Being a travel and food blogger, I eat at some really great restaurants. Although a lot is on par with others, some restaurants are exemplary dining spots that I feel you all would really enjoy. After dining at Bogeys Bar & Restaurant in Northwest Florida, I knew that my experience was worth sharing.
Sinking Our Teeth Into a Unique Eatery
A group of travel writers and I dined at Bogeys Bar & Restaurant, located in a cute part of Defuniak Springs, during a press trip to the area. The large weeknight crowd immediately impressed me. We admired the hand-painted mural on the second floor between a beautiful, wide stairway as we were shown to our table near the bar. The restaurant was tastefully decorated and it felt warm and welcoming. If I had been alone, I would have sat at the bar and enjoyed the company of the other guests and friendly bartender.
Our waitress greeted the table and made a cocktail and wine suggestion. We gladly took her up on the offer. Bogeys Bar & Restaurant used an artsy mix of stemware, making our colorful libations even more Instagrammable. The Pineapple Upside Down Martini was a perfect choice for my sweet cocktail preference. I loved it! My friend Sandra’s jumbo margarita looked amazing, too.
For appetizers, we ordered Crab Cakes, with a Cajun remoulade sauce, and Crab Stuffed Mushrooms, covered with a velvety béarnaise sauce for the table to share. The crab cakes were delicate and delicious, almost melting in our mouths, while the ooey-gooey mushrooms were sublime. It was nice having crab cakes that were not all additive fillers so they were devoured at once.
Bogey’s Impressive Main Courses and Side Dishes
Bogeys Bar & Restaurant offered so many interesting dinner choices that deciding what to order was a chore. Their menu included steaks, fresh seafood, and pasta. Bogeys’ Fish-of-the-Day was grouper, which almost all of us ended up choosing. Between the four of us we ordered the Normandy (mushrooms, hearts of palm, crabmeat, roasted almonds, and creamy lemon butter sauce) and California (with grilled Portobello mushrooms and avocado slices) fish selections, Chicken Continental (with diced tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, and green onions), and Stuffed Shrimp (eight large shrimp full of blue crab stuffing). They all came out picture perfect and the smells were enchanting.
Our meals came with mixed vegetables, a medley of broccoli, carrots, and squash, or baked potatoes. A hint of cole slaw was on each plate as well. My California Grouper entree was pan-seared with Panko bread crumbs and drizzled with béarnaise sauce (which I loved on the mushrooms!) in addition to the creamy lemon butter sauce. It was magnificent! All of us enjoyed our food immensely.
Bogeys Bar & Restaurant…Desserts to Impress
After one look at Bogey’s dessert menu, we could not resist ordering something. We shared a Bananas Foster Cheesecake, topped with nuts and caramel, and a Brownie drenched in chocolate sauce and ice cream. The cheesecake was ultra creamy and not overly sweet. We all agreed they were both phenomenal. Needless to say, there was not a crumb left on either plate.
Definitely Worth Stopping By
I have driven by the Defuniak Springs signs (there are 3 exits) in Florida countless times and had no idea that such a tasty restaurant was only minutes away. The upscale and classy Bogeys Bar & Restaurant is worth a visit. Your taste buds will thank you!
Bogeys Bar & Restaurant
660 Baldwin Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435
(850) 951-2233 (CAFE)
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Thanks to the Jackson County TDC and RiverWay South for hosting our dinner. As with all posts, opinions and reviews are 100% mine and unbiased.