There’s no better way to prepare for a long day on in the sun then eating a hearty morning meal and heading to your favorite beach. Summer has brought three exciting new options for breakfast lovers on 30A with the opening of Grits & Grind in Seacrest Beach, Big Bad Breakfast in Inlet Beach and Black Bear Bread Co. in Grayton Beach. Read on for a guide on what makes each new spot unique.
Grits & Grind: Located on the west end of La Cocina Mexican Grill and Bar in the Village of South Walton, Grits & Grind is owned by the Spell Restaurant Group whose owners are originally from Memphis, TN. The restaurant earned its name and grizzly bear logo from the Memphis Grizzlies basketball team known for their grit and grind style of basketball. The owners wanted to implement a similar simple, hardworking concept with their new breakfast venture and offer quality, fresh breakfast items. Open daily from 7am to 10:30am, menu offerings include omelets, Eggs Benedict, loaded grits, huevos rancheros, pancakes and waffles.
Big Bad Breakfast: Opened by James Beard Award-winning Chef John Currence, Big Bad Breakfast is the third location of a similar concept of the same name in Birmingham, AL, and Oxford, MS. The restaurant is part of the new The Point on 30A resort nestled at the far end of Scenic Highway 30A by Rosemary Beach. Currence’s philosophy is to “give proper respect to the most important meal of the day,” with items on the menu including Alabama-raised, custom-created meats, fresh biscuits and preserves made in house, locally-roasted Octane Coffee and one of the best Bloody Mary’s around.
Black Bear Bread Co.: A new collaboration from longtime South Walton locals Dave Rauschkolb of Bud & Alley’s Restaurant and Chef Philip McDonald, Black Bear Bread Co. is a neighborhood bakery and all-day seasonal café with naturally leavened breads, fresh-baked pastries and breakfast and lunch items served from 7am to 5pm. Coffee aficionados will be delighted to see that the operation is partnered with Stumptown Coffee Roasters of Oregon known for distinctive and quality brews to customers from Los Angeles to New York City. Located in the Shops of Grayton, Black Bear Bread Co. products are also usually available at the Seaside Farmers Market on Saturdays.