Boshamps Oyster House
Entering Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House for the first time brought back a flood of memories for me, as the current restaurant is in the same location on the Destin Harbor as the former famed pink stucco, Flamingo Cafe.
Located in Destin on the Harbor waterfront, Flamingo Cafe was but one of few of Destin’s fine dining options when it opened back in 1986, but is still memorable for many people, like myself, who celebrated family meals there for more than 17 years.
Owned by Dee Dee and Allen Phillips, Flamingo Cafe in Destin was always the place to see and be seen, and James Beard nominated Chef Andi Bell was well known for creating magnificent dishes prepared with locally caught and sourced Gulf Coast fare.
Much has changed with the Spring, 2013 opening of Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House in Destin, but the familiar feeling remains the same, Panhandle native Chef Andi Bell has returned to the kitchen, and the Destin Harbor backdrop continues to be a draw for many loyal local patrons and new visitors in search of the best Gulf Coast cuisine.
Dee Dee and Allen’s children, Ashley and Miller, were raised in the restaurant business, and bitten by the industry bug as well. The pair decided to open Another Broken Egg in Birmingham, and once experienced and feeling prepared, embarked on the monumental task to reconstruct their parents’ restaurant into their own.
Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House is a restaurant that has embraced today’s customer base visiting and living in Destin and along the Harbor. Upon entering Boshamps, I was immediately struck with the beauty of the upscale wood plank walled fish camp styled space, dripping with creative Gulf Coast conservation art by Marty Wilson, and old black and white photos depicting memorable scenes of the Phillips early years on the Destin Harbor.
Seating was offered inside at the bar, at one of the many tables with water views, or at one of the various tables on decks that tier down to the sand beach, Tiki Bar and boat dock. My party decided on the exterior water view for a late afternoon lunch.
We kicked off the afternoon with cocktails trying the Makers Miller’s Way, which is a three ounce Pour of Makers Mark on the rocks with a splash of Ginger Ale, Coke or Sprite, and Dee Dee’s Lemon Drop containing fresh muddled strawberries, simple syrup, the juice of two lemons, a splash of sweet and sour mix and two ounces of Ciroc strawberry vodka, shaken then served on the rocks, very refreshing.
“Gulf to table” is the motto here at Boshamps and the menu stands out with starters like the Hot Crawfish Salad, House Smoked Yellow Fin Tuna Dip served with house cured pickled vegetables and crackers, the Fried Blue Crab Claws and the Lobster Corn Dogs that we enjoyed. Our table also was impressed with the oyster menu sharing the Oysters Bienville baked with Gulf shrimp, local lump crab, mushroom, cheddar and Asiago cheeses.
Our entrée Selections varied but included the Catch Of The Day that was chosen grilled and served on a bed of creamy Spanish Mahon cheese grits with local okra-tomato maque choux. The size of the filet was generous and cooked to perfection. We also could not resist the Southern Fine Fried Chicken so crisp and juicy served with barbequed local butter beans, mashed red early potatoes and zesty Tabasco sorghum, along with the Cornmeal Dusted Gulf Grouper Pecan that was balsamic grilled and served with fresh local vegetables, smashed red early potatoes, Worcestershire pecans, and savory house sauce meuniere. Those in search of a fine cut of meat will find it at Boshamps Oyster House by ordering the succulent Char grilled Bone-In Angus Rib-eye that is propped up on a bed of smashed early red potatoes with braised greens and a house made green tomato chow-chow.
After dinner guests might choose to relax in a beach hammock or play games including corn hole on the sandy beach while sipping a refreshing beverage and savoring the sunset. Though our party arrived by land, arriving by water is also an option as patrons may choose to dock their boat or personal watercraft before enjoying a fun filled day or evening complete with live music.
Located at 414 Harbor Boulevard, in Destin, Florida, Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House is a casual, family-friendly restaurant that boasts panoramic views of Destin's harbor, and serves lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. to midnight. Boshamps also owns Destin Ice and Tackle floating in the water on Crab Island, and hosts The Destin Flathead Classic in April.