SoWal is "In a Relationship" with Tacos
September 24, 2019 by SoWal Staff
If there's one thing SoWal knows, it's TACOS!
From traditional to street to coastal and everywhere in between we have you covered on old favorites and new eateries serving up your best savory treat in a tortilla. Our latest SoWal List serves as your "where to" guide for all things tacos.
Bud & Alley's Taco Bar
Tacos and beer go together like sun and sand. Luckily, you can get your taco and beach fix at Bud & Alley’s Taco Bar in Seaside, Florida. It’s the perfect place to grab a seat at the bar and enjoy the scene. The fish tacos were an immediate hit, not to mention the bar’s offering of close to 50 tequilas and signature margaritas. “Knock the sand off your feet and wash down a spicy taco with a cold cervaza. What’s better than that?” asks Dave Rauschkolb, Bud & Alley's owner. Staying true to the Bud & Alley’s tradition, the entire menu is made fresh in house. Stop by and see what everyone's Taco-bout.
Red Fish Taco
Just steps from the shore at Red Fish Village in Blue Mountain Beach, Red Fish Taco features chef-driven eats, Tecate in the can, and delicious margaritas. Most importantly, they have happy hour, every hour! The signature Grilled Fish Tacos come street style, topped with marinated cabbage, chili lime aioli, and cilantro. The Grilled Avocado side is to die for!
Local Catch Bar & Grill is a beloved SoWal bar and grill started by two college buddies featuring a wide-ranging menu that spans seafood, burgers, and wings, to name a few. The Caribbean Shrimp tacos come with a choice of a side (we recommend homemade chips and pico) and they’re topped with grilled coconut rum marinated shrimp, pineapple salsa, cabbage, house white sauce, and roasted red peppers. You could wash it down with a cold draft beer or a specialty margarita…but I’m a sucker for a good Cucumber Collins. Gin, ginger, lemon, and cucumber pair perfectly with the fresh Caribbean flavors.
North Beach Tortilla Co.
North Beach Tortilla Co. is a taco and tequila bar situated on the Choctawhatchee Bay in South Walton. The menu fuses Spanish, Southwestern, and Florida cuisines with a strong emphasis on fresh and authentic foods. SoWal's newest waterfront restaurant and bar is a place where Tacos Grow On Trees and Tequila Always Wins. “We use free range organic chickens from a friend’s local farm in our quesadillas and tacos. I wanted delicious ingredients that would be good for our kids,” says owner Chef Jim Shirley.
La Cocina Mexican Grill & Bar is one of our all-time favorite SoWal taco joints. (We’ve even been known to pick up salsa and cheese dip by the quart for weekend snacking.) The colorful grill and bar features Latin inspired cuisine with a coastal twist. Authentic sides like Blistered Shishito Peppers set the bar high, but it’s the street tacos that keep us coming back for more. Arrachera tacos are stuffed with grilled skirt steak, grilled peppers and onions, salsa macha, cotija cheese, and cilantro. La Cocina is also known for its raw bar - savory shrimp ceviche and Gulf Snapper crudo are worthy of a taste. Sip on a mango infused margarita with a tajin rim for maximum flavor.
Marina Bar & Grill
With the best seat in the house for bay views, Marina Bar & Grill is situated on the Baytowne Marina and Choctawhatchee Bay. With menu items featuring locally caught seafood and Southern classics with a Bayou twist, you can enjoy coastal favorites inside or outside in the casual, rustic dining area and soak in a 180-degree sunset view over the marina. Their Signature Fish Tacos feature the grilled catch of the day with pico de gallo, queso fresco cilantro creme and house salsa in a warm flour tortilla. If you’ve had a lucky day on the water, they’ll provide “you catch ‘em, we cook ‘em” service, and serve your catch grilled, fried or blackened to your liking.
La Playa Coastal Cantina
La Playa, newly renovated by longtime local Mario McNally, is in the perfect spot, sitting directly across from one of the busiest beach accesses on Scenic 30A – perfect because guests can just walk up and grab food and cocktails. Perfect because La Playa has a great view, open-air patio, fine Mexican food and stiff drinks. What more could you ask? People watching? Yeah, that too! The Build Your Own tacos are where it's at. Start with your choice of two flour or corn tortillas, choose one protein and three toppings with a side chips and salsa - and of course don't forget the queso dip. Over time Mario plans to tweak the recipes at La Playa to showcase his family’s authentic Mexican cuisine, so keep this spot on your radar.
Check out the SoWal Dining Guide for more food stories and lists. Head over to the SoWal Dining Forum for more food news. You can even leave your own reviews and tell us about your favorite tacos. We love to hear from you! Be sure to follow the SoWal Facebook page for updates from the beach while you’re at it. Hasta luego!