Summer Journal: Where to Eat in South Walton

First let me say, recounting my summer trip to South Walton is tough.  Yeah, I miss the beach.  Yeah, I miss the fun and relaxed pace.  But, mostly, I miss the food.  I mean really — fresh off-the-boat seafood around every corner, great local ingredients in every restaurant and beautiful surroundings all around.



Now, Mr. Man and I have tons of experience eating in South Walton because we have been there several times.  And this time around with a spirited and not-so-calm toddler, I figured we would never see a restaurant.  But we were pleasantly surprised – people actually take their kids to nice restaurants in South Walton.  And no one gives you the evil eye!  Really, I tell the truth!

We did get to eat out a bit, in addition to peeking in the window and taking in the smells of some of our favorite restaurants of the past.  (We also had an awesome date night where we could get really gourmet without the kiddo thanks to the family).

So, here it goes.  My list of “Where to Eat in South Walton.”  I, or a member of the Live Pretty family, has eaten at every single one of these restaurants and they officially get the Live Pretty stamp of approval.

Best of Fine Dining:

Fish Out of Water – We’ve eaten here every trip we’ve visited, and it always is perfect.  This year I could not help but notice the focus on local ingredients.  Yumm.

Caliza – Where I am, a hip Mediterranean hotel?  No Caliza in Alys Beach.  Beautiful outdoor dining and even better scenery.

Paradis – Restaurant Paradis in Rosemary Beach is kinda like a beach steak house, but even better somehow.

Onano – Beautiful Italian in a beautiful setting.

Best of Family Dining:

Great Southern Cafe – This is family dining for the foodie.  We did not get to enjoy the Great Southern this trip, but we did last time and I have been trying to recreate their Shrimp & Grits for Mr. Man ever since.

Seaside Food Trucks – Check out this post for more.  But the food trucks in Seaside are perfect for a night out with the family.

Modica Market – Want some gourmet food to stock your rental pantry?  Check out Modica and maybe pick up a few pieces of cake and a bottle of wine while you do.

Flip Flops – We saw the sign that said best burger, then we dropped in an got fish sandwiches.  They were awesome also.

Cowgirl Kitchen – If you have an itch for some creative Mexican and tex mex, check out Cowgirl Kitchen in Rosemary Beach.

Stinky’s Fish Camp – Funky name, great satisfying food.

Summer Kitchen Cafe – Great food all day long, pick-up or eat-in (with some pretty impressive reviews from Travel & Leisure and others).

Angelina’s – Our go-to place for pizza.  Great bar too and family-style Italian.

Funky/Fun Dining:

The Red Bar – Funny, cool.  A must experience.

Charlie’s Donut Truck in Alys Beach – Stop by early for fresh, yummy donuts.  Do, for real.  They’re great.

La Crema Tapas & Chocolate – Chocolate soup, fondue, molten cake and even chocolate bacon.  Need I say more.

There are tons, I mean TONS, of other options along the beaches, so check this link to peruse all of them. Just please get the churros and chocolate from La Crema for me — they were out when I went there and still weep for my cinnamon, sugar, fried dough and chocolate loss.

With Love & Wishes for Great Eats,


Julia Montgomery Stewart

Nicknamed “Julia Child” at a young age, our own Julia is most at home in the kitchen. Lately, she has combined her culinary talents with a new hobby—fitness and healthy living. As a result, her recipes reflect an intriguing balance between eating well without sacrificing flavor. Outside the home, Julia is a consummate event planner, and spent the first ten years of her career as a publicist before expanding her portfolio of talents with the launch of Live Pretty in 2010. Balancing the busy demands of career and family, Julia lives with her husband and daughter in Orlando, Florida. In addition to her work in marketing, she serves a number of community organizations and initiatives in Central Florida.

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