“We don’t need a menu; we’ve driven five hours for the grouper sandwich. This is always the first stop we make when we get to town,” says a man next to me to his waitress. I could eat that sandwich four times a week I enjoy it so much. The place, small and quaint, is closed on Sundays, so plan ahead. Needless to say, go grouper.
Destin Chops 30A
For a splurge, this is the spot. We travel east to Seacrest Beach near Rosemary, and my husband insists on the surf and turf but it’s a toss-up for me: a filet mignon or the catch of the day. We split the stuffed potato, plenty for us both, and it’s worth the calories. The restaurant is pricey, though, so leave the kids with a babysitter if possible. (Seaside and Watercolor can both recommend babysitting services with background checks.)
While we always adore the huevos rancheros at Another Broken Egg Cafe, we’ve been lured to this authentic French pastry shop in WaterColor. I opt for the flaky croissants to go; I thought the breakfasts were too expensive and not worth it. The Editor of our magazine disagrees and finds it divine. You decide.