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It's Time to Grab Some Food and Hit the Beach

August 18, 2014 by Leanne King

Life at the beach is all about a having a free spirit and free time. It’s a place we celebrate by having our toes in the sand and not in the kitchen. Let us share just a few of our favorite places you can go to grab everything you need for lunch on a blanket or dinner on the porch. These grab it and go possibilities make the old time soggy sandwich picnics a thing of the past.


Modica Market

Modica Market in Seaside has become an icon of the area. People seem to make it a stop on their annual trip to the beach.  It’s the perfect place to line the family up at their counter for fresh deli selections, chicken salad, lemon meringue pie, chilled beverages and so much more. This gourmet grocery with Southern hospitality is family owned and operated with heart and determination to deliver the finest foods.



Cup – Food you pick up, certainly says it all. With a location in Blue Mountain and Seacrest, this brilliant eating experience couldn’t be more perfect for the beach, biking or just plain ole easy eating!  CUP creates delicious, healthy meals that are packaged in….CUPS! These 20oz cups feature quick, delicious and healthy meals that include everything from tilapia or pulled pork to seasoned salmon or grilled chicken. And can easily be thrown into a cooler for a day of play or just for having lunch on the way.


the Melt Down on 30A

Located in classic Airstream in Seaside, the Melt Down on 30A has taken the classic American grilled cheese and amped it into something marvelous (okay, even more marvelous than a classic grilled cheese). You get to choose from a menu of grilled sandwiches of gourmet cheeses, ham, meatloaf, tomato or turkey. Everything is beautifully and substantially wrapped for safe beach bag carrying.


Seacrest Sundries

Don’t let the blue awning announcing Seacrest Sundries confuse you. Not only do they have all the necessities of a sundry shop but this little grocery also offers yummy American favorites you don’t see every day.  Walk in with your picnic basket and let them fill it with chicken or tuna salad, nekkid wings, fried bologna sandwiches and more.  If you’re headed out early, they can also take care of breakfast for you.


Sunrise Coffee Co

The latest and greatest addition to Gulf Place is the Sunrise Coffee Co. Located just steps to the beach, it’s a fabulous place to start your day with fresh food and a super fun atmosphere. They make eating on the go easy by focusing on wraps that include turkey avocado, club sandwiches and quesadillas. When the sun has become too hot, let them cool you off with a milkshake, ice cream, snow cone or smoothie.


For The Health Of It

Sometimes the heat of the day makes you just want to keep lunch light. A perfect way to keep it both light and healthy is with a fresh made-to-order concoction from the juice and smoothie bar at For The Health Of It in Blue Mountain. Add protein powders, vitamins and even green foods to drinks that boast names like Strawberry Fields Forever, Tropical Breeze and Blue Mountain Blizzard.


Our latest SoWal List is a simple sampling of a few local spots perfect for picking up a picnic - a quick peek into the SoWal Dining Guide .  If you have found your favorite spot and want to share it, please tell us about it below or in the SoWal Dining Forum.


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Living and writing in Tennessee, Leanne could no longer settle for temporary trips to the Emerald Coast. Realizing that she was holding her breath waiting for the next visit, she moved to be here where the breathing comes more easily and the living is more alive.

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