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Best Breakfast in Destin Florida! Guest Blogger: Franni Whiteside

Start your Destin, Florida vacation days right by filling your belly and satisfying those taste buds at 1, or more, of these favorite breakfast joints!


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What do you remember about your last vacation?  For most of us travelers, its not just where we went, its where we ate.  So lets talk about where to get the best breakfast in Destin.  Before you head out to the sun and sand when staying in Destin, Florida, there are some great restaurants you’ll want to try for breakfast to start your day off right.  Here are some of our favorites in this slice of paradise.


Fine dining?  Perhaps not.  After all, this is the Donut Hole.  But sometime during your Beach House stay at Doctor’s Orders you are likely to just crave a donut or two, or maybe a great, fresh pastry to go with your morning coffee.  From simple, basic breakfast food to fancy selections from the bakery, your family will enjoy this fresh approach to the day.  Another local favorite, the Donut Hole is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, so stop in anytime.  Its not just a breakfast spot.  And don’t forget to pick up one of their excellent key lime pies to take back to your Doctor’s Orders beach house rental.  Not sweet on key lime pie?  No problem.  Their bakery offers up a great selection of delectable desserts.


Do you ever feel like breakfast is just one more boring meal?  How much bacon or sausage can you really enjoy in one week?  Here’s the answer to your dilemma.  Another Broken Egg Café will change your mind about boring breakfast.  In the heart of Destin, Florida, you will find a breakfast menu you probably never dream of having at home.  Their crawfish skillet is hearty, tasty, and far from boring.  Start with eggs, Andouille sausage, crawfish tails, and everything that will make your mouth water, taking your mind off of plain old bacon and eggs.  Healthy food served up hot, including a great brunch menu seven days a week.  You will see why locations have popped up in California, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.  Menu selections vary from location to location.  In Destin, they stop breaking eggs at 2 pm.


It may surprise you to discover that one of the best seafood restaurants in the area also offers a great breakfast, including omelets, breakfast sandwiches, and sides.  Open from 7 to 11 am, seven days a week, sleep in a little at your Doctor’s Orders beach house rental, and then head to Harbor Docks to enjoy a pleasant view of the Destin harbor.  Sip a mimosa while you plan your day.  While you’re there, check out their menu of locally caught, fresh seafood, and you will see why this is also a local favorite for lunch and dinner.  The prices are reasonable, the view is great, and the food is hard to beat.


Make sure to bring your appetite when you’re planning on coming for McGuire’s brunch. If you’ve ever had dinner here, you’ll know they don’t short you on the portions. Once a week they open their doors for brunch offering omelettes, burgers, steaks and of course, bottomless mimosas and champagne!A limited specialty brunch menu means McGuire’s hits another one out of the park. Not only are they one of the most popular restaurants in Destin, they now present one of the best brunch experiences also. They offer a large variety of omelets, benedicts … and yes, steaks! Plus their list of brunch libations is excellent… Irish coffee and Bloody Mary’s … or how about bottomless champagne and mimosas for only $5.99.

790 on the Gulf (Sunday Brunch) – Located in the Inn at Crystal Beach on Old Scenic 98, you must check out their Sunday brunch… you will not be disappointed. Louisiana-style eggs benedict, omelets, beignets are classic dishes you might find in New Orleans. There are over two stories of glass windows overlooking the Gulf, or you are welcome to sit outdoors in the large, outdoor dining area just steps away from the sand dunes and the Gulf. Brunch is served from 11am-3pm. Oh … and don’t forget their bread pudding… plus bottomless champagne and mimosas.


Here’s an unusual spot on Okaloosa Island.  The most unusual thing is the hours of operation, from midnight to noon.  So you can end your night with an omelet, steak skillet, with home style potatoes, peppers, onions and mushrooms. Maybe you crave some shrimp and grits, or a southwestern skillet.  Or try the Asiago cheese with your bacon and eggs cooked to order.  Eggs Benedict or steak and eggs are also tempting.  There’s nothing boring about that.


Let’s start with coffee!  When staying in Destin Florida, you still need to satisfy that craving for coffee.  When you choose Doctor’s Orders beach house as your vacation rental, you might want to line up some great restaurants to try.  Coffee and crepes?  Why not?  With imported coffees, cheeses, and meats from Italy, Capriccio Café is a nice place to enjoy a second cup before you dive in to your day. The delicious crepes may be stuffed, but you won’t be.


For just a touch of New Orleans, try the beignets or the mufaletta panini.  On your way to start your day, looking for something quick and tasty?  Try Panini Pete’s.   You’ll probably come back for lunch or dinner during your beach house stay at Doctor’s Orders.


If you’ve seen the Home Depot, Destination Little Donuts is nearby.  They have breakfast sandwiches, if you insist.  But this is a gourmet donut shop, so let’s just focus, ok?  Who doesn’t love donuts?  Just a few miles from your beach house at Doctor’s Orders, here’s the place to take your taste buds on vacation!  They have plenty of choices to tempt you, but you can also create your own perfect donut, just the way you like it.  Don’t feel guilty if you indulge a bit.  Fresh Market is nearby, so you can get something really healthy to take back to the rental.


This award-winning restaurant finally came to Destin in September of 2016, and quickly became a crowd favorite.  With over 180 locations across the country, each one has the feel of a local, home grown place for breakfast, brunch or lunch.  From healthy to hearty and a combination of both, the menu offers some unusual, but very tasty options.  If you just want something more traditional, they can handle that too.  You won’t go away hungry.  This is another of our vacation rental favorites.


Have you ever tried a bacon-infused pancake?  Did you even know they existed?  Just one of the many unique, imaginative pancake selections at The Pancakery.  Of course, you can settle for more ordinary breakfast fare, but with so many decadent indulgences to choose from, how can you resist.  Bananas Foster crepes?  Yes!  Chocolate chip pancakes with chocolate sauce and whipped cream?  Yes!  Is your mouth watering yet?


Who doesn’t love Cracker Barrel?  Whether you want a big farmhouse breakfast to start your day or just a stack of great pancakes and coffee, everyone in the family will find just the right thing that will say, “We’re on vacation!”  The cozy atmosphere, great service, and attention to all your wants and needs make Cracker Barrel a great choice.  We love their pancakes so much that we buy the pancake mix from their store so we can take that vacation breakfast home with us.

Be sure to read all of Franni's blog here. 

Destin, Florida Breakfast Restaurants

What better way to wake up every day than having that lovely view of the Gulf of Mexico and a tasty list of breakfast restaurants to choose from. Just a short drive away, and your belly will be full in minutes! 

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