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Beach And Bacon: A Very Southern Vacation

Posted on - Laura Bernstien

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When you want to enjoy a beach vacation and also indulge in a southern staple, come to the Destin Florida area for a very southern getaway.  Here you will see some of the most beautiful beaches in America and also enjoy what southerns cannot get enough of: bacon.  Before we list these spots, consider these mouth-watering facts:

Over 65% of Americans voted bacon as the ‘National Food’ and the consumption rate of bacon is so high that it has been declared “Bacon Mania.” The sales of bacon amount to a whopping $4,000,000,000.

What’s with the Bacon frenzy? Bacon goes with sandwich, steaks, desserts, burgers and even oysters. When you’re in Destin or the surrounding area, do not miss these great bacon-dish serving restaurants.

Another Broken Egg Café has two locations, one in Destin and one in Sandestin’s Grand Boulevard. Their Brunch special, ‘Eggs Blackstone Benedict’ is a marvel. The egg is not only infused with bacon, but it is also sprinkled with crisp baked bacon, topped with their peculiar Hollandaise sauce.

Another Broken Egg Café

979 Highway 98 East, Suite F

Destin, FL 32541

(850) 650-0499

Another Broken Egg Café

755 Grand Boulevard, Suite B-107

Miramar Beach, FL 32550

(850) 424-3416

After experiencing the jaw-dropping sunrise or sunset, you can stroll over to Sunset Bay Café. Opened for every meal, you can eat bacon all day. Their super-large ‘Big Boys club sandwich’ and ‘Farm Omelet’ are to die for.

Sunset Bay Café

158 Sandestin Blvd N

Miramar Beach, FL 32550

(850) 267-7108

Close to another Broken Egg Café lies the rightfully named, Pancakery. Their famous ‘Bacon Lover Pancake’ is stuffed with so much bacon! For lunch, you can enjoy your bacon with Loaded Potatoes, classic BLT, half-pound Hotsy Burgers and smoked Turkey BLT.


960 Highway 98 E, Ste 104

Destin, FL 32541

(850) 269-0791

Whenever you find yourself in the Heart of Destin by Beach and Benning Drives, drop by at the locally owned Donut Hole Bakery Café. Enjoy their popular Key Lime pie and satisfy your bacon crave with their fresh donuts and bacon.

Donut Hole Bakery Café

635 Harbor Blvd

Destin, FL 32541

(850) 837-8824

With the motto ‘Good Morning!’, First Watch opens not just for breakfast, but also for lunch. Fun fact about First Watch is, all customers are welcome with a complimentary newspaper and Wi-Fi access. ‘Millionaire Bacon’ is their star meal and consists of four slices of hardwood smoked bacon which is baked with cayenne, brown sugar, black pepper and all of this is dipped in maple syrup. You can also get a wrap that says, ‘I love you more than bacon.’

First Watch

4427 Commons Drive East

Destin, FL 32541

(850) 460-9800

Panini Pete’s Café & Market, located on Highway 98, is popular for all things bacon.  Try their beer cheese smeared on their beer cheese bacon burger.  My favorite is the swiss cheese, scrambled eggs, and vine-ripened tomatoes on the Pete’s original breakfast panini, which is stuffed with bacon.

Panini Pete’s Café and Market

1071 Highway 98 E

Destin, FL 32541-2901

(850) 460-3128

A local’s favorite and one of my favorite places to eat on the Emerald Coast of Florida is Vin’tij Wine Boutique & Bistro. For food, wine, and bacon, this is a spot you must visit. It is a boutique eatery with food as unique as the decor.  Their signature dish which includes bacon is the Pan-Fried Oyster BLT. The dish comprised of Brie, tomatoes, tossed greens, chilled pasta salad, and of course Apple wood smoked bacon.

Vin’tij Wine Boutique & Bistro

10859 US Highway 98 W, Ste 103

Miramar Beach, FL 32550

(850) 650-9820


Sandestin Resort is bacon paradise and on the gulf side is a world-class restaurant called Seagars. They are known for their steak with a unique spread, with bacon as part of its spread. They have won several awards and are a high-end choice for bacon.

Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood

4000 S Sandestin Blvd

Miramar Beach, FL 32550

(850) 622-1500

Join the Bacon Mania when you vacation in Destin and surrounding areas!