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Jul 31, 2012 06:09 AM

Good eats in Destin/Seaside/etc.

haven't been to the area since 2010 and I was pregnant then so couldn't go too nuts on food and drink. returning next month and looking to make up for what i missed out on hahha.

prior to that, I've been to the restaurant at Water color, cafe 30A, bud n alley's and its pizza, shrimp and taco place, great southern cafe, red bar, and a cute spot on alys beach whose name escapes me as well as a place i think was called fire on grayton beach or something of that nature. I liked it all!

what are the new(ish) musts these days for food and drink?

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  1. Alrghtey, then. I guess I'll stick to where I've been. Thanks anyway.

    1. Hi Jane! We always visit during the winter; we've been going the past 10 years. We like, in no particular order, the following newbies:
      Maries Bistro, Blue Mountain Beach
      Tightlines, Destin
      Christiano's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, Santa Rosa Beach
      A La Carte, Fort Walton Beach
      Louis Louis, Santa Rosa Beach, dinner only
      Stewby's Seafood Shanty, Fort Walton Beach (lunch and dinner same menu)

      This isn't a newbie, but it took us a couple of years to get to it, and it's worth it!
      Bamboo Sushi Bar & Hibachi Express, Crestview (lunch and dinner same menu)(I know this is a bit of a hike from Destin/Seaside, but the sushi is worth the trip if you love sushi/)

      Louis Louis is owned by the same family that has Red Bar. No credit cards, but personal checks accepted and there's an ATM.

      Enjoy; I wish I was there with you!

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      1. re: NancyH

        Fantastic! Thanks so much Nancy! This is exactly what I was looking for. Can't wait to check these places out.

        1. re: HabaneroJane

          They were all good. We tend to emphasize the fish and seafood when we visit, and winter can be a little tough on them. I write and post photos about all of our food at; if you search for "Destin", you'll find all of my Destin related posts from the past few years.

          Another two places I'm hearing great things about, but which opened after we left Destin this year, are Edward's (towards the Seaside/Rosemary Beach part of the world) and Local Catch, which is near Grayton Beach, right next to Cafe Tango on 30A. Enjoy your trip and do report back!

          1. re: NancyH

            Great stuff! Oh yes, we have Miller's Ale Houses all over Florida. No harm or foul indeed but....haha. Thanks again. Will report back!

      2. If you like to dine out in the 30A area you must stop in Crush Wine Bar. They are located in the Seaside town center near Great Southern. They offer a variety of fresh seafood, paninis, small plates, creative salads and sushi. They open at noon daily serving lunch and dinner. They have an outdoor terrace. Happy Hour daily 4-6 1/2 price drinks, wine and sushi!

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        1. re: erinp999

          That post doesn't seem like it is a post by the owner at all!! I bet EVERYTHING you order there is good! ;)