Waves, Waffles, South Walton
Sunset Bay Café in Sandestin not only offers gorgeous views of the Choctawhatchee Bay but also offers some of the best waffle combinations you’ll find! Family owned and operated, Sunset Bay’s menu features food made from the finest local ingredients including fresh produce and sustainable seafood, delivered daily from the Destin Harbor docks. While they have an extensive menu which includes breakfast staples like Eggs Benedict and French Toast one of the highlights of their menu is their Chicken and Waffles. Made with crispy, fried chicken strips and smothered in Southern White Pepper Gravy, Molasses Bacon Butter and Boars Head Applewood Smoked Bacon this dish is perfect for breakfast, brunch or lunch and will leave you feeling satisfied for hours! If you’re not a chicken and waffle enthusiast check out their Banana Brulee Waffle with caramelized pecans and a Grand Marnier Maple Syrup or their decadent Strawberry Cream Cheese Waffle (pictured above) with fresh strawberries and a vanilla bean cream cheese swirl on top. To wash it all down order one of their bottomless mimosas or take advantage of their full bar. They serve their breakfast and lunch menu all day so no matter what meal you join them for they’ve got something on the menu for you!
- Address: 158 Sandestin Blvd N, Miramar Beach FL
Big Bad Breakfast, located in the picturesque The Point, in Inlet Beach is home to all the traditional Southern favorites including Chicken and Waffles. The brainchild of James Beard award-winning chef John Currence, Big Bad Breakfast combines fresh Gulf seafood with breakfast staples like biscuits and eggs, locally roasted coffee and some of the best breakfast cocktails you’ll find. Their Chicken and Waffles start with a made-to-order Belgian Waffle and add crispy chicken thighs and top it all off with honey and warm cane syrup for a hearty and delicious breakfast or lunch. Ask for a side of Bruleed Grapefruit for a unique twist on a healthy breakfast staple that is sweet, tart and will make you feel better about your decadent waffle and chicken combo!
- Address: 10711 E. Hwy 30A, Inlet Beach, FL
A craft beer spot isn’t where you would usually think to get waffles but Craft Bar of South Walton hosts a fantastic Sunday brunch lineup that includes Champagne Chicken and Waffles. Not only do you get their delicious peach waffle with an extra-crispy buttermilk fried half-chicken but also a side of braised collard greens and a FREE glass of Trouillard Champagne, or if you and your favorite brunch partner both want the chicken and waffles you’ll receive a bottle of Celene Brut Sparkling! If waffles aren’t your style, check out their crab cake benedict with southwest style crab cakes, drizzled with a serrano-cilantro aioli and served on a fluffy buttermilk biscuit. Grab one of their many crafts on tap or sip on one of their $3 mimosas or $5 bloody marys. Craft Bar also offers a fantastic lunch menu seven days a week with hearty burgers, fries and delectable sweets to partner with your choice off of their extensive beverage list.
- 655 Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach (next to Publix)
South Walton’s solo bed and breakfast, Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse is the perfect spot for the health conscious diner. They offer whole-grain, vegan and vegetarian options such as biscuits and soy-sage with a variety of coffee and breakfast beverages available. Their Waffle Wonderful, the leading waffle on the menu, is a multi-grain waffle topped with chunky peanut butter, fresh fruit, pecans and coconut and drizzled with honey. This sweet and savory combination is a hearty yet healthy way to enjoy your morning waffle and is the perfect way to fuel up for a bike ride around beautiful Grayton Beach. The café is open Monday through Saturday from 8-11 am and Sundays 8-1 for brunch. They also offer some great specials on their chalkboard so be sure to take a peek at it before placing your order!
- 85 Defuniak Street, Grayton Beach, FL
For the truly gourmet waffle experience, visit Roux 30A where chef Nikhil takes you on a divine culinary adventure. With a Red Mill Cornmeal Waffle as the base, Nikhil combines lemon, ricotta, strawberry preserve, maple and almonds and tops it with a balsamic reduction. This intriguing combination is just one of the many top tier menu options offered at Roux 30A. Other choices include the Moon over Miami which features Gulf shrimp, the Braised Brisket Benedict or the Steak and Eggs with Wagyu flank steak. You can get all of these options and their bottomless mimosas during Roux’s Sunday Brunch available from 10-2.
- 114 Logan Lane Suite 1A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL