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When it comes to discovering secret “Where the locals go” dining along 30A in Florida, there are several fantastic restaurants to choose from. While Redd’s Fueling Station is undoubtedly the best secret local spot, here is a list of ten top restaurants, including Redd’s, for you to explore:
Redd’s Fueling Station Redd’s Pub Located in Santa Rosa Beach, this unique spot is hidden behind a gas station but has great food menu – from pizza to burgers, slow cooked ribs and more — all made fresh to order from scratch, and a lively music atmosphere, hats, wigs, and costumes make for a fun Instagram moment. But be sure to call for dinner reservations to ensure a spot, its limited seating.
Steamboat 30A — This might be a “strip mall” bar but the food is great and is well supported by locals due to the great happy hour and service.
The Bay: Found in Santa Rosa Beach, The Bay is a waterfront eatery known for its stunning views and delicious seafood. They offer a casual atmosphere and a menu filled with fresh, local ingredients.
Grace Pizza 30A — Best Italian meatballs around, with a spicy maranara sauce and collosal milk shakes. Locals love this place.
Chanticleer Eatery: Found in Grayton Beach, across the street from Grace 30a Chanticleer Eatery is a charming cafe serving breakfast and lunch. They focus on organic and locally sourced ingredients – sit at the bar (only a few seats — tell them they need more)
Borago. Locals know to go early and sit at the bar — if you can — and mingle with the best local spot around. It’s a local’s gem
The Perfect Pig: Situated in Gulf Place and Seagrove, The Perfect Pig is a delightful spot specializing in gourmet sandwiches, salads, and, of course, deliciously prepared pork. Praise the Lard !
The Red Bar: You will only find locals here in the spring and fall, and usually at the bar or for teh music. The Red Bar is a local institution with a funky, eclectic atmosphere. It offers a unique menu featuring Penne chicken, crab cakes, pasta, sandwiches, and nightly live music.
Basmati’s Asian Cuisine: Located in Blue Mountain Beach, Basmati’s offers a fusion of Asian flavors and fresh seafood. The menu includes dishes from various regions, such as sushi, – but the locals know about the filet.
Definately local places are Mctighes Irish Bar and Blue Mabel (Next to Redd’s ) where you will see locals late night at Mctighes, and happy hour at Mabels. Both have been serving locals with great value for years.
There are many tourist traps along 30A — we wont name them here, but the smart money is on the locations that invite and attent to locals, offer discounts for those showing a local ID zip code drivers license.
These ten restaurants should provide you with a diverse range of dining experiences along 30A in Florida. Enjoy exploring the local culinary scene!