SEASIDE, FLORIDA IS NOT JUST ABOUT ARCHITECTURE ANYMORE TOWN IS BECOMING KNOWN FOR ITS CHARMING RESTAURANTS FEATURING AMERICAN FAVORITES AND SOUTHERN CLASSICS
SEASIDE, FL, June 12, 2012 — Seaside, Florida (www.seasidefl.com), internationally recognized for its iconic architecture and its important contributions to New Urbanism, is now gaining in popularity as a street food and dining destination. Seaside, with its walkable downtown, is dotted with an array of casual seaside eateries.
Transforming Seaside into a great food destination has been the result of a four-year project overseen by nationally-known restaurant consultant Clark Wolf. Town Founder Robert Davis brought Wolf to the Seaside table to work with each restaurant in Seaside to enrich their individual offerings.
“Home owners and visitors will find that the effort has paid off. The Seaside restaurant and food scene is evolving, and the town now offers an amazing collection of casual and delicious options,” said Wolf. “By focusing more clearly, sometimes using higher quality or more local and seasonal ingredients to produce better, more appealing food, the restaurants are seeing a real increase in business.“
An example of beach food perfected, The Shrimp Shack serves gulf shrimp, straight off the boat and oysters, tagged for purity, right from oystermen they know personally. Guests can walk behind the restaurant to a white, open air pavilion on the Gulf of Mexico to feast on very fresh deep water Royal Red shrimp, steamed just right, a Florida Lobster Roll and a lot more.
Bud & Alley’s is Seaside’s longest standing landmark restaurant and offers what are considered to be the best crab cakes in the region. One of the few rooftop beachside bars in the area, visitors and residents alike enjoy the upstairs bar and participate in the daily ritual of the big bell being rung at sunset. Every year the restaurant works to tweak the menu, upgrade their methods and please people even more.
Visitors can also experience traditional Southern fare, including oysters and fresh grilled fish, at The Great Southern. The restaurant’s porch also serves as a community-gathering place. Other not-to-miss dishes include the arepas at Amavida Café, the chocolate filled figs and their coffee—considered the best in the panhandle by Seaside Founder, Robert Davis. There are currently more than 12 restaurants and eateries at Seaside.
“We worked with each restaurant to make sure the food they were serving was raised to a higher level,” Davis said. “The results thus far have been quite good.”
There’s great food in the private homes at Seaside, as well, made with ingredients from Modica Market, the multi-generational, traditional European family specialty market at Seaside. Modica Market is the heart of Seaside. It is the place where people gather to see who is in town, catch up on gossip and find lost children.
The Saturday Farmer’s Market enables residents and visitors to purchase beautiful, fresh local produce, including honey, chicken, eggs and cheeses. Guests and residents can do their weekly shopping by walking to the Seaside Farmer’s market and Modica, as opposed to having to get in their car to drive to nearby towns, as was done in years past.
Seaside, built on 80 acres on Florida’s Gulf Coast, has been acclaimed world-wide as one of the iconic examples of New Urbanism. According to Newsweek, “Seaside—with its cozy, narrow streets, its jumble of pastel colored homes—is probably the most influential resort community since Versailles.” Seaside is located between Panama City and Destin and consists of over 300 homes, many of them vacation rentals, more than 12 restaurants and eateries, and 41 shops and galleries. For more information, visit www.seasidefl.com or call 850-231-6106.