Our favorite restaurant, we love their award winning Grits à ya ya and their Balsamic salmon. Don’t forget to sample their mojitos! Peach, strawberry, classic, mango, guava … you really can’t go wrong. They have a wonderful happy hour for drinks and oysters from 3:00 to 5:00!
2. Perfect Pig
Breakfast, lunch or dinner, we love this place all day long. At breakfast you have to try their brown sugar bacon and their Parmesan Crusted breakfast sandwich. For dinner, the Pork Tenderloin Medallion are wonderful…and the salmon is also very good. And a great thing about this restaurant….it is a 9 minute walk from Sea-esta or a 2 minute drive!
Located in Grayton Beach, just north of 30A, Chanticleer Eatery has a laid-back casual atmosphere, with indoor and outdoor seating. It has become one of our favorite dinner places that is not as well known as other restaurants on this list. They bake all of their own breads and offer made-from-scratch sandwiches, salads and soups at lunchtime. Dinner offerings include perfectly grilled pork chops (best pork chops we have ever had), shrimp and grits, smoky jambalaya and juicy burgers and lots of terrific appetizers and made from scratch cookies, cakes and key lime pie.
If you have not had a fried or grilled grouper sandwich at Seagrove Village Market Cafe, you haven’t had the best one we have ever tasted. A local institution, the Grouper Sandwich at Seagrove Village Market Café was named one of the “100 Things You Must Eat Before You Die” by Garden & Gun magazine, and it’s consistently voted as one of 30A’s hot spots for deep fried seafood. A no-frills diner and souvenir shop that’s just a short bike ride or car ride from Sea-esta and anywhere on Seagrove Beach.
Formerly the North Beach Tortilla Company, and occupying the space below the popular Farm & Fire Southern Pizzeria and Speakeasy, North Beach Social reflects the natural beauty of its scenic surroundings, namely some of the best sunsets overlooking the bay in South Walton. Outside seating is aplenty at the bar and deck with a large white sand beach where kids and adults can play. Their menu showcases favorites from across five restaurants that are part of the group — along with some specials of their own. Among the locals’ favorites are the Great Southern Café’s famous Grits a Ya Ya, the Bay’s Bomber Burger, fresh raw oysters, and 45 Central’s poké bowls.
6. Cafe 30A
Café Thirty-A is a casual fine-dining restaurant featuring grilled and fire roasted seafood, meats and poultry, wood-oven pizza, vegetarian fare and hedonistic desserts. The menu changes daily according to availability of ingredients. Fine wines and cocktails–including the best martinis in the area–complement the meal. We like their daily by one entree and get the second half off 4:30 to 5:00. This restaurant is only a five minute drive from Sea-esta.
Italian for “friends” and fondly known as Amici 30A, the Italian Kitchen specializes in authentic Neapolitan pizza pies made in a Marsal Pizza Oven known for its crispier, brick-oven styled crust. All made with the best in locally-sourced ingredients, this eclectic family-friendly concept serves everything from belly satisfying pastas and entrees perfect for one to delicious Italian small plates that can be shared. They also have one of our favorite happy hours from 3:00-6:00 which includes pasta, pizza, beer and cocktails!
If you’re looking for comforting Japanese ramen with Southern flair while visiting 30A come to Nanbu Noodle Bar! You can taste the love they put into their noodles. Nanbu’s ramen bowls are fresh and filling – loaded with noodles, vegetables and protein. Chefs prepare their daily selection of dumplings by hand and they are delicious! Nanbu is the perfect family dine in OR take out spot. The atmosphere is welcoming with bright yellows, plant decor, and a massive octopus (see if you can find the hidden baby octopus!:) hanging above the comfy casual blue velvet couch which is a great spot for guests that want to do family style sharing. The menu has something for everyone! Starting with the shishito peppers, dumplings, and pork belly buns (my personal favorite) to the light flavorful ramen broths, or poké bowls you really can’t go wrong when paired with a cold or hot sake. Definitely a must-stop spot when visiting 30A!”
9. Red Bar
A newly rebuilt local institution that’s not to be missed, Grayton Beach‘s Red Bar is quintessential 30A. Known for its fun and funky bohemian beach shack vibe, The Red Bar’s a great spot for food, cocktails and live music (usually world-class jazz courtesy of the house band, or the ever-popular Dread Clampitt). The wait at the Red Bar may be a long one, but it’s always worthwhile.
10. The Bay
Chef Jim Shirley’s family-friendly waterfront restaurant features mouth-watering Southern gulf coast cuisine, sushi, a 12-draft beer system, excellent wine selections, and inventive bar-crafted cocktails. Table and bar seating is available inside and outside on the deck overlooking Choctawhatchee Bay
We had to add a number 11 to our top ten list! While food trucks are anything but new, Seaside joins the popular urban trend with classic silver Airstream trailers offering a variety of fare. Illustriously known as “Airstream Row”, the grouping of food trucks are at the center of Seaside directly on Scenic Highway 30-A. Airstream trailers are as much a part of the landscape and style of Seaside as any of the other elements.
The Airstream restaurants in Seaside are unique in style and cuisine making them stand out among the other more traditional dining establishments.
“Airstream Row” includes:
- Frost Bites – Hawaiian shaved ice, homemade frozen custard, fresh squeezed lemonade and cold drinks.
- Barefoot BBQ -Specializing in beachside BBQ in retro, tiki-style atmosphere. Meat is hormone, steroid & antibiotic-free.
- The Meltdown on 30A – Everyone loves a traditional grill cheese sandwich! Now you can also try specialty. Serving traditional and specialty grilled cheese sandwiches.
- Wild Bill’s Beach Dogs – Best hot dogs on the beach! No antibiotics, hormones, nitrates, filler or junk.
- Crepes de Soleil – Made-to-order crepes: either sweet or savory
A few restaurants that we also like but did not make our Top Ten list are Cowgirl Kitchen in Rosemary Beach (casual pizzas, fish tacos) and Pescado in Rosemary Beach (an adult casual fine dining, seafood grill & rooftop bar ), Surfing Deer in Seagrove Beach, Raw and Juicy in Alys Beach and our favorite pizza place, Bruno’s Pizza in Watersound.
You may also want to see our Top Ten Things to Do on 30A!