For us it’s the history of the place we are visiting that reaches out and grabs us—visiting museums created from the homes of those who went before us, seeing what they wore, how they cooked, or even how they played. These are the things that make us want to travel and explore all corners of the world, but sometimes the magic and the mystery can take place right here in our hometown: The Fort Walton Mound that hides the mystery of the Pensacola culture, the World War II launch spot where cruise missiles were tested, and the Magnolia Grill in Fort Walton Beach. Today it’s a restaurant, but built in 1910, it was once the home of a family who lived, loved, and played right where you will be enjoying those sautéed crab claws!
Magnolia Grill in Fort Walton Beach – Located at 157 Brooks Street SE
It doesn’t take much imagination to picture what the Magnolia Grill looked like in its previous life. Not much has changed, and artifacts of what used to be decorate the walls. Painted in a crisp white with a wide front porch and diamond paned windows, this pre-Depression era home is cheerful, bright, and inviting; why not step inside and enjoy a taste of the food served there?
The menu is varied and eclectic, offering everything from the aforementioned sautéed crab claws to Italian classics and seafood specialties! The well thought out kids’ menu is short but sufficient, featuring chicken fingers, spaghetti and meatballs, and fettucine alfredo—the basic food groups of any child under the age of 10! On the adult menu, Italian specialties such as Italian Sausage and Peppers with Marinara Sauce, Chargrilled Ribeye, and seafood of nearly every combination you can think of are all deliciously prepared and will fill your stomachs as they feed your souls. This week, our favorite Magnolia Grill dish is most definitely their Scallops St. Jacques served with fettucine alfredo, but stick around; we change our minds as frequently as we change our shoes, and next week our new favorite may be their Seafood Medley served scampi style! A small wine and beer menu is more than large enough to contain a drink that goes well with every item on the menu, and their espresso will ensure you won’t be tired in the morning, even if you’re not much of a morning person!
Speaking of Beds and Other Furnishings
After that meal from Magnolia Grill, you may find yourself counting sheep in one of our tranquil bedrooms, and you will be doing so in style! Open up the sliders, let the night air in, and pat yourself on the back for choosing The Breakers of Fort Walton Beach for your vacation accommodations! Oh, you are still in the planning mode? Better reserve yours today before your dream unit is taken by another savvy traveler!