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Best Breakfast in Destin, Florida

Where to Find the Best Breakfast in Destin, Florida

Destin, Florida is known for its great beaches, emerald colored water, and of course fresh seafood. Afterall, it is nicknamed “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.” But it’s a family vacation destination, and that means before you make your way down to the beach, you need to make sure you find breakfast. And Destin has several great breakfast options.

One thing to note about breakfast restaurants in the area is that most generally close at 2pm. It’s not the kind of town where people hang out for fancy brunch with mimosas all day. Afterall… the amazing beach awaits. Here are some of the best breakfast spots in Destin.

Also check out my lists of Best Restaurants in Destin and Best Happy Hour Spots!

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Best Breakfast in Destin

The Donut Hole

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The Donut Hole has some of the best breakfast in Destin, FL.
Corned Beef Hash at the Donut Hole

The Donut Hole is easily one of the best breakfast spots in Destin. I especially love their corned beef hash with large chunks of the corned beef and a side of hollandaise. But the daily specials can be great and of course the donuts are worth grabbing some to go.

There is a line most mornings during the busy season, and it’s important to note that the line for the restaurants is on the left and if you just want donuts to go you can go to the right. But the line moves at a reasonable pace so it’s well worth the wait. 

East Pass Coffee Shop

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East Pass is the best coffee shop in Destin, FL and has a great breakfast sandwich.
East Pass Coffee

East Pass Coffee Co started as a small coffee shop located in an old motel and had only a few food items. But its popularity allowed it to move to a new location and expand the menu.

They now offer a breakfast burrito, a breakfast bowl, and a choice of avocado toast, banana toast, or berry burrata toast. But their breakfast sandwich will always be my favorite. Made with multigrain bread, egg cooked over easy, bacon, cheddar, arugula, and hot pepper jelly, this is one of the best breakfast sandwiches I’ve had anywhere. The WiFi is also good (which is rare in this town), and oh yeah…. great coffee!


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Crackings has some of the best breakfast in Destin, FL.
Avocado Egg Flat and Huevos Rancheros at Crackings

Crackings is a family owned breakfast restaurant with a second location in Stanta Rosa Beach. Their not exactly low calorie cinnamon roll with cream cheese icing and croisseignets (just as it sounds – a cross between a croissant and a beignet) are fantastic. They have all the other typical dishes for the area, but also a Maque Choux Benedict (maque choux is a traditional Louisianna dish made with corn, onion and red pepper). And they have their own non-traditional take on huevos rancheros which just might be my favorite thing on the menu.

The Pancakery

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The Pancakery has some of the best breakfast in Destin, Florida.
The Pancakery

If you (or your kids) like pancakes, then it should be no surprise that a place called the Pancakery is the place to go. They have several types of pancakes with various toppings. Or you can build your own form a list of fresh fruit, compote, and candies such as M&Ms, chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips. But they also have a full menu with several types of omelets and benedicts for those of us that want to stray.


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McGuires is one of the best restaurants in Destin, FL.
Frozen Irish Coffee at McGuires

The problem with having McGuires on this list, is that it’s also on every other list… best bar, best dinner, best for live music, etc. They only serve brunch items on the weekends. And the fact that this small brunch menu seems to be an afterthought and yet I’m still listing it on this list shows how great everything else is here. Brunch comes with a loaf of the delicious bread with honey butter and then each entre comes with a complimentary side of beignets or the choice of hot or frozen Irish coffee. I like them all, but make sure to try the frozen Irish coffee.

Red Rooster Cafe

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Red Rooster Cafe has one of the best Destin Breakfasts.
Red Rooster Cafe

Red Rooster is a colorful local breakfast restaurant and lunch cafe. It’s a small family run spot and there can be a short wait.

Other Breakfast Restaurants in Destin

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The Local Market

Great all-around quick breakfast spot from the owners of Harbor Docks and Camille’s. They offer things like breakfast tacos, burritos, and a honey butter chicken biscuit. Plus, you can grab some mimosas to stay, or wine & beer to take with you. www.localmarketdestin.com


At night, Camille’s has a one of the best dinners along scenic Rt 98 upstairs in their restaurant. But during the day the ground floor is a cafe with a small menu designed for quick food service and coffee. But they also have some fun daytime cocktails, so it’s pretty common to see people stop in for some vacation drinks. www.camillesatcrystalbeach.com

Capriccio Cafe

Great little Italian owned coffee shop. The breakfast sandwiches are served on a croissant, and you have the option of adding speck or prosciutto. www.thecapricciocafe.com

Cafe Destin

I feel like this is a place that is often forgotten but is worth stopping by. In addition to a full coffee menu, it has a substantial breakfast menu with several types of waffles, pancakes, and the typical egg dishes. www.cafedestin.com

Best Breakfast in Fort Walton Beach

Asiago’s Skillet

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Asiago Skillet has some of the best breakfast in Fort Walton Beach, near Destin, FL.
Seafood Skillet at Asiago Skillet

Hidden over on Okaloosa Island, this is a gem worth crossing the bridge for. It’s a low key breakfast spot tucked away behind AJs Oyster shanty. They have a whole section on the menu for skillet prepared dishes, including shrimp & grits, country fried steak, or my favorite the seafood skillet. But they also have omelets, pancakes, and all the other typical breakfast options.

The Little Griddle

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The Little Griddle has some of the best breakfast in Fort Walton Beach, near Destin, FL.
The Little Griddle, Fort Walton Beach

This is one of the spots that I didn’t find by Google, Facebook, or even word of mouth. Rather, I stumbled up on this food truck it while I was looking for coffee. And what a find!

It’s a husband and wife owned breakfast food truck parked in a small lot in downtown Fort Walton Beach. Grab a quick breakfast with some 90’s hip hop playing in the background and then head a few doors down to Maas Coffee Roasters for a great cup of coffee.

Best Breakfast in Miramar Beach

Mama Clemenza’s European Breakfast

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Mama Clemenza's has some of the best breakfast near Destin, FL. It is located in nearby Miramar Beach.
Duck Confit & Waffles at Mama Clemenza's

Although Mama Clemenza has retired from day-to-day duties, partners Billy Dee and chef Giovani Filippone now run Mama Clemenza’s European Breakfast and continue to make it one of the best spots around.


Chef Gio appeared on the season 5 of the tv show Hell’s Kitchen where he showcased his kitchen skills and appeared again on an all-stars season, before becoming the executive chef here at Mama Clemenza’s. Of all the breakfast places in the area, this likely pushes the boundaries of breakfast recipes the most with items like the duck confit and waffles and the very popular white chocolate French toast, which is almost like a bread pudding. But my favorite is the eggs benedict served over prosciutto and a Yorkshire pudding muffin. Although not located in Destin, it’s just next door in Miramar Beach and is one of my top breakfast picks in the area.


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Bistrology is the best new breakfast spot in Miramar Beach. Here, you can get some crazy fancy coffee drinks like iced or hot Nutella, pistachio, and white chocolate lattes. And the breakfast is a little more imaginative than many of the other places, with items like the pancake cinnamon roll, the banana Foster waffle, and avocado stuffed with pork belly ceviche. But don’t worry, they also have classic breakfast items.

2 Birds Coffee + Cafe

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2 Birds Coffee & Cafe is one of the best coffee shops in Miramar Beach and also has some of the best breakfast around Destin, FL
2 Birds Coffee + Cafe

2 Birds is a coffee shop in the Seascape Town Centre that also has a small breakfast & lunch menu. Go for the simple breakfast sammy on an everything bagel, try the breakfast tacos, or any of the open faced toasts. Teh cinnamon sugar donuts are home-made and run out frequently. Plus there are salads, sandwiches, and even wine if you stop by later in the day.

Sunset Bay Cafe

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Sunset Bay Cafe has some of the best breakfast in Miramar Beach and the Destin area.
Sunset Bay Cafe

Located in the Sandestin Resort in Miramar Beach, you can sit outside with view of the bay and the pool (there is also a poolside tiki bar is open in season). Try the beignets, cinnamon roll, and crabcake benedict.