorial Day weekend. Everything I tried was exceptional. Nice ambience, too...smallish, cozy and not touristy.


      188 E Granada Blvd, Ormond Beach, FL 32176

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      1. re: sweet_polly

        Cuvee is outstanding. Chef Tim Creehan has been in Destin quite a while. This may be his second restaurant. I think he still owns Beach Walk in Destin. He's a great chef.


        188 E Granada Blvd, Ormond Beach, FL 32176

        Beach Walk Cafe
        2996 Scenic Highway 98, Destin, FL 32541

        1. re: Littleman

          Beach Walk closed a few years back, leaving a whole bunch of unhappy creditors behind. He also had an unsuccessful financial run with that steakhouse out by the outlet mall.

          Seems like Cuvee is a good fit for him- he's back in the kitchen doing by all accounts a good job, and someone else is in charge of keeping the books and making sure vendors are paid.

          If you like sushi, I'll throw in a recommendation for Sushimoto in the strip mall where Meltin Pot is. Pretty minimalist atmosphere, but I'll put the sushi itself a little ahead of previous leader Osaka.

          188 E Granada Blvd, Ormond Beach, FL 32176

          Beach Walk Cafe
          2996 Scenic Highway 98, Destin, FL 32541

          1. re: beachmouse

            Agree with all three! Don't know if I'd celebrate at Sushimoto with a 20-30 entree. But Beach Walk Henderson with Chef John Sallaman, And Cuvee Bistro with Creehan and Baltazahar are reason to celebrate!! - 30AEATS

          2. re: Littleman

            Creehan is great. Does not own Beach Walk at Henderdon any longer.

        2. Commander's Palace near the bridge on W side of Destin has great food and the view is outstanding. I would not hesitate going there.

          Commander's Palace @ 34 Harbor Boulevard #230, Destin, FL 850 - 337 - 8555.

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          1. re: Littleman

            Commander's closed October '10. According to the obit in the Destin Log the recession was to blame.

            1. I would drive out to Grayton Beach to the Red Bar for dinner. Go early as it is packed by 6. Great food (limited options...they generally have 5 or 6 entrees on the menu to choose from) but the prices and service are fabulous and the area is beautiful. For a weekend breakfast, skip the crowds at the Donut Hole on 98 and take the 30-A exit off of 98 and stop at the Liar's Club Cafe (adjacent to Stinky's Fish Camp) in Santa Rosa Beach. They accommodated our party of 13 with a smile, and our breakfast was fantastic. The service was great and the vibe old Florida. If you happen to be close to Blue Mountain Beach on an evening when Redd is performing at Sally's Backside, don't miss it. It was one of the highlights of our trip. Have a great trip and Happy Birthday. The weather and beaches were beautiful for us last week!

              Stinky's Fish Camp
              5960 W County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

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              1. re: advisor59

                Red Bar and Stinky's AND Louis Louis are fun, delicious but different than the others I suggested. Depends on if you are looking for more of quiet fine dining, or louder eclectic crowd!

              2. Thanks for the suggestions.