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A Day of Dining: A Local’s Guide to South Walton’s 16 Beach Neighborhoods

Whether you are a culinary explorer, a self-proclaimed foodie, or just an average Joe looking for an awesome bite to eat, South Walton’s 16 unique beach neighborhoods offer a diverse array of tasty eats, from Southern-fried goodies and fresh Gulf seafood to French-inspired entrees and prime steaks.

No matter which neighborhood you choose to explore, South Walton’s award-winning chefs delight in showcasing their culinary chops for your dining pleasure. Here’s a look at where to spend the day dining in each of South Walton’s 16 unique beach neighborhoods.

Miramar Beach

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. Located on Highway 98, Mama Clemenza’s offers made-from-scratch crepes, classic French toast, hearty omelets, and a delicious croque madame that will give you the energy you need for a day of fun in the sun.

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 a refreshing iced tea or crisp, ice-cold 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. The dinner options are endless in Miramar Beach. Do you "go Greek" and indulge in the moussaka or spanakopita at Aegean? Or do you head to Vin’tij Food & Wine which specializes in phenomenal wines and eclectic cuisine?

And don’t forget about dessert! A quick stop at Pino Gelato in the Silver Sands Premium Outlets will cure your sweet tooth with their array of gelatos and other frozen treats.  

Culinary Roundup:

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/

Pino 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/

Cantina Laredo: 585 Grand Blvd N, Miramar Beach: https://www.cantinalaredo.com/location/sandestin-florida/

 

Seascape

Seascape showcases more than 2,000 feet of Gulf-front beach, championship golf, tennis and other fun activities to keep you busy during your stay. Start your day with a trip to 2 Birds Coffee & Cafe or Bad Ass Coffee - where you can indulge in 100 percent American-grown coffee from Hawaii. From omelets and scrambled eggs to French toast and biscuits and gravy, the famous Whale’s Tail Beach Bar & Grill serves up an awesome breakfast (with a view!) from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. There’s plenty of time to enjoy the most important meal of the day, beachfront.

Lunch options in Seascape include local favorite, Cabana Café, which dishes up stone-fired pizzas, soups and salads, plenty of pastas, as well as fresh sandwiches and wraps. New at the Seascape Towne Centre are Acme Oyster House and Mezcal Mexican Grill, so if you're feeling like some gumbo or authentic fish tacos, look no further than there. 

Tucked inside the Surfside Resort is Royal Palme Grille, an eatery with a diverse menu that boasts awesome views overlooking the Gulf of Mexico's stunning turquoise water. Whether you’re in the mood for steak, seafood or sushi, the chefs at Royal Palm Grille are sure to deliver something scrumptious.

End the day in Seascape strolling along the beach, then stop by Moo La-La Ice Cream & Fudge for a refreshing sweet treat.

Culinary Roundup:

Acme Oyster House: 90 Seascape Dr., Miramar Beach: https://acmeoyster.com/seascape/ 

Bad Ass Coffee: 1708 Scenic Gulf Dr, Miramar Beach: http://badasscoffeestore.com/

Cabana Café: 112 Seascape Dr, Miramar Beach: http://www.cabanacafedestin.com/

Mezcal Mexican Grill: 90 Seascape Dr., Miramar Beach: https://www.seascape-resort.com/towne-centre/mezcal-mexican-grill 

Moo La-La: 90 Seascape Dr., Miramar Beach: https://www.visitsouthwalton.com/listing/moo-la-la-ice-cream-fudge/ 

The Whale’s Tail: 1373 Scenic Gulf Dr, Miramar Beach: https://www.seascape-resort.com/the-whales-tail-destin

Royal Palm Grille: 1096 Scenic Gulf Dr, Miramar Beach: http://www.royalpalmgrille.com/

 

Sandestin

Sandestin visitors have a smorgasbord of dining options to choose from. From breakfast and lunch to dinner and dessert or a late-night snack, here’s how to enjoy a day of culinary exploration in 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 of Baytowne Wharf, guests can venture over to Another Broken Egg Cafe, known for its delectable dishes and high-quality ingredients. Each morning, Sandcastles at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa 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 in Sandestin are endless. Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill at Hilton Sandestin offers up waterfront dining, as does The Beach House. It’s hard to beat lunch with a view of the Gulf of Mexico. Inside The Village of Baytowne Wharf, you’ll find everything from fresh seafood to the nostalgic Hartell’s Village Diner and Roberto’s Pizzeria.

The dinner options in Sandestin are as diverse as they are delicious. Deciding between sushi, steaks and fresh Gulf seafood can be tough, but that’s what makes it fun. No matter what you choose, you won’t be disappointed.

Restaurants like Marlin Grill and Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood Prime Steaks & Seafood have become local favorites, and award winners, for a reason. They both serve world-class fare in trendy, welcoming atmospheres with impressive wine selections to complement your meal. Bijoux, located inside The Market Shops, offers guests another fine dining option with their New Orleans-inspired menu.

Located in The Village of Baytowne Wharf, The Candymaker is an authentic Southern candy kitchen that offers handmade pralines, saltwater taffy and fudge to cure your post-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.

Culinary Roundup:

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

South Walton’s original beach neighborhood, Santa Rosa Beach is known for its classic beach town vibe, natural beauty, boutiques and family-friendly attractions.

Breakfast in Santa Rosa Beach kicks off at The Donut Hole. Located on Highway 98, the classic eatery is known for its homemade donuts, pastries and traditional breakfast eats. Looking for something a little different? Opt for a taste of Mexico and try the breakfast at Don Pedro’s, serving up classics like chilaquiles and huevos rancheros plus 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 & Sushi Bar where the menu offers traditional Japanese fare, fresh sushi and hibachi. Goatfeather’s Seafood Restaurant offers casual gourmet food in a family-friendly setting. Chop Stix serves New York-style Chinese food, whether you’re a fan of General Tso’s Chicken or 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.

If you're a fan of The Red Bar in Grayton Beach, you won’t want to miss out on one of its sister restaurants, Louis 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 real 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 & grits tacos and grouper lagniappe to braised pork tacos and salads. With beautiful views of the Choctawhatchee Bay, lunch and dinner menues at Borago and The Bay offer 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 overlooking 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, either!

Culinary Roundup:

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/

 

Dune Allen

A day in Dune Allen should begin with sand between your toes and a casual stroll down the beach. A laid back coastal vibe radiates through this beach neighborhood.

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 Marys and mimosas with a menu full of breakfast favorites like Grillades & Grits, French Toast with Warm Maple Syrup and French Market Beignets. There’s a saying at Stinky’s that goes like this: “With a name like Stinky’s, it better be good.” We can assure you, it’s good.

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 there 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. Start your meal off right with the BBQ Gator Ribs or Smoked Tuna Dip, then venture onward to a Seafood Platter fit for a king. From shrimp and snow crab to scallops and Maine lobster, the choices are endless.

Although you may not have saved room, there are plenty of dessert options on the menu at both Stinky’s and Elmo’s. Choose from Key Lime Pie, Turtle Pie, Bread Pudding and Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie.

Culinary Roundup:

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

Creative, casual and colorful, Gulf Place is home to an array of shops, an artists' village and awesome eats. Visit this lively beach neighborhood to soak up some fun after a day on the beach.

The Perfect Pig is a breakfast destination with homemade quiche, muffins baked daily, Southern-style cheddar-topped grits and pancakes galore. Pair your meal with a cup of their locally roasted coffee and you’ll have plenty of energy to fuel your next 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 fantastic 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 are also plenty of seafood and salad options.

Pizza is always a family-friendly dinner option, so why not let Pizza By The Sea at Gulf Place be your dinner destination? The open-air patio soothes the soul while you combat your hunger with unconventionally-named pizzas like Doggie Breath, Quadruple Bypass and 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, a Cuban Sandwich, or empanadas, La Playa has you covered. The menu is definitely an exercise in diverse flavors.

Culinary Roundup:

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 Beach

Blue Mountain Beach is known for the blue lupine flower from which its name originates — not a local mountain range. While there are no snowy peaks to be found, this South Walton beach neighborhood is home to an array of awesome eats and outdoor activities.

Blue Mountain Beach has plenty of culinary 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 variety of options there.

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 and sandwiches, as well as 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 classic 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 dining 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 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.

Culinary Roundup:

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/ 

 

Grayton Beach

Hibiscus Café offers guests a cozy setting in which to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while kick-starting the day with pancakes, quiche, frittatas and old fashioned oatmeal. It’s hard not to be energized when you begin with a great meal amid beautiful surroundings.

Just steps from the beach, Chiringo, 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 a New Orleans-inspired vibe. You can also grab a hand-tossed pizza at Pickle Factory.

If you're 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 & grits and a roasted veggie pasta. 

Culinary Roundup:

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/

 

WaterColor

Between the beach, art galleries and artisan boutiques, WaterColor offers plenty of excitement to keep you busy, with an array of dining options that will satisfy any palate.

Before you hop on your bicycle to begin 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 at 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, beloved WaterColor restaurants serve up some truly 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.

Culinary Roundup:

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/

 

Seaside

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 Bud & Alley's Taco Bar and Bud & Alley's Pizza Bar, both of which delight diners with great eats. Seaside’s Ji•Shi Ki•chn  showcases a menu full of healthy options, offering carefully selected wines by the glass or bottle. The menu features salads, poke bowls, sushi, small plates, and breakfast bowls. 

Between Frost Bites, Dawson’s Yogurt & Fudge Works, It's Heavenly, your sweet tooth will not go unsatisfied in Seaside.

Culinary Roundup:

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

Bud & Alley's Taco Bar: 2236 E Co Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach: http://www.budandalleys.com/taco_bar.php

Bud & Alley's Pizza Bar: 2236 E Co Hwy 30A #5, Santa Rosa Beach: https://www.budandalleyspizzabar.com/

Ji•Shi Ki•chn: 45 Central Square, Santa Rosa Beach: https://jishi.kitchen

 

Seagrove

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. 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. 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 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 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. 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, 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.”

Culinary Roundup:

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/

 

WaterSound

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. 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 bite for lunch or dinner 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.

Culinary Roundup:

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

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 foodies go to get their Tex-Mex fix. With outdoor seating and a family friendly atmosphere, diners can indulge in favorites like the Snapper Veracruz, the Lulu’s Favorito or classic fish tacos. The perfect spot for a casual dinner or a late afternoon snack.

As you round out your day, don’t forget to pedal 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.

Culinary Roundup:

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

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 Donut Truck 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.

For dinner, grab your friends or bring a date to George’s. The classic restaurant has been delighting diners since 2008 with a menu that dances from fresh Gulf seafood and salads to Angus beef, a harissa pork tenderloin and spicy salt & pepper shrimp. For a one-of-a-kind culinary experience, be sure to check out Caliza which serves contemporary coastal cuisine in an alfresco, poolside setting that is both luxurious and relaxed. 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

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. Cowgirl Kitchen Restaurant & Bar is known for savory breakfast tacos and indulgent 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 of City Grocery fame. From shrimp & grits to steak & eggs, the menu offers plenty of delicious options.

When it’s time for a break from exploring the shops 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 and enjoy flatbreads, salads, sandwiches and small plates.

La Crema Tapas & Chocolate was inspired by the popular cafes and chocolate shops of Madrid and Barcelona, as well as the flavors, the way of life and overall passion characteristic of the Spaniards. Dine under stringed lights in the beautiful courtyard and enjoy the tapas-style eats that range from seafood paella and cheese fondue to steak empanadas and saffron scallops.

Located inside The Pearl Hotel is Havana Beach Bar & Grill which blends the flavors of Gulf Coast Americana with old world Spanish, Portuguese and French influences. The Havana Beach Rooftop Lounge, offering a stylish yet relaxed outdoor atmosphere, 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 & Wine, focusing on 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.

Culinary Roundup:

Big Bad Breakfast: 10711 East Highway 30A, Rosemary Beach: https://bigbadbreakfast.com/

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

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 their famous fresh-made donuts. At Outpost in 30Avenue, you’ll find an incredible coffee or espresso tucked into a larger shop that offers everything from globally sourced home goods and textiles to contemporary clothing and accessories with a nautical flair – that’s why their tagline is “Sip, Shop, Sea.”

Nearby, Barbacoa Mexican Grill is “fresh, fast, delicious and affordable.” Barbacoa offers tacos, burritos, soups and salads, making it a casual lunch destination at 30Avenue. amici 30A 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 & Grill is a South Walton institution that has been serving up awesome eats since 1994. With a sports bar vibe, their menu is full of traditional gameday 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 Chef's Signature Black Pepper Crusted Yellowfin 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 to Snickers Pie at Shades Bar & Grill and Cannolis at amici 30A Italian Kitchen, you’ll certainly find something to cure your sweet tooth while dining in Inlet Beach.

Culinary Roundup:

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/

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