Everyone seems to have their favorite go-to spots for breakfast, and Sunday Brunch is no different. After living in the area for more than twenty years and writing about great food, I put together a guide to help you find the best weekend hot spots in the area.

A time honored tradition in the South, weekend brunch is a wonderful way to get your family and friends together to eat, drink, and connect, creating the best moments and memories.

Grits A Ya Ya - Speciality of Great Southern Cafe in Seaside, Florida & Pensacola Fish House, Pensacola
Great Southern: Grits A Ya Ya  Photo: Susan Benton

Another Broken Egg – Grayton Beach
There is nothing Shrimp & Grits can’t fix, and Another Broken Egg located in Grayton Beach offers  homestyle breakfast, lunch and brunch made fresh to order. Owner Clayton Green has been in the business since his family opened the original Destin location in 1998. Patrons clammer for the Eggs Benedict, biscuits with house made sausage gravy, and the variety of incredible omelets. The Mardi Gras omelette is filled with andouille, crawfish & red bell pepper, topped with tomato-hollandaise, diced tomatoes & green onions. Another Broken Egg is open Tuesday through Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Red Bar

(Closed due to fire. Will open Summer 2020) Having written for tons of regional magazines, I can’t tell you how many times  The Red Bar comes up as a favorite.  This Key-West like institution has become a “church” of sorts for South Walton locals. The Red Bar is a place to gather, reunite, enjoy good food, and soak in the sounds of Dread Clampitt, Hubba Hubba and the house Jazz band. You might even spot star-studded musicians who just happen to join in with the band. This Gulf Coast Restaurant hot spot has locals and visitors lining up for hours, especially during the holidays and summer months. Go for the Belgian waffles, Eggs Benedict, and the famous Panne’ Chicken Sandwich. The Red Bar also serves one of my favorite Bloody Mary’s on 30A.

Breakfast daily beginning at 6:30 a.m
Breakfast daily beginning at 8:30 a.m at Havana Beach Bar & Grill

Stinky’s Fish Camp
Also serving one of the best Bloody Mary’s on 30A, if not my favorite  (Gulf shrimp included), is Stinky’s Fish Camp in Dune Allen Beach. With a motto that reads, “It is what it is & it ain’t what it ain’t” , the Sunday brunch menu is limited, yet scrumptious! Go for the French Toast with Maple Syrup, or the Crawfish Pie topped with shirred eggs. The  Veggie Omelette with pepper jack cheese grits and potatoes is another tasty choice, as is Stinky’s brie burger. Stinky’s is always packed with locals and visitors, especially on Sundays when The Steenos play from 12 to 3 p.m. Brunch is served from 11 to 3 p.m. each Sunday, and they are open for dinner as well. You might even get lucky when soft-shell crabs are in season, as Stinky’s offers a South Walton Sunday special Eggs Benedict topped with the delectable Gulf treat! Try the fresh Gulf oysters served on the natural log. It won’t disappoint.


Local Catch Bar & Grill: Local Catch is a locals favorite, and a place you will find great lunch and dinner, not so much breakfast or Sunday brunch! It’s on the list as it is the locals place to go after Sunday brunch! Happy hour kicks off at 3pm, and you will experience a Sunday Funday packed with live music, food & bar specials. This is the place to hang out with your besties as your weekend comes to a close. Read more here.


Jackacudas Seafood & Sushi: With the largest fishing vessel fleet in the State of Florida, locals and tourists alike have branded Destin as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”. Jackacudas Seafood & Sushi. focus’s on local caught fresh Gulf seafood (and using FishTrax so you know the source), the dishes are prepared with “New South” culinary techniques, and the freshly prepared artistic sushi is quite popular. Seating is available inside as well as outside on the covered patio. Gluten-free menu options, daily Happy Hour and a children’s menu are also offered.

Harbor Docks: Fresh Gulf to Table Cuisine, and best sushi in town. Open daily for breakfast 7am.

The Donut Hole: Whether visiting the original in Destin, the Santa Rosa Beach location, or the  newest at Inlet Beach, get there early, as the line begins to form when they open at 6pm!


Mama Clemenzas: True European breakfast with Italian influences located in Ft. Walton Beach!

The Bay Cafe: A French culinary gem located right over Brooks Bridge in Ft. Walton Beach offering dining with water views


Vue 30A: Best dining room view on 30A, with a fantastic Sunday Brunch.

Bud & Alley’s: Now serving breakfast in Seaside with Gulf views from the deck upstairs.


Pickles Beachside Grill in Seaside serves a mean Hangover Omelette, and Don Pedro’s in Santa Rosa Beach has been a family favorite of ours for years!

I’d love to hear about your top spots for Sunday brunch. Be sure to list them in the comments below and visit 30AEATS.com/local/restaurants  full of great tips and insider scoop.

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