Food

Stroll, Boat, Paddle or Bike to These Popular Outdoor Bars

Sun worshippers, surfers, beach babes, professionals, and entrepreneurs are all busy, whether in an office or on the beach. Everyone deserves to take a break from the daily grind to grab a cocktail and kick back. No need to rinse the salt water from your hair, the sand from your feet or polish your loafers - just walk in and belly up to one of these cool, laid-back outdoor bars where the rum flows and the frequenters feel right at home in our latest SoWal List.

Caliza Receives Top Honors for Dining Experience

Caliza Restaurant at Alys Beach, now open for the season, has received the Diners’ Choice Award as a result of being voted by diners as a top-rated restaurant experience.

The unique open-air restaurant and bar has received top honors in several categories for the Northwest Florida region: best overall dining experience, best food, best service, best ambiance, best outdoor dining, romantic atmosphere, and other top foodie ratings. The OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award lists are a celebration of top-rated restaurants.

Bikes & Tacos Go Together at Piper's Kitchen in Alys Beach

Visitors to SoWal spend a lot of time along Scenic 30A, and a MUST visit to Alys Beach is always in order. Located on the east end of South Walton (just west of Rosemary Beach), locals and out-of-towners are always amazed at the unique architecture, courtyards, green spaces, gardens and parks found within the Alys Beach community.

Sandestin Gumbo Festival at Baytowne Wharf Feb 14-15

The Sandestin Gumbo Festival has been known as one of the largest and most popular winter food events along Florida’s Emerald Coast. Now in its 31st year, the event takes over The Village of Baytowne Wharf during Presidents Day weekend.  Kick-off the weekend Friday, Feb. 14 at Hammerhead’s Bar & Grille with a delicious Baytowne Seafood Boil beginning at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 15 from 12-4 p.m. guests will enjoy live Zydeco music from Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe, family activities, the best gumbo cook-off on the Gulf Coast and bloody mary cocktails!

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