Some of Our Absolute Favorites
30A Lunch, Dinner, & Wines
Bud & Ally * Best Salad with a 30A Gulf View
We have to choose Bud & Ally of Seaside, Florida for the best gulf views while eating a Nicoise Salad and chilled glass of wine. Is there a better mid-summer dish than Salade Niçoise? Loaded with seasonal produce, it’s both nutritious and blends superbly with a Chardonnay.
Heavenly Shortcake * Best Ice Cream, Brownies, and Treats
When it comes to ice-cream, nobody does it better than Heavenly Shortcake of Seaside Town Center. Our favorites are the cookie dough ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, and star-shaped HUGE brownies. It is a little pricey, be warned, but ohhhh so good!
Location: 63 Central Square, Seaside Florida Town Center
Friendly Dining Experience * Cafe Thirty-A
Cafe Thirty-A is a must-dine destination while visiting Seagrove Beach. It has a great atmosphere, friendly, amazing staff, and a BOGO daily from 5 PM until 6 PM for the best value. Highly comes recommended from all! A tip for you would be to DEFINITELY MAKE RESERVATIONS!
Located right in the middle of Seagrove Beach off of 30A, this fine dining experience will have you back for more. Delicious drinks to desserts!
Contact: 850-231-2166, Web: cafethirtya.com
Blue Mountain Beach Creamery * Best Ice Cream Too!
Located on the corner of Hwy 83 and 30A in Blue Mountain Beach, this local ice cream shop makes its frozen yogurt onsite daily with real yogurt, no powders. They also offer delicious green tea smoothies and sweet velvety ice cream.
Location: 2129 S. Scenic Hwy 83, Blue Mountain Beach
Contact: (850) 278-6849, Web: bluemountainbeachcreamery.com
Taste: Lemon Chiffon or Blueberry Pomegranate Frozen Yogurt
Dune Allen/Santa Rosa Beach
Stinky’s Fish Camp * Best Fish, Social, & Drinks
Thankfully, this is one of the 30a restaurants that doesn’t live up to its name. If you’re in the mood for oysters, you’ll be pleased to discover they offer them 10 different ways. They’re also known for serving crawfish, including, crawfish hot tamales, crawfish hushpuppies, crawfish pie, and creamy crawfish étouffée with fried green tomatoes. The rustic cabin-like atmosphere feels pretty cozy and the floor to ceiling windows provide excellent views of one of Dune Allen’s rare coastal dune lakes.
Location: 5994 West County Road 30A, Santa Rosa Beach
Contact: (850) 267-3053
Taste: Fried Brie with Memaw’s Pepper Jelly
The Vue On 30A
This place does live up to its name! With floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows, all overlooking the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico, you’ll be stunned by the view. And if that isn’t reason enough to come for a visit, then the delicious Florida food will definitely convince you. Chef Gio’s culinary skills helped him make it to the top 6 on Season 5, Hell’s Kitchen. Yup, he’s a celebrity chef.
Location: 4801 W County Highway 30A, Dune Allen
Contact: (850) 267-2305
Taste: French Toast Foie Gras and Pistachio Crusted Grouper
Situated in a small cottage just off of 30A, dining here is like going to a friend’s house. Cozy and elegant, it’s a great place for a romantic date night or anniversary dinner.
Location: 14 Vicky Street, Santa Rosa Beach
Taste: Basque Fish topped with Gulf shrimp in a white fabada bean sauce with chorizo sausages.
Seaside Dining Area
Pickles Beachside Grill
This retro 1950‘s-style diner is a beachside burger bar famous for fried pickles. Mosey on in wearing your swimsuit and flip-flops to refuel after a day of play in the sun. Their salty seasoned french fries are the best! Perfect for a snack fix at the beach.
Location: 2236 Scenic Hwy 30A, Seaside
Contact: (850) 231-5686
Taste: Paradise Burger and Fried Pickles
The Pizza Bar
Locals told me that when this establishment opened, they brought in pizza experts to create the perfect dough and were offering taste tests until they got it just right. Well, all those free pizzas paid off because it’s probably one of the tastiest slices in Florida.
Location: 2236 E County Highway 30A, Seaside (Right next to The Taco Bar)
Contact: (850) 231-3113
Taste: The San Marzano Pizza with Shaved Parmigiano Reggiano & Local Arugula.
Dawson’s Yogurt & Fudgeworks
Just across the street from the beach, this is the best place to satisfy your sweet tooth and grab a hunk of homemade fudge or cool off with a frozen yogurt. It’s a popular place, so there might be a line. But it’s definitely worth the wait.
Location: 121 Center Ave, Seaside
Contact: (850) 231-4770
Taste: Kalhua Frozen Yogurt