Due to being on the road, our vacation posts are a little bit out of order, but our beach trip included some great food that is definitely worth sharing.
Usually when I make the trip to South Walton (known by locals as SoWal) it is for business instead of recreation, so I was excited by the prospect of going to Scenic 30-A for vacation.
Last Sunday, we arrived at the beach house at Santa Rosa Beach and unpacked our bags and our bikes, took a scenic drive along 30-A, and went to the Publix in Watercolor for some food staples. Later in the evening, we decided to have a light dinner. We drove over to Watercolor for tapas. At Wine World, we each enjoyed a glass of 2008 Aventus Chardonnay. It was a nice velvety Chardonnay with hints of pineapple.
The next day began with a bike ride along the Timpoochee Trail. We made it from Santa Rosa Beach to Grayton Beach just in time to stop and have breakfast as the rain began. I ordered Waffle Wonderful (a delicious waffle covered with peanut butter, fresh fruit, and honey) at the Hibiscus Cafe and we waited for about an hour before the rain stopped.
When the rain allowed, we biked on to Seaside (where The Truman Show was filmed) before heading back to Santa Rosa Beach. We ended up biking about 20 miles which isn’t bad considering how much it rained.
Later in the evening, we went back to Seaside for dinner at The Great Southern Cafe where we both ordered the famous Grits à Ya Ya and shared a slice of key lime pie.
The grits were perfectly creamy and paired nicely with the shrimp. The unique spinach sauce sets this dish apart from other shrimp and grits. The bread served alongside was a bit redundant given that most of the meal was carbohydrates and neither of us ended up eating the bread.
The key lime pie had a great taste, but the texture was more like cheesecake than custard.
On Tuesday morning, we planned to bike the trail to Alys Beach (about 17 miles east of the beach house) and back. Once again we waited out the rain at Hibiscus Cafe (the food was so good we went back for a second Waffle Wonderful breakfast) and when the rain subsided, we set out to bike 35 miles.
On the way back from Alys Beach, we stopped at Queen Bee Cupcakes in Seaside. Whenever I come to Seaside for work, I bring Jill a salted caramel cupcake.
Although they did not have salted caramel cupcakes on Tuesday, after this:
this vanilla cupcake with pink frosting and vanilla frozen yogurt:
in about two minutes flat. It was the perfect mid-ride snack.
After our bike ride, we hit the beach only to have our flip flops soiled with oil (we look forward to coming back despite the oil), got cleaned up, and stopped and P.F. Changs for dinner before heading back to Tallahassee.
If you are in the area, we highly recommend Wine World, Hibiscus Cafe, Great Southern Cafe, and Queen Bee Cupcakes for delicious eats in the Grayton Beach/Watercolor/Seaside area.