Trebeaché Conquers Casual Elegance
July 6, 2016 by Audrey Johnson
Trebeaché (tray-beachay) is a made-up name that means very beachy (in made-up French). Blue Mountain Beach's newest hotspot has been a hit from the start.
The restaurant, bar and event space is the brainchild of partner chefs Todd Misener, Brannon Janca and Jim Richard. The trio brings a big easy feel to Blue Mountain Beach with the same great food and excellent wine list you would expect from their sister restaurants, Stinky’s Fish Camp in nearby Dune Allen and Trenasse in New Orleans. Trebeaché takes both of those concepts - one super casual, one upscale - and blends them seamlessly into a relaxed but elegant setting.
It sounds easy. Just blend the food and service from the best New Orleans restaurants with the friendly atmosphere of your favorite beach joint. But it's not something just anyone can pull off. The location on Scenic 30A in Redfish Village is full of local artist Justin Gaffrey’s artwork, with scenes of South Walton's beauty. Comfy leather chairs and warm wood walls grace the space, and the long bar invites you to sit awhile. The front patio is the place to eat, see, and be seen. Manicured shrubs give privacy to the back garden with tables for large families and a fire pit for cozying up with cocktails.
“We want to be that really approachable, casual place, with the attention to detail of a fine dining restaurant,” says GM Kevin Moran.
Lunchtime at Trebeaché features soup, salads, sandwiches and sides. The Baked Italian on fresh focaccia comes stacked high with ham, mortadella, cappacola, provolone and olive salad. Hearty Shrimp and Crab salad rests on a bed of spring mix with hearts of palm, artichoke, celery, yellow tomato vinaigrette, and grilled asparagus for warmth and interest.
Interestingly enough, Trebeaché makes 30A Beaché Boxes built to-go so you can hit the beach and worship the sun a little longer. Boxes range from vegetarian wraps to hearty Italian sandwiches. They come with two sides, and the three heart salad with chopped hearts of palm, artichoke hearts and celery hearts can help you cool off and satisfy your hunger beachside.
On Sundays, Trebeaché offers lunch and brunch menus with mimosa and bloody mary carts that come to your table stocked with bacon, avocado, boiled shrimp and all the wonderful pickled things. You can even buy mimosas by the bottle.
Beignets are powdery and messy and wonderful, just as they should be. And the Belgian waffle is perfect for kids. Benedict lovers rejoice with the Benny, Benny, Benny - a trio of traditional, crab cake and veal grillades served on handmade biscuits.
Happy hour fills the lull between lunch and dinner with food and drink specials daily from 3-6 pm. Treats like the sweet walnut crusted baked brie bouchée start at just $5. ($5 well spent.) If you’re starving, grab a burger and fries for $10. Wines by the glass come red, white and bubbly for $5, as do Svedka vodka cocktails and draft beer. Specialty cocktails are as creative as the dinner menu, featuring sweet Peach Pina Coladas and refreshing Steam Rollers alike.
“We wanted to give people an opportunity to come in off the beach and dine early or roll happy hour into dinner service that begins at five,” says Kevin.
Dinner at Trebeaché really gives the chefs a chance to exercise their creative muscles. The raw bar extends beyond oysters into the realm of Thai beef salad and poached Gulf shrimp. Dishes like the potato wrapped grouper are so pretty you hate to cut into them. Fine steaks and desserts like pistachio crème brulee round out the menu. Trebeaché also has a thing for Pinot Noir, and their reserve wine list is made mostly of the variety that goes so well with their food.
Event space at Trebeaché holds groups ranging from 20-400 guests. The restaurant hosts regular live music events and served as a venue for 30A Songwriters Fest last year. Four versatile event spaces are perfect for gatherings from intimate birthday dinners to wedding rehearsal dinners to concerts. The group enjoys the food and fun while the Trebeaché crew does all the work. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a tour.
Trebeaché is located in Redfish Village in Blue Mountain Beach. The restaurant is open daily for lunch, happy hour and dinner, and on Sundays they add brunch. Stay tuned to Facebook for info on live music and events. Call 850-937-7793 for reservations. See menus and more at www.trebeache.com.