"We have a very special place here, and the atmosphere is unique," comments chef Shawn Higgins with Marlin Grill
located in Baytowne Wharf
in Sandestin. "I think people from around the country, and the world would appreciate this area as much as we do."
Marlin Grill is one of nine locations in South Walton
(Florida) highlighted in season two of "Emeril's Florida
" on the Cooking Channel. The area is scheduled to be featured in nine different segments, with the first one broadcasted on Sunday, January 19 at 2:30 p.m. EST/1:30 p.m. CST. Two episodes focusing on the destination itself will air Sunday, January 26 at 2:30 p.m. EST/1:30 p.m. CST and Sunday, March 2 at 2:30 p.m. EST/1:30 p.m. CST.
"Given Emeril's stature and influence in the world of food, we can't think of any more gratifying honor than to be selected as a featured restaurant on Emeril's Florida
," says Skip and Victoria Moor, owners of 723 Whiskey Bravo
in Seagrove Beach.
According to the Moore's, Emeril and his crew tested the new grilled whole fish (which was reported to be such a hit that the crew returned later to enjoy it again), but you'll "have to tune in to see what else was sampled."
At Marlin Grill, Higgins says the restaurant featured several menu items and wines.
"We served our Grouper Bienville, sautéed pork medallions with sauce Muenier; and my personal favorite - bronzed Gulf red snapper with a chipotle cream sauce and seared sea scallops."
He adds they also discussed the importance of building strong relationships with local merchants and how it's beneficial for all involved. Of course, they highlighted the use of fresh gulf seafood and fresh local produce that helps enhance the experience of dining and living in the area.
"Having these items at our fingertips is a blessing, and featuring it is a huge selling point," says Higgins. "I feel that it only adds to the vacation experience, and people would see and hear about this area and make it an annual destination."
(photo courtesy of 723 Whiskey Bravo)