Chanticleer Eatery established a solid name for themselves with food to crow about in the South Walton community in the summer of 2012. Recently, owners Emily and Sandro Wever have taken over the end of Clayton Lane just south of Shops of Grayton and the business from Emily’s father and step mother expanding their restaurant into the bakery space.
Though no longer a bakery, Emily and Sandro still make their breads from scratch daily for their popular sandwich menu items.
Emily says, “Closing the bakery allows us (in season) to be open for dinner serving a completely separate menu than that at lunch.” Popular dinner items are the Shrimp & Grits, Jambalaya with a slow cooked smoked trinity of vegetables, and hand cut rib eye steaks and pork chops. There is table service at night and Emily says, “We make unbelievable Brie Egg Rolls, Cheesecakes, and the pork chop served with our roasted garlic dill mashed potatoes will just melt in your mouth! It’s all amazing!”
All menu items are made from scratch and with the same care and detail as always, and the restaurant remains laid back, casual and family friendly.
Though the Canterbury Tales inspired the name and décor of the eatery, Emily pays tribute with her rooster hand painted artwork that is selling like her hot cakes right off the restaurant walls!
Emily says, “The locals have really embraced us. We have enjoyed getting to know them.”
The team at Chanticleer Eatery is ingredient driven and uses as much local product as possible. They use quite a few ingredients from Cypress Cattle Company and are adamant about getting the best quality possible. Emily says, “We are not scared to try new recipes. If I taste something I like, I try to recreate it. I experiment all of the time!
Offering seasonal menu items, one of the signature menu items in the eatery is the Chanticleer Grilled Cheese on Rosemary Sage Bread. Using preservative free bacon, fresh made bruschetta, and a triple threat of mozzarella, provolone, and cheddar, this sandwich hits a home run.
Sandro’s Chicken Salad Sandwich is also popular and packed with marinated, cooked and shredded chicken, combined with apples, and served on Honey Oatmeal Bread.
The Southern Summer Salad is in demand year round and filled with oranges, apples, blueberries, strawberries, Gorgonzola, candied pecans and served on a bed of fresh mixed greens. (look for it in the new 30A EATS Cookbook to be published in 2015!)
With the expansion of the restaurant and the incorporation of a diverse dinner menu offering beer and wine selections, Emily says, “ Everything has fallen into place, and so far it has been a great journey.”
Chanticleer Eatery is located at 55 Clayton Lane in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Hours are Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Tuesday through Saturday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m (seasonally). For more information call (850) 213-9065, or visit their website at www.chanticleereatery.com.
New Photos coming soon from the cookbook photo shoot!
Susan Benton is the go to resource for foodies visiting Pensacola to Panama City Beach. She is a food and travel journalist with published articles and photography in many local, regional and national publications. She is the owner of 30AEATS.com where she writes about the secrets of Gulf Coast food.