The rising popularity of 30A, has attracted culinary talent from around the country. With its white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and stunning sunsets, it's no surprise that this collection of sleepy beach towns has become a sought-after vacation destination. We are highlighting just a few of the popular dining spots along 30A from the originals to the coming.
Starting at the far west side of 30A in Gulf Place and traveling through Santa Rosa, Blue Mountain, Grayton Beach, Watercolor, Seaside, Seagrove, Alys Beach, and ending in Rosemary Beach, here is our first round of culinary stops. Follow us for more highlights each month!
Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar at Gulf Place is named after a local fishing reef and best known for its oysters, bar, live music, and gulf views. It sits above30A facing the gulf and serves day and night. Besides the oysters and fresh fish, the key lime pie is worth the visit!
At 7am, the line starts at Blue Mountain Bakery for its famous cinnamon rolls. Last year visitors ordered over 56,000 of them! Locally owned and operated, Blue Mountain Bakery offers a wide selection of baked goods, full-service catering, and in-home chef services. Read more at Walton Magazine.
Another locally owned and operated restaurant group is home to the beloved Cowgirl Kitchen. In 2022, the owner painstakingly moved the Seagrove location, an original beachfront hut to Blue Mountain. This location specializes in breakfast and lunch and never disappoints. In addition, there is a Cowgirl Kitchen and Feed Supply Store in Rosemary Beach. Their legendary Sisters Campfire, casseroles, sausage balls, kickin’ pimento cheese and more are available to-go as well as full-service catering.
Santa Rosa Beach
A local’s favorite, Stinky’s Fish Camp offers a laid-back, casual atmosphere best known for its fresh, locally caught “Gulf to Table” seafood menu. Try any of their GTB options, oyster and raw bar, stone ground pepper jack cheese grits, and crawfish pie to name a few specialties. Open late at night with live music, families welcome, and remember every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday!
One of the most iconic locations along 30A is The Red Bar in Grayton Beach. Opened Super Bowl Sunday 1995, The Red Bar was an immediate success and continues today. With its funky décor, live music – The Red Bar Jazz Band plays nightly, and late-night hours make it a must-visit. Be sure to order their famous red beans and rice, gumbo, acclaimed salad, pane chicken, crab cake, and fish of the day. Grab a cold beer, enjoy the music, and soak up the historic vibe.
Grayton Beach’s newest beachfront bar and restaurant Chiringo, is locally owned and operated bringing the perfect combinations of coastal cuisine, Southern charm, and Spanish flair. The view is stunning along with the red salsa, snapper dip, lobster rolls, Cuban sandwiches, tacos and more.
Fish Out of Water, or FOOW for short, is the place to be at golden hour given its expansive views of the white-sand dunes and Gulf of Mexico, which can be enjoyed wherever you decide to sit. A Watercolors must-see, FOOW offers an unpretentious style, impeccable service and coastal eclectic menu from lighter fare like their heirloom tomato salad or veggie quinoa bowl, along with heartier options like seafood baskets, a sweet tea chicken sandwich, and FOOW pasta. A FOOW bonus is their package store located on the first floor if you need to grab a bottle of wine on the way home.
Located in Seaside on the southside of 30A, Bud and Alley's restaurants are a group of waterfront eateries offering all-day dining from breakfast to dinner. Inside dining offers a casual seafood menu offering one of the most talked about crabcakes on 30A, while open-air dining offers the Taco Bar, and Pizza Bar and Trattoria. Upstairs is the famous rooftop bar, with spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico best known for lunch and sunset. If you want to enjoy their menus at home, catering and take-out available.
Founded in 1995, Café Thirty-A is a casual fine-dining restaurant in Seagrove Beach featuring a contemporary eclectic menu from fresh seafood to steaks, fine wines, and martinis. Café Thirty-A is known for its impeccable service and gracious hospitality. Private events are a specialty featuring their Fish Bone Room serving 30-80 guests. Locally owned, you will find Café Thirty-A active in philanthropy throughout 30A. Reservations are required.
For the perfect Southern anything, visit The Perfect Pig Grill and Fish House located in Seagrove Beach (also in Watercolors and Gulf Place). It is a casual, bustling atmosphere with a classic Southern menu. Local favorites include biscuit bar, bacon-wrapped meatloaf, potato parmesan-crusted grouper and so much more. The Perfect Pig offers catering and private events.
Even at the beach, a perfect Sunday begins with an elegant Sunday brunch – look no further than The Citizen, a seaside tavern in Alys Beach. Their menu takes inspiration from global coastal cuisines, local and seasonal ingredients cooked over a wood-fired hearth, offering a nod to coastal, Southern fare. The Citizen offers a robust raw, wine list, hand crafted cocktails, and for brunch try the CHILAQUILES, chocolate croissant French toast, or shrimp creole. The Citizen is open for lunch, dinner, daily oyster happy hour, and private events. Read more in Walton Magazine.
The newest addition to Rosemary Beach is Gallion’s Restaurant located on the northwest corner of Barrett Square. Sophisticated small plates drive the culinary experience while flawlessly executed coastal favorites anchor the menu along with a dynamic and opulent wine and spirits selection. Consider ordering several small plates to share such as ceviche, ahi tuna tacos, pimento cheese dip, crab claws 2 ways, we got the beets salad, and red snapper to name a few. After 5 pm, Gallion’s is an 18+ age establishment.
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