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.
written by Stacy of SandnSol oceanfront vacation rental