Caribbean Joe’s is a simple, small place run by an energetic and friendly couple. You’ll receive a genuinely warm welcome even if you arrive slightly disheveled straight from the beach. The food is freshly-prepared, the bread baked on the premises and the sides are homemade. It’s all about the sandwiches here. Try the popular Cuban panini with pork tenderloin on crisp Cuban bread or the tequila lime-steak burrito with marinated Angus beef, before adding the tasty black bean and corn side. Caribbean Joe’s is ideal for lunch or a light dinner.
Caribbean Joe’s, 517 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL, USA, +1 850 269-0318
A short drive outside Destin, hiding in an unpromising-looking shopping mall, is Sushimoto, considered by many as the finest sushi place in the area. It’s sushi with an innovative twist. Popular dishes include rainbow roll with boiled shrimp and cucumber inside, and tuna, salmon, whitefish and avocado on top; or surf ‘n’ turf roll with steak and boiled shrimp. There are plenty of alternatives for non-sushi fans like a selection of tempura and yakisoba noodles with egg, cabbage and a choice of meat.
Sushimoto, 11394 US-98, Miramar Beach, FL, USA, +1 850 424-5977
Buck’s Smokehouse was set up as an old-school barbecue spot, serving first-class smoked dishes including smoked pork, beef, chicken and fish. This is a no-frills place with a relaxed vibe, where your food comes wrapped in paper and all the attention is on the food itself. The pulled pork is tender and full of flavor, enhanced by the choice of four good sauces. The generous portion of smoked ribs is a house special that’s best enjoyed by getting your hands dirty. This spot is the ideal place for a break from the seafood.
Buck’s Smokehouse, 303 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL, USA, +1 850 837-3600