A Day of Dining: A Local’s Guide to South Walton’s 16 Beach Communities
Whether you are a culinary explorer, a self-proclaimed foodie, or just the average Joe looking for an awesome bite to eat, South Walton’s 16 unique beach communities offer a diverse array of tasty eats, from Southern fried goodies and fresh Gulf seafood to French-inspired entrees and high-end steaks.
No matter where you choose to explore, South Walton’s award-winning chef’s delight in showcasing their culinary chops for your pleasure. Here’s a look at where to spend the day dining in each of South Walton’s 16 unique beach communities.
From casual bites in cozy settings to breathtaking beachside views of the Gulf of Mexico, Miramar Beach is the perfect destination for a day of culinary exploration. With lots of shopping options and outdoor adventures to soak up, you’re sure to work up an appetite. Thankfully, Mama Clemenza’s European Breakfast can cure those early morning hunger pangs. Situated directly on U.S. Highway 98, Mama Clemenza’s offers made from scratch crepes, French toast, omelets, and a delicious croque madame to give you the energy you’ll need for a day of fun in the sun. Miramar Beach is home to a handful of fast food options as well.
Beachfront options like Pompano Joe’s and The Surf Hut are known for their local seafood, great views and comfort classics. When the lunch bell rings the most difficult decision you’ll have to make is whether you want an ice cold tea or a crisp and refreshing beer. The answer may just depend on what you have planned for the rest of the day.
As the afternoon turns to evening and you’re wrapping up your day on the beach or shopping, it’s time to think about dinner. Again, the dinner options are endless in Miramar Beach. Do you go Greek and indulge in the moussaka or spanakopita at Aegean? How about Vin’tij Wine Boutique, which specializes in phenomenal wines and eclectic cuisine?
And don’t forget about dessert either. A quick stop at Pinot Gelato in the Silver Sands Premium Outlets will cure your sweet tooth with its array of gelatos and frozen treats.
Mama Clemenza’s European Breakfast: 12273 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Miramar Beach: http://mamaclemenzaseuropeanbreakfast.com/
Pompano Joe’s: 2237 Scenic Gulf Drive, Miramar Beach: http://www.pompano-joes.com/
The Surf Hut: 551 Scenic Gulf Drive, Miramar Beach: http://www.surfhutdestin.com/
Aegean: 11225 US-98, Miramar Beach: http://www.aegeanfl.com/p/miramar-beach-location.html
Vin’tij: 500 Grand Bouleveard, Miramar Beach: http://www.vintij.com/
Pinot Gelato Cafe: 10562 Emerald Coast Pkwy. Store #118, Miramar Beach: http://pinogelato.com
The Craft Bar: 655 Grand Blvd, Miramar Beach: http://thecraftbarfl.com/grand-boulevard/
P.F. Chang’s: 640 Grand Blvd, Miramar Beach: https://www.pfchangs.com/florida/9843-sandestin
Cantina Laredo: 585 Grand Blvd N, Miramar Beach: https://www.cantinalaredo.com/location/sandestin-florida/
The Seascape resort showcases more than 2,000 feet of Gulf-front beach, championship golf, tennis and fun activities to keep you busy. Start your day with a trip to Bad Ass Coffee where you can indulge in 100 percent American grown coffee from Hawaii, or venture over to the famous Whale’s Tail restaurant for breakfast with a view. From omelets and scrambled eggs to French toast and biscuits and gravy, the folks at Whale’s Tail serve up an awesome breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., so there’s plenty of time to enjoy the most important meal of the day, beachfront.
And if you somehow slept through breakfast, you can’t beat the smoked tuna dip or the juicy burgers and fresh fish tacos at Whale’s Tail if you decide to make it your lunch destination instead. Other lunch options in Seascape include local favorite Cabana Café, which dishes up stone fired pizzas, soups and salads, plenty of pastas and fresh sandwiches and wraps. Cabana Café is located in the lobby of Ariel Dunes.
Tucked inside the Surfside Resort is Royal Palme Grille, an eatery that boasts awesome views of the Gulf of Mexico and its turquoise waters. The dinner menu at Royal Palm Grille offers diners a diverse mix of entrees and eats. Whether you’re in the mood for steaks, seafood or sushi, the chefs at Royal Palm Grille can deliver something scrumptious.
Bad Ass Coffee: 1708 Scenic Gulf Dr, Miramar Beach: http://badasscoffeestore.com/
Whale’s Tail: 1373 Scenic Gulf Dr, Miramar Beach: https://www.seascape-resort.com/the-whales-tail-destin
Cabana Café: 112 Seascape Dr, Miramar Beach: http://www.cabanacafedestin.com/
Royal Palm Grille: 1096 Scenic Gulf Dr, Miramar Beach: http://www.royalpalmgrille.com/
As a wide-ranging resort, visitors to the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa, and the Village of Baytowne Wharf have a smorgasbord of dining options to choose from, including room service so you can stay in your fuzzy bunny slippers and enjoy great Gulf views from your room. From breakfast and lunch to dinner and dessert or a late-night snack, here’s how to enjoy a day of dining at Sandestin.
If waterfront dining tickles your fancy, start your day at Sunset Bay Café, overlooking the Choctawhatchee Bay. The menu features traditional breakfast favorites with a Southern twist. Within the Village, guests can venture over to Another Broken Egg, which is known for its scrumptious eats and high-quality ingredients. Each morning, Sandcastles, within the Hilton Sandestin, offers a wide variety of breakfast items as part of its buffet.
As you roll into the lunch hour, the extensive list of restaurants serving up tasty eats inside the Sandestin resort are endless. Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill at the Sandestin Hilton offers up waterfront dining, as does The Beach House restaurant. It’s hard to beat lunch with a view of the Gulf of Mexico. Inside The Village you’ll find everything from fresh seafood to the nostalgic Hartell’s Village Diner and Roberto’s Pizzeria.
The dinner options within Sandestin are as diverse as they are delicious. The majority of the restaurants that offer up breakfast and lunch options are also serving up dinner. Deciding between sushi, steaks and fresh Gulf seafood can be tough, but that’s what makes it fun. No matter which you choose, you won’t be disappointed.
Restaurants like Marlin Grill, nestled inside Baytowne Wharf, and Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, inside the Hilton Sandestin, have become local favorites, and award winners, for a reason. They both serve world-class fare with trendy and welcoming atmospheres, and impressive wine options to compliment your meal. Bijoux, located inside The Market Shops, offers diners another fine dining option with their New Orleans-inspired menu.
The Candymaker store in the Village offers up handmade pralines, salt water taffy and fudge to cure your after dinner sweet tooth. Moo La-La Ice Cream & Desserts and Pino Gelato & Frozen Yogurt are your go-to destinations for ice cream, gelato and frozen yogurt within the Village.
Sunset Bay Café: 158 Sandestin Blvd N, Miramar Beach: http://www.sunsetbaycafesandestin.com/
Another Broken Egg Café: 9100 Baytowne Wharf Boulevard, Suite A4, Miramar Beach: http://www.anotherbrokenegg.com/location/sandestin-village-fl
Sandcastles Restaurant: 4000 S Sandestin Blvd, Miramar Beach: http://www.hiltonsandestinbeach.com/sandestin-restaurants-sandcastles
Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill: 4000 S Sandestin Blvd, Miramar Beach: http://www.hiltonsandestinbeach.com/destin-dining-barefoots
Hartell’s Village Diner: 142 Fishermans Cv, Miramar Beach: http://places.singleplatform.com/hartells-village-diner/menu
Roberto’s Pizzeria: 110 Cannery Ln, Miramar Beach: http://robertositalianpizzeria.com/
Marlin Grill: 9100 Baytowne Wharf Boulevard, Miramar Beach: http://marlingrill.com/
Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood: 4000 Sandestin Blvd S, Miramar Beach: http://www.seagars.com/index
Bijoux: 9375 Emerald Coast Pkwy #22, Miramar Beach: http://www.bijouxdestin.com/
Candymaker: 133 Fisherman's Cove, Miramar Beach: https://thecandymaker.com/
Moo La-La Ice Cream and Desserts: 101 Cannery Ln, Miramar Beach: http://www.baytownewharf.com/default.php
Pinot Gelato & Frozen Yogurt: 134 Fisherman’s Cove, Miramar Beach: http://pinogelato.com/
Santa Rosa Beach
Santa Rosa Beach is South Walton’s original beach community and is known for its classic beach town vibe, natural beauty, boutiques and family-friendly attractions.
Breakfast in Santa Rosa Beach kicks off at Donut Hole. Located on U.S. Highway 98, the eatery is known for its homemade donuts, pastries and traditional breakfast eats. Looking for something a little different? Try the breakfast at Don Pedro’s, which offers a taste of Mexico, serving chilaquiles and eggs, huevos rancheros and an assortment of omelets.
There’s something about pizza that always attracts a crowd, so when that cheesy goodness is what you’re craving, Fat Daddy’s Pizza and Crust Artisan Bakery have your fix. If seafood is more your style, you can’t beat the eats at VKI Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar where the menu offers traditional Japanese meals, fresh sushi and hibachi. Goatfeather’s Seafood Restaurant offers casual gourmet food in a family-friendly setting. Chop Stix serves Asian cuisine, whether you’re a fan of General Tso’s Chicken or the Moo Shu Beef. Steamboat Bar & Grill has plenty of TVs, so if you want to catch the game while you dine on some pub grub, you’re in luck. The menu serves up traditional fare like burgers, chicken wings and po’boys, but sprinkles in some Asian flair.
As you dine your way through Santa Rosa Beach you’ll want to make a detour at Bayou Bill’s Crab House. The menu is exactly what you’d hope for, highlighted by an oyster bar, seafood gumbo and fish served as many ways as you can imagine.
The eateries at Grand Boulevard in Sandestin offer a delicious reprieve from a day of shopping. The diverse mix essentially offers up a world tour of dining options, such as handmade burgers at The Craft Bar, the Asian-inspired P.F. Chang’s, or Mexican cuisine at Cantina Laredo.
If you are a fan of The Red Bar in Grayton Beach, you won’t want to miss out on one of its sister restaurants, Louis, while in Santa Rosa Beach. From the crab cakes and pan sautéed grouper to the shrimp and crawfish pasta, you’re in for a treat. Generous portions and freshness are a given at Local Catch Bar & Grill where they serve up coastal cuisine with a Southern twist. The menu ranges from shrimp and grits tacos and grouper lagniappe to braised pork tacos and salads. Located on the Choctawhatchee Bay, both Borago and The Bay provide lunch and dinner with a view, as well as menus offering tasty eats highlighted by fresh Gulf seafood. Dine on locally-inspired Italian cuisine at Christiano’s where veal marsala and manicotti will tantalize your taste buds.
When you are in the mood for something a bit more romantic, look no further than Vue on 30A, which overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. The menu draws inspiration from American, French and Italian cuisine and features a variety of fresh Gulf seafood, steaks and a rack of lamb. Given the variety of restaurants in Santa Rosa Beach, there’s definitely a cuisine and menu for everyone. Needless to say, there’s no shortage of desserts on their menus either, so get out and explore.
Donut Hole: 6745 US-98, Santa Rosa Beach
Don Pedro’s: 4942 U.S. HWY 98 W, Suite 7, Santa Rosa Beach
Fat Daddy’s Pizza: 4942 US HWY 98 W, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.fatdaddyspizza.com/
Crust Artisan Bakery: 4821 US-98 #101, Santa Rosa Beach
VKI Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar: 4552 US-98, Santa Rosa Beach: http://vkisteakhouse.com/
Goatfeather’s Seafood Restaurant: 3865 W County Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach: https://www.goatfeathersseafood.com/
Chop Stix: 4942 US-98, Santa Rosa Beach: http://chopstixsrb.com/
Steamboat Bar & Grill: 4942 US-98 #1, Santa Rosa Beach
Bayou Bill’s Crab House: 4748 US-98, Santa Rosa Beach: http://bayoubills.com
Louis Louis: 35 Mussett Bayou Rd, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.louislouis.net/
Local Catch Bar & Grill: 3711 W County Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.localcatch30a.com/
Borago: 24200 US-331, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.boragorestaurant.com/
The Bay: 24215 US-331, Santa Rosa Beach: http://baysouthwalton.com/
Christiano’s: 4942 US-98, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.meatballsrb.com/
Vue on 30A: 4801 W County Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach: https://vueon30a.net/
A day in Dune Allen should begin with sand between your toes and a casual stroll down the beach. The laid back beach vibe radiates through Dune Allen.
When dining in Dune Allen, the focus is on freshness and Gulf-to-table delicacies. Dune Allen’s two eateries are proverbial powerhouses – Elmo’s Grill and Stinky’s Fish Camp – showcasing the freshest of ingredients in relaxing settings.
Sunday brunch at Stinky’s is a can’t-miss while in South Walton. From 10 a.m.-3 p.m., the funky eatery serves Bloody Mary’s and mimosas, and a menu full of breakfast favorites like the Grillades and Grits and French toast. There’s a saying at Stinky’s that goes like this: “With a name like Stinky’s, it better be good.” I can assure you, it’s good.
Can’t make brunch? Well, don’t worry. Stinky’s is open for lunch and dinner, too. From fresh seafood and oysters to the famous Stinky’s Stew and sautéed shrimp and grits, all I can say is, “Yum!” My mouth is watering and I haven’t even mentioned the po’boys yet.
Just down the road from Stinky’s is a restaurant that’s been delighting diners for more than 25 years. Elmo’s Grill boasts a motto of being “Not fancy, Just Famous.” And if you’ve been before, you completely understand.
With live music nightly, Elmo’s is the perfect place to sit back and relax after a day exploring in South Walton. The relaxing atmosphere is perfect for a beach town, so come straight off the sand and dig into a menu full of fresh Gulf seafood.
Start your meal off right with the BBQ Gator Ribs or smoked tuna dip, then venture into a seafood platter fit for a king. From shrimp and snow crab to scallops and Maine lobster the choice is yours. If your stomach is extra rumbly from a long day on the beach, the all-you-can-eat option is the way to go. If steamed seafood is what you’re after, the ultimate seafood feast feeds two and comes with two lobsters, crab legs and shrimp.
Although you may not have saved room, there are plenty of dessert options on the menu at both Stinky’s and Elmo’s. Choose between key lime pie, turtle pie or bread pudding and chocolate peanut butter pie.
Elmo’s Grill: 6931 County Rd 30A, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.elmosgrill.com/
Stinky’s Fish Camp: 5960 W County Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach: https://www.stinkysfishcamp.com/
Gulf Place is home to an array of shops, an artist village and awesome eats. Located across from the Ed Walline regional beach access, it’s the perfect place to soak up some fun after a day at the beach. But let’s not get the cart before the horse.
The Perfect Pig, which opens at 8 a.m., is a breakfast destination with house made quiche, muffins baked daily, southern style cheddar topped grits and pancakes galore. Pair your meal up with their locally roasted coffee and you’ll have plenty of energy to fuel your adventures. As the name suggests, Sunrise Coffee Co. serves coffee (from local company Amavida) hot, cold or frozen. Their breakfast menu also has plenty of options to satisfy your morning cravings.
Both the Perfect Pig and Sunrise Coffee Co. can transition from breakfast right into the lunch hour, so don’t miss out on their awesome menus. Craving a classic BLT? Check. How about a quesadilla? Check. Brisket and pulled pork are a given at the Perfect Pig, so don’t fret. There’s also plenty of seafood and salad options. Preacher’s Kitchen, part of the Perfect Pig family, is a counter-style eatery dishing up build-your-own gourmet burgers, sandwiches and salads.
Pizza is always a family friendly dinner option, so why not let the folks at Pizza By The Sea in Gulf Place be your dinner destination? The open air patio dining soothes your soul while you combat your hunger with pizzas like the Doggie Breath, Quadruple Bypass and the Billy Goat’s YUM. Pizza By The Sea also serves salads, pasta and sandwiches. La Playa, which offers plenty of outdoor seating and live music, showcases a menu full of flair. Whether you’re craving a southern Po’boy or a Cuban sandwich, La Playa has you covered. If you haven’t had empanadas in a while, be sure to order a few while at La Playa. The menu is definitely an exercise in diverse flavors.
From ice cream and Dippin Dots to donuts and cookies, there’s plenty of dessert options to indulge while at Gulf Place, no matter which eatery you visit.
The Perfect Pig: Suite Unit C11, 7 Town Center Loop, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.theperfectpig.com/
Sunrise Coffee Co.: 45 Town Center Loop, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.sunrisecoffee30a.com/
Preacher’s Kitchen: Town Suite C11, 7 Center Avenue: http://www.gulfplacefl.com/index.php/shop-dine/item/preacher-s-kitchen
Pizza By The Sea: 95 Laura Hamilton Blvd, Santa Rosa Beach: http://pizzabythesea.com/
La Playa: 37 Town Center Loop C8, Santa Rosa Beach: http://laplaya30-a.com/
Blue Mountain is known for the blue lupine from which its name originates, and not in reference to any local mountain range. While there are no snowy peaks to be found, this South Walton community is home to an array of awesome eateries and outdoor activities.
As far as eats, Blue Mountain has plenty of options to keep your favorite foodie happy. Start your day at La Loba’s Bakery, where you can enjoy organic coffee and a variety of breakfast goodies like burritos, homemade granola and quiche. Muffins, scones and cinnamon rolls round out the options.
With plenty of games to keep you and your family entertained, Johnny McTighe’s Irish Pub is a laid-back lunch destination dishing out pizzas, sandwiches, and Irish favorites like corned beef and cabbage. Just a few steps away from Johnny McTighe’s is Blue Mabel, a local smokehouse specializing in smoked meats and housemade sauces.
Want to take in dinner and a show? Redd’s Fueling Station is the perfect combination of delicious dining and top-notch entertainment. From slow cooked brisket and Southern fried chicken to meatloaf and gravy, the menu at Redd’s is a clinic in comfort food. Add in a singing bartender and you’ve got a unique South Walton experience. Open for lunch and dinner, Basmati’s fuses fresh ingredients with Asian flavors in a casual setting overlooking Draper Lake. Thai curry, teriyaki beef tenderloin and sushi are menu highlights at Basmati’s.
A visit to Blue Mountain Beach wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Blue Mountain Beach Creamery. From artisanal ice creams to refreshing sorbets and yogurts, Blue Mountain Beach Creamery will have everyone screaming for ice cream and sweet treats.
La Loba’s Bakery: 2217 County Rd 30A, Santa Rosa Beach: http://lalobasbakery.com/
Johnny McTighe’s Irish Pub: 2298 W County Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.johnnymctigheirishpub.com/
Redd’s Fueling Station: 2320 W County Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach: http://reddsfuel.com/
Basmati’s: 3295 W County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach: http://basmatisthirtya.com/
Blue Mountain Beach Creamery: 2129 S Co Hwy 83, Santa Rosa Beach
Blue Mabel: 2260 W Co. Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.bluemabel.com/
The Hibiscus Café offers guests a cozy setting to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while kick starting their day with pancakes, quiche, frittatas and old fashioned oatmeal. It’s hard not to be energized when you start your day with a great meal amid beautiful surroundings.
Just steps from the beach, Chiringo, which is inspired by the small open-air beach bars that dot the Spanish coast, is the perfect beachside eatery to enjoy a bite. Grab a grain bowl, fish tacos or a fried oyster basket and soak up the picturesque views and ocean breezes from the upstairs dining area. Known for its eclectic vibe, the Hurricane Oyster Bar & Grill is the self-proclaimed “pearl of 30A” and offers diners a seafood forward menu highlighted by oysters, gumbo and po’boys. As the home of “Grayt Food and Tall Tales,” Grayton Seafood Co. adopts the no frills or fuss mindset, serving up super fresh Gulf seafood and New Orleans-inspired vibe. You can also grab a hand-tossed pizza at the Pickle Factory.
If you are looking for “Food Worth Crowing About” be sure to stop by Chanticleer Eatery. The casual café, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, is known for its welcoming atmosphere and art-infused décor. The menu touches all palates with triple pork nachos, jambalaya, shrimp and grits and a roasted veggie pasta. World famous for its funky and eclectic vibe, The Red Bar is one of the most loved eateries in South Walton. The humble hotspot offers a rotating menu of fresh seafood and culinary creations typically paired up with a performance by local musicians – just remember to bring cash, as The Red Bar does not accept credit cards.
Hibiscus Café: 85 Defuniak St, Grayton Beach: http://www.hibiscusflorida.com/cafe/
Chiringo: 63 Hotz Ave, Grayton Beach: http://chiringograyton.com/
Hurricane Oyster Bar & Grill: 37 Logan Ln # 4, Grayton Beach: http://hurricaneoyster.com/
Grayton Seafood Company: 50 Uptown Grayton Cir #1, Grayton Beach: https://graytonseafood.com/
Pickle Factory: 38 Clayton Ln, Grayton Beach: http://picklepizza.com/
Chanticleer Eatery: 55 Clayton Ln, Grayton Beach: https://www.chanticleereatery.com/
The Red Bar: 70 Hotz Ave, Grayton Beach: http://theredbar.com/
Between beaches, shops, galleries and boutiques, Watercolor offers plenty of excitement to keep you busy, and an array of dining options that will satisfy any diner.
Before you hop on your bicycle to start the day, grab a bite at Fish Out of Water’s breakfast buffet, which features everything from sliced fruit and yogurt to house-baked breads, muffins and scones. An à la carte menu is also available, as well as a children’s menu.
The Gathering Spot is a great place to grab a casual lunch in Watercolor. Its Asian-inspired menu boasts spicy Thai shrimp, house cut truffle fries, sandwiches, salads and flatbreads. Lunch at The Wine Bar in Watercolor offers street-front dining and an award-winning wine list. The menu includes soups and salads, sandwiches, fire-roasted pizzas, and crudité boards. Pizza By The Sea slings fresh pies with a creative assortment of toppings and names, as well as sandwiches, salads and pasta.
When it comes to dinner, diners are in luck as their favorite Watercolor restaurants serve up some awesome eats. When at Fish Out of Water, a three-time Florida Trend Golden Spoon Award winner, travel to India with the Chicken Tikka or the Spring Pea Falafel or stay right here in South Walton with the Salt Seared Shrimp appetizer. The menu offers chicken, duck, and plenty of fresh Gulf seafood. The Steak Au Poivre and Blackened Shrimp Carbonara at The Wine Bar showcase surf and turf at its finest, while the pizzas and pastas at Pizza By The Sea never disappoint.
Whether you grab dessert at one of these fine establishments or venture over to The Candy Bar, which is chocked full of sweet treats, you’ll be sure to cure that sweet tooth.
Fish Out of Water: 34 Goldenrod Cir, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.watercolorresort.com/dining/fish-out-of-water
The Gathering Spot: 34 Goldenrod Cir, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.watercolorresort.com/dining/the-gathering-spot
The Wine Bar: 1735 E Co Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.thewinebarfl.com/the-wine-bar-watercolor-on-30a/
Pizza By the Sea: 88 Watercolor Way, Santa Rosa Beach: http://pizzabythesea.com/watercolor-crossings/
The Candy Bar: 1777 E County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.thecandybar30a.com/
Known for pioneering the New Urbanism movement, Seaside has captured the hearts of locals and visitors alike with its small town charm.
When in Seaside there is no better place to start the day than Amavida Coffee & Tea where you can sip on an extraordinary cup of organic coffee. Depending on your tastes you can grab a breakfast bite at Great Southern Cafe, The Meltdown 30A, Modica Market, or overlooking the Gulf of Mexico from the upstairs dining area at Bud & Alley’s.
Once you’ve fueled up, it’s time to explore Seaside. Stroll the trails and winding back streets to soak up some architecture or spend the morning shopping in the boutiques. You’ll surely work up an appetite exploring, so when you’re ready to grab a bite, look no further than Seaside’s famous Airstream Row, where awesome eats are served up from mini Airstream food trucks. The Meltdown on 30A specializes in all things cheesy and grilled, while Barefoot BBQ serves up Southern barbeque. Grass-fed beef hotdogs are the specialty at Wild Bill’s Beach Dogs, where you can grab uniquely named franks like the Brat Dog and the Mutt Dog.
When the dinner bell rings, be sure to check out a few of these Seaside staples. The Shrimp Shack has you covered for fresh Apalachicola oysters or steamed peel and eat shrimp. The World-Famous Pickles is a great stop for a quick, casual bite as the walk-up diner features hotdogs, corn dogs and of course, fried pickles. If tacos and pizza are more your flavor, be sure to check out the Taco Bar and Pizza Bar, both of which delight diners with great eats. Seaside’s 45 Central is a wine-lovers paradise, offering carefully selected wines by the glass or bottle. The menu, created by Chef Jim Shirley, features cheese plates and charcuteries, as well as salads and small plates.
Amavida Coffee & Tea: 2236 E Co Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach: https://amavida.com/
Great Southern Café: 83 Central Square, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.thegreatsoutherncafe.com/
The Meltdown 30A: 2235 E County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach
Modica Market: 109 Center Ave, Santa Rosa Beach: https://www.modicamarket.com/
Bud & Alley’s: 2236 E Co Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.budandalleys.com/
Barefoot BBQ: 2235 E Co Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.barefootbbq.com/
Wild Bill’s Beach Dogs: 2235 E Co Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach
The Shrimp Shack: 2236 E Co Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.sweetwilliamsltd.com/shrimp_shack.asp
The World-Famous Pickles: 2236 E Co Hwy 30A #34, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.sweetwilliamsltd.com/pickles.asp
Taco Bar: 2236 E Co Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.budandalleys.com/taco_bar.php
Pizza Bar: 2236 E Co Hwy 30A #5, Santa Rosa Beach: https://www.budandalleyspizzabar.com/
45 Central: 45 Central Square, Santa Rosa Beach: http://fortyfivecentral.com/
Seagrove is home to lush oak trees, magnolias and a laid-back lifestyle that offers both casual and luxury.
Donuts and breakfast go together like South Walton and sunshine. The Donut Hut will certainly brighten your day with specialties like the maple bacon or toasted coconut donuts. They also serve biscuits, bagels and beignets and other baked delicacies. The Cowgirl Kitchen Market & Café is a go-to spot for breakfast burritos and tacos, biscuits and gravy, and mimosas while in Seagrove. With everything from house-made quiche to biscuits and grits, The Perfect Pig offers diners another tasty way to start the day.
Your lunch options in Seagrove are equally as plentiful. Angelina’s Pizzeria & Pasta Restaurant dishes up hand-tossed pizzas and Italian comfort foods in a family-friendly setting. You’ll find classics like veal Marsala and chicken piccatta dotting the menu, as well as wonderful outdoor seating. If you’re hankering for a slice of New York in Seagrove, look no further than Brozinni Pizzeria, which serves up specialty pizzas, pastas and calzones. Deep fried love is on the menu at the Seagrove Village Market Cafe. Their menu is centered on award-winning burgers and seafood favorites. Other lunch options include the Steamboat Grill 30A, a true local’s hangout.
When dinner with a view is a must, you’ll definitely want to stop by the Old Florida Fish House, which boasts gorgeous views of Eastern Lake from its screened in patio. The menu focuses on fresh seafood and sushi. 723 Whiskey Bravo’s rooftop dining area offers views of the Gulf of Mexico and open-air seating. The menu is a showcase of Southern-style with a modest twist, and features shrimp and grits, barbecue salmon and a hand-cut Angus ribeye. The Surfing Deer offers up a truly local story behind the name and a menu studded with short rib bao buns and caramelized sea scallops to chili glazed wild salmon and a harissa lamb tenderloin. For a fine dining experience in a casual setting, Café Thirty-A is a long-loved institution, having served up delicious dinners since 1995, and should be on the list of any true 30A fan.
With more than 70 flavors, the Pop Stop is a cool place to relax after a day in the sun. Their handmade popsicles are locally made with “passion, love and creativity.”
The Donut Hut: 4042 E Co Hwy 30A, Seagrove: http://www.30adonut.com/
The Cowgirl Kitchen Market & Café: 3005 Scenic 30A, Seagrove: https://www.cowgirlkitchen.com/seagrove.html
The Perfect Pig: 4281 E Co Hwy 30A #30A, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.theperfectpig.com/
Angelina’s Pizzeria & Pasta Restaurant: 4005 E Co Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.angelinas30a.com/
Brozinni Pizzeria: 4101 E Co Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.brozinnipizza.com/
Seagrove Village Market Café: 2976 S Co Hwy 395, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.seagrovevillagemarket.com/
Steamboat Grill 30A: 4935 E County Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach: http://steamboatgrill30a.com/
Old Florida Fish House: 5235 E County Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.oldfloridafishhouse.com/
723 Whiskey Bravo: 3031 E Co Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.723whiskeybravo.com/
The Surfing Deer: 2743 E Co Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach: http://surfingdeer.com/seagrove/
Café Thirty-A: 3899 E Co Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.cafethirtya.com/
Pop Stop: 4042 E Co Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.30apopstop.com/
As a quiet getaway, Watersound offers everything you may desire in a resort-style vacation, plus some. Wide walkways and winding boardwalks are welcoming features in this enclosed, private paradise.
Located in the Village Commons, Watersound Café serves breakfast tacos, sandwiches and a yogurt parfait. Within The Hub lies the Pump & Spoke Fueling Station, offering local pastries and coffee. In fact, taking a short stroll through The Hub reveals a wide array of dining options. From the Mexican-inspired Mile Marker Fifteen to Pizza Al Forno, The Rolling Dog and Red’s Chicken Shack, the dining options are a virtual buffet.
Tucked away from the action, Bruno’s Pizza is the perfect place to grab a lunch or dinner bite in Watersound. They offer everything from chicken wings and calzones to specialty pizzas, salads and pastas.
For a sweet treat, be sure to check out Mr. Freeze, which offers up a cornucopia of ice cream, shakes and candy.
WaterSound Café: 573 Pathways Drive #101, Watersound: http://www.watersound.com/lifestyle/dining/watersound-cafe/
Bruno’s Pizza: 6652 East County Highway 30A, Watersound: http://brunospizza30a.com/
The Hub: 7000 E County Hwy 30A, Watersound: https://hub30a.com/
Seacrest is an easygoing beach community ideal for shopping, sightseeing and ecosploring.
Whether you choose to sit at one of the many tables or on one of the couches, Seacrest Sundries is a welcoming gathering spot for coffee and breakfast. Enjoy the breakfast burrito or the sausage gravy and biscuits, then browse the market for goodies. A trip to Seacrest wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Charlie’s Donuts, the brick and morter counterpoint to their flagship food truck in Alys Beach. The shop’s delectable treats sell out quickly, so don’t miss out. As the new kid on the block, Grits & Grind dishes up a breakfast menu fit for a king, under a name inspired by an NBA basketball team.
Joe Loves Lobster Rolls brings at taste of the Northeast to South Walton, as they serve up classic lobster rolls and classic New York style Rueben’s. Visitors to Seacrest can also lunch it up at Pizza By The Sea.
La Cocina in Seacrest is where the foodies go to get their Tex-Mex fix. With outdoor seating and a family friendly atmosphere, indulge in favorites like the snapper Veracruz, the Lulu’s Favorito or the fish tacos. The perfect spot for a casual dinner or a late afternoon snack.
As you round out your day, don’t forget to peddle on over to The Sweet Peddler and stock up on some sweet treats, whether you’re a fan of ice cream, candy bars or oversized lollipops.
Seacrest Sundries: 10343 East County Highway 30A F108, Seacrest Beach: http://www.seacrestsundries.com/
Charlie’s Donuts: 10343 E. Co Hwy 30A, Seacrest Beach www.visitsouthwalton.com/listing/charlies-donuts
Grits & Grind: 10343 E. Co Hwy 30A, Seacrest Beach: www.gritsandgrindbreakfast.com
Pizza By The Sea: 10343 E Co Hwy 30A #114 Seacrest Beach: http://pizzabythesea.com/
La Cocina: 10343 East Co Highway 30A, Seacrest Beach: http://lacocina30a.com/
The Sweet Peddler: 10343 E Co Hwy 30A #115, Seacrest Beach: http://www.peddlers30a.com/
Alys Beach is known for its unique, stark-white architecture and design that revolves around creating urban walkability that functions in concert with the natural environment. It’s a place where Florida luxury meets Mediterranean flair.
Donuts. Need I say more? Served from their one-of-a-kind food truck and delivered fresh daily from the bakery, Charlie’s Donuts serves ‘em up alongside hot coffee and beverages.
After you’ve spent the morning exploring Alys Beach’s unique architecture, beachfront, or nature trail, be sure to sink your teeth into the carnitas at Piper’s Kitchen. The menu is centered on tortas, tacos and tostadas, oh, my. You could also re-visit your friends at Fonville Press for salads, sandwiches and soups for lunch.
For dinner grab your friends or bring your date to George’s. The restaurant has been delighting diners since 2008 and the menu dances between fresh Gulf seafood and salads to Angus beef, a harissa pork tenderloin and the spicy salt and pepper shrimp. For a one-of-a-kind dining experience be sure to check out Caliza, which serves contemporary coastal cuisine in a poolside setting that is both luxurious and relaxed, al fresco setting. The seasonal menu, based on local ingredients, showcases fresh Gulf seafood and carefully curated plates.
Charlie’s Donuts: Parked on the north side of Hwy 30A in Alys Beach http://www.alysbeach.com/dining/charlies-donuts/#.WThL6ZLyvAU
Piper’s Kitchen: http://www.alysbeach.com/dining/pipers-kitchen/#.WTlLf5LyvAU
George’s: 30 Castle Harbour Dr, Alys Beach: http://www.georgesatalysbeach.net/
Caliza: 23 Nonesuch Way, Alys Beach: http://www.calizarestaurant.com/
Rosemary Beach is a laid back community full of energy and excitement. Whether you’re looking to relax or explore, there’s fun in the sun for the whole family.
Amavida Coffee kicks off your day in Rosemary Beach with delicious coffee, tea, pastries and snacks. The Summer Kitchen Café is easygoing and friendly, serving up three meals a day. The breakfast menu puts a little pep in your step with its smoothies, house made granola, and breakfast rollups. The Cowgirl Kitchen Restaurant and Bar is known for its breakfast tacos and waffles. Big Bad Breakfast is one of the new kids on the block and is the brainchild of James Beard award-winning chef John Currence. From shrimp and grits to steak and eggs, the menu offers plenty of options.
When it’s time for a break from exploring the shops and boutiques or playing croquet on the greens, Rosemary Beach is home to some A+ lunch eats. Wild Olives is all about casual food and great wines. Gather with your friends and family for and enjoy flatbreads, salads, sandwiches and small plates.
La Crema Tapas and Chocolate was inspired by the cafes of Barcelona, the flavors, the way of life, and the overall passion of Spaniards, and that shows on their menu. The tapas-style eats range from seafood paella and cheese fondue to steak empanadas and saffron scallops.
Located inside The Pearl Hotel is the Havana Beach Bar & Grill, which blends the flavors of Gulf Coast Americana with old world Spanish, Portuguese and French influences. The Rooftop Lounge is the perfect place to gather and enjoy a cocktail with friends and family. Restaurant Paradis, a fine dining option serving Gulf seafood and prime steaks, and Edward’s Fine Food and Wine, which focuses of freshness and simplicity, are two must-stop dining destinations while in Rosemary Beach.
Whether you’re craving ice cream or bubble tea, look no further than The Sugar Shak, a one-stop shop for all things sweet.
Big Bad Breakfast: 10711 East Highway 30A, Rosemary Beach: https://citygroceryonline.com/big-bad-breakfast-inlet-beach/
Amavida Coffee: 104 N Barrett Square #1A, Rosemary Beach: https://amavida.com/
Summer Kitchen Café: 78 Main St, Rosemary Beach: http://www.thesummerkitchencafe.com/
The Cowgirl Kitchen Restaurant and Bar: 54 Main St, Rosemary Beach: http://www.cowgirlkitchen.com/
Wild Olives: 104 N Barrett Square, Rosemary Beach: http://www.wildolivesmarket.info/
La Crema Tapas and Chocolate: 38 Main St, Rosemary Beach: http://www.lacrematapas.com/
Havana Beach Bar and Grill: 63 Main St, Rosemary Beach: http://www.thepearlrb.com/dining/havana-beach-en.html
Restaurant Paradis: 82 S Barrett Square, Rosemary Beach: http://www.restaurantparadis.com/
Edward’s Fine Food and Wine: 66 Main St, Rosemary Beach: http://edwards30a.com/
Inlet Beach is located on the east end of 30A and is home to sweeping sand dunes and friendly folks. The food scene is rapidly growing with the addition of 30Avenue.
Freshii offers breakfast goers a menu that packs a healthy punch, featuring juices and smoothies, as well as energii bites, eggs and burritos. The Donut Hole is a breakfast favorite, offering everything from omelets and waffles to fresh-made donuts. At Outpost in 30Avenue you’ll find an incredible cup of coffee or espresso tucked into a larger shop that offers everything from furniture to purses and nautically themed clothing and accessories – That’s why their tagline is “Sip, Shop, Sea.”
Nearby, Barbacoa Mexican Grill is “fresh, fast, delicious and affordable.” Barbacoa offers diners tacos, burritos, soups and salads, making it a casual lunch destination at 30Avenue. amici Italian Kitchen is a family-owned and operated restaurant serving up classic Italian comfort foods. The menu offers everything from small plates and Neapolitan pizzas to homemade pastas and salads. Shades Bar and Grill has been serving up awesome eats since 1994. With a sports bar vibe, Shades’ menu is full of traditional fare like nachos, flatbreads, sandwiches, pastas and wraps. And don’t forget the chicken wings.
Family-owned and operated since 1990, The Terrace Restaurant offers fine dining in an intimate, cozy atmosphere. The menu delights with fresh Gulf seafood, Greek-inspired spanakopita, and chargrilled New Zealand lamb chops. Known for its casual fine dining atmosphere, live music and magnificent food, Chef Tim Creehan’s Cuvee 30A is an ideal location for a dinner date, special occasion or happy hour. From the signature black pepper crusted tuna to the pecan crusted grouper Vince, the menu at Cuvee 30A showcases fresh seafood and steakhouse classics.
From a dessert sampler at Cuvee 30A and Peanut Butter Pudding Cake at Roselie to the Snickers Pie at Shades Bar and Grill and cannoli at amici, you’ll certainly find something to cure your sweet tooth while dining in Inlet Beach.
The Donut Hole: 12983 US Highway 98 East, Inlet Beach
Freshii: 12805 US-98, Inlet Beach: http://www.thirtyavenue.com/dining/freshii/
Outpost: 12805 US-98, Inlet Beach www.shopoutpost.com
Barbacoa Mexican Grill: 12805 US-98 T101, Inlet Beach: http://www.eatbarbacoa.com/inlet-beach/
amici Italian Kitchen: 12805 US Highway 98 East, Suite R101, Inlet Beach: https://www.amici30a.com/
Shades Bar and Grill: 10952 E Co Hwy 30A, Inlet Beach: http://shades30a.com/
The Terrace Restaurant: 13741 US-98, Inlet Beach: http://www.terracer.com/
Cuvee 30A: 12805 US-98, Inlet Beach: http://cuvee30a.com/
About South Walton
A 26-mile stretch of sparkling white sand located along the Gulf of Mexico in Northwest Florida, South Walton encompasses a strand of 16 beach neighborhoods, each with unique personality, architecture and energy. South Walton is home to four state parks, one state forest, and more than 200 miles of hiking and biking trails. Find your perfect beach in neighborhoods renowned for scenic beauty, sugar-white sand beaches and turquoise water. South Walton was named one of the “Secret Florida Beaches” by Travel + Leisure, but is easily accessible as a drive to destination or by flying to nearby airports Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) or the Destin – Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS). An upscale, yet casual place to unwind, South Walton rejuvenates and builds lasting memories.
Learn more at www.visitsouthwalton.com