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Destin Hooters: Bringing the Best of the Hooters Tradition to the Emerald Coast Parkway
Local Expert's Rating:
3.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Bringing the best of the Hooters experience to Destin, this edition of the iconic chain offers a wide variety of classic bar appetizers and meals, along with cold beer and plenty of opportunities for watching both local sports and UFC events.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

For better or worse, Hooters has a reputation. However, if you know what to expect and are willing to look past the usual Hooters tropes, you just might find that you enjoy the Destin edition of this well-known chain. While quality can vary from one Hooters location to the next, you’ll be pleased to find a clean and pleasant atmosphere in Destin.

If you’re like many visitors, you’re primarily interested in watching sports while you enjoy a tasty meal. You’ll never struggle to catch sight of a TV screen during your visit, even if you sit outside. To that end, you’ll want to make an effort to sit on the patio when the weather’s nice. Pets are allowed in the outdoor area, so don’t hesitate to bring your four-legged friend.

If you’re on the hunt for a quick meal in the Destin area, Hooters might not be your best option — even the takeout can result in a considerable wait. Wait times at this location tend to be lengthy, especially during local sporting events or other special occasions. Even if you visit when it’s quiet, you may be surprised by the amount of time you spend nursing your beer and waiting for your meal.

Speaking of beer, you’ll find most of the usuals on tap: Bud Light, Coors, Shock Top, and so on. If you’re not a beer fan, feel free to nurse a hard cider; this location serves Angry Orchard. If you’re not in the mood for alcoholic beverages, you can also order soda, iced tea, or an energy drink.

If you’re currently watching your weight or simply hoping for a lighter meal, you’re in luck: Hooters now offers a Wise Choice menu, which features several low-calorie entrees. Vegetarian dishes are limited, but you’ll find some luck with the appetizers and the salads. Vegans might as well cross this restaurant off their list — it is Hooters, after all. Gluten-free visitors, however, will find a few options to keep them happy.

The following are a few of our favorite menu items:

Boneless Wings
While Hooters serves several types of wings, the boneless are arguably the best. Battered and breaded, these delectable wings are served alongside your favorite sauce and with either ranch or blue cheese dressing.

Big Hootie Burger
If you have a sizable appetite and crave a classic burger with a little extra meat, you’ll love everything about this sandwich. Featuring two half-pound patties, this beloved burger is served on a Brioche bun. It’s topped with all of the essentials: lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and your choice of cheese.

Tex-Mex Nachos
Live it up with a portion of nachos that can serve either as a delicious appetizer to share or as a meal in and of itself. Generously topped, these nachos come with cheese, chili, sour cream, shredded lettuce, jalapenos, pico de gallo, and an amazing chipotle sauce. They are also available with grilled chicken for a small additional charge.

Baja Fish Tacos
Paying homage to the seafood culture of Destin, these fish tacos are available either grilled or fried. Served on soft tortillas, they feature cod with cabbage, pico de gallo, and a spicy sauce. Hooters also serves Baja tacos loaded with grilled blackened shrimp.

Buffalo Chicken Salad
Salad at Hooters? Yes, it’s an option, and yes, it’s delicious. Featuring spring greens, onions, cilantro, and diced tomatoes, this fresh salad is topped with blue cheese crumbles and chicken tossed in a mouthwatering sauce. The salad is also served with your choice of blue cheese or ranch dressing. The calorie count isn’t particularly low, but at least you can say you hit your veggie quota for the day.

Whether you crave traditional bar eats or something a bit healthier, you’ll be impressed with the range of options available at the Destin Hooters.

Insider Tips:
-Keep an eye on the Facebook page exclusively dedicated to this Hooters location. There, you’ll find information on upcoming UFC fights and other special events.
-Don’t forget to stop by the retail area, where you can pick up the iconic Hooters shirt and a variety of other items.