It seems there are always friends visiting the Destin area and they always want to know our favorite places to eat. There are so many amazing restaurants in Destin and South Walton, but here is a rundown of our family’s very favorites.
LaPaz Restaurante and Cantina– LaPaz has been in Destin since I was a little girl and it’s always been my favorite. I’ve passed my love of it on to Jason and the kids, too. I know people want seafood when they visit the beach, but if you need a break from fried shrimp, stop by LaPaz for awesome margaritas, the best queso, and some killer Mexican dishes featuring local seafood.
McGuire’s Irish Pub– If you are HUNGRY, you’ve got to visit McGuire’s. Feasting, Imbibery, and Debauchery is the tagline and that’s just what you’ll get in this massive Irish pub. There are dollar bills, Notre Dame memorabilia, and giant moose heads adorning every inch of wall space in this place. The food is actually quite good and the portions are huge. The smoked Ribeye is a favorite of mine, as well as the burgers (you can get crazy toppings including peanut butter and hot fudge!). The kids love the homemade root beer while the grown ups enjoy McGuire’s locally brewed ales.
Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House– Now this is truly a place our entire family loves. Boshamps sits right on Destin’s harbor and has a big beach out back where the kiddos can play. We love going Sunday afternoons for live music. Their Bloody Mary is my favorite in Destin and Jason is partial to their margarita. We usually let the kids place a while then sit down for dinner. They always devour the kids fish basket while I love the sauteed snapper over pasta and spinach. This is a great place with our without kids. I’d recommend going in the afternoon or evening during the hot summer months.
LuLu’s– LuLu’s is similar to Boshamps in that there is a big sandy beach where the kids can play, but the food isn’t quite as good to me. That said, the prices are a bit lower at LuLu’s, so it’s a trade off. LuLu’s is on the bay, right next to the Mid-Bay Bridge and the kids absolutely LOVE playing here. It’s owned by Lucy Buffett, sister of Jimmy Buffett! The fish tacos and Greek salad with grilled fish have been great the times I’ve ordered them.
Bijoux– Bijoux is one of our top date night spots. In my words, it’s a modern French bistro, but the restaurant’s website describes it as coastal cuisine with a New Orleans flair. Either way, Jason and I have had some AMAZING meals here. The wine list is great and the crab beignets are the stuff dreams are made of. The fried oyster salad and caramelized pear bread pudding are pretty incredible, also. Definitely a great spot for a special occasion.
Great Southern Cafe– Great Southern is located in the heart of Seaside and is such a fun spot! The menu is full of Southern favorites with a coastal twist (think crab cakes, frog legs, and pimento cheese). We had brunch here after I ran the Seaside Half Marathon a few years ago, and have also had lunch a few times. I love that the menu is so different from every other place on 30A. They also have a huge kids’ menu featuring cheese grits and greens. My kids can mow down some cheese grits so they love it! Great Southern does not take reservations and it can get really busy. Just a head’s up.
There are literally hundreds of restaurants in Destin and along 30A. You could honestly eat somewhere different every day for a year without going back to the same place twice. I love that about our area! This is just a small snippet of what Destin has to offer but they are truly some of our favorites.
What are your Destin and 30A favorites? Happy Eating!