5 Unsuspectingly Epic Restaurants On the West End of 30a

Posted by Fantasia Lyons on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 at 2:53pm.

Today we're going to address a life or death issue on 30a... GOOD FOOD! We all know that our local community is known for its (drumroll)  BEACHES primarily, but our coastal community has sooooooo much more to offer than that. 30a is home to some of the worlds BEST chefs and creative outdoor vibe dining! 30a takes the dining experience to a new level.

You're probably familiar with the vintage airstream row in the heart of Seaside, Bud and Alley's epic sunset views... but let's introduce some other nearby favs that may not already be on your restaurant radar! Especially some of the newer joints. Maybe this will give you just one more reason to plan your next vaca. We all need a good solid reminder to hit the reset button and chill from life's business, especially in 2020! Prepare to drool... Here goes nothing! 

1. Nanbu Noodle Bar - Asian Fusion with a Southern Flair

Menu Features: Ramen and poké bowls, a daily selection of hand-rolled dumplings, steamed buns, and all the saké your heart could desire. 

Nanbu popped up on the scene in the colorful shops of Grayton in 2018. Dreamed up and created by our talented friend, Chef Nikhil, of Roux 30a, Nanbu has added quite the creative culture and vibrancy to our community. There's even outdoor dining in between buildings for those fresh fall days around the bend. Looking for something different, a vibey atmosphere, and a unique artistic yet cozy dining experience? Nanbu is calling. 

Photo sourced from 30a.com / Photographers: Steve Mangum & Kristy Gustafson 

2. Taco 30a Delivery - Made from scratch epic taco delivery service.

Menu Features: Mexican street tacos, quesadillas, burritos, chips and salsa, vegan options, & more. 

Probably not what you were expecting on this "amazing food" blog. A taco delivery service? I know. Well, my friends, Chef Gordo is someone you want to know. Cooking from a food truck does NOT hinder one's artistic master chef skills, something I was reminded of after testing out Taco 30a... on several occasions. These are not your average tacos. They deliver South Walton along 30A and 98 and 331, including the beach! 

 Photos sourced from Taco 30a Facebook

3. Blue Mountain Bakery - Comfort food with a healthy/local twist. 

Menu Features: Organic breakfast - Spinach quiche, Ham & cheddar scone, granola yogurt. Lunch - turkey wraps, burrito bowls, and your choice of baked goods such as gluten free muffins & cinnamon crusted banana nut bread. 

This is a little savory "hole in the wall" doesn't boast a huge street presence, but locals know all about Blue Mountain Bakery. It's behind the bike shop next to For the Health of it on the hill across Blue Mabel. You wont be greeted by a hostess here and taken to a table, well, because there's no room for that inside, but don't let its miniature size fool you! Just like Taco 30a, good things CAN come in small packages. Their outdoor seating provides a breezy picnic table scene, perfect for people watching and sun basking. Combine that with a tasty treat and you are livin' large my friend. 

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4. Chanticleer Eaterery - A little bit of everything. New orleans meets southern comfort. Soups, sandwiches, Salads, & more. 

Menu Features: Jambalaya, shrimp & grits, rueben sandwhich, spicy southwest salad, & macadamia nut cookies. 

Well known to our local community, but another little hidden gem for tourists, Chanticleer is one of those "just right" restaurants. Not too hot, and not too cold, the porridge is just right! You know those days when you aren't sure what you're in the mood for, but you're hungry for something YUM. Chanticleer is my go to for that. It's a great local lunch spot with lots of menu choices. The macadamia nut cookies are locally famous. 

Photo source: Sowal.com

5. Farm & Fire Pizzaria - A nostalgic, romantic speakeasy with fire pizza 

Menu Features: Coal-fired pizza, wings, and whole roasted local fish. 

The list wouldn't be complete without something a little "off the map" of 30a. Not too far out, venturing north will do you well for a low-lit romantic evening where locals reconnect and rest while catching the sunset over the bay. Farm and Fire serves barrel aged spirits mixed with unlikely flavors and smoked ice cubes. Perusing downstairs you can enjoy another great place for making friends and casual conversations at the open-air bar overlooking the Choctawhatchee Bay and the 331 Bridge. Perfect way to end out your trip on 30a. 

Photo source: https://www.farmandfirepizza.com/

 

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