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Friday, May 6th, 2016

Open Wed.-Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

I missed the official opening, and lost track of Destin Diner since then, figuring I’d get there when I got there. Recently I saw a sign that it was open Wednesdays through Sundays, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. I got curious all over again about how Petit and company had fit all the pieces together...
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Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Good Eats in the Heart of Destin

My family and I ate there on a recent weekend. Earlier that same week I stopped in for a Beachcomber Music Awards “pre-event” held in the restaurant’s cantina. It’s just to the right as you enter the front door, and offers both bar and tables for snacking or dining...
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Friday, February 26th, 2016

Bruce and the Tiny Diner's Adventures on 30A

The objective was a progressive lunch at five food trailers on Scenic 30A, known as Airstream Row. A sixth mobile eatery—Song—I’ll reserve for another day...
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Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Highlands House Earns Top Honors

I profiled Chef Jim McManus of 10 on the Harbor, interviewed Olivier Petit at Destin Diner pre-opening while they were still hanging the pictures, surveyed the area’s liquor store and seafood market scene, and made some fast-but-romantic Valentine’s Day suggestions...
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Saturday, December 5th, 2015

Let's Talk About the Donuts

In true market style, the menu is written on a chalkboard outside, with daily specials and assorted extras also listed. There’s also a written menu. Inside the restaurant are long dining benches, so meals probably become somewhat communal on busy days...
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Friday, November 6th, 2015

Bruce and the Tiny Diner Do Sandestin

My family and I paid DIG a visit on a recent weekend. My daughter Grace (the Tiny Diner) loves a restaurant with plenty of outside space—the better to move around in—and she was happy to see that DIG offers both inside and outside seating...
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Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Home of the Pain in the Ass Burger

Red Door is a bigger place than it looks from the road. You have to go around the building to find the main dining area, much of which is open-air with a view of the docks. There’s a large, covered bar-in-the-round, with more seats, and a smaller room indoors where the restrooms are located...