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On 11/14/2019 at 12:49 PM, TeddyBearStallion said:

Doc's Oyster Bar in Niceville, is awesome.  Pricey but great oysters.  Get the House Special.  They offer oysters cooked up 12 different ways/flavors.  

Not to nitpick. Doc's is in Valparaiso, but Niceville and Valparaiso are known as the twin cities. Its a fun place and nice view 

 

Sooooo half credit. :)

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6 hours ago, Tex48 said:

Going to Seaside next weekend for the first time in a year.  Anyone got any good restaurant or bar recs? 

We usually stay down the road at Rosemary Beach, but every time we’ve eaten at Great Southern Cafe in Seaside it’s been very good. 

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6 hours ago, Muy Frio said:

We usually stay down the road at Rosemary Beach, but every time we’ve eaten at Great Southern Cafe in Seaside it’s been very good. 

Agreed on Great Southern, really all of the places in Seaside are decent including the food trucks. That place will be an epic clusterfuck of teenagers next week with school getting ready to start back up.

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22 hours ago, Tex48 said:

Going to Seaside next weekend for the first time in a year.  Anyone got any good restaurant or bar recs? 

As others have said Great Southern is always good. One of my favorites is Fish out of Water just down the road in Watercolor. They have great outdoor seating to catch the sunset while you have dinner. 

Bud & Alley's opened up their new upstairs outdoor seating and is a good place for drinks. 

Another good dinner spot is George's in Alys. No views of the beach but it is good people watching.

Across HWY 98 near Rosemary is shopping district called 30Avenue. Goatfeathers is amazing for lunch.

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7 hours ago, Telegraph_it said:

 

As others have said Great Southern is always good. One of my favorites is Fish out of Water just down the road in Watercolor. They have great outdoor seating to catch the sunset while you have dinner. 

Bud & Alley's opened up their new upstairs outdoor seating and is a good place for drinks. 

Another good dinner spot is George's in Alys. No views of the beach but it is good people watching.

Across HWY 98 near Rosemary is shopping district called 30Avenue. Goatfeathers is amazing for lunch.

All these places are great.  Also, all of them are insane waits.

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32 minutes ago, Don Johnson said:

All these places are great.  Also, all of them are insane waits.

Very true and if I remember correctly none take reservations. We usually put our name in early and then go walk around until our table is ready. Fish out of Water is great for this. You can walk down the beach from Watercolor to Seaside and they will text your phone when the table is ready. 

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Been to Destin a lot.  We have place we like to stay on Miramar Beach.  We have been enough to know we don't give a crap about doing anything else but sitting on the beach.  Last couple of trips are starting to take the luster off going though.  People can't seem to grasp concepts of not intruding on other peoples spaces.  Did you pay for those beach chairs and umbrellas in front of my condo?  No, you did not.  Do I want to listen to your shitty top 40 bubble gum music piped out through your shitty Kraco-esque speakers? No, I do not. 

Anyway, spent last week on Sanibel Island.  Flew into Tampa and rented a car, (ACE upgraded me to a Hemi-Durango at no cost).  There was a tad of what I mentioned earlier (loud music) but it was such a laid back experience, I definitely want to go back.  The main drag is a two lane road.  Lots of mom and pop places.  Only chains I saw were Chevron, 7-11, and DQ.  There are probably more but still no overt commercialism.  Drove around to Captiva, same vibe up there as well.  We stayed in a complex with an ocean front view condo.  The grounds were amazing.  Lots of vegetation... reminded me of Hawaii (or probably more appropriately, Key West).

 

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1 hour ago, BonzoMontreaux said:

Been to Destin a lot.  We have place we like to stay on Miramar Beach.  We have been enough to know we don't give a crap about doing anything else but sitting on the beach.  Last couple of trips are starting to take the luster off going though.  People can't seem to grasp concepts of not intruding on other peoples spaces.  Did you pay for those beach chairs and umbrellas in front of my condo?  No, you did not.  Do I want to listen to your shitty top 40 bubble gum music piped out through your shitty Kraco-esque speakers? No, I do not. 

Anyway, spent last week on Sanibel Island.  Flew into Tampa and rented a car, (ACE upgraded me to a Hemi-Durango at no cost).  There was a tad of what I mentioned earlier (loud music) but it was such a laid back experience, I definitely want to go back.  The main drag is a two lane road.  Lots of mom and pop places.  Only chains I saw were Chevron, 7-11, and DQ.  There are probably more but still no overt commercialism.  Drove around to Captiva, same vibe up there as well.  We stayed in a complex with an ocean front view condo.  The grounds were amazing.  Lots of vegetation... reminded me of Hawaii (or probably more appropriately, Key West).

 

Shhhh, don’t be sending people to my spot. We’ve had a house on the west end of Sanibel for several years. Everything from Anna Maria south is so much better than the Destin area in my opinion. That is after spending a couple of weeks a year on 30A for 20 years and also looking to buy there when we ended up buying on Sanibel. We spent a couple of weeks a year in both places and it ended up not being a hard choice to buy on Sanibel. However, it’s been a lot busier this summer than prior summers. Luckily, we’re in a small neighborhood bordered by nature reserves on both sides so at least our beach is always empty.

The original Goatfeathers location closer to Blue Mountain Beach was always easier to get in and out of than the other.

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11 minutes ago, Brew said:

Shhhh, don’t be sending people to my spot. We’ve had a house on the west end of Sanibel for several years. Everything from Anna Maria south is so much better than the Destin area in my opinion. That is after spending a couple of weeks a year on 30A for 20 years and also looking to buy there when we ended up buying on Sanibel. We spent a couple of weeks a year in both places and it ended up not being a hard choice to buy on Sanibel. However, it’s been a lot busier this summer than prior summers. Luckily, we’re in a small neighborhood bordered by nature reserves on both sides so at least our beach is always empty.

The original Goatfeathers location closer to Blue Mountain Beach was always easier to get in and out of than the other.

I definitely get the appeal of wanting to buy there.  We stayed off E Gulf Drive about a mile west of the lighthouse.  There were several condo complexes along that stretch and so it was not too crowded in the water.  You could see a good bit of people on the public beaches though.  

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Went to Santa Rosa Beach/Seaside over Spring Break in March.  It was glorious, will never go in dead of summer again.  

Spring Break weather on 30A is a crapshoot. I’ve frozen my ass off before and the water can be pretty cold.
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If you are down in Santa Rosa/Seaside, Old Florida Fish house was awesome.  I told the owner who I didn't even realize was our friend's next store neighbor that it was the best Redfish I had since Galatoire's in New Orleans.  He told me that was because his chef worked at Galatoire's before covid.  I probably had the same guy making my fish lmao.  

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Had a week vacation in Orange Beach last month and had a blast. I think my favorite place to eat was The Gulf. Great food, open outdoor seating right on the water, and sand entertainment for the kids. Miss this place already. 

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We had a fantastic time a few summers ago at Sandestin but it was all basically luck. We stayed at Westwinds, which was the very last tower on their strip. It was great because we were a good 3/4 mile or so down the beach from the "center" of the craziness, but had what amounted to a somewhat private beach. We also had a golf cart so that we could go back and forth to the baytown wharf area and/or places just outside of the resort without ever really leaving the resort. I left once to go to Publix on the first day and we didn't get in the car again until we left town a week later. I would go back in a heartbeat but only in that building. 

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