Dining options on 30-A range from casual pizzerias and truck stands to swank pool-side and white linen services. It all depends on your mood and budget. Since most of the rental options along 30-A include a kitchen, visitors also have the luxury of a home-cooked meal. Do a bit of pre-planning and make a list of what you may want to cook at home. When you arrive in Florida, head over to the local grocer on your drive in to town and buy groceries for the week. This bit of planning will save the headache of multiple grocery runs in the middle of your vacay. Some places like Whole Foods in Destin offer personal shopper services if you would prefer to leave the shopping to someone else. Here are places we rarely miss on a trip to 30-A:
Great Southern Cafe
Great Southern has been cooking up its lip smacking, Southern cuisine at Seaside for x years. The menu will satisfy all those who enjoy Southern cooking with international flair. My family and I typically sit outside on the patio and order the beignets, savory crab cake and fried green tomato benedict. On top of that we order stacks and stacks of pancakes. This is a popular spot and can become quite busy. Come early!
Looking for a place to drink your morning brew? Located in Alys Beach on the eastern side of 30-A, Fonville Press is a classy choice. With its mediterranean white walls and dark wood trim the ambiance here is relaxed and almost meditative. Sit outdoors on the patio and enjoy waking up in style.
George's at Alys Beach
George's attracts a relaxed, polished crowd that seems to be in no rush, lingering over conversations and enjoying themselves tremendously. The menu is casual and all are welcomed in by the friendly staff.
Bud & Ally's The Roof Deck Bar
Bud & Alley's rests on the beach side portion of the Seaside community. It is a combination of four restaurants including a pizzeria, taco bar, restaurant and roof deck bar. My favorite is the roof deck bar. I love it because of the gorgeous view. The atmosphere is straight-off the beach sandy casual with women wearing their swimsuits and coverups and men in ball caps, t-shirts and swim trunks.
On my most recent visit I ordered a piña colada. It tasted like the rum was missing and I complained to my waiter. With a twinkle in his eye he explained that when they are made right that is just how a piña colada tastes. I was skeptical about his response but after I finished the drink my relaxed bod and happy smile confirmed that indeed my drink was made correctly. There was nothing left to do but sit back, enjoy the view and soak in the salty-breeze.
The Wine Bar
The Wine Bar is both a restaurant, outdoor cafe and cheese and wine market located in Water Color. The outdoor patio is a fun spot to spend an evening with friends and kids alike. Many people bring their dogs to the outdoor patio and let them join in the evening romp. Order the Grand Cru platter with a glass of wine. Delish!
Caliza in Alys Beach is phenomenally beautiful. The restaurant sits around the oval pool and is flanked by arm chairs draped in billowy white fabric. There are mosaic-tiled nooks for pool-time privacy on one end of the property. They add to the allure. Diners are seated in open-air cabanas and are served by very attentive waiters. Dress to impress!
What about dessert? Head over to our article How to Play on 30-A for suggestions that will satisfy every sweet tooth you own.
Where do you love to dine on 30-A? Do you enjoy these same restaurants? Share your thoughts below!