Everyone knows that one of the best parts of vacation is the food! And it’s a major score when your choice of travel destinations is also the home to some really amazing restaurants which is the case with Destin, Florida. Beyond the beauty of the emerald green waters, sugar sand beaches and fun activities the whole family will enjoy, are some of the best-kept secrets (maybe not now) of Florida fares. Here is a list of our favorites!
BREAKFAST: Another Broken Egg Café – Sandestin, FL
Located amongst the boutique shops of beautiful Sandestin Village, part of Sandestin’s Golf & Beach Resort, is Another Broken Egg Café. This restaurant has something for everyone in your family, from their Bananas Foster Pancakes (my daughter’s favorite) perfect for your little ones with a sweet tooth… vacation is the perfect time to splurge… to their decadent Lobster and Brie Omelette – OMG are the only words to describe this cheesy goodness filled with sautéed fresh lobster meat, brie, cream cheese and topped with a light champagne butter sauce, diced tomatoes and green onions. According to Tyler Hysom – Manager, this is a crowd favorite and one of their most ordered dishes. Have a family member with a special needs diet or who is just a health nut? Let’s face it, to stick to your healthy diet on vacation you have to be very committed, right? Another Broken Egg Café also offers Gluten free options such as their Gluten-friendly Pancakes and other healthy options such as the Salmon Power Bowl, Skinny Omelette, Granola, Fruit & Quinoa and Monterey Omelette part of the “Sensible Selections” category of their menu. You’ll feel like you’re cheating because these dishes are chalked full of flavor! If indulging is your plan, then be sure to order the Biscuit Beignets! These sweet warm balls of yummy coated in powdered sugar are perfect for an appetizer or dessert. I would suggest appetizer or you may not have room after your amazing meal. I would also suggest ordering a second order – your kids may want some as well! (wink) Lastly, don’t forget to order a mimosa – ABEC offers several amazing flavors – if you are looking to let your hair down a bit, opt for the bottomless mimosas!
Check out Another Broken Egg Café’s menu here and be sure to add them into your breakfast plans!
BRUNCH: First Watch – Destin, FL
I know it doesn’t seem possible but at some point on your beach trip you are going to want something besides seafood – as a seafood junky I never thought it was possible – but during a week of indulging in it you will find yourself wanting something just as tasty but different. My family found this at First Watch. First Watch makes everything Fresh to Order! No heat lamps, deep fryers or getting cold toast with warm eggs or visa-versa. They use only the finest ingredients and you can definitely taste it in their dishes. But before I get started on the amazing food they have to offer… let’s start with their drinks. How often is a restaurant known for it’s great drinks? Trust me when I say they have drinks that will have you Googling or checking Pinterest for the recipes so you can make them at home… or immediately going online to look for a First Watch near you (like I did – luckily I had one 30 minutes from my home – but it’d even be worth an hour drive). Their in-house Juice Bar offers juices made from all-natural ingredients which are made daily. I ordered the Morning Meditation which is a combination of orange, lemon, turmeric, organic ginger, agave nectar and beet juices. It was nothing short of amazing! So good I ordered another! Besides being tasty, this healthy option will help keep your tummy on track after treating yourself continuously during your trip. They also offer a Kale Tonic from the Juice Bar and other beverages such as their special Project Sunrise Coffee which is their premium, full flavored coffee brewed fresh for you, organic herbal teas, various soft drinks, milks and juices. For Brunch, they make even the healthiest food feel like a treat. From the Farm Stand Breakfast Tacos, Avocado Toast, Ham & Gruyere Omelet and Lemon Ricotta Pancakes (and don’t even get me started on their Million Dollar Bacon – A must order! YUMMO!) to their Sweet Honey Pecan salad, Monterey Club, Veggie Burger and BLTE – 2 over-hard cage free eggs, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo on artisan whole grain bread, your family will leave First Watch feeling completely satisfied but not completely guilty!
Check out First Watch Destin’s amazing menu here!
LUNCH: Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer
This locally owned and operated seafood house is dining at it’s finest! Co-owner Tyler Jarvis definitely knows his stuff when it comes to offering up the best in seafood in Destin, Florida. After a morning of soaking up the sun, building sandcastles with the little ones and playing in the waves (and then maybe a short nap) you will want to venture out and find somewhere for lunch that not only offers a great meal and a great view of the bay… but the best darn seafood around. Brotula’s sits right on the bay with outdoor seating allowing for a breathtaking view of the beautiful waters, big boats and soaring seagulls. They specialize in fresh, locally-sourced seafood and produce and offer a wide array of seafood platters, shareable snacks and their popular Build Your Own Boil option. Choose from mussels and oysters to shrimp, lobster and crab and include sides like cheese grits, asparagus and bacon braised collards and choose your own boil type – Steamed Cajun or Deep South! Being a bit of a spice weenie I opted for the Deep South which is a mustard and beer boil… absolutely divine (I also like to stay true to my Southern roots)! Don’t forget to choose from the many Seasonings & Butter options to top it off right! When it comes to the ultimate lunch experience, no matter how good the food is, you won’t have a great meal without great service… and just as with the food, Brotula’s delivered! Our waiter, Leo, was super gracious and made sure my family and I had everything we needed at all times to enjoy our meal, including some great conversation when stopping by our table. I felt like a local that had been there a million times. This place is a must visit!
Visit Brotula’s at 210D Harbor Blvd, Destin Florida and check out them out here!
DINNER(S): Jackacuda’s Seafood & Sushi and Cuvée Kitchen & Wine Bar
For dinner we couldn’t decide between two of our favorites, since both are equally as good, so we decided to list both. These two restaurants, like Brotula’s above, are owned by the same restaurant group, Bald & The Beard Restaurants, co-owned by Tyler Jarvis and Christopher Ruyan. As with Brotula’s above they too delivered on their promise of great food, great atmosphere and great service!
Jackacuda’s (an AKA Mom Favorite) offers a lengendary story – read about the Tenaco 80 here. Jackacuda’s is located in the heart of Destin in the popular Harborwalk Village. The Harborwalk hosts tons of shops like Aloha Surf Company, Bright Ideas and Cariloha along with fun activities like Buccaneer Pirate Ship (a must-do with the kiddos), charter fishing, snorkeling tours, dolphin tours, jet-ski rentals, an escape room and kayaking. They also have some great places to stop for a drink along the way… Jackacuda’s being one of them! They have Happy Hour from 11am to 5pm everyday with $5 sushi rolls and $5 Wells, House Wines and 23oz Domestic Drafts so get there a little early for dinner to take advantage of these deals. For dinner choose options from their Basic and/or Specialty Sushi rolls, soups and salads, oysters and their Fresh Seafood & House Specialties like Blackened Snapper and Prime Rib. This chef-inspired menu has a lot to offer and their flavors are always on point! Kids will love the Southern Style Mac & Cheese and The Townhouse Burger with bacon jam and cheddar cheese with crispy potato spuds and ALL will love the mouthwatering desserts Jackacuda’s has to offer… the Jack’s Pie was scrumptious! And don’t forget about the amazing harbor view when choosing indoor or outdoor seating!
Stop in and see them at 56 Harbor Blvd (near Emerald Grande) Destin, FL and check them out online here.
Just when you thought you have had the best, Tyler and Chris have done it again! They purchased and renovated Cuvée Kitchen & Wine Bar. This trendy hot spot offers a seasonal menu with the usual fresh ingredients, big flavors, amazing cocktails and service with a smile! Creativity is definitely apparent in the atmosphere and menu here. When arriving you feel like you are about to embark on an exciting journey. Low lighting, amazing smells from the kitchen and the bartenders meticulously creating drinks like pieces of art, I knew we were in the right place. My first impression was that it was more of a place for a date night away from the kids but I quickly realized that all were welcome here and our waiter Mike and manager Samantha quickly made it known that we were all indeed about to enjoy one of the best culinary experiences of our trip. Still would be an amazing date night though! The menu at Cuvée is continuously updated which is part of what makes a visit there like an adventure itself. You could go weekly and enjoy something different each time! Appetizers include delightful bites like a Cheese and Charcuterie Board which the whole family loved. We had fun discussing which cheeses were our faves, where the cheese came from, etc. For dinner there were options for seafood & fish, beef, chicken entrees and more. Just reading the menu had my mouth watering! Even after eating so much… because you just couldn’t resist all the yummy things on the menu… you better take a deep breath, because you won’t be able to resist their desserts either. With sweets like Seasonal Cheesecake to their Bourbon Buttermilk Pie with Goat Cheese Ice Cream, Blueberry Jam and Honeycomb – your taste buds will be on cloud 9! And to top the night off (after a somewhat busy day with the kiddos) you can sit back and enjoy one of their crafted cocktails (also changing continuously) such as the Bacon & Eggs which is made with a bacon-infused bourbon to a Southern Belle (my favorite – again sticking true to my southern roots…lol) which is a mix of western son peach vodka, elderflower liqueur, grapefruit and mint simple… simply yummy is what it was! Cuvée is definitely a great place to take a step away from the norm…to feel pampered and appreciated… to take your palate on a delicious journey!
Call Cuvée for a reservation at 850-460-2909 or book online via Resy (under the Reservations tab on their website here.
Yes, Destin, Florida certainly has many wonderful attributes that will make for a fantastic family vacation full of fun but I must admit – my crew would go back time and time just for the “food-cation”! Bon Appetit!