Nestled on the corner of Marler Avenue and Siebert Drive is Okaloosa Island’s restaurant for seafood lovers: The Gulf.
This two-story waterfront space, which is environmentally friendly and constructed from recycled, reclaimed and salvaged shipping containers, is a venture from Hangout Hospitality restaurant group — the corporation behind The Gulf in Orange Beach, The Hangout Restaurant, and the popular Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
The Gulf Okaloosa Island features family-friendly indoor and outdoor dining, two unique bars and an eclectic gift shop filled with a curated selection of lifestyle items. The lunch, dinner and weekend-brunch menus are constantly changing and boast seasonal options crafted with locally sourced ingredients.
Popular menu staples include the Destin sourced crisp grouper sandwich with lemon-dill sauce, the hand-cut fries (with the perfect amount of crunch), and The Gulf Burger with garlic aioli served on a brioche bun. Many patrons like myself crave the daily taco selection, which includes pork from local NoWal Farms topped with a house-made tomatillo relish. Another favorite choice is the Apalachicola oysters that are offered at the raw bar. The Gulf Okaloosa Island also serves a unique selection of mojitos and craft beers.
The restaurant’s expansive, flexible floor plan and relaxed environment provides an ideal venue for events of all sizes, from intimate dinner parties to full-scale weddings. A dock allows visitors to arrive by boat for a day of lounging on the beach, playing Ping-Pong on the lawn, or dining on some of the freshest seafood the area has to offer. Appropriately, The Gulf has adopted as its logo a trident of a sort that a god of the sea might use.
Shaul Zislin, a partner in the restaurant said, “Our staff is genuine, passionate and well-trained. We truly want to provide an experience that is unique and memorable to those visiting us at The Gulf.”