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“Fun looking place good drinks”

Fudpucker's Beachside Bar & Grill
Ranked #43 of 300 Restaurants in Destin
Price range: US$8 - US$25
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fun looking place good drinks”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014 via mobile

The place is great the drinks were very good but the food is not that great. Our waitress was very nice and helpful when ordering

  • Visited August 2014
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Frostburg, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“I can't decide”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2014

Didn't really enjoy the atmosphere. A touristy place. Overcrowded with the noon drinking crowd. Did have a good cobia sandwich. Food was decent - just didn't care for the physical place. Prices were higher than anticipated. Definitely not a bang for your buck kind of place.

  • Visited July 2014
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Jefferson City, Missouri
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“Second time here”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2014

I'm from Missouri and my family always goes to Destin for vacations. When it came time for my honeymoon we chose Destin again. This was my second time at Fudpuckers. I tried gator for the first time (YUM). There was quite a wait so we sat at the bar. We were talking and laughing with the bartender the whole time. Also stopped to feed the gators (after eating one :p) and that was fun. I would definitely recommend.

  • Visited August 2014
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Twin Cities, Minnesota
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“Very typical tourist attraction on the beach, with on fun twist”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

We were in Destin with so many others to enjoy the beach, Silver Sands Premium Outlet and Destin Commons. It had proven to be a long day, and one of the people we were with suggested Fudpuckers. It looked crazy and fun, and might be a nice diversion after trudging after the ladies whilst they shopped.

This is a large tourist attraction. In some ways it is very typical of beach dives up and down both coasts. Fud's of course has the ubiquitous gift shop common to all. T-shirts galore, some you could even wear in public, some not so much. Christmas items and other sundry ideas. Some of the t-shirts are really funny, but unless you are a drunken freshman in college or sailor not so much. They of course have folks standing at the door to make sure nothing leaves unless it is paid for, and to keep food out as well. Not a bad thing at all.

The place is large, air conditioned in some areas not in others, which again makes sense. People have written on every single surface available in some manner. It is to the point where it almost looks trashy.

The high point is the Gator collection. They have one the kids might hold and have their picture taken with, yes a real live gator. A small one, but a real live one never the less. They have a large "pond" full of them that you may feed if you buy the food from a stand. This is a real treat for the kids. Also, they have Pearl. She is an albino alligator, and worth seeing.

The food, well the food was marginal at best. I ordered the ribs. They were flat, greasy, not very tasty. The hush puppies were over cooked hard little balls of grease with some seasoned material inside. They served a beautiful plate of broccoli. Had it been more than barely warm it would have been wonderful. My partner ordered coconut shrimp and fries. She said both were greasy and not very tasty. Our friend ordered the Nacho Grande. It was a sight to behold, but again it was so greasy she wasn't pleased at all. You could not eat the bottom third.

One positive note, the deep fried pickles were great. One of the few times we have had them where they were lightly breaded, and had wonderful flavor. These we would recommend.

I had a martini, and hey how bad can anyone screw that up. It was good. They ladies shared a Voodoo Magic, and pronounced it very very good. In fact they said that had they had two or three the food might have been better.

All in all, yes it is a fun atmosphere. The gators are stimulating and interesting. Great for the kids. The food is marginal at best. But for a beach dive, it really isn't all bad and can be fun.

  • Visited August 2014
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Fun Time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

The food isn't gourmet but that's not why you go there. Fun for the kids, a good menu for young families, and an alligator show. Not to mention the arcade next door. Everyone had a great time.

Visited August 2014
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