At Ocean Reef Resorts, we enjoy keeping our guests "au courant" on all the happenings in Destin and along the Emerald Coast. We are pleased to let you know about another delightful destination with several new hot spots for shopping, dining, and fun.
The Market Shops has long been established as a landmark in Miramar Beach. It has a prominent placement on Emerald Coast Parkway right beside the gulf side entrance of the exclusively gated Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The lushly landscaped setting is adorned with towering Royal Palms, a fountain along with wide covered breezeways that provide a perfect pedestrian-friendly paradise for shoppers, diners, and fun-seekers.
They often host events throughout the year including a winter concert series, free fitness yoga classes on the grassy lawn from spring thru summer and a highly popular annual Bloody Mary Festival in the fall.
Existing retail establishments include chic, fashionable clothing boutiques, a shoe store, and a jeweler. There is also a ladies spa, salon as well as a Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Store. The highly acclaimed Bijoux Restaurant and Spirits is anchored here. Their prestigious awards have included "Best Restaurant in Destin," "Best French Restaurant" and "Most Romantic Restaurant" for five consecutive years in a survey by Emerald Coast Magazine. It is also received an "Award of Excellence" by Wine Spectators Magazine.
The Market Shops has recently announced the addition of seven more wonderful eateries and a place for fantasy fun. They include Armavida Coffee Roasters, Clean Juice Bar, Hebert's (pronounced A Bears in French!) Specialty Meats, Jon Smith's Subs, the Maple Street Biscuit Company, Pizza by the Sea, and Escapology, which is a surreal live escape game.
Amavida Coffee Roasters is a locally owned enterprise that is socially responsible, environmentally friendly, and ethically sound. They serve great organic specialty crafted coffees and teas from around the globe. It began thirteen years ago, and the business has flourished with stores in Rosemary Beach, Seaside and Panama City as well as offices with a "Training Lab" in Santa Rosa Beach, where they also roast some of their beans. They also cater special events with the "Amavida Coffee Bike" that is available on call. Amavida's popular blends are also sold wholesale to restaurants, cafes and specialty grocery stores. Roast Magazine recently named Amavida "Roaster of the Year." Their new location at the Market Shops has been well received.
Clean Juice was created by Landon and Kat Eckles, a young couple who opened their first store in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2014. It started out in their home with a passion for "healthy body and strong spirit." Their commitment created a burgeoning business that now has 100 locations in 16 different states. They have a wide variety of smoothies of all kinds and flavors. Ingredients include an amazing exotic blend that includes various organic fruits, vegetables, spices, almond milk, and coconut. These are available as drinks to go since they sell these blends in cold-pressed bottles as well as "shots." They also feature Acai Bowls which originated in Brazil. This popular new dish is made of mashed acai palm fruit then filled with a blend that may include bananas, strawberries, pineapple, granola, almond milk, coconut, cacao or honey. In addition, they serve almond toast, avocado toast, and power oat bowls.
Hebert's Specialty Meats was originally established 35 years ago in Maurice, Louisiana (just south of Lafayette) and as you might have guessed, their specialty is Cajun styled delicacies. They are home of the original Turducken, which is a rather decadent dish that includes a deboned chicken stuffed and baked into a deboned duck sometimes triple stuffed into a turkey! Their unique seasonings, stuffings, marinades and cooking processes create the Cajun favorites like Gourmet Turducken, Andouille Sausages, Etouffee, Crawfish Pie, and special spinoffs of all the above. They can be ready for grilling and baking. They also cater and can ship these Cajun delicacies.
Jon Smith's Subs has high-quality subs with big portions and is located near Hebert's. They feature grilled sirloin steak or chicken sandwich entrees with a variety of special toppings that can include sautéed onions, peppers, mushrooms, bacon, tomatoes, provolone, parmesan, and jalapenos. Giant Subs include: a Triple Deli Classic with turkey, Virginia smoked ham and roast beef ; Specialty Tuna Salad with white albacore meat; Authentic Italian Cold Cuts with Genoa salami, smoked ham, pepperoni, capicola, provolone, and oregano spices; Turkey Breast; Roast Beef; Ham & Cheese and Garden Veggies with Provolone. They also feature grilled specialties like Cuban, Reubens, BLTs, Maple Bacon Chicken and The Gator which has sirloin steak, chicken, kielbasa, onions, provolone cheese, bacon bits and "Swamp Sauce!" Subs are freshly made, and they can also provide catering. Oh yeah, be sure to try their fries too!
The Maple Street Biscuit Company started out in Jacksonville, Florida, back in 2012 founded by two enterprising partners Scott Moore and Gus Evans. It was instantly received with open arms with their motto is "Comfort food with a modern twist." Besides Florida, they now have locations in Georgia, South Carolina, North Caroline, Tennessee, and Texas. The atmosphere at the Maple Biscuit Company includes gracious, friendly hospitality, and encourages community camaraderie with shared café tables. They serve fresh-baked buttermilk biscuits usually wrapped around freshly fried chicken with various sauces or cheese. Gravies include spicy sausage or shitake mushroom. They also have Homemade Jams or Jellies, fresh squeezed Orange Juice, Unique Waffles, French Toast Biscuits, BLT Biscuits, Fried Goat Cheese Chicken Biscuits, Club Biscuits, Sweet Potato Fries and three types of Hash Browns.
Pizza by the Sea
Pizza by the Sea recently made the Market Shops their 4th location. This popular locally owned pizza place has its original stores at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach, Watercolor, and Seacrest Beach. They have been voted "Best Pizza on Scenic 30A". They pride themselves with providing great thin crust oven fired baked pizza, custom made with very fresh ingredients. They serve all types of pizza as well as spaghetti, salads, sandwiches and low carb delicious "Yum Bowls." Wines and beers are also available. They provide attentive service in a family-friendly environment with kid-favorite desserts like Rice Krispie Treats, Cupcakes, Cookies, Klondike Bars, Oreo Cookie Sandwiches, and Rainbow Pushup Popsicles.
Escapology opened a live fantasy escape amusement venue. In this game, a group of between two to six participants work together in a challenge to find clues, solve puzzles, and unlock doors to escape an Adventure Room within 60-minutes. These games provide a unique, exciting, challenging situation that has to be solved by your group. There are six games with individual Adventure Rooms to choose from with varying degrees of challenges. The most difficult is called "Under Pressure" where your group is trapped in a submarine in World War II that has been sabotaged, and you have 60 minutes to find the hidden oxygen tanks or die. The easiest is called "Antidote," which places you in an abandoned laboratory where a terrorist has concocted a lethal virus called TS-51 that could wipe out humankind. Your group challenge is to find the hidden antidote because a vial of the deadly virus has opened, and the lab will self-destruct within 60 minutes. Other game challenges include "Cuban Crisis" to avert nuclear war, "TH3 COD 3 to thwart a massive cybercrime, "Budapest Express" where you must solve a murder aboard a train and "Shanghaied" where you must solve clues to find a map to escape being prisoner on a ship.
Well, now you know the latest greatest places in Miramar Beach to eat, drink and be merry at the Market Shops. Ocean Reef Resorts has lots of great vacation rentals at Sandestin, in Miramar Beach and down along Scenic Gulf Drive. Take a look, find one, and have fun!