By Natalie Haddock
If school is sneaking up on you and your family soon, you might be looking to grasp a few more precious moments with the kids, creating memories and dining out. This week’s installment of 30A are a few hotspots that have the food, fun, and family friendly atmosphere that you must try before the end of summer at the beach.
Friday, Aug 7 – The First Friday Art Walk is a tradition of Scenic Hwy 30A in which galleries stay open for extended hours, allowing guests to mingle and marvel at South Walton’s inspired pieces of art. Everyone is invited to meet with the artists, enjoy refreshments and live music, and perhaps find a piece to bring back home. Each gallery from Gulf Place to Rosemary beach will be hosting their own entertainment and offering certain specials so be sure to check out the list of galleries, artist profiles, and a gallery map by visiting artistsof30a.com. The 30A Art Walk will take place from 5-8pm so bring the family for a night out to discover local creatives and culture.
Saturday, Aug 8 – If the family can’t agree on where to eat after spending another beautiful day at the beach, say “Bud and Alley’s” and please the whole crowd. From tacos, to pizza, to seafood and sunsets, Bud and Alley’s in Seaside is the place(s) the whole family will love. The Taco Bar offers cerveza, tequila, and obviously, great tasting tacos. For a sit down meal with the family consider sharing a traditional margherita pizza pie or a plate of antipasta at the Pizza Bar’s beautiful covered patio space. If you just want to relax and watch the sun go down over the horizon, find yourself feasting at the Rooftop Restaurant, savoring bite after bite of delicious Grilled Gulf Snapper or Pan Roasted Salmon. For more information visit www.budandalleys.com
Sunday, Aug 9 – The Donut Hole is not only the best place for a filling breakfast; it is also a local’s favorite for lunch, sweets, and even a hearty evening meal. For those that may not know, it is way more than Donuts; for starters there are pies, cakes, and cookies too. Enjoy breakfast all day with options like sweet potato pancakes, large meaty omelets, or the amazing “diet plate” complete with buttermilk biscuits, sausage, eggs, gravy, and hash browns. There are healthy portions of everything so don’t be shy in ordering a juicy burger, sandwich or salad. For a different take on a Classic Reuben try the Donut Hole’s “Rachel” with roasted turkey instead of beef. No trip is complete without at least one meal at the Donut Hole and with locations on both East and West ends of 30A, it literally can’t be missed.