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4 Jun 2019
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Food & Dining

One of my favorite things about going on vacation is getting to eat out at the local restaurants.  I’m not talking chain food franchises here, but the truly unique and individualized restaurants.  The ones that have that something “special ” about them.  Whether it be the location, the lively atmosphere, or the amazing local cuisine, the kind of place that gives you a dining experience with something to remember and not just a meal.

One of the most often asked questions we get asked is….  “Where is the best place to eat?  And to be honest, that is probably the hardest question to answer because there are so many great choices here on the Emerald Coast.  You’ll find everything from extremely casual to exquisite fine dining; waterfront seating to dinner boat cruises; some of the best burgers you’ve ever tasted to the freshest seafood you’ll ever eat.  The choices are endless.

We'd like to share with you some of our staff’s favorite places to eat.  While you are here visiting the Emerald Coast, make sure and try one of our top picks, or try them all.  You won’t be disappointed.  Afterall, if you can’t trust a local, who can you trust?

Bon Appetite !!!

Al's Beach Club and Burger Bar:   Located directly on the beach with the best views of the Gulf!  Delicious burgers, live entertainment and so much more.

The Shack: (aka “The Original Crab Shack)   Watch beautiful sunsets from the large outdoor deck while watching boats cruise along the intercoastal waterway.  The BEST steamed seafood in town and their famous seafood gumbo is really awesome!

McGuire’s Irish Pub:   Located just over the Destin Bridge on the beautiful Destin Harbor.  With it’s truly unique atmosphere, their delicious authentic meals and live Irish music, you’ll be telling the tale of McGuire’s Irish Pub to everyone back home!

Asiago Skillet:  Breakfast at it’s Best.  Just minutes away on Okaloosa Island.  Asiago’s will fulfil all your breakfast needs.  They feature a wide variety of items on their menu with literally something for everyone in the family.  If you’re wanting to mix it up, ask them to “Shipwreck” your potatoes!

Burrito Del Sol:  Make sure to stop in this locally owned gem as you take a stroll through Historic Downtown Ft. Walton Beach.  Burrito Del Sol features Coastal Mexican Cuisine.  Try one of their 4 signature styles for your favorite entrees:  Baja, Southwest, BBQ and Chipotle.

Magnolia Grill:  Indulge in Italian and American-style cuisine at one of Ft. Walton Beach’s historic homes!  Established in a charming catalog house from 1910.  Enjoy your meal in the cozy, home-style atmosphere downstairs, then immerse yourself in local memorabilia upstairs and learn of our history.