4935 E. County Hwy 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
4935 E. County Hwy 30A
Pizza. Piiiiiiizzzzzzzaaaa. It is as craved and adored as foods go. Interestingly, it wasn’t until after WWII, when Americans really started their love affair with this cheesy, sublime treat. While occupying Italian territories, many American soldiers tasted pizza for the first time. And since then, pizza has become so beloved, that pizzerias represent 17 percent of all U.S. restaurants and 93% of Americans eat pizza at least once a month!
In 1987, October became recognized as national pizza month. It is no secret that October is a favorite time of year on 30A for locals and visitors alike. So it seems only fitting to recognize this favorite food during this favorite month here on 30A. The two 30A pizzerias we are highlighting are as treasured as their pies themselves.
Approaching their 25th anniversary this March, Bruno’s Pizza opened in 1990 as 30A’s first pizzeria. Self-described as “classic and old school”; every day they make their own dough and sauce, shred and blend their cheeses, and each pie ordered is hand-tossed. Owner Jeff Goodman shared the effort they put into the smoked meats for their Barbeque pizzas: “We smoke butts and brisket every day in house.” Ingredients-focused and proud of it, Bruno’s uses local vendors to source produce whenever possible. Their daily pizza buffet is a jackpot too – including a variety of their specialty pies.
After over 23 years in Seagrove, Bruno’s Pizza moved to WaterSound in December of 2013. When asked about the move, it has been the “second best” decision Jeff Goodman ever made. (Second only to coming to live in Florida in the first place!) “We have nearly 100 seats now and a shaded deck where we can serve many more guests and offer live music. It’s awesome” he replied.
Bruno’s Pizza is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. They are located at the front gate of WaterSound Beach, 6652 East County Highway 30A. Phone: (850) 231.1452.
The newer kid on the block, Pizza by the Sea, is a family-friendly favorite of our 30A community. Their casual, fun locations are the perfect place to bring your little people. Pizza by the Sea regularly supports local charities like Food for Thought (http://foodforthoughtfl.org/) and Children’s Volunteer Health Network (http://www.cvhnkids.org/main/) as well as sponsoring area schools and local youth sports teams. I asked owner Kristi Beer if this sums up their business’s philosophy. She replied yes. “We like that we’re super kid-friendly at our restaurants and also kid-focused with the organizations we help.”
While Pizza by the Sea’s pledge to give back complements the 30A community perfectly, so does their multiple options for the health-conscious lifestyle. With more and more people eliminating gluten from their diets, Kristi has seen the popularity of their delicious gluten-free crust “sky-rocket”, as have their Yum Bowls – all those much-craved pizza toppings served in bowls without the carbs of the dough. Through word of mouth, these menu items have become some of their top sellers.
Pizza by the Sea has two locations: right next to the Watercolor Publix on Hwy 395 and at Gulf Place on Hwy 393 and 30A. Phone: (850) 231.3030 (Watercolor) and (850) 267.2202 (Gulf Place). Open Sunday- Wednesday 11 am-8 pm and Thursday-Saturday 11 am -9pm.
Story by Sarah Murphy Robertson
They say fish is brain food, which is just what Chef Christopher Holbrook of Signature Catering of 30-A anticipates our new Gulf to Table events will ultimately serve up. When asked what these dinners will bring to 30A, he was quick to answer: “Education for the consumer. Our menus will highlight lesser-known fish; providing a platform for helping both local fishermen and our area’s ecosystem.”
Chef Christopher is excited for these private meals to provide one-on-one dialogues on fishing practices in our area. He is well-versed on the many factors driving the popularity of specific fish, and is ready to bring his knowledge to his diners’ culinary repertoires.
His Gulf to Table menus will emphasize a balanced progression; keeping it fresh and straightforward. “To me, the fish is the star and so that will always be my first focus” promises the chef. While his career’s spanned decades and time zones, most recently he notes his role in encouraging healthy lifestyle choices. His clients are health conscious but also food-savvy. He strives to push his food’s creativity, while also keeping them fit.
And, what is fine dining without exquisite wine? All of the signature event meals will offer unique pairings personally fashioned by 30afoodandwine.com’s partner, Chan’s Wine World. Guests should expect the unexpected and be ready to find some new favorites.
Informing diners, supporting local fishermen, improving our ecosystem, eating healthily…all while enjoying mouthwatering dishes and wine? Sounds like a pretty smart move!
Gulf to Table Signature Events with Chef Christopher at the helm can be reserved through 30afoodandwine.com. The inaugural meal will be held Saturday November 8th. For tickets please call 850.687.3776 or email [email protected]
3899 E County Highway 30a
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
When your reputation precedes you
Living up to a superior reputation isn’t easy in the restaurant business, but when seeking a
recommendation for dinner out in South Walton, Café Thirty-A always fits the bill. Their menu
changes seasonally, with interesting and new presentations, but one thing is guaranteed: you
can always count on an incredible experience.
This June, Café Thirty-A celebrates 24 years of serving memorable meals to the diners of South
Walton. The secret ingredient to their successful recipe starts with the passion and drive of its
owner, Harriet Crommelin.
Crommelin has always had an interest in cooking. But it was in the early 1980s, while struggling
in a souring real estate market in Montgomery, Ala., when she found herself taking a hobby and
making it a career.
“I expressed my interest in opening a restaurant with my friend Kathy,” she recalled. And, as
they say, “Kat and Harri’s” was born. Harriet eventually sold the popular spot to Kathy in order to
make the move to Scenic Highway 30A and then opened Café Thirty-A in 1995.
When asked how they’ve excelled with their consistency and service over the years, Harriet
spoke without hesitation, “We welcome guests like you would in your own home.”
Speaking of treating folks right, Café Thirty-A’s General Manager Dave Kessler has been a part
of the restaurant’s “family” since starting over two decades ago as a server in 1996. While
Executive Chef Tim Williams is a relatively newer member – with Café Thirty-A since July of
2018 – Crommelin notes the respect he showed for the longtime staff from the start.
“Chef patiently took the time to learn the restaurant’s ways and he very quickly established trust
and loyalty from his new team,” she said.
While comfortably and contently seated at Café Thirty-A, it is time to eat! Two beloved dishes to
begin your evening are the grilled Georgia quail and the jumbo lump crab cake. This crab cake
recipe actually came from Harriet’s own repertoire as a home cook. Shaped with a copious
amount of lump crab meat and very little breading, they are baked until golden brown and
served simply on greens with an aromatic mustard sauce.
A salad course is also a must at Cafe Thirty-A and the peppery arugula with shaved Pecorino
cheese and toasty pine nuts dressed with a lemon and garlic vinaigrette is the perfect choice.
It goes without saying gulf-caught seafood will always be a focal point for their entree creations,
but these mains often see new preparations. One popular entree offered year-round is the Asian-influenced sesame-crusted rare yellowfin tuna, served with crisp stir-fry vegetables. It is
After a meal so satisfying, it can be tempting to skip dessert. However, since Café Thirty-A is
well known for them, ending your night on a sweet note is a must. The banana beignets are
served with homemade macadamia nut ice cream and these tender, pillowy, fancy fritters are a
Café Thirty-A uses a deft hand within the art of casual fine dining. They offer a widely popular
two-for-one entree special between 5 and 6 p.m. every night, as well as a selection of half
bottles of wine, perfect for heightening food pairings at each course.
“Dave Kessler gets all the credit for our amazing wine selection,” Crommelin noted about her
GM’s knowledgeable expertise.
Twice a week you can also set your watch to a happening bar scene at Café Thirty-A. A favorite
stop for visitors and locals on Tuesdays and Thursdays, their $5 ‘Tini Night offers more than a
dozen martinis from the traditional crafted with gin and vermouth to those with a more coastal
flair using Schnapps and juices.
Cafe Thirty-A is located at 3899 E. Scenic Highway 30A in Seagrove Beach. Open daily for
dinner at 5 p.m., reservations can be made by calling 850-231-2166 or visit them online at