VIP Destin Magazine Dining Guide 2019

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Rockin Tacos Rockin Tacos boasts a high-energy atmosphere with fresh and authentic Mexican cuisine, directly overlooking the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico! Locals and visitors favor the flavors and the fun festivities of this Okaloosa Island hot spot. Rock your senses with table-side guacamole, fresh fish tacos, or sizzling fajitas complete with authentic homemade tortillas. For those who love a good tequila, look no further. Rockin Tacos offers 75 different varieties of tequilas as well as tasting flights and a list of quenching margaritas like the house Rockin Rita or sweet-n-spicy Jalapeño Marg. When day turns to night, Rockin Tacos continues to rock with a late-night happy hour and a live DJ. Inside the fast-paced kitchen you’ll find Chef Sixto Martinez. Born in Guatemala, Sixto brings his roots to the menu with homemade spice blends and vibrant flavorful dishes. You can find this local celebrity also featured on Travel Channel’s Food Paradise with the Cajun-favorite fried gator tacos. Sixto has been on team Rockin Tacos since their launch in 2015 and takes pride in each authentic dish leaving his kitchen. Always rockin a killer smile, don’t be a stranger to Sixto next time you’re in Rockin Tacos and say hola!

1450 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach (850) 226-8226

Surf Hut

The Crab Trap

Since opening in 2014, Surf Hut is the picture-perfect spot for beachfront dining, southern hospitality, and gorgeous Gulf views. Offering everything from Gulf seafood such as local fish, shrimp, and oysters, Surf Hut has everything you’d anticipate for a beachfront hangout, and more. The locals agree on the hut life, as Surf Hut was awarded Best Seafood Restaurant from VIP Destin Magazine for 2019.

Year after year, The Crab Trap has been a popular destination for friends and families alike. With Gulf-front dining, unforgettable sunset views, and a beach playground for the kids, it’s no wonder why it’s a staple in the lives of both visitors and locals. The Crab Trap features seafood favorites such as wild and sustainable Alaska king crab legs, award-winning gumbo, and southern-style jumbo lump crab cakes.

It’s no doubt that the Surf Hut has become a tradition for visitors, and a favorite for locals. Whether you want to go whole hog or cast your line fully in the water, the menu at Surf Hut has the perfect blend of both land and sea options. You’ll feel right at home as soon as you step in the open-doors and easily become a part of the Surf Hut squad.

Behind every great restaurant, is a great kitchen manager. Chef Frank Lozano is a prime example. Loyal to the company for 15 years, his grit and appetite for The Crab Trap helps feed over half a million seafood-hungry visitors annually. Lozano’s dedicated to the local Gulf seafood market and faithful to serving the freshest ingredients. There’s no doubt that he’s quick, efficient, and committed to each guest at this fast-paced popular eatery and it reflects in every delicious dish that leaves his kitchen.

The success of a restaurant always starts in the kitchen and at Surf Hut, they double down on their efforts. Chefs Kyle Strong and Christian Griffin comanage the kitchen with over 50-years of combined restaurant knowledge. Their complimentary leadership skills are the heart of Surf Hut and reflect in each dish and every experience. Both agree that excellent flavor and superior quality bring each Surf Hut entree to life.

551 Scenic Gulf Dr. Destin, FL 32550 (850) 460-7750

Recently, Chef Lozano showcased the restaurant’s smoked tuna dip for the editors of Southern Living Magazine at their Birmingham headquarters, receiving rave reviews. Fresh tuna loins are smoked daily at The Crab Trap in their very own Big Green Egg charcoal grill, making a killer smoked tuna dip. Now an EGG-master, Lozano was a part of the award-winning team to take home first place in all four categories at the 2019 Big Green Egg EGGFEST.

3500 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin (850) 654-2722 Dining Guide 2019

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