School's out for Summer! And with summer, comes many summer vacations. One of my favorite being a trip to Seaside, Florida.
As the saying goes, "The new town, the old ways." And it couldn't be more true. Seaside gives the feeling of a trip back in time, an escape from time, and a grand time.
And part of that grand time comes of course with food, starting with Great Southern. One must order the Grits a Ya Ya - blackened shrimp with bacon, spinach, mushrooms, and cream served atop Gouda grits. With so many of the right combinations, the flavor of this classic dish with a modern twist is just divine. The fish of the day is always fresh and local. There's pimento cheese and Po' Boys for lunch. And for breakfast one mustn't overlook the beignets.
With all the wonderful fare, it's no surprise the place is always hopping, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For a more casual affair, on those occasions where your shoes are filled with sand and your clothing attire is just a swim suit, stroll on over to Pickle's located steps away from the shore. It's classic boardwalk bites like hot dogs, hamburgers, corndogs, and funnel cakes. Of course there are french fries, but don't forget the fried namesake!
Visit the rooftop at Bud & Alley's for a great view of the beach and water. It's quite refreshing, both the breeze and the drinks.
For a more casual dining affair, visit Bud & Alley's Pizza Bar right next door. The pizza is brick oven fresh and there's also nice outdoor seating on the back patio.
The butcher brings in fresh meats, but get there early because they do tend to sell out. But don't worry, there's also a wide variety of pre-made selections to choose from, including desserts galore. The market is stocked up with non-perishable essentials too, including that all-so-necessary sunscreen.
Last but not least, for desert there are still more options to choose from. The line starts forming outside the steps of It's Heavenly ice cream shop sometime between 7 and 8pm.
Or scoot down to the fudge shop. It's a little further down the main square, but there still might be a small line...