With a population of just over 13,000 and incredible access to the blue-green waters of Florida’s Emerald Coast, the small town of Destin, Florida is a prime local to get seafood so fresh you can practically taste the ocean.
Among the restaurants in Destin FL is AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar, which has been open since 1984. The restaurant originally started as a small trailer by the harbor, and expanded from there.
Aside from shucked Gulf Coast oysters, the menu also features fish tacos, calamari, and will even cook your own fish if you bring in a fresh catch. It is open daily and occasionally features live music in the evening. Check the place out at 116 Harbor Blvd.
Other options include Boshamp’s Seafood and Oyster House, at 414 Harbor Blvd. The restaurant focuses on Southern-style cuisine and includes locally-sourced seafood such as grilled snapper, shrimp, and of course oysters. The restaurant describes their style as “Gulf-to-table,” and works primarily with local fishermen.
Just as its name promises, Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer offers a wide range of seafood options at 210 Harbor Blvd. Fresh fish options include the catch of the day accompanied with garlic mashed potatoes, pineapple and papaya sauce, and passionfruit butter sauce, as well as shrimp and grits and a tuna salad melt.
Crustacean lovers would do well to check out Dewey Destin’s Crab Island at 9 Calhoun Ave. Asides from crab cakes, crab claws, hot crabmeat dip, and gumbo, visitors also have the option of ordering steamed baskets of snow crab legs accompanied with corn and potatoes. It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., although this changes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the winter.
This is one of the older restaurant spots in Destin. As implied by its name, the locale was founded by Dewey Destin, whose great-great grandfather Leonard founded the town in 1835.