#53 of 198 Destin Restaurants

The Local Market

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The Local Market - A Casual Spot for a Sandwich, Smoothie, or Salad
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

The Local Market is a casual eatery that serves up made-to-order favorites for breakfast and lunch. It relies heavily on the ingredients and the talents of the area to create tasty breakfasts, sandwiches, smoothies, and juices. Stop by if you're looking for something fast without sacrificing on flavor. 

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

The Local Market may sound like another name for a farmer’s market, but it’s actually a casual eatery where guests can grab anything from breakfast to juice to meatball subs. Regular visitors primarily know this spot as the place to pick up an amazing sandwich, complete with tasty sides and drinks. However, there’s a lot more to this place than just the sandwiches. From breakfast tacos to salads to smoothies, there’s plenty of options for everyone. Everything is fresh and made-to-order, so you can get what you want, when you want it. 

And if you’re looking for something to take home, The Local Market sells a number of home-made gifts or souvenirs that showcase the talent and passion of the people in the area. Pick up a jar of honey or jam and use it to recreate the perfect sandwich in your own kitchen. You may even see bottles of wine or spices on the shelves. It all depends on what season you go and which artisans are making waves in the Destin area. 

The Local Market takes pride in the meals it serves. All meats are brined in-house before being roasted over a French open-flame rotisserie. Sandwiches are served on fresh bread from Bon Appetit (in nearby Fort Walton Beach). As the name would suggest, the restaurant does everything it can to keep its ingredients as fresh and local as possible. And while The Local Market may not stay open for dinner, that doesn’t mean you can’t grab a craft beer to enjoy over lunch. 

Check out a few of our favorite menu items: 

Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit 
If you love chicken and waffles, you may want to check out this breakfast treat. The fried chicken breast with honey butter and drizzle on a biscuit is just the right blend of savory and sweet. From one Southern tradition to another, you’ll have plenty of reasons to compare and contrast. 

Cuban sandwiches are everywhere in Florida, and it’s not always easy to impress the locals unless they’re truly one-of-a-kind. The Local Market turns roasted pork, ham, pickles, Dijon, and Swiss cheese into a work of art (all served up on the classic Cuban roll). 

French Dip 
A good French dip is dripping with savory goodness — literally. At The Local Market, you can order up roast beef, onions, cheese, and horseradish loaded on a fresh baguette. As you dip the sandwich into the salty Au Jus, consider washing it down with fresh juice or a delicious smoothie. 

Mean Green 
This smoothie is made with fortifying spinach to get your day started off right (or to give yourself a little mid-afternoon kick). The almond milk, bananas, and mango balance out the taste of the spinach and the honey give it just the right amount of sweetness. 

The Local Market can be a lot of fun to visit, especially if you’re not in the mood for sit-down service. It’s a little more sophisticated than the average sandwich shop, and the entire operation relies on the local talents and fare to bring you an experience you won’t soon forget. 

Insider Tips:
– The Local Market only serves up plenty of sandwiches and sides for breakfast and lunch, but don’t swing by for dinner. 
– The drinks are as equally impressive as the food. Smoothies, coffee, juices, beer: you can find everything at The Local Market.