Fall is The Best Time of Year for Dining on The Emerald Coast

Time to Dine

From super-healthy sandwiches to super-fresh seafood specials, fall is best of all on the Emerald Coast dining scene with cooler temperatures, thinner crowds and even more great Gulf coast eateries to choose from.


Lunch

Synergy Organic Juice Bar & Cafe, Fort Walton Beach

Sometimes your diet falls off the rails. This quaint organic café is a great way to get back on the train to healthy town. They serve breakfast and lunch daily. (On Wednesdays you can stock up on fresh fruits and veggies from 4 to 6 p.m.) Everything is homemade and organic, and the menu ranges from “turbo charged” shooters and smoothies to salads and sandwiches. The EverQuake includes avocado, tomato, cucumber, sunflower seeds, sprouts and mixed greens tossed in the Evergreen marinade. $10.95. Ever so good!

Dinner

Mimmo’s Ristorante Italiano, Destin

This restaurant is warm and rustic. You can belly up to the bar seating in front of the brick oven and watch your pizza pie made and baked before your eyes. Nothing on the menu disappoints, but the special is just that — special. We recently tried the Chef’s special of whole red snapper (fresh from Harbor Docks) stuffed with garlic and rosemary, crispy baked potatoes and sautéed spinach, and it was the best seafood meal we’ve had in a long time. It was large enough for two, so we shared it. $31. Mama Mimmo that is delicioso!

Dessert

It’s Heavenly, Seaside

A visit to Seaside is that much sweeter with a stop at It’s Heavenly for a scoop of G.S. Gelato Italian ice cream. There are dozens of flavors. We tried tiramisu, and it tasted just like the classic Italian dessert — layers of vanilla and mocha with a hint of cinnamon. Just like the name promises, the sweet frozen treats here are just that — heavenly. $4.95

Categories: Dining Out