SANTA ROSA BEACH, FLORIDA: Finding that perfect food and drink pairing can be an incredible experience. A big, bold Red with a quality cut of meat is always good. Chardonnay with shellfish in a buttery, herbaceous sauce? Yes please! [readmore] The best pairing of all, though, is enjoying both down on the water. The breeze, horizon, and the sound of the beach makes everything that much better, and enjoying food and drink is no different! Lucky for you, Santa Rosa Beach and 30A Restaurants on the beach are plentiful. Having enjoyed some fantastic meals up and down the Panhandle, we thought it a swell idea to share our picks for some of the best spots to grab a bite on or near the water in the area. Feel free to chime in and share your favorites or even disagree, because here comes our list for the 7 Best 30A Restaurants on the Beach.
7 Best 30A Restaurants on the Beach
Inspired by local legend Cube McGee and his deer friend Bambi, the Surfing Deer is a Seagrove Beach dining experience that you absolutely do not want to miss. Their seasonal menu means great meals sourced by the most thoughtful ingredients for that time of year. With starters like Short Rib Bao Buns to fresh salads with duck and fine seafood entrees like Seafood Acadiana (assortment of shellfish with andouille and rice), the Surfing Deer delivers exciting dishes from beginning to end.
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The Perfect Pig Gourmet Market
From the fresh baked bread with olive oil and balsamic to the plate of luscious crab cakes the size of your head, The Perfect Pig Gourmet Market offers some seriously delicious eats in a chic, swanky atmosphere. One of Tripshock’s favorite 30A Restaurants on the Beach, enjoy a drink and munch on one of several small bites or go all out with a signature, swine-themed entrée like Pork Tenderloin Medallions served over creamy gruyere grits!
Daringly innovative and equally spectacular, Café Thirty-A offers contemporary artisinal creations that hit all the spots. Offering a little bit of this and that, from pizza to seafood, stop on by and check out some of their appetizers like the not-so-traditional Beef Carpaccio or super fresh Tuna Poke. At the end of the day, their fine seafood and meat mains steal the show, especially in tandem with awesome side dishes like truffled 3-cheese macaroni, oyster mushrooms, and crawfish tails!
American cuisine at its finest, Whiskey Bravo is as appetizing as it is hip. Described as “Cool, Casual, Coastal,” this airplane-hangar-themed restaurant soars high on our rankings because of its fantastic flavors and incredible ambiance. Menu highlights include any and all meat dishes such as their handcut steaks as well as Gulf Shore classics like the delectable Po Boy. We highly encourage you to stop on by and enjoy a fine cocktail and an expertly crafted meal... You'll thank us later!
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Meltdown on 30A
The Meltdown on 30A is technically a food truck--not a restaurant. Nonetheless, it is so delicious we could not help but put it on the list! Meltdown serves classic panini-style sammi’s as well as more experimental selections such as Muenster & Mushroom as well as the Red, White, and Blue. Get on over for an All-American Grilled Cheese and bowl of piping hot Tomato Soup or mix and match selections with friends and family! Whatever you choose, you can't go wrong!
Angelina's Pizzeria & Pasta
Step inside Angelina's Pizzeria & Pasta's quaint digs for some seriously awesome Italian eats and great times. Medium-thin crust pizza means it's all about the ingredients, balance, and culinary craftsmanship. Enjoy a beer or a glass of wine with a fat basket of breadsticks or one of their incredible seafood pasta dishes like classic Fettuccine Primavera. Or, go bold with a Rigatoni Bolognese or Veal Piccatta! No frills, just great food and great customer service. Stop by any day for an exceptional dining experience!
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A perfect fusion of Southern, Texas, and Carribbean barbeque, Barefoot B-B-Q is another beachside food truck that we had to put on our list and share with the world! Incredible sauces and classic Southern sides are all made in-house everyday and are perfect for snacking on the sand. Enjoy fall-of-the-bone tender smoked meat selections like ribs, brisket, and pulled pork (the chicken is really good, too). Even better, get yourself a "Picnic Package" of multiple meats and sides and head on down to the beautiful sugar-white sands of 30A for an unforgettable day on the surf.
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