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    Olive Garden: Good Italian Chain Restaurant

    by Basaic Written Feb 22, 2014

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    Olive Garden

    $19 as of January 2014. Olive Garden is a chain of Italian Restaurants located throughout the United States. The food is not totally Italian in taste but it is still very tasty. Hours are 11 AM to 11 PM. Service was good.

    Favorite Dish: Tilapia with Shrimp in a white wine sauce. Tasty!

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    ruth's chris: steakhouse

    by doug48 Updated Oct 4, 2011

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    ruth's chris steakhouse

    ruth's chris steakhouse is located about a mile east of fort walton beach in destin. this national chain is always consistant for good prime steaks, lobster, and local seafood. if you get tired of all the seafood restaurants on the emerald coast and crave a good steak this is the place. reservations recommended.

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    Sealand: Named for a Container Ship

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Bob's Early Bird Prime Rib $10.95
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    When we went to the condo meeting to tell us about the area, the lady that was doing the presentation recommended this restaurant as one that had early bird specials and was reasonable.

    The restaurant was named for the ship (probably one of the Sealand-Marek group) that picked up the proprietor when he was escaping from Viet Nam in a boat. Our informant told us about the rescue and there was a posted copy of an newspaper article about it. She also told us about the family history - I took a picture of the part of the menu which talks about that (photo 5)

    It is right on the main highway (photo 3). Apparently they also do take-out.

    Favorite Dish: They were expecting a large party of 60 but they seated us in the back. They had early bird specials from 4:30 to 6:30 for $10.95 (photo 4). Tables had nice white tablecloths and there were maroon cloth napkins. Our booth had a mirror on the wall behind it.

    Bob got prime rib and I got chicken parmesan (photo 2). Each came with a vegetable or potato and a salad and bread (nice crusty rolls). Bob got a baked potato, and I got steamed rice. After tax the bill was $23.31

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    Chick-fil-A: Not Hamburgers

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In 1946, Truett Cathy opened the Dwarf Grill in Hapeville, a suburb of Atlanta. The first Chick-fil-A was opened in Atlanta's Greenbriar Mall in 1967. Chick-fil-A expanded in GA and SC until in 2000 they had more than $1 billion system-wide sales. By 2003, Chick-fil-A had expanded to the Western US (UT, AZ and CA). They are always closed on Sunday.

    We wanted to have lunch after we drove over the Butler bridge, and Bob said he had never been to Chick-Fil-A, so we stopped there. I had been to Chick-Fil-A previously.

    I suppose technically this particular restaurant is in Destin, but there are two in Fort Walton Beach proper. This one had a playland for the kids with it - outdoors. The other two are:

    Santa Rosa Mall - Unit #265
    300 Mary Esther Cut-Off
    Mary Esther, FL 32569
    850/244-1722

    Beal Parkway FSU - Unit #1447
    743 Beal Parkway, NW
    Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32547
    850/315-2697

    While we were eating in the restaurant, a man came around and gave us cards which said he was a deaf mute and asked for $1 for 'better communication'. I gave the card back to him without the $1. I've never been approached by a panhandler actually inside a restaurant before.

    Favorite Dish: Chick-fil-A has mostly chicken sandwiches, nuggets and strips. They also have wraps and salads. No hamburger. They have fries or you can substitute a fresh fruit cup for an additional 55 cents. A picture of a fruit cup from my previous visit is photo #4, and carrot salad from a previous visit is #5.

    Classics * Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich * Chick-fil-A® Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich * Chick-fil-A® Chargrilled Chicken Club Sandwich * Chick-fil-A® Chicken Salad Sandwich * Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Strips® (4 or 6-count) * Chick-fil-A® Nuggets (4-6 in Kid's Meal or 8-12 pack)

    Desserts * Icedream® Cup * Icedream® Cone * Chick-fil-A® Cheesecake * Chick-fil-A® Lemon Pie *

    For lunch, Bob had chicken nuggets and I had a chicken strip salad (pictured) for a total lunchtime bill of $9.95

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    Rick's Crab Trap: No Catch for the Early Bird

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We drove back to Fort Walton Beach, and tried Rick's for the Early Bird Specials. On the way, we drove by "Okaloosa on Ice" which is an outdoor ice rink set up in a local park from Nov 18th to Jan 2nd. We had seen the Early Bird sign when we tried before to go here for dinner only to find they were closed on Tuesday. I'd heard that it was a good place to watch the sunset but in the winter the sunset is too early, and the weather is too cold to eat outside.

    Ricks was almost under the Brooks bridge (relatively deserted and with very little parking), but they have ABSOLUTELY NO CONCEPT of early bird specials even though their sign out on the road advertises "Lunch and Early Bird Specials". They said the special was all you could eat fried shrimp for $19.00. But while that might be a special, it wasn't an early bird special because it was for all night.

    In season, they also have:
    Pontoon rentals by 1/2 or day, sunset cruises, live entertainment

    Their menu said:
    ** No seperate check on parties of 6 or more **
    ** Extra plate charge $2.95 **
    ** Parties of 6 or more 15% gratuity will be added **

    Favorite Dish: Bob had a cup of seafood gumbo ($3) and a tossed salad with shrimp ($7.50) which came in a big blue-green plastic clamshell - very unstable.

    I had the crabcake dinner - two crabcakes, 2 hush puppies, fries and cole slaw for $14.95. Then I had something called chocolate confusion for dessert ($3.25). This was a layer of chocolate cake, a layer of chocolate with the texture of cheesecake, topped with chocolate icing with chocolate chips in it.

    Currently on their website is:

    Entrees

    Fish of the Day (Catfish or Snapper) $11.95
    Deviled Crabs (Two Deviled Crabs) $10.95
    Fried Oysters (10-12 Breaded Oysters) $12.95
    Fried Shrimp (12 Shrimp breaded in our special flour) $14.95
    Fried Soft-Shell Crab $14.95
    Fried Seafood Platter (Deviled Crab, Fish, 3 Oysters, 3 Shrimp, Clab strips, then topped with a Blue Crab) $16.95
    Crab Cakes (Two of Rick's Homemade Crab Cakes) $12.95
    Fried Shrimp and Oyster Combo $14.95

    (Above Served with French Fries, Cole Slaw & Hush Puppies)

    Steamed Shrimp and Steak $18.95
    10oz Ribeye & 1/4lb shrimp with new potatoes, corn and broccoli

    Ribeye Steak $16.95
    12oz Ribeye with french fries, Salad & Bread

    Grilled Amberjack $14.95
    With new potatoes, corn & broccoli. Grilled with our special seasoning

    Grilled Amberjack & Fried Shrimp $16.95
    With new potatoes, corn & broccoli. Grilled with our special seasoning

    Broiled Snapper $14.95
    With new potatoes, corn & broccoli

    Grilled Chicken and Steamed Shrimp $12.95
    With new potatoes, corn & broccoli

    Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna $14.95
    With new potatoes, corn & broccoli

    Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna & Steamed Shrimp $16.95
    With new potatoes, corn & broccoli

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    Sonny's Barbecue - no relation to Daddy's!

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jun 6, 2010

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    Sonny's is a good barbecue joint located throughout Florida. We have eaten a few times at the Fort Walton Beach location as an alternative to Daddy's barbecue. Sonny's is not quite the cabin-in-the-woods that you get from Daddy's, but that also means it is a bit nicer, cleaner, and maybe more sterile. This is definately a family atmosphere with plenty of good food options.

    Their menu includes barbecued sliced pork, slow-smoked beef, barbecued chicken, pulled beef brisket, and sweet & smokey ribs. They also offer sandwiches (Bar-B-Q Sliced Beef, Bar-B-Q Pulled Pork, Bar-B-Q Pulled Chicken, Sonny's Pulled Beef Brisket, and Smoked Turkey), fried catfish, steak, half chickens, fried shrimp, salads, and more.

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  • Old Bay Steamer: Crab and shrimp to die for....!

    by cleermont Written Feb 4, 2010

    The Old Bay Steamer is a "shouldn't miss" place to go for fabulous crab and shrimp. There's no fried food on the menu, but you can hardly eat all you do get with your order. The standard accompaniment is their house salad, corn on the cob, and steamed potatoes. The food is steamed. The flavoring is fabulous. You'll have trouble cleaning your plate.

    And, you can't beat the ambiance either.

    Favorite Dish: King Crab

    There's so much, and it takes the place of lobster which is never enough for me.

    And I almost forgot...You get scissors instead of crackers to get to the meat, and boy do they work about 100 times better!

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    crab trap: on the beach

    by doug48 Updated Jun 10, 2009

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    crab trap

    the crab trap is a northwest florida restauant chain that specializes in crab dishes and local seafood. the fort walton beach crab trap is located on the beach at the fort walton boardwalk. this touristy restaurant and bar offers a nice view of the gulf. good seafood moderately priced.

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    floyd's shrimp house: on the beach

    by doug48 Updated Apr 13, 2009

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    floyd's shrimp house

    floyd's shrimp house is located on the beach at the fort walton boardwalk. this touristy bar and restaurant is known for it's all you can eat shrimp special. they have a nice bar that over looks the beach and good local seafood moderately priced.

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    crab shack: on the water

    by doug48 Written Apr 13, 2009

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    crab shack

    the crab shack is a local crab and seafood restaurant located on US 98 in downtown fort walton beach. the crab shack has an interesting old florida decor and should be not confused with other chain crab restaurants in the area. very good local seafood moderately priced.

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    staffs: historic restaurant

    by doug48 Written Apr 13, 2009

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    staff's

    staff's is the oldest family owned restaurant in the state of florida and has been at it's present location for over 90 years. my first visit to staff's was in 1958 when it was relatively new. very good local seafood and bar-b-que moderately priced. staff's is worth a stop when in fort walton beach.

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    Sonny's Real Pit BBQ: Fast Service

    by grandmaR Updated Feb 12, 2008

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    Short Ration $4.99
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    Floyd "Sonny" Tillman and his wife, Lucille, founded Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q in Gainesville, Florida. The year was 1968. We first came across Sonny's when we ate lunch in the Tallahassee area on the way down to Fort Walton Beach. But there's one of them in Fort Walton Beach too.

    Favorite Dish: We had what they called a "Short Ration" for $4.99. I had a pork sandwich with Brunswick Stew, fries and cole slaw and Bob had a beef sandwich with the same. The food came VERY quickly (we were walking in at 11:40 and we had our food by 11:50). This would have been cheap except the iced tea was $1.29 each (very big ones). Lunch was $14.36.

    They had a large interesting salad bar, but we didn't have that, and didn't have dessert either.

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  • Ali Baba: best in town

    by boater2 Written Dec 26, 2007

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    The buffet was wonderful and not too expensive. It's worth getting off the beaten path for authentic mediterianan food. Lots of locals eat here.

    Favorite Dish: the lamb was great, the buffet was a great way to try new dishes.

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    Whataburger: What? A Burger?

    by grandmaR Updated Aug 1, 2007

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    This chain of the Southwest was started in Texas using five inch hamburger buns instead of the usual four inchers. The entrepreneur's idea was that everyone who had one would say "What a BURGER".

    This was the first fast food place that ever gave us a pager to alert us that our burgers were ready. Since the night before, we had been at a regular restaurant that gave us little pieces of paper with numbers on them instead of pagers, I found this amusing.

    While we were eating, we got to watch the folks outside on ladders (first and last pictures) repairing hurricane damage or putting up Xmas lights. I thought maybe one of them would fall and create a photo-op, but it didn't happen while we were there.

    Favorite Dish: I had a bacon cheese Whataburger and Bob just had a plain Whataburger. The lunch cost $11.88.

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    Daddy's Barbecue

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 30, 2006

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    A Mary Esther original, Daddy's is well-known for having the best barbecue around. At lunch time this place is packed with Air Force members from nearby Hurlburt Field, so it must be good. I've always stuck with the sandwiches such as smoked sausage and pulled pork, but I hear they also offer great ribs. All of this in an authentic run-down shack in a dirk parking lot along the highway. What could be better?

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