Everything from clubs and shopping to attractions and dining is in full swing during the spring and summer months. For vacationers hoping to beat some cabin fever in the fall and winter months, there are still things to do and see, as well as delicious food to eat. Enjoy the many flavors and restaurants of Fort Walton Beach, from fresh seafood to local spins on land lover favorites.

The Cowhead

Warm-up and get going or take a break and refuel. Start the day with biscuits and gravy, the 1/3-pound beef “brunch burger” topped with American cheese, hash browns, egg, bacon, and jam, or the plate breakfast of two eggs and meat of your choice and grits or hash browns with toast. Come back for lunch or dinner and sample one of the house burgers like the “BBBQ” – a 1/3-pound beef topped with cheddar, bacon, fried onion, grilled jalapenos, and BBQ sauce. Go for the burger named after the restaurant for 1/3-pound of bison meat, bacon, pimento cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and their special ‘cowhead sauce’. Choose grilled or fried chicken tenders, a grilled fish sandwich, or a Beyond Meat burger for a lighter meal. Kids will enjoy grilled cheese, hot dog, 1/4-pound chuck patty, or chicken tenders.

Ali’s Bistro

Great Italian food has found its way to the shores of Fort Walton Beach. Ask your server about the soup of the day or try other starters like the fried ravioli – stuffed with ricotta cheese, lightly breaded and deep-fried, and topped with marinara sauce, or the fried or boiled shrimp cocktail. If you’re looking for a quick bite for lunch, a meatball sandwich or the chicken Parmesan sandwich are sure to please. Choose from entrees like chicken piccata, pan-seared salmon, or traditional spaghetti and meatballs. Come for dinner and enjoy classic homemade meat lasagna – layers of pasta, ground beef, pork, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese baked in Ali’s homemade tomato sauce. Pizza lovers should try their thin crust, stone-baked selections in either 12” or 14” sizes. Choose one from the menu or create your own with toppings like pepperoni, sausage, red peppers, or pineapple, or specialty toppings like wild mushroom, prosciutto, or shrimp. Ask about vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, too!

Ocho Rios Caribbean Restaurant

Have a taste of Jamaica without leaving Fort Walton Beach! From three different curries to spicy Jerk chicken or pork, you’ll find something to tickle your taste buds. If you’re looking for seafood, try their ackhee and salt fish, escovitch fish – available as a filet or whole. Pair any of these with sides like rice and beans, seasoned cabbage, or delicious plantains. Kids can order child-size portions of curried or fried chicken tenders or the escovitch fish fillet. Complete the meal with an assortment of alcoholic beverages for patrons over 21, as well as soft drinks like lemogin, sorrell, sweet or unsweetened tea, Coca-Cola products, and other soft drinks. There are vegetarian and vegan options available.

Nacho-N-Taco Taqueria

Don’t let the numbers on the menu stop you. While “#14” may be a wet burrito, you can stuff that burrito with your favorite proteins like fish, shrimp, ground beef, steak, chicken, and more. Take a taste of the restaurant’s namesake. Load tortilla chips with cheese and your choice of protein, or stuff your handmade corn or flour tortilla taco with your choice of protein. Add toppings like pico de gallo, tomato, lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, and others for a nominal fee, or head to the Salsa Bar where you’ll find complimentary salsas and toppings.

Rick’s Crab Trap

A trip to Fort Walton Beach should include the tastes of the locale. Stop in for delicious seafood including starters like smoked tuna dip, handmade crab cakes, or fresh Gulf crab claws. Enjoy seafood gumbo or crab soup or opt for a grilled shrimp Caesar salad or blackened or grilled fish, among others. Seafood entrees include Gulf oysters, Gulf Coast spring, fried catfish, sushi grade yellow-fin ahi tuna and more. Land lovers can enjoy starters like mozzarella sticks or hot spinach dip, buffalo wings, fried or grilled chicken salad, a grilled or fried chicken breast, or Philly cheesesteak. Steamed delights are available, from Cedar Key Florida clams and king crab to mussels or shrimp. There are several sandwiches like grilled Ahi-Tuna, chargrilled steak burger, and a variety of po’boys to choose from at Rick’s Crab Trap. Add a fresh side for a complete meal.

Off-Season Meals & Restaurants of Fort Walton Beach

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