Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville’s Veggie Burger in Paradise

As most of you probably don’t know, I am a HUGE Jimmy Buffett fan. There are few places I get extremely excited to eat at, and Margaritaville is one of them.

I’m pretty sure the craze of Jimmy Buffett and all he does runs in the family, but my mom especially would be proud right now. I grew up listening to him so when I was old enough to find out he started a restaurant chain I knew one day I would for sure end up there.

I have been absolutely blessed over the past few years to have been able to travel to the beautiful white sandy beaches of Florida and indulge a little. Who says you can’t enjoy a burger in paradise in November anyways?! And for all you snow birds out there, you know this is the best time of year to come!  The weather is starting to cool down, but warm enough you can lay on the beach with your umbrella, beach towel and that unreasonably expensive cocktail. And better yet, the tourists are starting to leave and the kids are back in school!

The Margaritaville location I visited this time was in Destin Florida. It sits right there on the Boardwalk and overlooks the Harbor. I love that Boardwalk in particular because the shops are super cool, along with the restaurants, local coffee places, ice cream parlors, bars, daily boat cruises, live entertainment and some amusement rides too. There are other Margaritaville locations all over the place, and I have been to the one in Panama City Beach, FL. It also sits right on the water, so you can enjoy some rays and watch the tourists pass you by.

However, on this day I came for the famous Cheeseburger in Paradise and the ambiance of the Harbor. Below was my view from my patio table. Not too shabby!

Now I hope you all know the song Cheeseburger in Paradise by Jimmy Buffett, but if not I’ll recite the important parts. But promise me after this, you will find it on YouTube, here or wherever you get your music from! It goes a little like this-

“…I like mine with lettuce and tomato,Heinz 57 and french fried potatoes, Big kosher pickle and a cold draft beer, Well good god almighty which way do I steer for my, Cheeseburger in Paradise…”

-Jimmy Buffett-

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I am not ashamed to say I adjusted my Cheeseburger in Paradise. Well, because there are only so many calories I should be eating in one day and I’m a vegetarian so I had to alter it.  I had the Veggie Patty Cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, pickle and a cold draft beer, but no fries and no Heinz 57 this time.

I know, I know- a shame! Honestly, I forgot the Heinz 57 because I had a very active three year old with me that took the attention of my food. And I opted for salad which was better than I expected. Everything came out wonderful!

The bun was almost brioche style, served warm with a little butter on it. The veggie patty was a bean and rice mixture I presume. Probably something house made as I haven’t had one exactly like that before. The lettuce and tomato were sliced large and tasted very fresh. The salad was also crispy and filling with fresh parmesan slices on it. It was a HUGE meal.

And last but not least, the beer. I enjoyed a Landshark on draft with fresh lime wedges. If you have never heard of the Landshark brand beer, its an island style pilsner and it was so freaking refreshing! The perfect compliment to my lunch.

After a beer, burger, salad and a few large bites of my daughters Mac and cheese I was ready to walk the boardwalk, shop the shops and grab a cup of coffee.

Holiday Gifts

I must mention a particular store there that sells John Perry sculptures right there on the Boardwalk. Now, you think I would be able to remember the store name but I don’t because I was blindsided that I found a place that sells his work. I have a special place in my heart for John Perry’s sculptures and I hope if you visit, you will see his dolphins, turtles and pelicans in the window and stop in and see his talent. I really want this one:

Maybe next time I visit Florida and stop in at Jimmy Buffett’s Margartitaville I will order something else. Probably not though, because who can turn down a Cheeseburger in Paradise.

~Until next time, I hope you find your paradise~

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