Tips & Trips
Beach Comfort Food
Leave the diet at home and sample South Walton’s tasty treats
It’s your vacation. You’ve come to South Walton to enjoy yourself, to experience our beautiful beaches, and relax a little. So take a break from the real world and enjoy some full-flavored beach comfort food – the celery sticks and yogurt will be there when you get home. Try out some of South Walton’s favorite decadent treats from this list, and if you like...work off the extra calories with some swimming, a bike ride, or a game of tennis.
Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt/Gelato: Nothing tastes better on a hot summer day than a cool creamy treat. Get your favorite flavor of homemade ice cream, frozen yogurt or creamy gelato at Blue Mountain Beach Creamery, or some frozen yogurt in Seacrest at Orange Leaf. If you’re on a shopping spree at the Silver Sands Premium Outlets, you can choose between the frozen yogurt at 32° or the Italian desserts at the San Gelato Cafe.
Donuts/Baked Treats: Start off your morning with little bites of doughy heaven from Charlie’s Donut Truck, permanently parked in Alys Beach (but get there early... they’ll run out), or sit down and enjoy a wide variety of donuts with your breakfast at The Donut Hole in Santa Rosa Beach. If you like your comfort food organic, check out the amazing cinnamon rolls at La Loba’s Bakery in Blue Mountain Beach.
Pizza: If you’re looking to satisfy the whole family, there’s no easier “easy button” than a great pizza pie, and South Walton has some of the best handmade pizza this side of Italy. Get it delivered from Jordano’s in Sandestin, or stop in at Pizza By The Sea in Watercolor or at Amoré in Gulf Place. Buon Appetit!
Burgers: There’s a reason Jimmy Buffett sang the praises of “a big warm bun and a huge hunk of meat”. A cheeseburger on a warm summer evening just seems to say “vacation”. Some of South Walton’s favorite burgers can be found at Flip Flops Grill or rooftop at Whiskey Bravo, both in Seagrove, or out on the porch at the Great Southern Cafe in Seaside’s Central Square.
Oysters: Another great staple of the beach vacation is raw oysters on the half-shell, and South Walton has no shortage of places to find them. Over on Miramar Beach, Buster’s Oyster Bar & Grill is a favorite of locals and visitors alike, while in Sandestin’s Baytowne Wharf, the Acme Oyster House is serving ‘em up New Orleans style. Grayton Beach’s Hurricane Oyster Bar & Grill is another longtime local favorite, specializing in oysters and cold beer in a classic Grayton setting.
Barbecue: With many of our guests hailing from Great American barbecue capitals (Texas, Memphis, the Carolinas), you know that anyone serving up barbecue in South Walton has to be doing it right. Try out the hormone, steroid, and antibiotic-free meats being smoked at the Barefoot BBQ on Seaside’s Airstream Row, or head to Lillie’s Q in Miramar Beach for a Florida version of classic Carolina pulled pork.
Candy/Fudge: For your children... or your inner children, sweet sugary confections are another great way to put an exclamation point on a week of relaxed fun. The Sugar Shak in Rosemary Beach is a theme park of candy, fudge, and ice cream that customers have dubbed “The Sweetest Place On Earth”, while Dawson’s Yogurt & Fudge Works in Seaside is known for its fanciful fudge flavors. And of course, no shopping spree at Grand Boulevard is complete without a stop at the nationally-known sweet decadence of Kilwin’s.
Beer: Craft brewing is all the rage these days, and in South Walton, the local beer of choice is Grayton Beer, which currently is selling its Pale Ale and IPA styles all over the Emerald Coast. You can find it at many of South Walton’s restaurants and bars, including Stinky’s Fish Camp in Dune Allen and Shades Bar & Grill in Inlet Beach. You’ll also find bottles of the local brew in stores were craft beer is sold.
Modified: November 30, 2012 12:26 pm