Nothing says spring along the gulf coast more than a good old fashioned crawfish boil. Harry T’s Lighthouse is hosting the 2nd annual Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast Crawfish Boil from 11am-4pm on Saturday, May 19th. Come out and get your mudbug fix before it’s too late!
Enjoy fresh crawfish prepared once again by chef, Billie Adams. Take in the gorgeous harbor view, feast on delicious crawfish, and enter to win a raffle basket. As always, come for the view and stay for the fun.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased ahead at the Destin BGCEC. Proceeds benefit the local Boys and Girls club, allowing their continued efforts to inspire, encourage and motivate area children ages 5-18 years old. The Emerald Coast Boys and Girls Club currently serves over 1200 youngsters.
Time is running out to register for Emerald Coast Volleyball Week. One of the nation’s largest four-person volleyball tournament comes to the boardwalk on Okaloosa Island April 18-22, 2018. If you love hitting the courts, there’s a spot for you. Volleyball players of all skill levels are invited to register. Fudpucker 4 player divisions include Open, A, BB, B and Sr. in Men, Women and Co-ed. Females may not play in the male division, and co-ed teams must include at least 2 women and 2 women. Register your team with a maximum of 6 players now. The cost for the 4 person division is $85 per player until April 14th, and $90 after April 14th as space allows. Bring your own doubles and Kind/Queen/kid of the beach is $30 per player. Top prize is $1000 and finalist apparel.
In addition to the traditional 4 player format, there are also events for Best of the Beach doubles draw, Bring your own Partner, and King/Queen/Kid of the beach. Players register for these events the day of the event.
Have some time to kill? Spectators are welcome to come on down to catch some rays and watch some of the best volleyball players battle at the net. Over 250 teams are registered so far!
In addition to the sand volleyball tournament, Destin and Fort Walton businesses are hosting several events for the players throughout the week. There’s a luau at Al’s Beach Club, Player’s Reception at FudPucker’s, Player’s Party at Al’s and a pool party at Ramada Plaza Beach Resort.
If you’re looking for a great place to enjoy high quality fresh fish and good company while watching the sunset, Dewey Destin’s Harborside the perfect spot. On our most recent trip to Destin, our family had the pleasure of dining with some of the co-owners on the upstairs patio which overlooks the harbor.
Being our first time to Dewey’s, our hosts were happy to suggest appetizers, entrees and desserts to satisfy our tastes. We started off with three delicious appetizers; Jalapeno hush puppies, fried jalapeno cheese grit cakes, and a smokey tuna dip served with crackers.
Offerings on the Blackboard fresh catch of the day can range from Grouper, Wahoo, Trigger, Cobia, Red fish, Trout and Swordfish. Our table enjoyed bronzed and seared Grouper, scallops and shrimp. We were also offered coleslaw and 2 sides. My husband, being somewhat of a sweet corn snob, was especially impressed with the corn on the cob. There was a sweet milkiness to it that reminded him of sweetcorn picked right out of the field.
After dinner, our group polished off several slices of their very tasty key lime pie.
Through our dinner conversations and interactions with the staff, we learned quite a bit about Dewey’s. Originally, the building was a hub for their commercial fishing business. Dewey Destin, the grandson of the founder of this harbor village, turned it into a restaurant after the ban on commercial net fishing. It is still very much a family business. Many of the staff are lifelong residents who work here year round, and the daughter of our host came back to manage Dewey’s after earning her college degree. Dewey himself, stopped by our table to make sure everything was fixed to our liking. If you talk sweetly to your server, they might even tell you about a friendly spirit watching over the place.
For those of you who like to eat what you catch, Dewey’s will also cook your catch for you.
Dewey Destin’s has a full bar which offers a nice selection of wine and several aptly named tropical drinks. We tried the Dewey’s Lemonade and the Pineapple Martini, which has just a hint of coconut and is served in a sugar rimmed glass. I imagine during peak season, the cute little patio out front is standing room only.
Next time you’re looking for a casual dining with the highest quality fresh seafood, check out Dewey Destin’s Harborside. It’s affordable, delicious and has a stunning view of the harbor.