My review of 30A continues today with the fantastic local eateries. What I first noticed about this area is the lack of commercial restaurants (no Starbucks, etc). Everything is unique; and the food could not be more fresh….especially the seafood.
So let’s take a restaurant tour by beach!
For a wonderful breakfast or just picking up donuts, this is a vacation must! The food and donuts are incredible; and the service is always friendly and fast. Warning: No reservations and you may have to wait a half hour to be seated…..but it’s worth the wait.
Amavida Coffee & Tea
Since Starbucks was not an option on 30A, my morning coffee worries where over when I found Amavida. It was just a 2 block walk from the rental house; and it’s in the center of Rosemary Beach’s shopping district. They have a variety of hot, cold and frozen coffees. Plus, you are able to enjoy chai, smoothies, juices and lots of pastries. (There is also a Seaside Beach location.)
This western-style cafe is great casual spot for lunch or dinner (Seaside location only open until 3pm). We enjoyed their famous fish tacos, avocado BLT and the kid’s hot dog:) Plus, we ran into neighbors there….what a small world!
When in Rome….. The Sugar Shak is a must when at Rosemary Beach. It’s like walking into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Candy from wall to ceiling; and the most usual to unusual candy ever seen (the chocolate covered bugs was interesting). Plus, enjoy all sorts of ice cream desserts….cones, sundaes and shakes. The kids will love this candy paradise.
The Sweet Peddler
This is the Sugar Shak’s competition; and my preferred sweets shop! It was right outside our house community; and my daughter could have spent hours here!
We were unable to eat here, but it’s on my “to-eat” list for our next visit!
Angelina’s Pizzeria & Pasta
Sometimes you just want the old classics…..pizza and beer! One night driving home from Seaside Beach, I noticed Angelina’s and decided do to some investigating. After reviewing the menu, the family thought pizza and salad would be a great dinner. The thin pizza and salads were incredible (Breadsticks are to die for!). Plus, they had homemade comfort food such a chicken parmesan! Highly recommend Angelina’s.
Bud and Alley’s
This was my favorite restaurant of the vacation. The ambiance and food is the best kept secret on the Emerald Coast. They are famous for their crab cakes; and I am already missing that buttery, crunchy taste….whole lump crab was melt in your mouth delicious. They take reservations!
Great Southern Cafe
If you love grits, this is your place! I tried grits for the first time at Great Southern; and I can’t wait to eat cheesy grits again (I will try to replicate the recipe soon). Their menu is filled with southern specialties; and if you don’t get there early, expect a 1 to 2 hour wait. Also, I got to eat dinner with my bestie Sheryl Crow at Great Southern.
Pickles, Food Trucks, Bud and Alley’s Taco Bar/Pizza Bar, Shrimp Shack
For quick eats, try these seaside places at Seaside Beach.
Pickles: Best cheeseburgers and fries around.
Food Trucks: The trucks carry all the foods you can imagine: drinks, bbq, grilled cheese, etc.
Bud and Alley’s Taco & Pizza Bars: The fish tacos looked amazing; and I wish I had been able to try the pizza:(
Shrimp Shak: Best Lobster Roll EVER!
So if you were wondering if we ate are way through 30A, you would be correct. It was worth gaining 5 lbs.
P.S. We did eat in a few nights; and I will be posting some fabulous new recipes very soon.