The Perfect Day of Meals on The Emerald Coast

Jack Gardner courtesy of Bud and Alley’s
Bud & Alley’s Crabcakes

From perfect pigs to dogs named Bud and cats named Alley, the restaurants and eateries all along the EC can be playful. That said, we encourage you to get out and play with your food all you want. And here are a few dishes from menus around town to get you started.


The Perfect Pig, Santa Rosa Beach

The Perfect Pig & Gourmet Market is just that for those seeking a bite in a quaint place oozing with charm. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. We enjoyed a light bite sitting on tall chairs outside with a view of Scenic Highway 30A. We picked a crusty croissant filled with heavenly almond flavored filling, but you can order a number of different kinds. We were tempted to pair with a peach nectar Bellini but opted for a hot cup of Amavida coffee. $2.95


The Breakfast Table, Destin

Nestled just across from the Destin Harbor is a new little gem. But don’t let the name fool you — breakfast isn’t the only important meal of the day here. We noshed on the Rotisserie Chicken & Bacon sandwich featuring chicken, lettuce, tomato, Monterey jack cheese and avocado on toasted wheat bread. All meats are gluten free, and sandwiches are served with your choice of a side. We had cucumber salad. Let’s just say, we can’t wait to belly up to this breakfast table soon. $9


Bud & Alley’s, Seaside

Famous for its sunset celebrations, Bud & Alley’s is an iconic landmark on 30A in Seaside. It serves up the Southern coastal classics, but one is so good it’s hard to order anything else. Bud & Alley’s Crabcakes are two cakes pan fried in a light, flaky crust and served atop watercress and micro greens with just a touch of lemon butter. Here, being in a crabby mood is a very good thing. $34

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