I love piling into the car and heading out for a long, adventure-filled road trip. Believe it or not, I find the drive time to be relaxing. Earlier this month, my sister and I drove to the Florida Panhandle with our boys (she has 2, I have 3). We started in San Antonio and ended up in Okaloosa Island, Florida with a few detours along the way. We stopped in New Orleans for a visit to the French Quarter and, of course, we had to seek out the famous, bustling Cafe De Monde, the original French Market coffee stand established in the early 1880s. No matter how humid and warm it is outside, you can't go wrong with the hot beignets and cafe au laits. Once we got to Florida, we enjoyed lots of wonderful seafood. As it turns out, Cathy and her family went to the same region of Florida a week later, focusing their time in Rosemary Beach near Destin. See below for her picks along 30A. (Gina)
30A is a stretch of road that extends from Rosemary Beach into Destin, with small beach communities all along the way. We had two notable food experiences while visiting. One was highbrow; a classic, traditional restaurant in Seagrove. The other was a trailer in Seaside. Seagrove is located right next to where we stayed in Rosemary Beach. One evening we had dinner at Café Thirty A.
The initial allure of this restaurant was the 2 for 1 entrees made available between 5:00 and 6:00, but we soon realized that visiting anytime would be worthwhile. We started with a communal order of Grilled Georgia Quail with creamy grits and sage fritter. We loved the creamy grits; a perfect complement to the well seasoned quail. The Roasted Beet Salad with red and yellow beets, candied pecans, arugula, gorgonzola, verjus blanc and extra virgin olive oil was refreshing and flavorful. A standout entrée was the Seared Diver Scallops with summer vegetables, quinoa, basil, beurre blanc. This dish was perfectly cooked, with the quality of tasting rich, yet not overly so. Another entrée worth mentioning is the Pan Seared Snapper with andouille and scallion risotto, charred heirloom tomato salsa and ancho sauce. Absolutely delicious and so fresh with the robust heirloom’s breaking through each bite. Two desserts were split by four and they were both great. The Banana Beignets with caramel sauce and homemade macadamia nut ice cream was my favorite because I adore beignets (we didn’t make it to Café du Monde on our trip, so I had to get my fix). The other dessert was Chocolate Molten Cake with vanilla bean ice cream, raspberry coulis and chocolate sauce—you can’t go wrong with classic chocolate.
The trailer we tried later that week was Barefoot BBQ in Seaside. This was a very fun and laid back experience, with the trailer located right next to the center of town. We had a serendipity moment when a band started playing in the town square, so we felt right at home. I enjoyed the pulled pork sandwich with the traditional hang ten sauce. The sides were good too, specifically the sweet baked beans and the unusually rich mac and cheese (I didn’t expect this from a trailer). All this washed down with a Corona and I was in beach food heaven. (Cathy)
The love of food and how it can bring people together led to the creation of this blog. As a mother of two grown boys, who have left the nest and occasionally return, I noticed a common occurrence-- there is usually someone at home who is hungry.
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