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Any good food in Destin?

Thanks to all of you for your input. In that this was a work trip, I had somewhat limited time to seek out interesting dining, but here is my report. The first night we went to Jasmine and were very well treated (thanks beachmouse!) Paul (the owner) took our order... I asked him what to eat and he first steered me to the "most popular" dish. I pushed back a little and said I wanted something authentic and didn't care about popular, and he then said "how hot can you take it?" whereupon he suggested a dish called "Crying Tiger" he's been working on that is not on the menu and we took it. Beef marinated for 5 days or so in something secret and served VERY spicy hot even ordered "medium" - but complex and delicious, served with rice and lettuce. Really good. Followed by a sweet rice with a coconut sauce and ice cream, just the ticket to cool our palates. The second day we worked 11 hours and I hadn't had time to figure out another restaurant so we returned to Jasmine...this time 2 good appetizers and a $22 fish soup that served 2 nicely. Each dinner for 2 came to just over $50 with 2 beers each, a fine deal. The third night we also worked late and were well east of Destin in Watercolor, so we went to the aptly named Red Bar, a perfect Florida beach bar experience. The wine was lousy, but I guess you don't really order wine at a place like this, and the food was really pretty good and the service and environment most entertaining. Blackened grouper with some kind of fried cheesy grit cake and greens, followed by key lime pie and bread pudding. No complaints. The last night we wanted to get on the road back to KY so we grabbed something on the way but didn't get to try any of your other recommendations. I am hoping we get back at least once next year for that. Thanks again for your suggestions.

Dec 11, 2011
quadrabob in Florida

Any good food in Destin?

Thanks breachmouse. I will let you know how it goes. Anyone else want to chime in?

Dec 04, 2011
quadrabob in Florida

Any good food in Destin?

I'm going to be in the Destin FL area next week on business. Is the any good food there beyond the usual touristy stuff? Exceptional seafood? Road food finds? Interesting fine dining? A Locavore haven? Thanks in advance for your ideas.

Dec 04, 2011
quadrabob in Florida