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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Sandestin Getaway



Sandestin, FL Getaway - where to stay, where to eat and what to do! Some of the best food we've ever eaten! You must check this out!
A few weeks ago we went to the beach for a couple of days. 
I love going to the beach in the winter. It isn't super hot or super crowded. 

We stayed at the Hilton Sandestin - right on the beach. We spent lots of time relaxing at the spa and on the beach, played some golf, rented some bikes and ate a ton of amazing food! A TON!

We ate a several new places. Some of which are now new favorites. 
Spring Break is right around the corner. 
Make sure to check out our recommendations while planning your upcoming beach trip!


Where to Stay
The view from the Hilton Sandestin
We spent three nights at the Hilton Sandestin.
We love staying at the Hilton because it is right on the beach.

Room interior of Hilton Sandestin
They recently finished updating the hotel.
The room was super nice and big!

The view from the Hilton Sandestin Spa Tower Room
The view couldn't be beat!


Where to Eat

Sunset Bay Cafe
Sunset Bay Cafe - Destin, FL - OMG! SO good! You MUST eat here and get the Southern Fries!
 Sunset Bay Cafe is one of my favorites in Sandestin. 
This was my second time eating here and Chicken Legs first time.

The food here is ridiculously good. 

The cocktails are HUGE and delicious!
I could barely finish my mimosa. The Bloody Mary was one of the best we've had!

You MUST get the Southern Fries to start - sidewinder fries topped with homemade gravy, bacon and fried cheese curds. I could eat these every single day!

For our entrees, I got the burger. SO good. Super juicy and cooked to perfection.

Chicken Legs got the Hillbilly Benedict
Poached Eggs, Smoked Gouda Fried Grit Cakes, Fried Chicken, and Hollandaise
He wanted to lick his plate!

Sunset Bay Cafe - Destin, FL - OMG! SO good! You MUST eat here and get the Southern Fries! Sidewinder fries topped with homemade gravy, bacon, fried cheese curds and green onions. Heaven!
Southern Fries - a MUST!

Sunset Bay Cafe is located on the Bayside of Sandestin. 
Just tell the guard you are eating at Sunset Bay Cafe and you can get through the gate.

Sunset Bay Cafe
158 Sandestin Blvd N. 
Sandestin Resort
Miramar Beach, FL
850-267-7108 


Another Broken Egg Cafe
Another Broken Egg Cafe - fantastic brunch! MUST get the Biscuit Beignets! SO good!
Breakfast and lunch at Another Broken Egg Cafe is always a great choice.
We went for brunch on our way out of town.

We started with the Biscuit Beignets and the Baked Brie Delight (Apples, pecans & raisins sautéed in a Grand Marnier butter sauce over warm Brie cheese with toasted French bread). YUM!

Chicken Legs got the Chez B's Omelette - red bell peppers, portabella mushrooms & caramelized onions with feta, shaved Parmesan & fresh basil. Crazy delicious!

I got Nellie's Delight -Roasted garlic balsamic glazed chicken, crisp bacon, smoked Gouda, lettuce & tomato, served on artisan bread. Perfection!

Another Broken Egg Cafe
979 Hwy 98 E, Suite F
Destin, FL
850-650-0499


 The Perfect Pig
The Perfect Pig - Santa Rosa Beach, FL - A MUST if you are on 30A. The fish tacos are life changing! The Parmesan Crusted Grilled Cheese is the best I've ever eaten! You MUST eat here!
The Perfect Pig might be our new favorite place in the Destin area! It is located in Santa Rosa Beach on 30A. If you are in the area, you MUST go! MUST!

We went for lunch, but they also serve breakfast and dinner.

Chicken Legs got the Blackened grouper tacos with avocado slaw, black bean and corn salsa and and sriracha aioli. He said they were hands down the best fish tacos he has ever eaten! He almost didn't order them because everyone does fish tacos at the beach. Boy, is he glad he ordered them. He could not stop talking about how great they were. They are a MUST!

I ordered the parmesan crusted grilled cheese with tomatoes, mozzarella and pesto. I added pulled pork. O-M-G! Ridiculous! The cheese on the outside was amazing. It was the best grilled cheese I've ever eaten. I am definitely going to have to recreate a parmesan crusted grilled cheese at home.

In addition to the tacos and sandwich, we got an order of the Billy Goat Chips - so good!
Everything is a la carte - so make sure to order some chips!

For dessert we got the Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce.
Food heaven!

Parmesan Crusted Grilled Cheese - mozzarella, tomatoes, pesto and pulled pork. THE BEST grilled cheese I've ever eaten. You MUST eat here if you are in the Destin/30A area!
Look at that cheese!

Blacked Grouper Tacos at The Perfect Pig in Santa Rosa Beach, FL - hands down the BEST fish tacos I've ever eaten. I almost didn't order them. SO glad I did! They are life changing!
Best fish tacos in the world!

The Perfect Pig
7 Town Center Loop
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
850-660-1591


Brotula's
Brotula's Destin, FL - amazing seafood and southern favorites. We ate so much I thought we were going to explode!

Brotula's was a real treat. We ate SO much great food that I thought we were both going to explode!
Everything was delicious!

To start we had the Sautéed Mussels - white wine, garlic butter, tomato and garlic bread. I could just drink the broth!

We got a few things to share for entrees.

First was the Conecuh and Potato Crusted Snapper over smoked cheddar grits and topped with a creole mustard sauce. All of Brotula's fish comes with a trace code so you can track your fish.

We also got an order of the Buttermilk Fried Chicken - it is the chef's grandmother's recipe. It was ridiculously good. Some of the best I've eaten. The mac and cheese was also super delicious!

Finally we got some Crab Legs in a cajun boil. Chicken Legs had never eaten crab legs, so he was excited to try them. He loved them!

Southern Poutine Fries at Brotula's in Destin, FL - fries topped with BBQ Gravy, Pulled Pork, green onions, shredded cheese and fried cheese. I could make a meal out of these fries! SOOO good! A MUST!
Southern Poutine Fries - fries topped with bbq gravy, pulled pork, fried cheese, shredded cheese and green onions. I could have made a meal out of this! Crazy good!

Brotula's Key Lime Pie topped with white chocolate whipped cream - THE BEST! LOVED the white chocolate whipped cream.
Since we didn't eat enough, we finished the night off with a slice of Key Lime Pie.
It was topped with some white chocolate whipped cream.
Crazy good! 
I will be making white chocolate whipped cream very soon!

Brotula's Seafood House and Steamer
210 Harbor Blvd
Downtown Destin, Florida
850-460-8900


Marlin Grill
Marlin Grill Baytowne Wharf Sandestin, FL - delicious! Get the Tasso Ham Mac and Cheese - ridiculously good. I'm getting a double order as my meal next time!
Marlin Grill is located in Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin.

We had dinner here and loved it!

Their menu is on an iPad and they have a photo of every item on the menu! 
You can see what it looks like before you order. It really helps when you are debating between a couple of things.

We started with the Crab Cakes and Wedge Salad.

For entrees, I got the chicken. 
It comes with a choice of caper cream or sauce meunier. I asked for a little of both of them on the side! I think I preferred the sauce meunier.

Chicken Legs got the Bone-In Filet and it was delicious!

For our side we ordered the Tasso Ham Macaroni and Cheese. SO good. 
Next time I will get a double order for my meal! LOL!

For dessert we got the chocolate cake. 
Perfect ending to the meal!

Marlin Grill
9100 Baytowne Wharf Blvd.
Suite B2
Destin, FL 32550
850-351-1990


Sandestin Hilton Eats
Hilton Sandestin Breakfast Buffet - BACON!
We had to check out all the food in the hotel.

The breakfast buffet was delicious!
They have cheese grits, biscuits, sausage gravy, pancakes, waffles, made to order omelettes.
The bacon was crispy perfection.

Hilton Sandestin Coffee Shop - insane sticky bun!
If you don't want a big breakfast, you can grab a pastry or breakfast sandwich and coffee at The Coffee Sho.

Hadashi Sushi Bar inside the Hilton Sandestin - some of the best sushi I've eaten. If you don't like sushi, you can order off the bar menu. The wings are really good!
One night we dined in the lobby bar area.

They have amazing sushi at the Hadashi Sushi Bar.
Chicken Legs ate himself silly on sushi.

I am not a fan of sushi, so I ordered some wings and fries. 
The wings were really good!


Pomegranate Martini at Seagar's inside the Hilton Sandestin in FL
We had a night cap in Seagar's.
We love Seagar's! We didn't have time to eat dinner here on this trip.
Next time!


What to Do

The view from the Hilton Sandestin
The beach!


The pools at the Hilton Sandestin
The Hilton has great pools!

Serenity by the Sea Spa - spend a day relaxing with a massage and a dip in the plunge pool!
I spend the morning relaxing at Serenity by the Sea Spa.
I got an amazing massage and a pedicure.
This plunge pool was SO good!!!

Serenity by the Sea Spa
4000 Sandestin Boulevard South
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
850-622-9595 or 866-622-9595

Sandestin Raven Golf Club
While I was at the spa, Chicken Legs hit up the golf course.
He played at The Raven.
He said the course was in great shape. We won't mention his score. LOL!

Sandestin Raven Golf Club
1199 Troon Dr N
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
850-267-8155


YOLO Board + Bike Santa Rosa Beach, FL - bike and board rental and sales. Great way to spend an afternoon.
If golf and the spa aren't your cup of tea, you can rent bikes or paddle boards from YOLO.
YOLO has several locations in the Destin area.

We rented some bikes in Santa Rosa before we ate at The Perfect Pig.

YOLO Board + Bike
95 Laura Hamilton Blvd Ste C-3
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
850-267-0602


If you are in Destin April 8-10, 2016 make sure to check out the Film Food Festival!
Watch some great films, eat some amazing food and party with the chefs & filmmakers!
April 8-10, 2016 make sure to check out the Film Food Festival in South Walton
Get your tickets here: bit.ly/1NRc7tc 




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4 comments:

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  2. I love your travel blogs! I save them to a travel folder --- hey, a girl can dream!!!

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  3. I love your travel posts and save them, too, as the poster above does. I like the informative nature and recommendations and it's nice that you offer a variety of foods and choices when recommending a restaurant. Thanks, also, for not using the word totally constantly, also, that gets old when reading a blog by an adult! Hahahaha We will be traveling to Destin in the late spring and I would like to visit the Serenity By The Sea Spa. Which massage do you recommend and would you get a pedi there again? Thanks!

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    1. I got the 50 minute relaxation massage and I would absolutely get another pedicure. It was honestly one of the best I've even had. Get the paraffin treatment - only $10 more and SO worth it!

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