15 January 2018

Adventures of Gus and Kim: Lunch in Seaside - The Great Southern Cafe

Adventures of Gus and Kim: Lunch in Seaside - The Great Southern Cafe! We love going out for lunch when we're on vacation! The Great Southern Cafe has amazing food - and you're right in the middle of "downtown" Seaside!

Another new restaurant for us on our last trip to Destin was The Great Southern Cafe in Seaside. This restaurant, The Bay, and a few others are owned by Chef Jim Shirley. If you haven't been to Seaside, you should go. It's a great place! However, parking can be an issue - especially in the summer. Since we were there in October, parking wasn't a problem. The Great Southern Cafe is right in middle of all the action in Seaside; located across the street from the ocean.

The Great Southern Cafe is a "great" place for breakfast, lunch, or dinner when in Seaside!

Part of menu from the Great Southern Cafe in Seaside!

It was a gorgeous day when we were there, so we sat out on the covered deck (there is also indoor seating available).

Grits & Grillades from the Great Southern Cafe in Seaside!

One of my favorite dishes is beef short ribs, so when I saw the Grits and Grillades, I knew I had to try it. It's slow-roasted beef in a rich Shiraz stew, served over smoked Gouda grits (another favorite). If you're not a fan of grits, you can also get it served over mashed potatoes. What an explosion of flavor! Sooo good!


Gus had the fresh fish of the day (which was cobia) served with mashed potatoes and green beans. He really enjoyed it, and I thought it was tasty, too.

Fresh fish of the day (cobia) from the Great Southern Cafe in Seaside!

Buddy had the Grits à Ya Ya - which is blackened shrimp with sautéd applewood-smoked bacon, spinach, portobello mushrooms, and cream served over smoked Gouda cheese grits. He loved it! I thought it was good, but while I love shrimp, blackened is not my favorite version.

Grits à Ya Ya from the Great Southern Cafe in Seaside!

The food was just delicious, and the service top-notch, but I think the biggest joy of eating here was the ambiance. It's a fabulous location! Tip: If you like beer, I highly recommend Grayton Beer Company's 30A Beach Blonde Ale. It's so good, and pairs well with just about everything. If you like Gose-style beer, try their Salt of the Gulf!

Grayton Beer Company's 30A Beach Blonde Ale at the Great Southern Cafe in Seaside!

The Great Southern Cafe
83 Central Square
Santa Rosa Beach, FL  32459
Hours: Daily - Breakfast 8:00am - 11:00am, Lunch 11:00am - 4:00pm, Dinner 4:00pm - at least 9:30pm
Phone: 850-231-7327

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