The Fantastic Restaurants on the Emerald Coast

There are so many places to eat on the Emerald Coast that need to be on your list of things to try when you come to the Destin area!  And, these are the favorites as reported by The Travel Channel!

stinkysHave you been to Stinky’s Fish Camp? Don’t let the name fool you.  This come-as-you-are rustic seafood house is a local favorite. While the tongue-in-cheek name may imply nothing is taken too seriously here, the food begs to differ. With classics like baked oysters and crab legs, to the restaurant’s own version of a NOLA “peace maker” po’ boy (1/2 fried shrimp, 1/2 roast beef, grilled ham and provolone), this relaxed seafood establishment is a must-visit during any family vacation on the Gulf Coast.



Vin’tvinjij Bistro is actually first on the list of “best” restaurants. It may be located in a nondescript strip mall, but Vin’tij Bistro is anything but ordinary, with a deliciously unexpected culinary lineup. Begin your meal with a bottle from the bistro’s impressive boutique. Then settle down in the dimly lit and eclectically designed dining area for dishes you won’t soon forget, like griddled crab cakes, masala grilled pork chops and more. With a focus on locally sourced ingredients that vary seasonally but can include tomatoes, strawberries, carrots, beets, watermelon radish and baby sweet potatoes, the menu is an ever-changing rotation of Southern classics with a twist.3

One of the best restaurants in Destin {according to the Travel Channel} “V” is for …? Located inside Destin’s Hotel Viridian, V Seagrove will have you grasping for adjectives that do this seafood restaurant’s culinary (and visual) charms justice.




Another fantastic local restaurant that is on the “best” list from the Travel Channel is McGuire’s Irish Pub. You may scoff when sommcguireseone says, “You have to go to this Irish pub,” but trust me, you have to go to this Irish pub. With a sister location down the highway, in nearby Pensacola, McGuire’s is practically a tradition on the Gulf Coast. Celebrating “feasting, imbibery and debauchery,” the pub offers the ultimate brunch experience. The same holds true for dinner, with their smoked prime rib and potent Irish Wakes (think lots of Bacardi rum and freshly squeezed orange juice).


The Travel Channel also loves Café Thirty-A. Recently honored with a Wine Spectator Aspectatorward of Excellence, Cafe Thirty-A is always impeccably executed, yet unpretentious. Located in a breathtaking Florida-style home with vaulted ceilings and hand-painted chairs, this relaxed dining establishment exudes island sophistication. Not to be outdone is the menu, which focuses on fresh local seafood, like pan-seared snapper and roasted grouper, as well as pizzas, like their classic margherita with house-made mozzarella, cooked up in a wood-fired oven.


The Travel Channel list Sushimoto on the “best” list.  While Sushimoto is reminiscent of the Cheers bar — come more than once and they’ll likely holler your name when you enter — it’s this restaurant’s amazingly creative sushi that puts them over the top. Try the “The Asian Persuasion,” filled with eel, shrimp tempura, seafood salad, avocado, cream cheese and garlic chips, or order off the menu by asking for the chef’s favorite “Cookie Monster”(a roll that’s deep-fried and then sliced).


The Red Bar is on the “best” list from The Travel Channel!  The music is loud, the menredbaru is small and the parking is troublesome. However, a visit toThe Red Bar is an experience that simply must be undertook when in the area. Fortify your senses (the building is an assault on one’s senses with literally thousands of tchotchkes) by having one of the bar’s spicy bloody marys and indulging in hearty specialties like blackened grouper with fried cheese grits or penne pasta with shrimp and crawfish.


Make sure to add these restaurants to your list when you come to town!  We promise, they will delight and you won’t be disappointed!