Hurricane Oyster Bar – Grayton Beach/Destin 2015

Hurricane Oyster Bar is one of my favorite restaurants in the Destin(ish) area. It’s not on the ocean but it sits on a cute little pond in Grayton Beach. There’s also a cool alligator that lives there. It’s laid back. The menu is small but has some pretty innovative and original items on it. You can dine outside and it doesn’t get unbearably stuffy. And, they have the BEST soup in the whole world. That last one is totally true and everyone in my dining party is in complete agreement with it. We’re like senior citizens with our love of great soup.

Our service was awesome – I believe her name was Katie. I think. But, she was on top of things and cheerful. Even though she was serving in the extreme heat. I’d be a crybaby mess.

Oddly enough, none of us like oysters – so, yes, there’s other delicious food on the menu!

First – a couple of shots of the pond area

Hurricane lily pads

Hurricane alligator sign

Hurricane turtle

Nature is lovely 😉

Our food lineup…

Crab and Lobster Bisque

Hurricane soup

Perfect soup – all the adults ordered a cup. I was chatting with the server and she said that they made the soup a permanent fixture because too many people complained when they tried to order it and it wasn’t the soup of the day. Hey, if you’ve got a good thing, keep it on the menu. They did.

And, some drinks…yeah for happy hour! $1 amberbock!

Hurricane beers

And because I have a slight iced tea addiction

Hurricane iced tea

It was nice with our new “no lunches” eating plan. We just had a very light snack for lunch so we were all starving by dinner! Hence, the appetizers at most restaurants.

Hurricane Debris Nachos

Hurricane nachos

These are damn delicious nachos. The only thing missing is guacamole. But, I say that about most food items. 😉

Tuna Dip

Hurricane Tuna Salad wrong

Hold up! We accidentally got a tuna salad instead. It’s beautiful but not the…

Hurricane tuna dip

Tuna dip! I didn’t try it but our best friends really enjoyed it. I was too busy taking down the nachos.

Shrimp and Grits

Hurricane shrimp and grits

And, can you believe it? Not mine!

Crawfish Enchiladas

Hurricane enchiladas

Shrimp Tacos

Hurricane shrimp tacos

More shrimp tacos but altered a little

Hurricane tacos

Hush puppies

Hurricane hush puppies

What did I get since I didn’t get my usual shrimp and grits? I got the Crab Cake Po’boy!

Hurricane crab cake poboy

I loved the bread, I loved the brie and bacon. I even loved the fried green tomatoes. And, I really loved my side of grits. Personally though, I would have liked it better with shrimp versus the crab cake. The crab cake was kind of mushy – I needed something with a bite too it. I enjoyed it (especially the bites with the bacon) but next time I’ll see if I can swap out the crab cake for shrimp. My daughter, who ordered the po’boy too, felt the same way.

No matter where you go for dinner in Destin, chances are it’s going to take you 30 minutes to get there. Drive to Grayton Beach and try Hurricane Oyster Bar. It’s one of our favorites and I look forward to it every year!

BTW – it’s cash only (but there’s an ATM inside)

 

 

 

 

 

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