Fusion Restaurants in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island

People from all walks of life visit Florida’s Emerald Coast for fun in the sun, and dining on delicious local seafood is a perk. With multi-generational travel common in these parts, it can be a challenge to decide on something as simple as where to eat for dinner. Luckily, the budding culinary scene has embraced fusion restaurants.

Fusion restaurants in Destin offer tasty chef driven menus with seasonal changes and a wide range of offerings. Situated on the Destin Harbor, Brotula’s embraces the fusion concept with New Orleans inspired Cajun shrimp boils, ribeye steak dinners, steamed mussels, and everything in between.

Jackacudas is a true fusion restaurant in Destin, named after one of the sweetest fishing holes in the Gulf. It’s also a great spot on the Destin Harbor to belly up for sushi and seafood while watching the boats go by.

Jackacudas also makes a mean bowl of chili ― the trophy-winning kind. Shrimp Rangoons are award-winning, too. Ceviche gives a nod to Latin cuisine, while raw oysters keep it local. If you’re in to handhelds, Cajun po’boys, traditional American burgers, and Cuban sandwiches are there for the win.

Whether you drive, paddle, or arrive by boat, LuLu’s on Choctawhatchee Bay is a fusion restaurant in Destin with a fun family tradition. Southern foodies will love dining on gumbo, fresh Gulf snapper, and a mountain of fried okra. Greek salad and jerk chicken give nods to two more island paradises. Live music and events happen year-round, and there’s even a beach with toys for the kiddos ― right next to the bar.

Since 1979, Harbor Docks has served fresh seafood and fusion cuisine made from scratch. As part of the Gulf-to-Table movement, fish is unloaded on the docks, moved downstairs to the Harbor Docks’ wholesale seafood market for cleaning, and then delivered upstairs to the kitchen for preparation. Try dishes with an Asian twist like Szechuan calamari, uptown shrimp with an Asian slaw, spring rolls, and a renowned sushi menu. Gulf shrimp, grouper, and seasonal catches are also on the menu ― fried, grilled, blackened or added to a flavorful gumbo. Get your Southern food fix with a side of grits or fried green tomatoes.  For some gloriously prepared turf with your surf, order the filet mignon or ribeye.

In Fort Walton Beach, Sealand is a top restaurant for foodies who like an expansive menu that blends many food traditions. The choices include an array of dishes, quite literally, from land and sea like steak, lamb, chicken, pasta, and seafood. You can also find Asian flavors at Sealand with red curry, pot stickers, and their own take on pad thai, to name a few favorites.  A “casual fine dining” establishment, expect to find chandeliers and tables covered in white fabric tablecloths and a dress code that simply asks that you wear clothes ― as opposed to swimsuits or tank tops ― when you come to dine.

Fusion restaurants on Okaloosa Island pay homage to Southern coastal roots while giving nods to global cuisine. Floyd's Shrimp House, as its name suggests, has shrimp any way you like them. Novelties include fried gator bits and grouper tacos.

Whether you’re an adventurous foodie with a craving for sushi, or someone that’s determined to try every burger known to man, fusion restaurants along Florida’s Emerald Coast have something for everyone. With global influences and a commitment to sustainable seafood, feeding your cravings is easy.

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