One of the best parts of being on vacation is sampling all the food and drink from local restaurants. You can always stop by a Starbucks or an Olive Garden almost anywhere you go. When you’re in 30A for a limited time, why not try something that you can only find in 30A? This is especially true when it comes to local seafood, which you can find in droves in 30A. And whether it’s a restaurant, cafe, or casual diner, there are a number of excellent options throughout 30A. Here are some of our favorite restaurant suggestions for your 30A vacation:
Quirky, friendly, and intimate, Cafe Tango is the perfect place to go for a date night or brunch in Santa Rosa Beach. Their building looks like a cozy red boathouse, and though it’s not quite right on the water, it’s not far from the beach. The yellow walls inside are cheerful and the seating arrangement gives you the feeling of both being able to relax and treat yourself. They have a number of delicious fish dishes. Try the baked fish of the day or, for something different, rosemary braised lamb shank.
If you’ve got a craving for seafood, but you’re looking for something a little more grand, try Restaurant Paradis in Rosemary Beach. Higher ceilings with exposed beams and elaborate chandeliers, cream colored walls lined with framed artwork, this a great classy place to go for dinner. They offer fresh seafood like diver scallops and wild blue crab cake. There’s also a lovely courtyard for outdoor seating when the weather is nice, which in 30A is almost every day.
George’s at Alys Beach
When you think of having lunch or dinner on your beach vacation, you often think of looking out over the water as you do so, and that’s exactly what you can do at George’s at Alys Beach. The beautiful deck offers splendid views of the beach. You can sip on a drink while you wait for your food and just enjoy the scenery. George’s is also a terrific option for its commitment to fresh, locally sourced food. If you’re looking for a true 30A culinary experience, a place like George’s is the perfect choice.
Stinky’s Fish Camp
Don’t let the humorous name fool you. Located in Santa Rosa Beach, Stinky’s Fish Camp is one of the most coveted seafood spots in 30A, especially if you’re in the mood for stuffed oysters. Try smoked gruyere and bacon, garlic butter, or the trademark “stinky signature” stuffed oysters. You’re likely to be in a long line when you stop by Stinky’s Fish Camp, but if you have the time, it’s worth it.
These are just a few of the excellent restaurants you’ll find during your vacation in 30A, but there are plenty more to discover. You can even take a food tour by e-bike to learn from local foodies some of the best gastronomy that 30A has to offer.