Hey, it's me again - on my annual search for that great SOWAL restaurant I've missed.

Discussion in 'Dining and Food' started by Kirkus, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. Kirkus

    Kirkus Beach Comber

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    So SOWALians, what do you have for me this year?

    We tend to have pretty laid back meals, sometimes comprised only of multiple shared appetizers and nice wine or cold Red Stripes, and always looking for a nice beachy vibe.

    Over the years, our regular spots have included Cafe Thirty-A, Jean Noel's Cafe Rendezvous (and Fermintations before that), Red Bar, the Roof Top Bar (Tarpon Club) and B&A's (and its Taco Bar). I sure miss D&K's, 331's, and the original Shades and Hurricane Grill in Seaside (we haven't tried their "new" locations, but I need to replace my Hurricane Grill t-shirt). We've moved away from Fish Out of Water, and similar "tuck in your T-shirt" places. I'll have to motivate my lazy/sunburned/imbibed self to drive to Stinky's this year.

    We had added Shorty's the past few years, though it seemed a little "off" last time we were there. Gravel Road was a hit, but left us too soon. The Perfect Pig sounds like it was named for me (except for the "perfect" part). Any other places we need to give a go?
     
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  2. steel1man

    steel1man Beach Fanatic

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    Sergio's little Italian behind Starbucks @ Grayton.
    Best calamari app.ever. Owner Sergio on site and available. It's like Capri on 30A
     
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    Check out Pickle Factory in grayton and Redd's in Blue Mountain. Both very relaxed with unique menu items.
     
  4. Beach Runner

    Beach Runner beats on hood

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    Our list the past three weeks has been (in alphabetical order):
    Borago X 2
    Bruno's
    Flip-Flops
    Georges
    Great Southern x 2
    The Perfect Pig x 3
    Onano
    Pizza Bar
    Red Bar
    Taco Bar x 3
    Stinky's x 2
    Shades
     
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    Beach runner. Lots if skymiles. LoL
     
  6. groveral

    groveral Beach Lover

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    Great list!
     
  7. Abby Prentiss

    Abby Prentiss Beach Fanatic

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    Welcome back to our beautiful beaches!

    From your post I would say Chanticleer in Grayton Beach is right up your alley. They have dinner now also and just added beer and wine. There are a couple of sandwiches alone on the menu that make your trip to SoWal worth every penny. Perfect Pig for sure and Louis Louis - Beachrunner has a good list above.
    The SoWal Dining Guide is an excellent resource - http://www.sowal.com/eat.
     
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    if you loved 331, you will also love louis louis - same decor (!), same owners, same menu. awesome! if you loved the old shades, you might not feel the same about the newest incarnation. pizza by the sea could be added to your list, barefoot barbecue, and la cocina. and maybe local catch.
     
  9. Kirkus

    Kirkus Beach Comber

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    Great feedback! More than a few new names to check out. See you next week!
     
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    I agree with the Louis Louis suggestion. Local Catch is also good - like their fish & shrimp tacos. I haven't had dinnner yet at Fire but their breakfast & lunch rocks!
     
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    How did I forget Fire?!? Try the Sunday brunch!
     
  13. steel1man

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    Do they still have $.10 martini's like seaside days?
     
  14. whiteyfunn

    whiteyfunn SoWal Staff

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    I highly recommend Local Catch in Blue Mountain. Very relaxed atmosphere and some of the best food on 30a. Also, their prices are on point.

    Go before the sun goes down to avoid having to wait.
     
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    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    Louis Louis is one of my all time favorite places ever!

    Local Catch, Fire, Stinky's are hot among visitors and locals.. Other local faves are Nick's, Marie's, Seagrove Market Cafe, George's...

    So many good ones out there. We go to Chanticleer Bakery for lunch constantly.

    Whiskey Bravo is a real treat.. With smiling fish menu for lunch!

    Paradise, Cafe Thirty A, and Onano remain favorites for a special dinner.... Fish Out of Water, V Seagrove too.

    And Borago in Grayton Beach, still wonderful!

    Bud and Alleys and Pizza Bar, fabulous food and great gulf views.

    Crush Wine Bar in Seaside is a special treat for wine, sushi and special dishes.

    The Perfect Pig is a new favorite for locals!

    Red Bar on Sunday or any day is still going strong..

    Had a great fresh grouper sandwich with hand cut fries at the new Grayton Bar and Grill last week.
     
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    Stinky's Fish Camp is a great place to try out!!
     
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    Crust on 98. Despite my critical review of the bad experience my wife had with the staff, the food is very good. Or, you can just walk in and walk out with some amazing bread.
     
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    Sergio's? In that little bitty shopping center? Thanks....had not heard of it.
     
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    Sergio's is fantastic and the owner is a sweetheart. Some of the kindest customer service I have ever experienced.... beautiful fresh salads, super thin crust pizza, all fresh, all house made. I always try to spread the word. Love GBG, Fire, and Stinky's for the burger.
     
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    Barefoot BBQ certainly has my vote. They serve one of the best salads I've had in a while. Locally grown spinach that is so fresh with tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots. The homemade basil vinaigrette is excellent due to the fresh basil. Add their chicken, and you've got a great salad with protein that is low in fat (as long as you don't drink the vinaigrette -- LOL).
     
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