Brunch

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Brunch restaurants in Destin and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Beach Walk Café thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Anglers Beachside Grill and Sports Bar, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Brunch.

5 McGuire's Irish Pub and Brewery
The first thing you notice when you step inside this brewpub is the thousands of dollar bills that hang like foliage from the ceiling. Signed by pleased patrons, they add extra green to the Irish memorabilia already on display. The restaurant's dark wood and brass accents aptly furnish a place where Irish folk music plays and beer is made on the premises. Pub fare, such as fish and chips, shepherd's pie, and corned beef and cabbage, will placate purists, but the menu also offers steaks, pastas, burgers and seafood for those who haven't been initiated into the pleasures of Irish cuisine. Try them with one of the house brews, which include a light, a red, a stout and even a non-alcoholic root beer. (850-650-0000)

4 Beach Walk Café
One of the Emerald Coast's most celebrated restaurants, this waterfront eatery serves American cuisine with Asian and European influences. Its chef, Tim Creehan, creates dishes such as tempura-fried grouper with black bean sauce and stir-fried vegetables, oven-roasted pork with shiitake mushroom dressing, or roasted lamb with eggplant and goat cheese rolls. He is also known for his hot crawfish salad, crabmeat spring rolls, white chocolate banana cream pie, and a delightful Sunday brunch. These, along with his other specialties, reveal why he has been chosen as chef for dinners hosted by celebrities such as Amy Grant, Vince Gill and Cybill Shepherd. (850-650-7100)

3 Rutherfords 465
Expansive windows looking out across Lake Regatta and the golf course add a pastoral note to fine dining. Inside the clubhouse, this restaurant, with its nautical accents and top-notch cuisine, prepares incredible steaks and seafood dishes that make lunch time a special treat. Trigger fish pan-fried in a sunflower seed crust is light and flaky, while grilled filet mignon topped with sautéed mushrooms and a Burgundy wine sauce offers a rich alternative. A selection of wines and liquors provides a nice complement to the entrees, and a 7000-square-foot deck is available for special events. (850-337-8870, 800-254-6065)

2 Cuvee Bistro
Named for the practice of blending wines in order to achieve a particular flavor, this restaurant is a master at combining elements for incomparable dining. Set in a contemporary pueblo, the restaurant shares quarters with a cozy wine bar. The interior's muted colors and stone floors are subtly lit by glass-and-metal Moravian stars, which cast ambient light over eager diners. Chef Tim Creehan's culinary influences from the Gulf Coast to the Mediterranean shine through in many of the dishes, and the menu changes seasonally. For each dish, an appropriate wine is suggested. Service is attentive and professional but never obtrusive. A perfect place for special occasions. (850-650-8900)

1 Anglers Beachside Grill and Sports Bar
Situated at the base of the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier, this casual eatery offers both beachside and outdoor dining. Popular with families, the restaurant has selections for children and adults. Salads, hamburgers and sandwiches satisfy any appetite, and a variety of "beach baskets" showcases shrimp, fish or oysters and accompanies them with hushpuppies, cole slaw and fries. If you just want a quick bite, Anglers also has an appetizer menu with nachos, salsa and chips, and buffalo wings. (850-796-0260, 850-796-0798)


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McGuire's Irish Pub and Brewery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Irish
Dining Options: Live Music, Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: DESTIN
COST: $$
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Beach Walk Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental, Seafood
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Chef's Table, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms, Smoking (outdoor area), Take Out
Neighborhood: DESTIN
COST: $$$
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Rutherfords 465 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Catering, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: DESTIN
COST: $$
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Cuvee Bistro 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, French, Italian, New American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Smoking (outdoor area), Take Out, Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: DESTIN
COST: $$
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Anglers Beachside Grill and Sports Bar 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Neighborhood: MIRACLE STRIP PARKWAY
COST: $$
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