The Boathouse calls itself “Destin’s Best Kept Secret.” I hate to tell them, but the secret is out. This tiny establishment, truly boathouse-sized, is packed to its dollar-bill covered rafters most nights of the week with crowds flocking there for live music, pitchers of beer, frozen drinks, award-winning crab and shrimp gumbo, and Apalachicola oysters shucked to order.
“Is it beer-thirty?”
“No, it’s Long Island ice tea-thirty.”
(288-B Harbor Blvd. Destin, 850-837-364)
Thirty years is a long time in the restaurant biz, so you know they’re doing something right at High Tide Restaurant and Oyster Bar in Fort Walton Beach. A roadside lounge with an old-fashioned ambience, High Tide is renowned for its shucked-to-order oysters that arrive in boxes every other day.
(1203 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, 850-244-2624)