Emerald Coast’s Best of 2015

Join Us in Celebrating the 2015 Best Of the Emerald Coast Winners

You have spoken, the votes have been tallied and the results are in. In this annual Best of the Emerald Coast issue, we give you 150 of the best reasons why you love to live, work and play on the Emerald Coast. Here, we celebrate your favorite places to shop, dine, relax and take care of business.

After 16 years, the Best of the Emerald Coast Awards is still one of the most popular charity events of the season. And why not? This highly anticipated fall fete showcases the best food and beverages, shopping, entertainment and services available along the Emerald Coast.

We thank all of our loyal readers for taking the time to cast their votes in our 15th annual reader poll, we thank our contest auditors for verifying the results and we thank our event sponsors and charity partners in advance for what we know will be the “best” evening ever. 

Congratulations to the 2015 Best of the Emerald Coast winners … 

ENTERTAINMENTFOOD AND BEVERAGE | SERVICE PROVIDERS | SHOPPING

Entertainment

Art Gallery
Justin Gaffrey Studio Gallery
justingaffrey.com (850) 267-2022
Santa Rosa Beach

Best Place for Kids Birthday Party
Abrakadoodle
abrakadoodle.com (850) 424-5058
Destin

DJ
Shane Keller –
Rock the House
rockthewedding.com (850) 582-9725
Santa Rosa Beach

Golf Course
Regatta Bay
regattabay.com (850) 337-8080
Destin

Local Artist
Justin Gaffrey
justinmadebyhand.com (850) 267-2022
Santa Rosa Beach

Local Attraction
Gulfarium
Marine Adventure Park
gulfarium.com (850) 243-9046
Destin

Local Event
Little Black
Dress Party
whitewilsoncommunityfoundation.org (850) 863-8112
White-Wilson Medical 
Foundation

Musician/Vocalist/Band
Cadillac Willy
cadillacwilly.com (850) 585-1284
Destin

Place for a Date
Marlin Grill
marlingrill.com (850) 351-1990
Miramar Beach

Place to Go Dancing
The Village Door
thevillagedoor.com (850) 502-4590
Miramar Beach

*Place to Read a Book
Hilton
SandestinBeach Golf Resort & Spa
hiltonsandestinbeach.com (850) 267-9500
Miramar Beach

Place to Take the Kids
Destin Commons
destincommons.com (850) 337-8700
Destin

Place to Watch a Sunset
Vue on 30A
vueon30a.com (850) 267-2305
Santa Rosa Beach

Radio Personality
Woofy – 99 Rock
tunein.com (850) 243-3699
Fort Walton Beach

Resort
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
sandestin.com (850) 267-8000
Miramar Beach

Tennis Facility
Seascape Resort

seascape-resort.com (877) 424-2601
Miramar Beach

*Voting was Conducted Online

ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD AND BEVERAGE | SERVICE PROVIDERS | SHOPPING

Food & Beverage

Appetizer
Bonefish Grill
bonefishgrill.com (850) 650-3161
Destin

Bagel Shop
Panera Bread
panerabread.com (850) 837-2486

*Destin location
Destin, Miramar Beach, Fort Walton Beach

Bakery
Bon Appetit
French Bakery & Café
bonappetitfrenchbakery.webs.com (850) 244-2848
Fort Walton Beach

Bar/Tavern
The Craft Bar
thecraftbarfl.com (850) 460-7907
Destin

BBQ
Jim ‘N Nicks
Bar-B-Q Restaurant
jimnnicks.com (850) 424-5895
*Destin location
Destin, Niceville

Beer Selection
World of Beer
worldofbeer.com (850) 424-7939
Destin

Bloody Mary
The Red Bar
theredbar.com (850) 231-1008
Grayton Beach

Breakfast
Another Broken Egg Café
anotherbrokenegg.com (850) 650-0499

*Destin location
Destin, Miramar Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Pensacola

*Brewery
Grayton Beer Company
graytonbeer.com (850) 231-4786

Grayton Beach

Brunch
Mama Clemenza’s European Breakfast
clemenzasatuptown.com (850) 243-0707

*Fort Walton Beach location
Fort Walton Beach, Miramar Beach

Cajun/Creole
Louisiana Lagniappe
thelouisianalagniappe.com (850) 837-0881
Destin

Chef
Tim Creehan
timcreehan.com

Destin

Chinese
P.F. Chang’s
pfchangs.com (850) 269-1806
Miramar Beach

Coffee
Starbucks Coffee
starbucks.com (850) 650-0333

*Destin Commons location
Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Miramar Beach, Niceville

Dessert (TIE)
Café Bolo
cafebolo30a.com (850) 267-2060
Santa Rosa Beach

The Donut Hole
(850) 267-3239

Destin, Santa Rosa Beach

Fine Dining
Ruth’s Chris
Steak House
ruthschris.com (850) 837-7884
Destin

Food Truck/Airstream
The Big Red Truck
harrysbigredtruck.com (850) 737-1185
Destin

French
Bijoux
bijouxdestin.com (850) 622-0760
Miramar Beach

Gourmet/Food Shop/ Specialty Food Store
The Fresh Market
thefreshmarket.com (850) 650-0989
Destin

Grouper Sandwich
Dewey Destin’s Seafood
Restaurant
destinseafood.com (850) 837-7575
Destin

Gumbo
Hightide Restaurant and Oyster Bar
hightiderestaurant.com (850) 244-2624
Fort Walton Beach

Hamburger
McGuire’s
Irish Pub
mcguiresirishpub.com (850) 650-0000
Destin

Happy Hour
Cuvee Bistro
cuveedestin.com (850) 650-8900

*Destin location
Destin, Inlet Beach

Hibachi
Osaka
osakahibachiandsushi.com (850) 650-4688
Destin, Panama City Beach

Best Frozen Treat
Bruster’s Real
Ice Cream
brusters.com (850) 269-2920
Destin

Italian
Clemenza’s at Uptown Station
clemenzasatuptown.com (850) 243-0707

Fort Walton Beach

Locally Owned Restaurant
Marie’s Bistro
mariesbistro.com (850) 278-6856
Blue Mountain Beach

Margarita
Cantina Laredo
cantinalaredo.com (850) 654-5649
Miramar Beach

Martini
Marlin Grill
marlingrill.com (850) 351-1990
Miramar Beach

Mediterranean
Aegean Restaurant
aegeanfl.com (850) 613-6120
Shalimar, Miramar Beach

Mexican/Latin American Restaurant
Pepito’s Mexican Restaurant
mypepitos.com (850) 650-7734

*Destin Location
Destin, Niceville

Onsite Catering
Townsend Catering
townsendcatering.com (850) 622-0663
Santa Rosa Beach

Outdoor Bar
Boshamps
Seafood & Oyster House
boshamps.com (850) 424-7406
Destin

Outdoor Dining
Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House
boshamps.com (850) 424-7406
Destin

Oysters
Hightide Restaurant and Oyster Bar
hightiderestaurant.com (850) 244-2624
Fort Walton Beach

Pizza
Fat Clemenza’s Brick-oven
Pizzeria
fatclemenzas.com (850) 650-5980
Miramar Beach

Restaurant in Bay County
The Firefly
fireflypcb.com (850) 249-3359

Panama City Beach

Restaurant in Escambia County
Jackson’s Steakhouse
jacksonsrestaurant.com (850) 469-9898
Pensacola

Restaurant in Okaloosa County
Brotula’s
Seafood House and Steamer
brotulas.com (850) 460-8900
Destin

Restaurant in Walton County
The Red Bar
theredbar.com (850) 231-1008
Grayton Beach

Romantic/Special Occasion Restaurant
Marlin Grill
marlingrill.com (850) 351-1990
Miramar Beach

Sandwich Shop
Lenny’s Sub Shop
lennys.com 
(850) 269-1152
*Destin location
Fort Walton Beach, Mary Esther, Destin, Niceville, Crestview

Seafood Market
Destin Ice Seafood Market & Deli
destinice.com (850) 837-8333
Destin

Seafood Restaurant
Dewey Destin’s Seafood Restaurant
destinseafood.com (850) 837-7575
Destin

Service, Food & Beverage
Clemenza’s at Uptown Station
clemenzasatuptown.com (850) 243-0707
Fort Walton Beach

Sports Bar
Johnny O’Quigley’s Ale House
johnnyoquigleys.com (850) 306-1012 

*Crestview location
Destin, Crestview

Steakhouse
Ruth’s Chris
Steak House
ruthschris.com (850) 837-7884
Destin

Sushi
Harbor Docks Restaurant
harbordocks.com (850) 837-2506

Destin

Thai
Jasmine Thai
jasminethai-destin.com (850) 460-7780

Destin

Wine List/Wine Bar
Chan’s Wine World
chanswineworld.com (850) 269-2909 

*Destin Location
Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Miramar Beach, WaterColor

Wings
Buffalo’s Reef
buffalosreef.com (850) 243-9464

Fort Walton Beach

*Voting was Conducted Online

ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD AND BEVERAGE | SERVICE PROVIDERS | SHOPPING

Services

Aesthetician
Melissa St. John — Destin Plastic Surgery
theplasticdoc.com (850) 654-1194
Destin

Acupuncture Clinic
The Tortoise Clinic
thetortoiseclinic.com (850) 267-5611
Santa Rosa Beach

Airport
VPS —
Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport
flyvps.com (850) 651-7160
Valparaiso

Architect
William “Bill” Pope — W Architects, PA
(850) 654-6522

Destin

ATV/Golf/Electric Cart Dealership
Electric Cart Company
electriccartcompany.com (850) 622-2000

Santa Rosa Beach

Audio/Visual Provider
AVX Audio
Video Excellence, Inc.
avxinc.com (850) 529-4743
Santa Rosa Beach

Automobile Dealership
Sam Taylor Buick GMC Cadillac

samtaylor.com (850) 364-1032
Fort Walton Beach 

Auto Repair/Body Shop
Sam Taylor Buick GMC Cadillac

samtaylor.com (850) 364-1032
Fort Walton Beach

Bank
Regions Bank
regions.com (800) 734-4667

*Destin Main Street location
Destin

Boat Sales and Service
Legendary Marine
legendarymarine.com (850) 337-8310

*Destin location
Destin, Fort Walton Beach

Builder/Contractor (TIE)
Chi-Mar Construction
chimarconstruction.com (850) 837-8016
Santa Rosa Beach

DKM Dixon–Kazek Morrison Custom Homes
dkmcustomhomes.com (850) 650-7539
Miramar Beach

Car/Limo/Shuttle Service
654-Limo Chauffeured Services
654limo.com (850) 654-5466

Destin

Charity/Non-profit
Alaqua Animal Refuge
alaquaanimalrefuge.org (850) 880-6399
Freeport

Charter Boat/ Watersports
Charter Boat
Back Down 2
backdown2.com (850) 837-9551
Destin

Chiropractic Practice
Payne
Chiropractic Wellness Center
destin-chiropractor.com (850) 654-8770
Destin

Computer Repair Services/Tech Support
CRC Data Technologies
crcdatatech.com (850) 654-7262
Destin

Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery Practice
Destin Plastic Surgery
theplasticdoc.com (850) 654-1194
Destin

Credit Union
Eglin Federal
Credit Union
eglinfcu.org (850) 862-0111
Fort Walton Beach, Destin

Customer Service
White-Wilson Medical Center
white-wilson.com (800) 654-3584

*Main campus
Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Niceville, Navarre

Dance/Cheerleading/Gymnastics Class
U.S. Gold Gymnastics & Cheerleading
usgoldgymnastics.com (850) 654-3124

*Miramar Beach location
Miramar Beach, Crestview

Dental Practice
Great Florida Smiles & Orthodontics
greatfloridasmiles.com (850) 622-5888

*Santa Rosa location
DeFuniak Springs, Santa Rosa Beach Beach

Dermatology
Coastal Skin Surgery & Dermatology
coastalskinsurgery.com (850) 654-3376 

*Destin & Miramar Beach location
Miramar Beach

Event Planning Firm
Proffitt PR
proffittpr.com (850) 502-1652
Miramar Beach

Event Venue
Roux 30A
roux30a.com (850) 225-1615
Santa Rosa Beach

Eye Doctor Practice
O’Donnell Eye Institute
greatfloridaeyes.com (850) 622-4000
Santa Rosa Beach

Family Physician/Practice
White-Wilson Medical Center
white-wilson.com (850) 863-8100

*Fort Walton Beach location
Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Niceville, Navarre

Financial Planning/Investment Firm
Clear Harbor Wealth Management
clearharborwealth.com (850) 687-3384
Destin

Flooring
Infinity Flooring
infinityfloors.com (850) 650-1039
Miramar Beach

Florist
GG Bloom
ggbloom.com (850) 460-2078
Destin

Gym/Health Club/Fitness Center/Studio
Destin Health and Fitness
destinhealthandfitness.com (850) 650-5104
Destin

Hair Salon
Avantgarde Salon
avantgardeaveda.com (850) 654-5057

*Destin location
Destin, Niceville

Heating and Air Service
Gulfshore Air Conditioning & Heating
gulfshoreair.com (850) 897-6540
Niceville

Holistic/Alternative Health
Foundations Medical Center

​foundationsmedicalcenter.com (850) 660-6701
Santa Rosa Beach

Homeowner’s Association
Sandestin Owners
Association
sandestinowners.com (850) 424-5960
Miramar Beach

Insurance Agency
Affordable
Home Insurance
affordablehomeinsurancedestin.net (850) 654-1567
Destin

Interior Design Firm
Lovelace Interiors
lovelaceinteriors.com (850) 837-5563
Miramar Beach

Landscaping/Lawn service
Starrscape, Inc.
leafremovalservices.com (850) 897-1147
Niceville

Law Firm
Matthews & Jones
destinlaw.com (850) 837-3662

*Destin location
Destin, Niceville

Lighting Store
Beautiful Lights
destindesigncenter.com (888) 837-5563
Destin

Locksmith
Destin Locksmithing
destinlocksmithing.com (850) 654-9910
Miramar Beach

Martial Arts/Karate
Resolute Martial Arts & Family Fitness
resolutemartialarts.com 
(850) 797-4434
Destin

Massage Therapist
Regatta Chiropractic & Laser Center
regattachiropractic.com (850) 424-7856
Destin

Media Provider (Cable, Internet, Phone)
Cox Communications
fwbchamber.org (850) 862-4142
Fort Walton Beach

Medical Center/Hospital
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast
sacredheartemerald.org (850) 278-3600
Miramar Beach

Medical Practice
White-Wilson Medical Center
white-wilson.com (850) 863-8100

*Fort Walton Beach location
Fort Walton Beach, Destin,Niceville, Navarre

*Mortgage Lender
ENG Lending
englending.com (850) 362-6488
Fort Walton Beach

Nail Salon
4 Seasons
Nail Spa
(850) 654-4100
Destin

On-site Dry Cleaner
French Laundry
frenchlaundrycleaners.com (850) 622-0432

*Santa Rosa Beach location
Santa Rosa Beach, Miramar Beach

Oral Health Care Specialty Practice (Orthodontics, Oral Surgery, Periodontics)
Great Florida Smiles & Orthodontics
greatfloridasmiles.net
 (850) 622-5888
*Santa Rosa Beach location
Santa Rosa Beach, DeFuniak Springs

Orthopedic Surgical Practice
Orthopedic Associates
orthoassociates.net (850) 863-2153

*For appointments at all locations
Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Niceville

Pediatric Practice
White-Wilson Medical Center – Pediatrics
white-wilson.com (850) 863-8100

*Fort Walton Beach location
Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Niceville, Navarre

Personal Trainer
Matt Staver, Blueprint
Health Studio
blueprinthealthstudio.com (850) 460-2588
*Destin location
Destin, Santa Rosa Beach

Pharmacy
Publix Grocery
publix.com (850) 796-1841

*Fort Walton Beach location
Fort Walton Beach, Destin,Santa Rosa Beach

Photo Booth Company (TIE)
FaceTime Photobooth
facetimebooth.com (888) 988-3223
Santa Rosa Beach

Smile Ya’ll
smileyallphotobooth.com (850) 608-3038
Santa Rosa Beach

Photography
Roland
Moriarity Photography
rolandmoriarty.net (850) 358-0764
Santa Rosa Beach

Physical Therapy Practice
PT Solutions
ptsolutions.com (850) 863-7581

*Fort Walton Beach location
Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Santa Rosa Beach

Plumbing Fixtures/Service
Ben Franklin Plumbing
benjaminfranklinemeraldcoast.com (850) 678-0021
Niceville

Pool Building/Service Company
Cox Pools
coxpools.com (850) 235-7957
Miramar Beach,
Panama City

Printing/Copying Services
Copy Systems
copysystemsonline.com (850) 650-0886
Destin, Santa Rosa Beach

*Private Investigator
Destin Investigations
destinpi.com (850) 376-5283
Destin

Property Management Group
Newman-Dailey Resort Properties
destinvacation.com (850) 837-1071
Miramar Beach

PR/Advertising Agency
Proffitt PR
proffittpr.com (850) 502-1652
Miramar Beach

Real Estate Group
RealJoy 
Properties
realjoyproperties.com 
(850) 424-3094
Destin

Security/Alarm System
Westco
Protection
westcoprotection.com (850) 664-6464
Destin

*Shopping Center
Destin
Commons
destincommons.com 
(850) 337-8700
Destin

Spa Services
Meritage Spa at Coastal Skin Surgery & Dermatology
coastalskinsurgery.com (850) 654-3376
Miramar Beach

Specialty Fitness(Pilates, yoga, etc.)
Crossfit Destin
crossfitdestin.com (850) 424-1012
Destin

Specialty Pets Services/Products
Furry Fanatics
furry-fanatics.com (850) 278-6902
Santa Rosa Beach

Specialty Surgical Practice
Orthopedic Associates
orthoassociates.net (850) 863-2153
Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Niceville

Title Company
McNeese Title
mcneesetitle.com (850) 337-4242
Miramar Beach

Vacation Rental Company/Service
Newman-Dailey Resort Properties
destinvacation.com (850) 837-1071
Miramar Beach

Veterinarian
Barry Veterinarian
barryvethospital.com (850) 837-7072
Miramar Beach

Wedding Planner Company
Solaris Sunquest
Cruises
sunquestcruises.com (850) 650-2519
Miramar Beach

Wedding/Reception
Solaris Sunquest
Cruises
sunquestcruises.com 
(850) 665-2059
Miramar Beach

Weight Loss Facility
Dr. Bawa & Associates
drbawa.com (850)-586-7890 

**For appointments at all locations
Destin, Fort Walton Beach

*Voting was Conducted Online

ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD AND BEVERAGE | SERVICE PROVIDERS | SHOPPING

Shopping

Antiques Shop
Smith’s Antiques
smithsantiquesmall.com (850) 654-1484
Destin

Beachwear Retailer
Islanders
islandsurf.com (850) 243-4362
Fort Walton Beach

Children’s Clothing Retailer
Coconut Kidz
sandestin.com (850) 351-1800
Miramar Beach

Consignment/Resale Shop
Ava’s Attic Consignment Boutique
avasatticindestin.com (850) 424-6767
Miramar Beach

Eyewear Store
Wells Vision Center
visionsourcedestinfl.calls.net (850) 424-6677
Destin

Furniture Retailer
Sugar Beach Interiors
sugarbeachinteriors.com (850) 837-5157
Miramar Beach

Gift Shop
Design Avenue
design-avenue.com (850) 424-5155
Destin

Jewelry Store
McCaskill & Company Fine Jewelers
mccaskillandcompany.com (850) 650-2262
Miramar Beach

Locally Owned Retailer
Today’s Boutique
todaysdestin.com (850) 837-5565
Destin

Men’s Apparel
Destin Threads
destinthreads.com (850) 837-8750
Destin

Outdoor Furniture Retailer
Bay Breeze Patio
baybreezepatio.com (850) 269-4666
Miramar Beach

Sporting Goods Retailer
Bass Pro Shops
basspro.com (850) 269-6200
Destin

Wedding Shop
Simply Elegant
sebridals.com (850) 862-3334
Fort Walton Beach

Women’s Accessories
Lotus
Boutique
lotusboutique.com 
(850) 460-7881
Destin

Women’s Apparel
Today’s
Boutique
todaysdestin.com
 (850) 837-3160
Destin

Women’s Shoes
Sunset Shoes
sunsetshoesonline.net (850) 837-3510
Destin, Miramar Beach

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