What are the best Florida Gulf Coast food experiences?

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While the Florida’s Gulf Coast is known for its stellar seafood, this area has several other local must-eats. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s five must-have food experiences:
 
1. The $100 burger. With a double-decker bus, dollar bills hanging from the ceiling and oversized entrees, McGuire’s Irish Pub & Brewery in Pensacola is hard to forget. Sample a house-brewed ale and, if you’ve got the guts (and the cash) pair it with the $100 filet mignon burger. It comes with caviar and a grand magnum of Moët & Chandon Impérial champagne.

2. Chicken and waffles. With live music four days a week, Five Sisters Blues Café in Pensacola serves up Southern grub with a side of soul. Performers take the stage at 11 a.m. for Sunday brunch, so you can tap your feet while you sample its famous chicken and waffles.

3. Crab cakes. Florida Gulf Coast’s restaurants are filled with crab cakes, but some of our favorites are at Sarah K’s Gourmet in Destin. Made with 100 percent crab, these monsters weigh in at a half-pound each and their flavor is unrivaled. Try them with the Asian-inspired slaw or the “secret recipe” dipping sauce.

4. Dinner by boat. Arrive by boat to Boatyard Restaurant’s dockside deck in Panama City Beach, and step out to watch chef Konrad Jochum create his signature BLT sandwich in the open kitchen or try the Mona Lisa maki at the sushi bar.

5. Wine sampling. With over 150 choices, Café Thirty A’s wine list is reason enough to visit the Santa Rose Beach restaurant. A reserve wine list and signature cocktail selection are also at your fingertips; enjoy your beverage of choice with the pan-roasted lamb rack and admire the striking all-white décor.

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