South Walton's scrumptious six Golden Spoons

Published: Friday, December 13, 2013 at 09:03 AM.

Six South Walton restaurants have been awarded Florida Trend's prestigious annual Golden Spoon awards. They are Vin'tij, Fleming's, Bud & Alley's, Fish Out of Water, Restaurant Fire, and Grayton Bar & Grill.

Every year, Florida Trend highlights the top restaurants throughout the state with the awards. This year, South Walton restaurants had more recipients on the list than any other area in the Panhandle. Across the county line in Destin, Cuvee Bistro also was recognized.

The awards date back 40 years, although they have evolved, Florida Trend restaurant editor Chris Sherman told The Sun.

"They are editorial decisions not based on advertising," he said.

The Golden Spoon is represented by between 50 and 100 of the best restaurants in the state.

"These are generally more expensive restaurants but need not be white tablecloth," said Sherman. "The chief criteria are food related, imaginative and changing menus, carefully sourced ingredients, and the chefs are as important as the maitre d's. Good service, fair value and decor are expected. Most restaurants require three years to show the staying power we require."

Vin'tij in Miramar Beach , Fish Out of Water at WaterColor, and Restaurant Fire at Gulf Place are designated Golden Spoon recipients. Fleming's Steakhouse at Grand Boulevard received their award for Best Brand. Bud & Alley's at Seaside is a Hall of Famer. And Grayton Bar & Grill was one of only 22 restaurants in the state winning the award for Best New restaurant. 



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