Breakfast in Destin - Local's Favorites!

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Waking up to the crisp Gulf breeze is relaxing but finding the right place to start your day with delectable breakfast treats will ensure that you don't soak up the sun without a full belly. Destin and the Beaches of South Walton have ample choices for morning meals, but my favorite by far is grabbing an old fashioned fisherman's breakfast at Harbor Docks in Destin. Located directly on the water, Harbor Docks allows old time favorite, Silver Shells restaurant to utilize the establishment since it's building was demolished in the name of progress years ago.

Patrons can choose to sit indoors or out, (I always choose out!). Grab a bench and a friendly local waitress will hand you a one page menu that has very reasonably priced offerings ranging from eggs and bacon to omelets and french toast. Famous for their Tennessee ham and cheese grits, everything on the menu is sure to please. Coffee is fabulous and the view is priceless. Unobstructed view of the harbor with boats of all shapes and sizes nestled throughout the nearby piers. Muted chatter from benches nearby are undetectable as the sound of the water and frequent visiting birds echo throughout the outdoor seating section. Portions of the deck are covered for those wishing to avoid direct sunlight, but even inside is a delightful experience with rare photographs of famous patrons and Destin's landscape before being developed. The atmosphere is very casual and the waitresses are unique.

Jode is a landmark waitress with a charming smile and southern hospitality attitude; although on a busy day she has been known to tell you to get your own coffee! The entire staff is welcoming and eager to please. Breakfast at Harbor Docks is not to be missed on your vacation!

Other local eateries that have great breakfast choices are:
  • The Donut Hole: Two locations, one in downtown Destin and the other in Santa Rosa Beach in the Beaches of South Walton. Fabulous homemade food, but be prepared to pay in cash. No credit cards are excepted and the prices are on the higher side.

  • Another Broken Egg: Second favorite breakfast spot with locations in Destin and Baytown in Sandestin Resort. Fabulous food and would have been my favorite except is doesn't have the view like Harbor Docks and is a little more expensive. Don't miss the Eggs Benedict!

  • Cabana Cafe: Great location inside Seascape Resort that has a convenient breakfast buffet with incredible bacon, eggs and other offerings. The Sunday Brunch menu has fancier treats and the prices are very reasonable.

  • Whales Tail Beach Bar & Grill: Beachside location with great breakfast and perfect after late-night bloody mary's!

Of course, Destin has it's spattering of traditional breakfast locations like IHOP and Waffle House, but I highly recommend that you try one of the restaurants stated above for your first meal of the day.

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Professional photographers are available in the area and pricing ranges from a minor pocket pinch to some major investing - but we love PerceptionsByMayer photography. Joseph Mayer provides his services in the Beaches of South Walton and Destin area and charges a very reasonable rate and allows his subjects to use his photography for printing at their own leisure and even finds time to throw together a cute video presentation with music for his customers!

Visit him online at or by telephone at 850-499-2213. Travelers who are staying through Seascape Resort or get a $100 discount on his services - check it out!

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