Where to Eat in Destin, FL – Sandestin, FL

Where to Eat in Destin, FL – Sandestin, FL – Miramar Beach, FL – great places to eat when you are at the beach! Touristy places and hidden gems that only the locals go to. Pompano Joe’s, Fat Clemenza’s, Grimaldi’s, The Donut Hole, Seagar’s, Boschamp’s and Ocean Club. You don’t want to miss these places! #travel #florida #destin #sandetin

Where to Eat in Destin, FL - Sandestin, FL - great places to eat when you are at the beach! Touristy places and hidden gems that only the locals go to. Pompano Joe's, Fat Clemenza's, Grimaldi's, The Donut Hole, Seagar's, Boschamp's and Ocean Club. You don't want to miss these places! #travel #florida #destin #sandetin

Last weekend we decided to escape the rain at home and head down to the beach! The weather could not have been more perfect. Sunny and warm. The best way to beat the winter blues!!! We haven’t been down to Destin/Sandestin, FL in several years. We were really excited to go back for a few days.

We hit all of our favorite restaurants and tried a new place that is now our FAVORITE! You don’t want to miss these places! Save this post for your Spring Break and Summer beach trips.

Pompano Joe’s
Pompano Joe’s was our first stop when we pulled into town.
I love to eat here mainly for the VIEW!
Chicken Legs got the Fried Shrimp Po Boy.
It came with fries and Pineapple Slaw.

We got an order of hushpuppies to share.
I LOVE hushpuppies and these were delicious!

I am not a seafood fan, so I got the BBQ Chicken Sandwich.
It was blackened chicken topped with BBQ sauce and cheese.
It was also served with Pineapple Slaw and fries.
Pompano Joe’s 
2237 Scenic Gulf Highway
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Fat Clemenza’s
Fat Clemenza’s is one of my FAVORITE places!
We usually get pizza, but this time we explored the menu!
We started with the garlic knots. O-M-G!
I sopped up ALL the yummy garlic butter on the plate.
Get these!!

Chicken Legs got the Veal Saltimbocca

Veal baked in a mushroom/ veal sauce with Prosciutto Di Parma and melted fresh mozzarella cheese served with pasta

I got the Rigatoni a la Vodka with Sausage

I wanted to lick the plate! SO good!!

We were absolutely stuffed, but made room for this Limoncello Marscapone Cake.
It was a sponge cake with a light and creamy limoncello cheesecake type filling.
We devoured it!
Reservations aren’t required, but I highly suggest getting one. 
This place is always packed!
Fat Clemenza’s
12273 US Hwy 98 
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
We always love sharing a pizza at Grimaldi’s!
I know it is a chain, but it is SO good!!

The Donut Hole
The Donut Hole is a great place to grab breakfast or a dozen donuts.
We opted for donuts on this trip.

SOOOOO good!!
Donut Hole
6745 U.S. 98
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Seagar’s is located inside the Hilton Sandestin.
This is Chicken Legs FAVORITE place in Sandestin.
We snagged a seat at the bar. We got lucky. It was unusually busy for February.
We shared everything. Well, everything except these mushrooms.
I’m not a big mushroom fan. That is just fine with Chicken Legs!

We shared a big fat Filet.
We ordered it Medium-Rare and it was perfection!
We got a side of Pork Belly with our steak.
It was TINY and cost $14. It was good, but I say skip the add-ons with the steak.
We also got an order of the mac & cheese.
This stuff is to-die-for!!!
I have a copycat recipe on the blog if you want to try it at home – https://www.plainchicken.com/2013/01/steakhouse-mac-cheese.html

We couldn’t pass up the Grand Marnier Soufflé.
It takes about 20 minutes to make the soufflé, so plan ahead.
It was worth the wait! HEAVEN!!!!
You can make reservations directly with the restaurant or on OpenTable.
Located at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
4000 Sandestin Blvd. South
Miramar Beach, Florida 32550
Boshamp’s is our new FAVORITE place in the Destin area.
We ate outside in the bar area and had a great view!
I have a big love of hushpuppies, so we started with an order of hushpuppies.
They were SO good!

Chicken Legs got the Blackened Grouper Sandwich.

This was expensive, but SO delicious. He ate every last bite!
Probably the best grouper sandwich in Destin!

The fries were amazing!
LOVE hand-cut fries like this!!
I got the Fried Chicken Sandwich.
It came with a homemade Tomato Jam and Homemade Ranch on the side.
Y’all – this was hands-down THE BEST fried chicken sandwich I’ve ever eaten!
The BUN! OMG! SO soft and delicious!
I wish I could eat this again today! SO good.
This is our new favorite place!
414 Harbor Boulevard
Destin, Florida 32541
Ocean Club
Ocean Club has been a favorite of ours for years.
Chicken Legs used to travel to Destin for work, and this was his go-to place.
We started with the Crab Cake. It came with remoulade sauce.
SO good! I could have eaten a dozen of these!

Chicken Legs got the Soft Shell Crab

It was topped almonds and pecans and served with a side of pasta.

I got the Chicken. It was like a chicken piccata with a lemon and caper sauce served on top.

It also came with a side of pasta. The pasta was SO good. I ate every last bite!
The flavor was amazing. I need to try and recreate it at home.
Ocean Club is mostly a local place.
They have live music and people dance on the dance floor.
It is a really fun place with fantastic food!!!
It is always on our list when we are in Destin!
Ocean Club 
 8955 U.S. 98
Miramar Beach, Florida 32550 

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  1. If you like crab cakes, try Sarah K's gourmet next time. It is in a strip mall across from Destin Commons. They are pricey but so good. It's almost 100% crabmeat. So good!

  2. Please add LuLu's to the list. The food is good and she caters to people with food allergies. I have a grandson with a peanut allergy, and It's basically the only place they can eat safely….

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