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Best eats on 30-A?

We're spending a week in Rosemary Beach. It's been a while since people gave recommendations for this area (30-A from Destin to PCB), so I'd love to hear about faves. We're not particularly looking for fancy seafood (we live in Miami, so we've got that covered here!) ... just relaxed places with good ambiance. We'd also love to hear about good seafood markets in the area.

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  1. Café Thirty-A at 3899 Easy County Hwy. 30-A in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. Call 850-2166. The average appetizers range from $8.00 to $17.50, entrees range from $21.00 to $37.00.

    The café sports a huge menu which makes it difficult to choose. It starts with a dazzling array of pre-dinner martinis and cocktails, followed by a dizzying number of appetizers, entrees and desserts. There's also an extensive wine list and a respectable number of wines available by the glass.

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    1. re: Lilli62

      Cafe Thirty-A still an exceptional choice!

    2. Try getting something to go from Wild Olives and walk to the beach for a picnic. Old Florida Fishhouse has good sushi and seafood plates. Fish Out of Water at Watercolor also has excellent sushi, and the drinks are nice. If you have time, Seaside (town where The Truman Show was filmed) has several good places for tapas, sandwiches, and wine. Bud and Ally's us also good for dinner.

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      1. re: beth1

        Give Basmati's in Blue Mountain and Crush in Seaside a try for sushi as well! Basmati's has 1/2 priced happy hour 5-6pm on sushi and Crush from 4-6.

      2. Fish Out of Water (www.watercolorresort.com/resort_dinin...) at WaterColor has a great ambiance - can't beat the view of the Gulf (ask for a table by the window) - and excellent food. Borago (www.boragorestaurant.com) in Grayton has excellent Italian. Pizza By the Sea (www.pizzabythesea.com) in WaterColor Crossing has the best pizza in South Walton county.

        Check out the new local blog called SoWal Scene (www.sowalscene.com) for more restaurant info.

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        1. re: jillgaupin

          We ate at the sushi Bar in Fish out of Water, last week. Just OK is how I would report. It is very comfortable in there, however.

          Basmati's was the next night. Interesting but not great.

          Next trip I want to try Borago.
          And I always love 30A (the restaurant).

          1. re: jangita

            I really like Basmati's sushi. Might have caught them on a bad night. Try the dining room at Fish Out of Water. Quite the experience. Only the best in local and regional purveyors sourced. Borago is exceptional as well, though I prefer to eat in the bar as it is more intimate.

        2. Great Southern Cafe in Seaside. It's open air, and not fancy. We were there about a month ago, and the smoked gouda grits were one of the best things I've eaten in a year or so. We were there for brunch, but it looked like a great place to get a beer after a hard day on the beach!

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          1. re: JCap

            Go for the Happy hour and Apalachicola oysters on the half shell. Gris A Ya Ya is good but geared toward the tourists. Burgers are great as is the fresh catch of the day.

          2. We're back from rosemary beach and i wanted to say thanks for all the recommendations! we enjoyed RB so much and were so lazy just laying around and biking the area that we only made it to bud & alley's for drinks at their rooftop bar. besides that we had a lot of excellent takeout from cowgirl kitchen (www.cowgirlkitchen.net) -- mainly fresh homemade pizzas and wonderful salads and other than that we picked up fresh seafood from Shrimpers (on Highway 98 near San Destin) and Goatfeathers (just east of Seaside). i miss vacation already ...

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            1. re: heathera

              Glad you enjoyed fresh Gulf Coast Seafood from Shrimpers, and the rooftop deck at Bud's. It is special. Cowgirl Kitchen now has CK Feed & Supply in Rosemary!

            2. Just to update, lots of new restaurants on 30A! Johnny Earles is back with Grayton Beach Bar & Grill. Edward's in Rosemary Beach is a favorite with clams, mussels, local seafood using local produce. Pick up Beach needs at CK Feed & Supply Rosemary, Enjoy sushi from La Crema owners at Aqua Coastal Rosemary, and The Pearl with 3 restaurants opens in Rosemary in a few weeks! V Seagrove has amazing 30AEATS, as do many old favorites! Pandora's Grayton is under new management, La Playa also new at Gulf Place, La Cocina in Seacrest next to Rosemary always delicious!