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Let’s Catch Lunch in Santa Rosa Beach 

Posted on - Laura Bernstien

Are you ready to embark on a culinary journey along the sun-kissed shores of Santa Rosa Beach? Prepare your taste buds for a delightful adventure as we explore the top 8 lunch spots that promise to tantalize your senses and satisfy your cravings.

 The Great Southern Cafe (Santa Rosa):

Tucked just a stone’s throw away from the pristine waters of the Gulf on 30A, The Great Southern Cafe welcomes you with its cozy atmosphere and charming decor. Renowned Chef Jim Shirley takes pride in crafting dishes using locally sourced ingredients, resulting in mouthwatering delights like white shrimp and grits or seafood celebration platters.

Seagrove Village Cafe (Seagrove):

Step back in time at Seagrove Village Cafe, a beloved local haunt serving up crispy fried green tomatoes and delectable grouper sandwiches since 1949. With over six decades of culinary expertise, this cafe is a testament to timeless flavors and Southern hospitality.

Cafe Tango (Santa Rosa):

For a hassle-free beach day, look no further than Cafe Tango. With pre-prepared soups, salads, and platters available for delivery to your doorstep, you can spend more time soaking up the sun and less time worrying about lunch preparations. It’s the perfect solution for vacationers seeking convenience without sacrificing taste.

The Perfect Pig (Seagrove, Gulf Place):

No visit to Santa Rosa Beach is complete without a visit to The Perfect Pig. Sink your teeth into succulent pulled pork sandwiches or savor the flavors of brisket and burgers. Vegetarian options like hummus plates and Greek salads ensure there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

98 BBQ (Santa Rosa):

Immerse yourself in the rich flavors of Southern barbecue at 98 BBQ, a local institution for over four decades. From savory gumbo to hearty sandwiches and salads, every dish is a testament to the Seeling family’s dedication to serving up authentic flavors and generous portions.

The Bay (Santa Rosa):

Owned by the esteemed Chef Jim Shirley, The Bay offers breathtaking views of Choctawhatchee Bay paired with delectable seafood and sushi options. From fresh small plates to indulgent seafood platters, every bite is a symphony of flavors that celebrates the bounty of the Gulf.

Hurricane Oyster Bar & Grill (Grayton):

Transport your taste buds to the vibrant streets of NOLA with a visit to Hurricane Oyster Bar & Grill. From velvety lobster bisque to plump oysters on the half shell, each dish is a celebration of Gulf Coast flavors and culinary traditions.

Meltdown on 30A (Santa Rosa):

For the ultimate comfort food experience, head to Meltdown on 30A for gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches made with locally sourced ingredients. From classic combinations to inventive creations, every melt is a testament to the power of simplicity and quality ingredients.

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