Roy Dubose and Paula Beauchemin caught a break for their food truck idea on Navarre Beach when they found the only property on the beach that could be leased out for their type of business.
Smokin’ Oasis has quickly become one of the hottest businesses on the beach, serving up lunch and dinner seven days a week and now adding breakfast four days a week. Located at 8228 Gulf Boulevard right next to the Re/Max office, Smokin’ Oasis has been open since the end of April.
“A lot of locals were looking for a change in dining options and we have brought that to the island,” Dubose said. “We offer quality food that you normally have to go to Pensacola or Destin to get. People are tickled that they can drive right down here in their golf cart and pick it up.”
Everything from appetizers, soups and salads to burgers, sandwiches and Bar-B-Que, customers are bound to find something that satisfies their appetite.
The food truck, which also offers a seating area in a relaxed atmosphere, including picnic tables with umbrellas resting in the sand, has become particularly popular among beachgoers.
“After you come off the beach the first thing you want to do is go eat,” DuBose said. “We came up with the idea to offer the type of food we thought was missing like fresh seafood and burgers. We offer great food with top quality service and it’s a place people want to come back to.”
One of the more popular items on the menu is the yellow fin smoked tuna dip, which is mixed with fresh herbs and served on a bed of lettuce with a lemon wedge and crackers.
The Navarre Bang Shrimp, an appetizer featuring deep fried shrimp from the Gulf tossed in a creamy spice sauce, is also one of the more popular items on the menu.
The Gulf Grouper sandwich, served fried, grilled or blackened and topped with lettuce, tomato and onion and served with homemade tartar sauce, might be the meal choice in highest demand.
“It’s probably the most popular item on the menu,” DuBose said. “Everyone who talks about this place talks about the Grouper sandwich. People come here wanting it.”
Then there is the barbecue. Customers can choose from choices such as a barbecue pork sandwich, a smoked Cajun turkey sandwich, a barbecue pork platter or a barbecue chicken platter. Seafood plates feature grouper or the catch of the day and include fries, hush puppies and a choice of salad or coleslaw.
For a cooler menu option, there are house salads, a chicken salad and even a chef salad.
Breakfast is served Thursday through Sunday 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. Lunch and dinner hours are 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week.
Delivery is an option for those who live on the beach from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. each day and Smokin’ Oasis also offers catering.
“We already have some catering gigs booked,” DuBose said. “We also do the concert at the beach each week. Anything we can do to get our name out there we will.”
So enjoy the sand, the surf and the sun and then come off the beach to grab a great meal at Smokin’ Oasis.
8228 Gulf Boulevard
11 a.m. until 9 p.m. every day
Breakfast: 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. Thursday-Sunday
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