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AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar

116 East Hwy 98

Destin, FL

Ph (850) 837-1913

Outdoor Tiki bar with lots of fun, food, and music.  Some people call it “The Vortex”, because no matter where they start out, it always sucks them in !!! Once you arrive here it is very difficult to leave.

Angler’s Beachside Café

1030 Miracle Strip Parkway SE

Fort Walton Beach, FL  32548

Ph (850) 796-0260

Located at the boardwalk in Fort Walton, next to the Gulfarium.  This is walking distance from the condo.

Very kid friendly.  Eating area overlooks a playground for the kids on the beach.  We have spent a lot of time here as the kids enjoy the playground and you can see great sunsets from the pier.  They fire a cannon every night at sunset.  Also, dolphins are often seen playing by the pier.

Another Broken Egg

104 Hwy 98

Destin, FL

Ph (850) 650-0499

Closed Mondays

Open 7 am – 2 pm

Great Breakfast!   A variety of egg dishes and awesome Monster Cinnamon Rolls with a cream cheese buttery frosting!   Absolutely our favorite breakfast in the area.  You should plan to wait a little as it is a very popular place.  Expensive for breakfast.

Boathouse Oyster Bar

288 Scenic Gulf Drive

Destin, FL

Ph (850) 837-3645

A great local bar and little seafood place.  A lot of locals go here.  Not fancy but a lot of fun!



950 Gulf Shore Drive

Destin, FL

Ph (850) 837-6328


Dewey’s Destin Seafood

Nine Calhoun Avenue (located behind McGuire’s)

Destin, FL

(850) 837-7575

Bring a bucket and let the kids catch Hermit crabs while you wait for dinner.  Awesome grilled fish and shrimp!!

Guest comments:  Not fancy but a lot of fun! A restaurant with tables on a dock on the water.  You can sit and watch all of the boats on the sandbar just beyond the bridge.  Great food and sell fresh seafood to take home at really good prices!  A local hangout.

The Donut Hole Café

635 Highway 98 East

Destin, FL

Ph (850) 837-8824

Rebuilt after Ivan took a toll on it.  Now Open!  Good breakfast.


108 Santa Rosa Blvd and 20001 Emerald Coast Pkwy

Destin, FL

Ph (850) 654-4200

Fort Walton Beach, FL

Ph (850) 243-3833

Live Music, kid friendly, good burgers.  There is also a Fudpucker’s in Destin that has a gator beach where the kids can feed the alligators and get their picture taken while holding one.  Our kids loved this!  You can usually find a coupon for free gator food.



530 Hwy 98 East

Destin, FL

Ph (850) 650-4400

Good food.  We had all you can eat shrimp and left very full.  You can eat inside or out.  We ate outside and enjoyed the weather.


9300 Hwy 98 W

Destin, FL

Ph (850) 351-1997

Located at The Villiage at Baytowne Wharf in San Destin. 

Dine outside on the dock with good food and music.   The kids love to dance to the music!!  The whole Baytowne Wharf area is neat with plenty of dining options.

Harbor Docks

538 Hwy 98

Located in Destin, FL

Ph (850) 837-2506

Good breakfast


Helen Back Sports Bar and Nightclub

114 Amberjack Rd., Okaloosa Island
Fort Walton Beach, FL  

Ph (850) 796-1451

Located directly on the water - Behind Cash's Liquor and Fudpucker's.

Live music, large screen TVs, pool tables, games and more.  The pizza is great when you eat there vs. take out.


Hog’s Breath Saloon

541 Hwy 98 E

Destin, FL

Ph (850) 837-5991

A large variety on the menu.  Their BBQ is excellent!  Large kids menu.

McGuire's Irish Pub

33 East Hwy 98

Destin, FL

Ph (850) 650-0000

Decent Irish food.   Atmosphere is neat as they have approximately $400,000 worth of dollar bills stapled on the walls throughout the restaurant.

Mellow Mushroom

960 Highway 98E
Destin, FL

Ph (850) 650-6420

Our favorite pizza place! Huge salads (the Greek is our favorite) and the pizza is the best ever!!!  Also have great garlic pretzels for an appetizer.


Old Bay Steamer

102 Santa Rosa Blvd
Fort Walton Beach, FL

Ph (850) 664-2795

Mostly seafood served.  Excellent crab legs and BBQ ribs.  Children’s menu is limited.


San Gelato at the beach

Located at the boardwalk in Fort Walton Beach (by the pier). 

Our favorite Italian Ice Cream.  It is low in fat and great flavors to choose from.  They will let you sample them all if you can’t decide which one to get.  A great way to end your day in the sun!


The Crab Trap

Located at boardwalk in Fort Walton Beach (walking distance).  Food was good but not great.  Kids enjoyed it as it had a beach playground and we saw dolphins playing in the water while we ate on the patio.

Pompano Joes

2237 Old Hwy 98 East

Destin, FL

Ph (850) 837-2224

Good food and right on the beach so excellent view!

Pompano Joes

Poppy’s Seafood Factory

9300 Hwy 98 W

Destin, FL

Ph (850) 351-1996

Nice place to eat at in Baytowne Wharf area.  Good food but kind of pricey.

Rum Runners Dueling Piano Bar and Grill

130 Fisherman's Cove 

Sandestin, FL

Ph (850) 351-1817

A dueling piano bar located at Baytowne Wharf.  Food, fun and music!

Rum Runners - Dueling Pianos

Rick’s Crab Trap

203 Brooks Street

Fort Walton Beach, FL

Ph (850) 664-0110


Staff’s Seafood Restaurant

24 Miracle Strip Parkway

Fort Walton Beach, FL

Ph (850) 243-3482

Very good food.  Service was slow, but they were very busy.  You won’t leave here hungry!  Every entrée comes with salad, German potato salad, bread & butter, new potatoes, corn on the cob, and dessert.


The Crab Shack

104 Miracle Strip Parkway S.W.

Fort Walton Beach, FL

Ph (850) 244-5725

Come by car or boat!



Last modified: 05/25/15