Much has changed on the culinary landscape (beachscape?) here recently, with the addition many exciting new places. We love dining al fresco, and almost every restaurant listed has outdoor seating available. Nearly all are in Seaside and are very easily walkable from Thyme after Thyme.
COFFEE / CAFES
Amavida (877) 231-3539; www.amavida.com
Exceptional fair trade coffee from around the world and tasty light fare.
Modica Market (850) 231-1214; www.modicamarket.com
Great selection of baked goods as well as breakfast & lunch items and wines in this wonderful gourmet grocery; has a few outside tables on the square.
CASUAL / FAMILY FRIENDLY / FUN
Great Southern Cafe (850) 231-7327 www.thegreatsoutherncafe.com
Terrific New Orleans food (B/L/D) in a comfortable setting in Seaside's center.
Pickles (850) 231-5686; www.sweetwilliamsltd.com
You won't find a beachier spot than this burger and hot dog mecca.
Airstream Row (for Barefoot BBQ): (850) 534-0313
BBQ, juice bar, ice cream and more in a funky row of too-cool Airstream trailers.
The Melt Down(Airstream Row) Scrumptious gourmet grilled sandwiches, all $5-7.
Goat cheese, prosciutto, arugula, and tomato, anyone?
Taco Bar (850) 231-4781; www.budandalleys.com
For a Mexican fix at the beach.
Shrimp Shack (850) 231-3799; www.sweetwilliamsltd.com
Have your lobster roll oceanfront!
Tarpon Club Rooftop Bar (850) 231-5900; www.budandalleys.com
360 degree views of gulf above Bud & Alleys; casual lunch, but rocks nightly.
Piccolo/Red Bar (850) 231-1008; www.theredbar.com (in Grayton Beach)
In Grayton Beach, a crazy, fabled institution with live jazz and separate bar scene.
Pizza by the Sea (850) 231-3030; www.pizzabythesea.com
In Watercolor by Publix; little place with seriously good (and inexpensive) pizza & pasta in a very family and children-friendly atmosphere.
723 Whiskey Bravo (850) 213-0015 www.723whiskeybravo.com
[New for 2012!] A sportsbar of sorts, but very upscale. Gulf views from roof and walkable or bikeable from Thyme after Thyme.
TRENDY / SOPHISTICATED (850) 231-3113; www.budandalleys.com
Don't be fooled by the name, a beachfront epicurean's (& oenophile's!) delight.
"South of France" wine bar, small plates & sushi with great patio in Seaside's center. Sunday champagne brunch.
Wine World (850) 231-1323; www.chanswineworld.com (In Watercolor)
Fantastic wines, cheeses, & pates, restaurant, and looooong wine bar. A must stop! Sunday champagne brunches and Friday night wine tastings.
EXCEPTIONAL DESTINATION DINING
Bud & Alley's (850) 231-5900; www.budandalleys.com
Well-deserved reputation as the epitomy of Gulf of Mexico vernacular cuisine.
Fish Out Of Water (850) 534-5050; www.watercolorinn.com (in Watercolor)
In Watercolor Inn, world-class interior design (by David Rockwell), food, and wine.
V (850) 468-0973 www.vseagrove.com (just 3 short blocks east of Thyme after Thyme!)
Just opened as Phase I of the new Hotel Viridian. Tres chic, gorgeous, great food and atmosphere. Only a stone's throw east of Thyme after Thyme at corner of 395 and Scenic 30A.
Cafe 30A (850) 231-2166; www.cafe30a.com (1.5 miles east of Seaside)
Seamless, virtually iconic special restaurant. Happening martini nights.
WE'RE STAYING HOME TONIGHT!
(850) 231-1214; www.modicamarket.com
Deli case, wines, baked items, all just a quick stroll from Thyme after Thyme.
Wine World (850) 231-1323; www.chanswineworld.com (in Watercolor)
Uninspired name for such a great selection of wines, cheeses, and pates.
Publix Supermarket (850) 534-4565; www.publix.com (in Watercolor Crossing)
All the staples less than a mile from Thyme after Thyme north on 395 (the "flashing light").Seaside Farmer's Market In Seaside's Main Square, Saturdays 9AM-1PM.