#161 of 199 Destin Restaurants

Blue Collar Cafe

Blue Collar Cafe-Not Your Typical Diner
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Blue Collar Cafe isn't just another greasy breakfast dive. Their "Texas-sized" bagels are made in-house, and the menu takes creative spins on breakfast and lunch classics. Even the coffee (Maas Coffee) is roasted on-site, giving the shabby chic cafe a hip vibe. 

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

With a name like Blue Collar Cafe, you’d expect to find a greasy dive serving breakfast basics to locals. While locals frequent this cafe, Blue Collar offers more than its name implies. 

Their website has a “locations” tab, but there is currently only one Blue Collar cafe, and it’s in Niceville. They used to be in the Fort Walton Beach area, but if you want to be successful in the restaurant biz, it’s all about location, location, location.

The move to Niceville gave them a larger facility, better outdoor ambiance, and ease for customers to locate. 

When you walk into Blue Collar Cafe, you’ll quickly realize it’s not a greasy dive. Yes, the decor is shabby chic with an open floor plan, but the look gives the cafe a hip yet relaxing vibe. 

But a trendy look does not necessarily make for a great cafe. The bottom line is always the food, so let’s explore its cuisine. 

They boast on their website of being “home of the best bagels on the coast!” While some may argue the point, most diners at Blue Collar Cafe concur with the restaurant’s bravado. 

Several features make Blue Collar bagels noteworthy. First, they’re homemade and boiled on site. You can rest assured you’re getting a fresh bagel that lives up to the cafe’s standards. Second, these bagels are massive! Blue Collar Cafe goes so far as to call them “Texas-sized.” Traditional bagels are round like a donut. Bagels at Blue Collar are rectangular with a hole in the middle. Such dimensions make it perfect for cradling eggs, meats, veggies, and cheeses.

Another standout from typical diners is that Blue Collar Cafe roasts their coffee. Again, everyone has an opinion on what constitutes a great cup of joe. But from everything we can tell from guests, their coffee is worth trying. They use Maas Coffee to create single brews, espressos, and other assorted drinks. 

Let’s explore Blue Collar Cafe’s menu for more examples of how it’s not your typical breakfast nook. 

Before we list noteworthy foods, we need to highlight a side item that has customers raving: maple bacon. This isn’t “maple-cured” bacon, although they may use that type. Maple bacon is a mouth-watering, “can’t-get-enough” treat. Before baking or frying, maple syrup is drizzled atop the bacon. The result is a crispy, salty, sugary wonder for your tastebuds. Be sure you try some! 

Now for some menu favorites:

“B.O.B” is short for breakfast on a bagel. But remember, these are giant-sized bagels. Atop the bagel is a scrambled omelet and maple bacon.

Tout Suite
A breakfast consisting of cheesy scrambled eggs and bacon served on a croissant. 

Breakfast Burrito
A hand-held favorite filled with eggs, potatoes, cheese, bell peppers, and either bacon, sausage, or ham. 

Blue Collar Cafe also serves lunch. All meals include either house-made coleslaw or chips and a pickle.

Be sure to try one of these when visiting

BC Spicy Club
A twist on the standard sandwich, BC Spicy Club has turkey, bacon, ghost pepper cheese, lettuce, and tomato. 

Happy Pilgrim Thanksgiving
A sandwich stacked with turkey, cranberry sauce, and cream cheese.

You Won’t Fuggedaboudit Italian
This massive sandwich comes with grilled onions, ham, salami, sweet peppers, lettuce, tomato, and provolone cheese.

All of which come on a ciabatta roll.

Blue Collar Cafe also has baked goods, so save room for dessert. With the outdoor seating of stunning Boggy Bayou and its innovative menu, we believe you’ll be in for a treat dining at Blue Collar Cafe.

Insider Tip:
Blue Collar Cafe’s hours may crimp your lunch since they close around 1 pm. And although it’s rare, diners eating outside have spotted dolphins in nearby Boggy Bayou.