SEAGROVE BEACH – Angelina’s Pizzeria and Pasta is again offering inside seating while abiding by the governor’s 25% capacity rule. The restaurant is serving guests during regular operating hours, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The full menu is available and takeout is still encouraged and recommended. Call 850-231-2500 or visit Angelinas30a.com to order.
Angelina’s serves hand-tossed pizza, calzones, stromboli, salads and pastas dishes, and is located at 4005 E. Co. Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.
GRAYTON BEACH – A quick scan of buzzwords on a restaurant’s menu will usually give you a pretty good feel for the vibe there. Glancing at Chiringo’s menu, you’ll see words like poké, snapper, guacamole, cotija cheese, coconut sauce, curry mustard and mojo pork (not all on the same plate, of course). With such a global approach to flavor, this is not a generic Southern fried seafood joint, although they do serve fried shrimp and fish sandwiches, if that’s what you’re craving.
The menu is broken down into shareables, salads, bowls, handhelds and the ever-important kids menu. Several options allow you to build your own entree, giving the customer a choice of protein, preparation, grain, and dressing, so the food comes out fresh and exactly as you want it.
“Chiringo will be adding ‘Big Wheels of Pizza’ to its spring and summer menu, available in regular and gluten-free crust.” – Jenny Toney, partner
Chiringo partner Jenny Toney hinted that new options are coming to the spring menu, too.
“In addition to our current menu of coastal-inspired ‘beach food’ items like Cuban sandwiches, fresh fish tacos, and veggie grain bowls, Chiringo will be adding ‘Big Wheels of Pizza’ to its spring and summer menu,” Toney said. “Available in regular and gluten-free crust, Chiringo’s Big Wheel Pizzas will use the same elevated ingredients as our other products to deliver a pure and memorable ride along 30A.”
Chiringo’s sides extend beyond the typical french fries or side salad – though you can order those – to include things like fried plantains, quinoa, feta salad, and Grayton Beach caviar (edamame, corn, red peppers, tomatoes, onion, and cilantro in a Dijon vinaigrette.)
No beach hangout would be complete without a festive bar, and Chiringo is no exception.
“Chiringo means ‘beach bar’ so needless to say our menu offers a variety of local beers, crisp wines, and high-quality spirits,” Toney explained.
The specialty cocktail list is headlined by Chiringo’s signature frozen cocktail, The Billy Ocean, a combination of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, fresh pineapple juice, mango and ginger, which Toney promises delivers a true Caribbean dream!
“If frozen cocktails are not on the beach agenda, try the Ringo Rita!” Toney continued. “100 percent organic tequila mixed with Grand Marnier, agave, and fresh-squeezed juices maintain this beach classic’s status as the must-have drink for any beach vacation.”
Make a day – or night – of it
Chiringo is more than just a beach-view eatery or local watering hole; it’s a gathering place for entertainment, too. Toney calls the vibe there “Gulf views and good times.”
They maintain an astroturf green space out front where you can lounge in the sunshine or gaze at the stars. Catch the big game on eight high-def TVs, sing your heart out during weekly karaoke nights, rent paddle boards and beach chairs, groove along to live musicians or play some games. Earlier this year, Chiringo hosted its very own Winter Olympics, featuring a different contest each week, like cornhole, Jenga and Twister.
Nestled in the heart of Grayton Beach, just 2.5 miles west of historic Seaside and a short walk from the beach, Chiringo is located at 63 Hotz Ave. The kitchen is serving the full menu from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, but the party continues with bar menu service until midnight. They do not take reservations but can make arrangements for parties of 10 or more. Visit them online at chiringograyton.com or call 850-534-4449.
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.