Great food doesn’t have to be complicated. And Sandro and Emily Wever, owners of Chanticleer Eatery in Grayton Beach, love to keep it simple. For a restaurant with such a high reputation, you would think it would be facing Front Street. But like a true local gem, Chanticleer is hidden where locals know to look. And except for the tell-tale signs of outdoor dining tables with lights strung overhead, and the delicious smell of slow smoked pork and fresh baked bread, the building serves as a façade.
After all, it’s what’s inside that counts. Locals have been raving about Chanticleer’s good eats, and consistent, hospitable service, since opening day in June of 2012. TripAdvisor even recognized the restaurant with a Certificate of Excellence in 2014 and 2015. But much like the moral of the fable that is the restaurant’s namesake, the Wevers aren’t focused on flattery. They’re focused on putting out great food.
Lunchtime brings in locals from all over the area wanting a piece of what Chanticleer has to offer. And they never, never, disappoint. A soup, salad, sandwich lunch seems simple enough, and that’s where its beauty lies. Only salads at Chanticleer resemble rainbows.
The classic Chef Salad is situated in rows of oven roasted turkey breast, smoked ham, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, bacon crumbles, shredded carrots and mixed cheese. And if you love to junk up a salad, slather it in Chanticleer’s homemade bleu cheese dressing.
Chanticleer sets their sandwiches apart with fresh baked bread that carried over from the restaurant’s early days as a bakery. (Not to mention their signature cookies are to die for.) The Grilled Bruschetta Chicken Sandwich and Chanticleer Grilled Cheese on fresh baked rosemary sage bread are both mouthwatering.
Dinner at Chanticleer introduces apps like eggrolls stuffed with brie, sweet cinnamon apples, and bacon. Only to be followed by a menu filled with happiness-inducing entrees the likes of 12 oz. Ribeyes, Jambalaya and marinated Pork Chops. Home cooked goodness at its finest.
Just like the attention paid to the rest of their menu, Chanticleer makes drink mixers from scratch and uses real juice in their cocktails. That means their Bloody Mary mix is anything but mundane- it's made from house smoked and slow roasted veggies. But perhaps best of all, Chanticleer's sinful White Chocolate Coconut Cookie has been cloned into a frozen cocktail made with vanilla vodka and coconut rum.
Catch happy hour at Chanticleer's full bar on Monday-Friday from 4-6 pm and all day Saturday. Happy hour specials include...
$1.25 regular domestic bottles
$2 all other bottled beer
$3 draft beer
$2 off wine by the glass
$2 off signature hand-crafted cocktails
$1 off mixed drinks and shots
White Chocolate Coconut Cookie for adults only.
Chanticleer Eatery in Grayton Beach is open Monday-Saturday for lunch, and Monday-Friday for dinner. Call ahead for to-go orders and ask about catering at 850-213-9065. Visit www.chanticleereatery.com to glance at the menus and follow Chanticleer Eatery on Facebook for the latest updates.
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