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Old 11-23-2007, 07:46 PM   #757
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I remember driving there in the fog last time.

We all won't fit this time.
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Old 11-23-2007, 08:32 PM   #758
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THere are about 20 eateries in 5 miles

Here's a guide with reviews
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Old 11-23-2007, 09:10 PM   #759
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I know that each has their own preference for seafood, be it grilled, fried, broiled, or raw......and opinions on restaurants can cover a wide spectrum. But, if you want to know about a favorite among us "locals" you should consider the "Bonefish Grille" (on Danny Wurfuel Way, directly across from Destin Commons). I know it's a chain (owned by the same company as Outback), but it's hard to beat for quality, service and price. It's usually packed every evening, and overrun during tourist season.

If you want a lunch (at the place we take all of our out-of-town visitors to impress them) with a million dollar view, try the "Back Porch" (East of Henderson Park, and situated on the beach behind Ruth Chris Steak House). Grilled Grouper, or Grilled Amberjack sandwiches are great.

If you want the experience of fine dining at the only four-diamond restaurant in Northwest Florida, it's "Seegar's" in the Sandestin Hilton Hotel complex. But, you might want to take a look at their online menu before going, as sticker shock might be a problem for some (we only go on those very special occasions). Their trophy cases include signed plates by some very well know dignitaries (past presidents), sports figures, and intertainers (my favorite....Jeff Foxwothy's sig with the quote "food even a red neck could enjoy").

You are coming to the Emerald Coast at a great time......traffic is great, and restaurants truly appreciate your business. We enjoy the Destin area in the off season, but try to avoid it during the Summer. When we were still riding the Harley......a ride to Destin during tourist season was a death wish.

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If you want a lunch (at the place we take all of our out-of-town visitors to impress them) with a million dollar view, try the "Back Porch" (East of Henderson Park, and situated on the beach behind Ruth Chris Steak House). Grilled Grouper, or Grilled Amberjack sandwiches are great.

If you want the experience of fine dining at the only four-diamond restaurant in Northwest Florida, it's "Seegar's" in the Sandestin Hilton Hotel complex.

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Having eaten at The Back Porch and Seegar's, I have to agree with you, both are excellent. There's a Bone Fish Grille here in Biloxi, and it's also very good. My only problem is that we'll be there only 3 days.
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Old 11-24-2007, 12:10 AM   #761
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2air tipped me off last year about Miss Lucilles and the free wi-fi and I was a frequent visitor. It's a cool place with great coffee and all sorts of goodies and sandwiches.

Any one have a recommendation for steak or ribs? How about the mentioned Ruth Cris Steak House, good? And what is the best place with an ocean view and outdoor seating?
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Ruth's Chris is best when someone else is buying. It is very expensive! My mom, her boy toy and I went to the one in Annapolis, MD. $200 for three. I am glad I was not buying. Dressy casual or better.
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You asked about the Ruth's Chris in Destin.......

We have dined there, as well as other RC locations in different cities. I will NEVER return.....even on someone else's dime! First, for almost the same price (maybe a few bucks more) you can have a real dining experience, with better food and service, at Seegar's. But, the real reason that I won't return is that I felt ripped off at the Destin location. We took some visiting friends there for dinner a few months ago. We were almost forced to use valet parking, as the walk from "parking your own" will quickly discourage that option. We received a parking ticket and was instructed to give it to our server???? I wasn't really paying much attention to that little detail, until the bill arrived.......with the added $5.00 parking fee (does not include the valet tip). When I asked about it, I was told that the nearby condo (which owns the parking lot) forces them to charge the fee. That's a crock, as the company that I work for owns the Construction Management firm that built the building that houses Ruth's Chris (was originally Silver Shells Clubhouse). Unless there are some hidden facts, that I am unaware of, the parking fee is just another way to rip off diners......and, who is going to bitch about $5.00 when you're paying an average of $60-75 per meal. So, for a measly $5.00, they have lost my business forever.

Apologize for the rant, but some things need to see the light of day!

There are several restaurants to choose from, with a view of Destin Harbor. You might be lucky and catch a day for outdoor dining, but those options are few during January and February (it does get cold here).

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Thanks you guys for saving us a bundle!!!! What I did last year was go to Seaside and that neat little deli, albeit expensive, cut steaks to size per order (none displayed) and found a nice bottle of wine and some baking potatoes. That was splurge enough.
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Carol, we often rate our trips by meals such as you describe above. We find a great local seafood market or grocer/butcher, buy whatever looks best and ask the merchant's recommendation, gather the freshest salad makings, potatoes, bread, all local produce hopefully, go back to camp, cook outdoors, eat outdoors with some of the grandest "front yards" we could dream to have...all done at a fraction of the cost of a pricey restaurant dinner and always more intimate and memorable. Mmmmmmmmm yum! ~G
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We just got back from Destin on Wednesday. Local TV down there was doing an investigation on resturants serving seafood. They are doing DNA testing on the fish since apparently some places are substituting without informing the diner.

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Old 11-25-2007, 12:23 PM   #767
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We just got back from Destin on Wednesday. Local TV down there was doing an investigation on resturants serving seafood. They are doing DNA testing on the fish since apparently some places are substituting without informing the diner.

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Oh the horror. Living in New Orleans I can only wish that was a news story here.

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2air tipped me off last year about Miss Lucilles and the free wi-fi and I was a frequent visitor. It's a cool place with great coffee and all sorts of goodies and sandwiches.

Any one have a recommendation for steak or ribs? How about the mentioned Ruth Cris Steak House, good? And what is the best place with an ocean view and outdoor seating?
Carol, you are heading to the coast and you want steak or ribs??? Come on girl, save that for the trip back home, or at least the last night in Florida after you have had seafood for a week .

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Its hard to beat a good steak or some ribs I dont care who you are... I like seafood to but I live here so I can get it anytime...SAM
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Just in case you are interested

In post 108, (less than 72 hours after this thread opened), I kinda sorta predicted we should shoot for 50 attendees and re-name the park Airstream City. My count shows 54 so far. There will be so much reflected sunshine in this park, the area temperature will likely go up several degrees.

After doing 3 nights this weekend in the cold, wind and rain, I'm ready for some Florida warmth and Streamer hospitality.


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