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The Marlin Grill, Village of Baytown Wharf, Sandestin, Florida

Posted by on January 14, 2012

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When I was a little girl, my grandmother lived in Pensacola, Florida. To me, Pensacola was the perfect vacation destination and I remember driving over the bridge out to Santa Rosa island with the smell of salt air blowing in through our open windows and getting that first glimpse of sugar-white, soft sand and emerald water. I’m telling you this to evoke a memory but also so you will understand that I know good seafood. I have been eating shrimp bought from fishermen who caught it a few hours earlier my whole life. So I know good seafood.

And when I tell you that the grouper I ate at the Marlin Grill was the best I have ever tasted in my entire life, you will know that it must be the truth.

My SIL, my sister and I spiffed up one night when we were staying at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and headed over to the Village at Baytown Wharf to check out the Marlin Grill for dinner. And we are so glad that we did.

The Marlin Grill was full of people when we walked in and now that I have eaten there, I can see why. If I lived in the area, I would probably spend all my time there, ordering one thing after another on the menu and gobbling them down with relish.

I started with the Blue Crab Cakes which were crispy and delicious. I’m picky about my crab cakes – they have to maintain just the right ratio of crab and filling and these were perfect.

Blue crab cakes. Fabulous.

But then. THEN. Our grouper was placed in front of us. And seriously. Best. Grouper. Ever. I don’t know what they do to that grouper or how they cook it but it quite literally melts in your mouth. Like BUTTAH. Best grouper you will ever eat. No lie.


Fabulous grouper!

One of the nicest things about the Marlin Grill is that their vegetables are all served family-style, so you can try several different things. The asparagus has a grilled flavor that I have never tasted before and was scrumptious. The Tasso ham, macaroni and cheese was wonderful. The Ricotta and Black Pepper Mashed Potatoes did not taste like either Ricotta or Black Pepper and were just average – I suggest you try something else. Two out of three was pretty darn good.

Wonderful veggies!

Now, at this point, most normal people would have stopped eating because we were full to bursting but when the waitress described the desserts to us, it was a losing battle. I had to try the Triple Layer Chocolate Torte. I was so glad I did.

If you are completely stuffed, get this to go. You do not want to miss it.

Not only was everything we ate completely delicious in every way, the service was exemplary and the place was cozy and very relaxing. They even had a girl with a basket of hot, fresh and delicious little rolls who kept coming around and offering us bread.

We might have had two or three. Or ten. It’s really hard to keep track.

The Marlin Grill is a little pricey, so keep that in mind but it’s definitely a place you want to go if you are in the Sandestin area because it’s absolutely worth the money.

Enjoy yourselves.

And have two or three of those wonderful little hot rolls. Or more.

You know you want them.

Full disclosure: The Marlin Grill provided us with a discounted meal,  but as always, I will share my honest opinion about any travel experiences I have.

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5 Responses to The Marlin Grill, Village of Baytown Wharf, Sandestin, Florida

  1. Emme Rogers @ Roamancing

    That does indeed look good. And there is no doubt in my mind that when you say the food is good, that it’s GOOD.

    You also have the exact same approach to seafood that I have. Am a total snob about eating it inland.

    ~ Emme
    Emme Rogers @ Roamancing recently posted..Vancouver Theatre: All the Way Home at Queen Elizabeth Theatre

  2. The World of Deej

    Ate here on our last visit to Destin and it was a great experience. Love the Baytown Wharf…
    The World of Deej recently posted..Jean Philippe Patisserie – Dessert For Dinner

  3. Courtney Mroch

    LMAO! I’m like you! I will NOT stop eating no matter how full I am if there’s a tempting looking dessert like the one in your picture to try.
    Courtney Mroch recently posted..To Question is To Jaunt: What Draws Me to the Paranormal

  4. David @ Malaysia Asia

    That Grouper picture sure is mouth watering! Did you by any chance get to know which species of Grouper that was? Cause over here in Malaysia, there are quite a number of them where the 7-Star Grouper is the most expensive around.
    David @ Malaysia Asia recently posted..Win 4 x All Expense Paid Trip to Japan with AirAsia X

  5. Carolyn

    Thanks for sharing this post as part of WanderFood Wednesday at I love seafood, but I think I’d love that triple layer chocolate cake even more!

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