By Natalie Haddock
In relation to the recent Dog Days of 30A article, this week’s installment of 3 for 30A is a focus on the Gulf Place neighborhood and the fabulous food therein. Located near the white sand beaches along 30a, Gulf Place offers a beautiful location for shopping and dining while the town center is favored by families, artists, and anyone who prefers to spend a day in the sunshine.
Friday, August 28 – If this cooler weather has you excited for fall come out and relax on the front patio of Growler Garage, an intimate brewpub overlooking scenic Hwy 30A. The Garage offers a wall of 40 draft beers, TV’s for watching a few preseason football games, and a gallery of colorful motorcycles and surf boards. It is a fun place to discover local craft beer and sample your favorites. Newly tapped brews include Cigar City’s Lemon Shark Wheat, Pensacola Bay’s Treasure Grove Citra Pale Ale, and Sierra Nevada’s Octoberfest. Try a flight on site or take home your favorite in a 64oz growler, perfect for sharing or storing at home.
Saturday, August 29 – Looking to spice things up on a Saturday night? La Playa is the place to be in Gulf Place. Live music and lively cuisine will add a little zing to your weekend for sure. The menu includes Caribbean-inspired dishes like Jamaican Jerk Chicken and Mofongo Shrimp Creole, but also few southern favorites like fried seafood baskets and po’boys. Enjoy live music from 6:30-9:30 or simply take in the newly cool autumn air from La Play’s spacious patio. You’ll love the convenience of the outdoor bar as well as your own fire pit at the table.
Sunday, August 30 – Rise and Shine, its coffee time! This Sunday stop by the Sunrise Coffee Co. for a hot breakfast and some of the richest local coffee around. The café not only offers fresh brewed Amavida organic coffee, but also delicious muffins, biscuits, cinnamon rolls, and even quiche. Sandwiches and wraps are also made to order. Not in the mood for food? You might be surprised to find milkshakes, Dip-n-Dots Ice cream, draft beer, daiquiris, and Bloody Mary’s also on the menu. Doors open at 7AM but if you find yourself settling into one of Sunrise’s iconic beach chairs, feel free to stick around until after sunset.