Best Restaurants in Crestview, Florida

April 7th, 2022 by

If you’re hungry and looking for a great place to eat, we’ve got you covered. Crestview, Florida, is home to several casual and semiformal restaurants that are exclusive or native to the city. Whether you want a quick bite or a sit-down meal, the variety here is broad, so you’re likely to find something that matches your taste. To help you choose where you’ll eat next, we’ve compiled this list of five of the best restaurants in the city to try.

Hub City Smokehouse and Grill

Hub City Smokehouse and Grill began as a five-table operation in 2011, founded by husband-and-wife team Michael and Lori Carroll. After developing a loyal following, they moved the restaurant to Main Street in 2015. The breakfast menu includes hot skillet meals with your choice of eggs, meat, and home fries, plus toast, tortillas, or a buttermilk biscuit. The lunch and dinner menu includes barbecue staples such as brisket, pulled pork, smoked turkey, and smoked sausage with classic sides: collard greens, macaroni and cheese, and fried okra. Less conventional options include nachos and a barbecue baked potato.

You can find Hub City at 168 S. Main St, where it’s open seven days a week. Breakfast is available Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. as well as on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Lunch and dinner begin at 10:30 a.m. and end at 9 p.m. on Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, Hub City opens at 10:30 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m. Hub City’s phone number is 850-423-7770, and you can also contact the restaurant through the contact page on its website.

Emerald Isle Seafood

Emerald Isle Seafood  is both a full-service restaurant and a seafood market. The restaurant’s menu is extensive. Aside from raw oysters on the half shell and daily specials, you can choose from a wide variety of appetizers, sandwiches, soups and salads, chef specialties, fried platters, pasta, sides, and desserts. Some popular options are the smoked tuna dip, fried or sauteed blue crab claws, fresh catch sandwich, fried Gulf shrimp, and seafood gumbo. Make sure to stop by the market to check out the great variety of fresh seafood, and maybe take home some of the smoked tuna dip.

Emerald Isle is located at 1260 S. Ferdon Blvd. and is reachable by phone at 850-683-1418. Both the market and the restaurant are open Tuesday through Saturday. The market’s regular hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lunch and dinner hours vary considerably. Lunch service is available only on Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. As for dinner service, it’s available on Tuesday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., as well as on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Crooked Tale Gastropub

In addition to the full bar and large selection of tap, canned, and bottled beers, Crooked Tale Gastropub features a large menu comprising various dishes catering to different appetites, each with a fun name in keeping with the establishment’s mobster theme. Small bites include jalapeño poppers called Bogart Bombers, fried chicken sliders called Stool Pigeon Minis, and a grilled chicken quesadilla named the Chicken Man Quesadilla. For mains, there are the Sammy the Bull’s Rib-Eye, Five Families Fish Dinner, and Bye Bye Blackened Bird, which is blackened chicken breast. That’s not to mention burgers and wings.

Crooked Tale Gastropub is on 5206 S. Ferdon Blvd. It’s open seven days a week. The hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and on Sunday. It’s also open on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The restaurant’s phone number is 850-331-2240, and it can be found on popular social media platforms.

The Wild Olive

Established in 2007, The Wild Olive offers a combination of Southern-leaning New American dining and fresh seafood, focusing on local products and a cozy, inviting ambiance. The lunch menu includes a range of sandwiches and kinds of pasta, such as the smoked rib-eye sandwich with creamy horseradish on a brioche bun and a spicy shrimp capellini that contains mushrooms and roasted red peppers. At dinnertime, the main courses include a crispy duck breast with duck fat–fried fingerling potatoes, mahi-mahi with blackened shrimp and beurre blanc, and blackened shrimp and grits in a Cajun butter sauce.

The restaurant has a BYOB policy, so you can pair your favorite beverage with your meal. You can find The Wild Olive on 797 N. Pearl St. Its lunch hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. Dinner hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday through Sunday. You can contact the restaurant by phone at 850-682-4455 or via email at [email protected] to make reservations.

Pounders Hawaiian Grill

Founded and operated by Crestview native Kakela Peters, Pounders Hawaiian Grill began as a food truck in the summer of 2015. A year later, boosted by the success of the truck, Pounders opened its first brick-and-mortar location. Today, it has two locations: one in Crestview and the other in Niceville. Specializing in quick Hawaiian-style food, Pounders offers three sizes of plates — the Small Kine, the Regular Plate, and the Pounders — each with meat, rice, macaroni salad, and greens. The meat choices are teriyaki chicken, teriyaki steak, kalua pig, and garlic chicken.

Pounders’ Crestview location is at 1338 N. Ferdon Blvd. in the Winn-Dixie shopping center. On Tuesday through Thursday, the hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Monday and Sunday. You can contact Pounders Hawaiian Grill through the contact option on the official website or social media channels.

These are our choices for five of the best restaurants in Crestview, Florida. What did you think of our picks? If you think another Crestview restaurant belongs on the list, contact us at Allen Turner Chevrolet of Crestview so that we can consider adding it.

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