Of course, there was fresh fish to be found at every corner, but we tried some great places!
We started Friday night at the Crap Trap at the Boardwalk. This is in the middle of a great complex of restaurants and stores so it’s definitely a prime location. In addition to indoor seating they have a huge patio overlooking the beach that can accommodate large and small parties. They also have a play scape for kids to climb around if you have to wait for your table or food. It was pretty dark so I wasn’t able to get a picture, but the food was delicious, fresh and served very quickly. They were also very accommodating to my gluten and dairy intolerances!
Saturday was a long day, so we had to start with a hearty breakfast. I feel like we went off the beaten path when we went to Asiagos Skillet. From the front, it’s not a very big place, but you walk in and there are a ton of tables. The menu is huge and it took us all a long time to figure out what we wanted to eat (word is they have a great bloody mary bar, too, but we didn’t try that out).
Of course, they have skillets and traditional breakfast items, but they also incorporate seafood in many of them and there is their fan favorite banana’s foster french toast (which looked amazing!) I decided on a steak and potato breakfast that was amazing. The steak was so tender. None of us left disappointed. Of note, we were there at or a little before 8am and it wasn’t too crowded. When we left about it hour later, it was starting to get packed. So, inquire about reservations or get there early! It’s delicious! They were also very accommodating of food concerns!
Lunch was at Jackacudas.
They also have a large patio overlooking the harbor. If you are lucky, you can actually see fishermen and women bring in their catches!
Confession time. I hadn’t tried raw tuna until this trip. But I was being adventurous. And as soon as I tried the Tuna Poke, I wondered why I had been so scared. It was amazing.
They also have other amazing appetizers and the freshest of fresh food. Of course there is a special of the day and fresh catch which I was able to sample and were amazing. At the front of the restaurant, they also prepare fresh sushi to order.
My lunch was amazing, fresh and so flavorful. Once again they were very patient and helpful with my gluten and dairy-free requests.
After our sunset dolphin cruise, we headed to Brotoula’s for dinner. Their main feature is freshly steamed seafood. They also feature local food caught by locals. Some of the fish even come with a tag with a QR code that allows you to see exactly who and where your fish was caught! Even more amazing, they have a dedicated gluten-free fryer, so I was able to have fried shrimp! I haven’t had anything fried in ages! And, it was so good, I forgot to take a picture! But, highly recommended!
I’m fairly certain there are a ton of other good places to grab a great meal on the Emerald Coast. So, let me know! Have you tried any of these before? Have one to suggest should I make it down there again?