ne of the most often asked questions on the Emerald Coast is, “Where do the locals go to eat?” With an abundance of restaurants to choose from – located in a destination that is known for its superior catch – seafood restaurants abound. From rustic oyster bars and open-air cafes to candlelit restaurants, all of our local eateries offer the freshest, largest variety of seafood. Enjoy learning about a few of our Emerald Coast hidden gems below.
Formerly Sam’s Oyster House, Stewby’s Seafood Shanty is a small take-out and dine-in seafood restaurant in Ft. Walton Beach. All of Stewby’s seafood is fresh and locally bought, with popular items including grilled Florida lobster, mango and Margate snapper, fresh shucked oysters, BBQ shrimp and grits, as well as sandwiches and gumbo. Eat on the heated and cooled enclosed deck or take it to go. Stewby’s even has a drive-thru for convenience! Visit it at 427 Racetrack Road N.W. in Ft. Walton Beach (850) 586-7001.
The Boathouse Oyster Bar, which claims to be “Destin’s Best Kept Secret,” began its life as a small, detached building called “The Outback” behind an actual boathouse. When it was destroyed by Hurricane Opal in 1995, locals banded together and rebuilt the restaurant they flock to today. Each day the staff prepares fish sandwiches, shrimp, hamburgers and, of course, Apalachicola oysters. Crawfish (and cold beer) is served in The Boathouse and on the deck from midFebruary through mid-June. The restaurant will be celebrating its 20-year anniversary in 2016! Visit it at 288-B Harbor Blvd. East in Destin (850) 837-3645.
Marina Café offers sensational food, attentive service and breathtaking Destin Harbor views. The award-winning restaurant’s popularity is evident on any night when Emerald Coast patrons fill the bar to the brim for happy hour and enjoy the scenery from the thirty-foot window wall. With fresh daily seafood selections, prime steaks, pastas, sushi and wood-fired pizzas, there is something for everyone at Marina Café. Happy Hour is offered Monday-Friday in the bar area or out on the waterfront cocktail deck from 5 to 7pm, featuring half-price drinks and a select appetizer menu. Visit it at 404 Harbor Blvd. in Destin (850) 837-7960.
Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House, formerly the Flamingo Café, spoils locals with spectacular sunsets, sensational “Gulf to Table Southern Cuisine,” and family-friendly service all in a fun, relaxed casual atmosphere. With the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” at their back door and Chef Andi Bell’s extensive knowledge of Gulf of Mexico basin and Caribbean cuisine combined with his deep Southern roots, Boshamps offers such dishes as jumbo lump blue crab cakes, local seafood gumbo, cornmeal dusted gulf grouper pecan and “the original” snapper Destin. Visit it at 414 Harbor Boulevard in Destin (850) 424-7406.
For more information on visiting Ft. Walton Beach, Destin and Okaloosa Island throughout the year, visit www.EmeraldCoasting.com or call 1-800-322-3319
Article Source: EmeraldCoasting.com
Image Source: The Boathouse Oyster Bar
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