Local Dining, Drinks, Coffee & Entertainment May 2024


Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar & Grill
Fudpuckers FudinatorLocally 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 legendery 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
Jojos crewAn 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 kolaches 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
Landsharks 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 DoorDash.
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. Named 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:
May 12: Mothers Day Brunch, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
May 21: The Traveling Painter, 5:30 p.m.
May 26: Sunset Shrimp Boil Sunday 4-7 p.m.; Live Music Jared Herzog
Live entertainment each weekend. See ad for lineup.
Sundays: Brunch 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesdays: Sailboat Race 6 p.m.
Thursdays: Throwdown SUP Race 6 p.m.; Karaoke/Open Mic 6-10 p.m.
Dine-in, pick-up, to-go.
Oyster bar hours: Mon-Thurs 3-10 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.
(850) 897-6400
290 Yacht Club Dr., Unit 200, Niceville in Bluewater Bay