Where to Catch Super Bowl 52 Along the Emerald Coast

Where to Catch Super Bowl 52 Along the Emerald Coast

Here we are one week away from Super Bowl 52 between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles…and you still haven’t decided on whether to hit Best Buy for a new 75″ Flat Screen or find a local establishment to watch the game.

Here we have compiled a small list of some great local places to see this epic battle between good and evil…um I mean the Eagles and the Pats!

First, let’s head on down to the Destin Boardwalk area along the Destin Harbor where we will take a look at Tailfins Ale House and Oyster Bar. They are having an SB Party that for $25 a person you can partake in…All You Can Drink Bud Light Draft, $9.99 Philly CheeseSteak, and Fries plus $4.99 Cup of New England Clam Chowder.

While still down at the Harbor you will find AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar…a Destin favorite for years. You can catch all the excitement of the big game on AJ’s New VIP Deck which is located high on the upper floor of AJ’s where you can watch the game on their gigantic Jumbotron screen in the less crazy environment. For this VIP seating options on the private deck, you will pay $30.00 per person for the seat only, however, they will offer you cold drinks and game day food specials during the game having to battle the crowds at the bar or in line.

AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar Jumbotron

Landshark’s Pizza is next on our list, featuring their Bottomless Super-Menu. Here we have two options available to you, one is the $50 Feast – Bottomless Pizza, Bottomless Wings, Generous (not sure how much this is) Domestics along with again, Generous House Wines. The other option is the $75 Feast – again featuring Bottomless Pizza, Bottomless Wings, and Generous CRAFT Beers along with…you guessed Generous PREMIUM Wines.

Landsharks Sandwich and Onion Rings

Heading a little ways east you can slip on down to Scenic Hwy. 30A and find your way to Stinky’s Fish Camp located in Dune Allen Beach. Here you can experience their SB52 Watch Party…for only $20 a person you will get to consume massive amounts of unlimited Bud Light Draft Beer plus AYCE Hot Wings, Pizza, Salad, Clam Chowder, Philly Cheese Steak just to mention a few of the great eats being offered.

stinkys-fish-camp

Where ever you decide to watch this year’s epic gridiron battle you are sure to have yourself a great time while consuming massive amounts of both food and adult beverages. However, also make sure you have either a designated driver picked out or either the Uber or Lyft App easily accessible on your cell’s home screen.

Go Pats….Go Eagles….I’m sure it will be a great game…enjoy!

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Experience a Taste of Italy in Grand Boulevard

Experience a Taste of Italy in Grand Boulevard

With a craving for some Italian food, we decided to venture out into the cool January Florida night to sample the fare at the just-opened Emeril’s Italian Coastal restaurant here in Grand Boulevard.

Reservations were made ahead of time via the online service OpenTable, which was a very painless, straight-forward process. We arrived there at our reserved time of 5:30 pm and was immediately greeted and seated by a very pleasant employee. The decor is very clean and chic featuring an abundance of white offset with a subtle variety of selected art pieces and wall sculptures. The main eye-catching feature is a centrally located bar area, with plenty of seating and visually exciting layout.

We were seated by the windows located near the open kitchen area, situated near the rear of the restaurant but easily visible to most of the restaurant’s patrons. We were promptly greeted within a few minutes by our servers who took our drink orders and explained to us along with the Daily Menu Specials available on this Monday night. This night we decided to order a few small plates to sample a variety of foods since it was our first visit. Our dining guests ordered a couple of the larger entree plates accompanied by a couple of ala-carte sides.

First up, we picked the Avocado Bruschetta – a lightly toasted baguette, covered with sea-salt radish and olive oil. It was a very light and refreshing start with a slight lemon flavor.

Next up was the Wise Guy Flatbread Pizza – which was a pretty good size consisting of about 7-8 pieces. It was cooked to perfection, not too crispy not too soft, with Italian sausage, roasted bell peppers, and crushed red pepper. A little heads up…it was on the spicy side, not sure if it was the sausage, the crushed red pepper or a little of both.

Our next dish arrived at the same time as the Flatbread, it was the Pasta dish called E.J.s Rigatoni – a decent sized bowl of shrimp, broccoli, house-made Italian sausage ragout and firmly cooked Rigatoni. This dish was very good…the sauce was really thick and meaty, featuring the Italian Sausage, again on the spicy side so take note. The 6 large shrimp really complimented the sauce and the broccoli brought it all together.

Avocado Bruschetta

Our guest’s first taste of Emeril’s Coastal Italian was the Mixed Green Salad. It was a nice mix of greens with white balsamic vinegar, arbequina olive oil, and juicy grape tomatoes. The Tuscan Steak was next and melted in your mouth as it was perfectly cooked to our medium rare request. The dish also featured a side of arugula, roasted garlic, lemon, and olive oil.  This dish was fantastic!

The Tuscan Roasted Chicken was served and it too was a very good dish. Consisting of a split half chicken, lightly roasted and seasoned with rosemary, lemon, and garlic, it too was a pleasant surprise of flavor from such a seemingly simple item. We then added a side of the Romano Potatoes which were covered with a sprinkle of Parmesan Cheese and featured a slight peppery taste.

The overall atmosphere of Emeril’s is of a very relaxed nature, precisely what Emeril was going for, this, after all, is a beach tourist destination. The service was spot on and the employees were very attentive and knowledgeable.

So if you find yourself in Destin and start to crave a bit of Italian food with a side of Emeril thrown in….this is the place for you. Located in the Miramar Beach at the Shops of Grand Boulevard in Sandestin.

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Destin Commons

Destin Commons

Looking for some great Shopping and Dining in Destin FL? Destin Commons opened it’s doors in 2003 and is a  500,000 square foot shopping center that has set the standard as the premier open-air lifestyle center offering the best in the shopping, dining, and entertainment on the Emerald Coast. With favorites like Bass Pro Shops, Belk, H&M, Charming Charlie, Express, AMC Theaters, Uncle Buck’s FishBowl & Grill, Chipotle and World of Beer, Destin Commons currently offers 90+ stores and restaurants with something for everyone.

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Where to Enjoy the Happiest of Hours

Where to Enjoy the Happiest of Hours

When you’ve had a tough day at work and looking to finally relax and maybe enjoy some beverages…why not save some money at the same time?

So when you are looking for the “best” happy hour in and around Destin where is that special place to be found? The answer is not a straight-forward one as there happen to be plenty of great Happy Hours here and we are going to tell you about a few of them.

If you’re close to the “middle” area of Destin – between Destin Commons and Harborwalk Village – you need to stop in an see the fine people over at the Marina Cafe! Not only are they known for their amazingly delicious food and spectacular Harbor view, they also know how to throw a great Happy Hour. Happening every day from 5 – 7 pm and featuring – Half Price Drinks, Half Price Sushi, and Specially Priced Select Appetizers.

Another Destin favorite Happy Hour also features amazing waterfront views and unique Happy Hour menu items as well. 790 On The Gulf, is located at the beautiful Crystal Inn at the Beach…located in…you guessed it… the Crystal Beach area of Destin. 790 offers their Happy Hour daily from 3-6 pm and offers a wide variety of bar menu items along with very nice drink specials such as Reduced prices on select Fall and Winter menu items, as well as special HH prices on well drinks, martinis, wines., mimosas, margaritas and more.

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Venturing a little farther to the east in the world-class Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort we will find a gem of a place tucked into the beautiful Baytowne Marina..Baytowne Marina Bar & Grill. Here they feature HH from 4-7 daily, showcasing reduced prices on beer, wine, cocktails along with reduced prices on select appetizers. And of course one amazing view of the Choctawhatchee Bay.

This, of course, is just a small sampling of the Happy Hour choices available to you in and around Destin. We are always on lookout for other great deals to pass along to our readers, so if you have a recommendation,  let us know and we’ll give them a shout out!

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Hog’s Breath Saloon – Destin

Hog’s Breath Saloon – Destin

 “HOG’S BREATH IS BETTER THAN NO BREATH AT ALL!”

Hog’s Breath is located in the heart of Destin, just a ½ mile east of the Destin Bridge.  They offer great seafood, fresh smoked BBQ, live music, handmade specialty drinks, and a kid’s menu.  You can sit inside, or dine outside on t the spacious patio while enjoying the beautiful Emerald Coast weather and listen to our live, local entertainers.  Fun will be had by the entire family. See for yourself why Hog’s Breath has been a local favorite since 1976.  Don’t to forget to visit our Key West location or enjoy our hogcams located in Key West.

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The Crab Trap Destin

The Crab Trap Destin

The Crab Trap Destin a local fixture sitting on a prime piece of real estate, oceanfront on Scenic Hwy. 98.  With uncompromised views of the amazing beaches of the Emerald Coast, The Crab Trap offers a wide range of menu options including Fresh Seafood, it’s signature Hot Crab Dip and She Crab Soup along with daily specials ranging from Bronzed Grouper or Grilled Filet to Alaskan Crab Legs.The Crab Trap Destin is the original Gulf front seafood restaurant. It is an excellent spot for a gathering of friends, that perfect date night, lunch after a day at the beach or to grab a drink at the tiki bar. Open air windows, sun-bleached wood, local art, and hand carved seaside sculptures – on your next visit to Destin make sure to include a stop at The Crab Trap.

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