Whether you follow college football or professional, one thing rings true: a great game needs great food. Of course, the Gulf Coast has plenty of top-rated restaurants. For game day grub, however, check out our top two picks in Destin.
Lillie’s Q in Miramar Beach
Lillie’s Q is a barbecue spot in Miramar Beach, just East of Silver Sands Outlet Mall. Lillie’s is simple. With an original location in Chicago, Lillie’s eventually made its way to Destin and even out West to Brea, California. Don’t let the small smoke shack fool you; Lillie’s pit master has been to Memphis in May more times than you can say, “extra Memphis sauce, please.” He even has a couple of trophies to show for it.
Just in time for kick-off, Lillie’s serves a fantastic lunch plate. Enjoy a hearty, homestyle meal of meat and two sides. Choose from beef brisket, tri-tip, ribs or chicken. Southern homemade sides include potato salad, baked beans, and the best coleslaw you will ever taste. If you have an entire watch party to feed, call ahead for catering.
McGuire’s Irish Pub in Destin
Of course, after a day of watching football in the South, there’s only one way to celebrate your team’s victory: steak. Without question, McGuire’s Irish Pub serves one of the best steaks anywhere. Not to mention, the place makes you feel like a million bucks—literally. Millions of dollar bills hanging from McGuire’s ceiling, framing a spectacular view of the Destin pass.
McGuire’s filet mignon is a carnivore’s paradise. Plus, this place has something for the entire family. Whether you’re craving pizza, sushi, seafood, or steak, it’s all quality fare. Now, you can’t leave McGuire’s without trying their $0.18 bean soup. That’s right, 18 cents for a bowl of bean soup.
If you’re not already here, plan your Gulf Coast getaway now and experience football season with Southern. Even game day is better at the beach!