Colorful Cocktails at Chiringo
Sneak Out for Apps and Cocktails

Maybe you’ve got one of the older kids watching the younger ones, and you know that’ll only last so long. Or maybe you just filled up on lunch and only want cocktails and a bite for dinner. Either way, South Walton’s got you covered with restaurants that serve up big flavor in small bites.

Seafood dish at 723 Whiskey Bravo

Lift your spirits (maybe with a glass of spirits) at the cool, casual, coastal 723 Whiskey Bravo in Seagrove. Sneak in for local seafood, meats and produce, combined to create dishes that are both comforting and unique. Grab a glass of wine from their well-curated list, take a seat on the fun, stylish rooftop, and dig in to fried mac and cheese sticks with chipotle aioli, or crispy fried grouper. Looking for a lighter bite? Opt for a starter-sized Caesar or spinach salad.

In the mood for Latin flavors instead? Abrazo in Grayton Beach starts with familiar local ingredients and gives them a simple, flavorful twist. Paired with tequila-focused cocktails, bold wines or international beers in a clean, modern space, you’ll feel transported in just a few bites. Queso fundido comes piping hot and bursting with chorizo, but the best part might be the house made tortillas for dipping. Other standout small plates: wood grilled octopus with chimichurri or pork street tacos with pecan chipotle sauce.

It might seem unusual to choose a steakhouse for appetizers alone, but the apps at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar are worth a trip. Classic steakhouse appetizers are upgraded at this Sandestin staple, from jumbo lump crab cakes with lime butter sauce to sweet chile calamari. An award-winning wine list makes choosing hard, but a surefire win, and the ambiance turns apps and cocktails into a fancy affair.

Outdoor Dining at Edward's Fine Food & Wine

If you’re looking for the romance of apps and cocktails at a bistro before a stroll on the beach, Edward’s Fine Food & Wine in Rosemary Beach is for you. Seafood small plates are the order of the day here: split baked oysters with bacon, tuna tartar, crab cakes or steamed clams. You’ll feel like you’re sipping wine on a little boulevard in Europe. The only difference? You’ll be on the beach mere seconds after you’ve finished eating.

Seacrest Pavilion

If sitting down at a restaurant is more commitment than you’re up for tonight, sneak a bite and a beer at Peddlers 30A – a group of tiny businesses surrounding an open-air pavilion in Seacrest. Craft beer is on tap and wine is served by the glass at Peddlers Pub. Pair your beverage with pizza from Ticheli’s or a fresh and tasty chicken salad at Chicken Salad Chick, and enjoy regular live performances by local musicians. If you need to pedal off those bites, rent a bike and explore our beach neighborhood biking recommendations.

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