The Gulf to Table Experience

Now that you’ve become acquainted with all the local fish in our sea, you’ve probably snared a few catches and are ready to see them on a plate. There are a plethora of recipes you can try as you bring your catch from gulf to table, but you also have plenty of opportunities to experience the gulf to table transition with local chefs preparing your meal.

AJ’s Destin: About ¼ mile east of the Destin Bridge, you’ll find AJ’s at 116 Harbor Boulevard (also known as Highway 98 East). Bring your bag of filleted catch and notify the hostess you’ve brought your own fish. Tell them you prefer grilled, blackened, or fried and they’ll bring it to you with coleslaw, fries, and hushpuppies.

Brotula’s: Located at 210 D Harbor Boulevard, you’ll find a casual eatery waiting for you to bring in your fresh gulf to table catch. By enabling the chef how to prepare it, in addition to what sides he’ll send out, you’re sure to enjoy a sophisticated Southern culinary surprise.

Crab Island Cantina: At 2 Harbor Boulevard, #100, you can bring in your fresh gulf to table catch for a bit of Latin flair. You’ll have a hard time choosing if your food or the view were your favorite part of this experience.

Dewey Destin’s at Crab Island is at 9 Calhoun Avenue. Providing an incredibly relaxed atmosphere, with some of the best views around, the chef will grill or fry your fresh catch. They’ll serve it up family style with your choice of two sides.

If at the end of the day, all you enjoyed was catch-and-release or didn’t feel the need to carry and clean your catch, you can always stop by:

Gulf Coast Seafood: A locally owned seafood market, offering the freshest, uncooked, local seafood around. Located at 51 Miracle Strip Parkway SE in FWB, they even offer steaming services for shrimp or crawfish.

Stewby’s: Offering the most affordable and freshest local seafood, Stewby’s Seafood Shanty is a small dine-in or take-out local spot. A little bit off the beaten path, it’s located at 427 Racetrack Road in FWB. We assure you, it’s worth the extra few minutes getting into town to experience their food.

Bay Cafe: Another local favorite. This locals’ favorite, offers a French flair to your seafood cuisine. Located at 233 Alconese Ave. in FWB, you can arrive by water or land. Outside dining just adds to the ambiance of some of the freshest seafood in town.

The Emerald Coast Convention and Visitors Bureaus has instituted an ongoing campaign celebrating our area’s wonderful gulf cuisine and all the fishermen who make it happen. They have coined the phrase Gulf-to-Table, embracing the “you-catch-it, we’ll-cook-it” process. This process enables visitors to experience our local high-quality seafood from water to platter. We hope you’re able to enjoy this experience during your stay with us. Please feel free to ask any of our staff for recommendations of local eateries to enjoy.

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