Local Dining, Drinks, Coffee & Entertainment March 2024


Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar & Grill
Locally owned and operated since inception in 1982, Fudpucker’s restaurant stands out by being dedicated to its owners’ three favorite “F” words: Food, Fun and Family. Featuring live alligators, family entertainment and teen nights, Fudpucker’s is the only place in Destin where you can see, feed and even get your picture taken with a live alligator, shop for “World Famous” t-shirts, write your names on the walls, play arcade games and enjoy quality casual food in an upbeat and family friendly atmosphere. There’s even a special kids’ menu and a playground with lots of space to play. Stop by Fudpucker’s Destin for a relaxing meal, a cold drink and a friendly locals’ smile. Fudpucker’s is not just a restaurant, it’s not just a bar, and it’s certainly not just a “tourist” place – it’s a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience, and one that can be enjoyed by kids and families of all ages. Special: World Famous Fudpucker Punch – $8 ’til 4 p.m. every day: Father Fud’s special cure-all elixer and legendary medicinal concoction made with a combination of orange and pineapple juices, four types of rum and a splash of Grenadine—$8 ’til 4 p.m. every day.
(850) 654-4200
20001 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Destin

JoJo’s Coffee and Goodness
An iconic favorite of locals, owner and operator of Jojo’s Coffee and Goodness Angela “JoJo’’ Stevenson invites you to enter her cafe and relaxed coffee shop atmosphere for a daily dose of “goodness.” Stop in for mouth-watering cinnamon rolls; scones: cranberry orange, chocolate caramel and cheddar thyme; strawberry coffee cake; cranberry orange muffins; red velvet cookies; brownies with espresso ganache or caramelitas. Try a breakfast special with a piece of quiche or kolache-hashbrown casserole. Breakfast burritos are rolled and ready daily! Choose from andouille, bacon, chorizo or veggie. Or tantalize your taste buds with a made-to-order breakfast sandwich on croissants or bagel with two eggs and cheese and then choose if you want to add Jojo’s homemade smoked jalapeño beef bologna, bacon, house smoked barbecue or ham. Cinnamon rolls and kaloches still hold the top spot for sell outs. Stop in for featured muffins, coffee cake or pound cake, which go great with maple cinnamon latte or caramel macchiato. And, oh, the freshly roasted coffee. Get what you’re craving! Order ahead and pick up some for the office or breakfast to start your day off right!
Hours 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
(850) 737-6194
4652 Hwy. 20 East, Niceville

Landshark’s Pizza
La-Famiglia-pizzaHungry? Thirsty? Maybe a little of both? Come in and visit Landshark’s Pizza. Owners Brian and Sue Hassmann have created a Niceville locals’ favorite pizza, buffalo wings and sports pub and bar that serves can’t-beat, handmade-dough pizza and wings with the craziest selection of wing sauces and rubs you’ll find—plus many other scrumptious eats for folks of all ages. There’s plenty of seating for everyone and TVs galore, plus fun and games all week long. Sports fans from all over come and watch all your favorite teams on countless regional and national sports networks. Now it pays to show up a little early to get your favorite seat and to save a buck on all beer and wine from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday – Friday. Having teamed up with Props Brewery to serve the coldest brews this side of the Bay along with the vast selection of bourbon and craft beer, it’s no secret why the locals love Landshark’s Pizza Company. Cheers! Order online, too, or Door Dash.
Hours: Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Monday Closed; Tuesday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
(850) 424-6743
1128 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville

LJ Schooners Dockside Restaurant
Suds, Songs and Sunsets! Welcome to LJ Schooners Dockside Restaurant at the Bluewater Bay Marina Complex. NSchooners drinkamed after “LJ Schooner” (the LJ is for Lazy Jack), a cherished four-legged icon on Bluewater Bay Marina docks, the open-air oyster bar and restaurant offers a magnificent view of the water, marina and unparalleled sunset any time of year. There are, of course, oysters and a delicious varied menu with dinner specials such as blackened mahi and grilled shrimp with hollandaise, served over cheese grits.

This month:
March 9: Bluewater Bay Marina’s Nautical Flea Market 8 a.m. – Noon!
March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Free the Piggies! Bluewater Bay Marina’s 9th Annual Sock Burning! 5:30 p.m. with live music from Ronny Dean Garrett 4-8 p.m. Come with your socks and shoes on; burn your socks during the fire and leave in flip flops! New socks will be accepted to donate to a local homeless shelter.
March 30: Shrimp Boil Sunday 4-7 p.m.
Live entertainment each weekend. See ad for lineup.
Sundays: Brunch 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesdays: Kids Eat Free 5-9 p.m.
Thursdays: Open Mic/Karaoke 6-10 p.m.

Dine-in, pick-up, to-go. Oyster bar hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-midnight; Sun 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Restaurant hours: Mon-Tues closed. Wed-Sat, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday brunch, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
(850) 897-6400
290 Yacht Club Dr., Unit 200, Niceville in Bluewater Bay

Ovide at Hotel Effie
09March brings St. Patrick’s Day at Hotel Effie and Ovide! Get your green on for a lucky St. Patrick’s Day bash at Ara Rooftop Pool & Lounge, perched atop the luxurious Hotel Effie Sandestin. The shenanigans begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 with live DJ beats, drink specials and charming vistas of the Emerald Coast. Guests can enjoy half-off Irish Whiskey drinks when they wear green, and the most festive has the chance to score a $100 bar credit!

Brunch with an Irish Twist at Ovide: Add a touch of Irish flair to your weekend brunch plans with enticing St. Patrick’s Day specials at Ovide, the signature restaurant at Hotel Effie Sandestin offering a refined approach to coastal flavors and upscale design. Toast to good fortune and good company with Green Boody Marys and exclusive Shepherd’s Pie offerings created by Executive Chef Juan Bochenski and his team.
Hours: Breakfast 7-11 a.m. Mon-Fri. Lunch Closed. Dinner 5-9 p.m., Sunday-Thursday; 5-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Brunch 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
(833) 873-3343
Grand Sandestin Blvd., Miramar Beach