Best new restaurants in Destin area that opened in 2023

Best new restaurants in Destin area that opened in 2023

Editors note: Here’s a list of some of the eateries that opened in the Destin area in 2023. If by chance we missed your restaurant, email

From sweet treats to fried chicken and everything in between, several new eateries opened their doors in the Destin area in 2023. 

If you haven’t had a chance to check them out yet, here’s what some of them have to offer. 

City Food Hall Destin

City Food Hall Destin opened in March at Destin Commons. Showcasing emerging and established local chefs from more than 10 specialty restaurant concepts, City Food Hall at Destin Commons is a 14,000-square-foot gathering place offering international cuisine, craft beer and cocktails, state-of-the-art entertainment and more. 

City Food Hall is located next to Foot Locker near Uncle Buck’s. If offers a 32-seat indoor bar, HDTVs, plenty of seating, and two state-of-the-art Topgolf Swing Suites with multi-sport games and Full Swing golf simulator technology.  

The 10 restaurant concepts within Destin City Food Hall features cuisine from around the world including:    

  • PB&J Bakery and Café – This is a health-forward cafe with bold, unique dishes and nostalgic classics created by husband-and-wife duo Phillip & Jess Bauer.  
  • Nanbu Too – Owned and operated by locally acclaimed chef, Executive Chef Nikhil Abuvala. Nanbu Too is a satellite location of one of Grayton’s Beach’s top restaurants. Born from Abuvala’s early love of Asian fare, Nanbu (translated to “Southern” in Japanese) offers Japanese cuisine with southern flair.  
  • Tuk Tuk Thai – A concept by Chef Sonya Thaijaroen, Tuk Tuk Thai brings authentic Thai street food to the shores of Destin with ambitious dishes, bold flavors, mixed with hand-blended seasonings showcased by a military veteran-owned team.  
  • Birdie’s Nourished Kitchen by Chef Katie Dixon – A concept by chef offering a range of power foods from acai bowls and salads to healthy takes on traditional, Southern fare. You may recognize Katie as a finalist on MasterChef and as a competitor on Food Network Star.  
  • Macho Taco – From the chef that brought Mexican Inspired Soul Food to 30A. Chef Stephen combines his Southern roots, California farm-to-table experience, and passion for food to develop a unique, balanced, and delicious menu. He describes his menu as Mexican-inspired soul food: simple yet elegant, rustic yet refined, creative yet controlled. 
  • Poke Loa – The New Orleans-based restaurant was the first poke restaurant in Louisiana. The locally owned family business serves up the freshest cuts of fish around. Poke Loa’s fish is delivered fresh daily, and fish, toppings, and vegetables are chopped and prepared in-house. 
  • Pluma Chicken Co. – A concept by brothers Robert, Ruben, and Giancarlo originally from Miami, makes 25-hour brined fried chicken that is perennially listed on “best of” from top publications.  
  • Likkle Jamdung – Jamaican Patois for “Little Jamaica,” Chef Shaun Watson will be crafting Island Cuisine with a “down-home” feel – from traditional Jamaican Beef Patties to unique takes on Caribbean favorites such as Jerk Chicken and Braised Oxtail.  
  • Zaitoun – A concept by mother and daughter duo Lina and Haya that will bring traditional Middle Eastern dishes to the Destin community.  

The City Food Hall is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 

Taste of India

Located in the heart of Destin, Taste of India opened in April at 385 Harbor Blvd. 

Its menu offerings include just what the name says, a taste of India, featuring an array of authentic Indian dishes from curries to sizzling tandoori grills. Also, each dish is prepared with a blend of spices. Some of their most requested dishes are the Tikka Masala, which is a curry with a tangy twist, and Butter Chicken with onions, tomato cream and butter. 

Taste of India is open seven days a week and offers a lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every day. Dinner, which is from 5-9 p.m., is strictly off the menu and on Sunday the last seating for dinner is 8:30 p.m. Although reservations are not required for dinner, they are suggested. 

Big Bad Breakfast

Big Bad Breakfast, located in Miramar Beach at Silver Sands Premium Outlets, opened in July. 

BBB, which offers everything from omelettes to burgers, prides itself in making everything from scratch. The biscuits are made fresh every day. 

And of course, the BBB has a Big Bad Breakfast Plate that comes with a couple of sides, scrambled eggs, or whatever eggs of your choice. 

Another popular item on the menu is the Redneck Benny. This is an open-faced biscuit with sliced ham, ham powder and two poached eggs on top. It comes with a choice of sausage gravy or Hollandaise. 

Other items on the menu include chicken and waffles, topped off with local honey; omelets; pancakes; and lean plates such as avocado toast and steel cut oatmeal. 

In addition to breakfast fare, they also offer sandwiches, burgers, wraps, salads and more. 

The restaurant, which is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., is the 16th for the company that got its start in 2008 in Oxford, Mississippi. Since then, it has branched out to South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, and Florida.  

Waldo’s Chicken & Beer

Waldo’s Chicken & Beer is located at the front of Silver Sands Premium Outlets, next to Carrabba’s and in the same building as Big Bad Breakfast. Both Waldo’s and BBB opened in July and are located under the same roof.  

Waldo’s, in the back of the building, is all about Southern hospitality and making food from scratch. 

Waldo’s got its start in 2019 in Tennessee and has since moved into Alabama, Colorado, Kentucky and Arkansas. The most recent opening in Miramar Beach is No. 12 for Waldo’s.  

They serve up Southern fried chicken and slow-roasted chicken with a wide variety of sides such as french fries, coleslaw, white beans, collard greens, macaroni and cheese and tomato cucumber salad, all made from scratch.  

Waldo’s also has family meals, buckets of chicken and even a feed-the-flock option, which is a big tender meal that comes with sides, biscuits and sauces. 

Waldo’s is open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 


Bistrology, located at 10004 U.S. 98 across from Camp Gulf in Miramar Beach, opened its doors on the Fourth of July and has been busy ever since. 

Bistrology, owned by Jonatan Torres of Spain and Henry Guerrero of Colombia, bring their own flavors to the eatery. They have fused their cultures with the American to offer unique flavors. 

The menu is extensive. It offers pancakes, waffles, stuffed croissants, stuffed avocado, sandwiches, ciabatta toast, French toast, benedict eggs, scrambled eggs, omelets, desserts, burgers, coffee, and specialty drinks. 

Everything is made fresh and the portions are big. 

Bistrology is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.  

Causeway Coffee

For every cup of coffee served or every sandwich or waffle sold at Causeway Coffee, there is a purpose and a cause.  

Causeway Coffee, which opened in August upstairs at 12272 U.S. 98 West next to the Comfort Inn, is open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Causeway Coffee is more than just espresso and lattes. They offer smoothies, teas and energy drinks. All net proceeds from sales are donated to Mission of Hope.  

As for food, they have salmon and lox, Caprese flat bread and avocado toast. They also serve up ham and cheese or turkey and bacon sandwiches, as well as salads. 

The shop also offers baked goods like danishes, croissants and a signature orange roll. And they have waffles: plain, strawberry Nutella, Oreo crumble or Cinnamon Toast Crunch.    

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