3. The delicious food
Now that last comment leads me in to my next reason why you need to visit Sandestin… the food! When I first thought of visiting this region, I anticipated eating lots of fresh seafood. And sure there is that aspect to the culinary scene. But there are oh so many more delectable delights!
As I mentioned, since I was there as a guest of the hotel itself, they of course aimed to expose us to all of the various eateries on the property’s premises. And there are some great ones! A few of the great on-campus options:
-the best breakfast buffet at Sandcastles
-relaxed poolside dining at Barefoot’s Bar & Grill
-authentic Japanese cuisine at Hadashi Sushi
-indulgent steak dinner at Seagar’s
Really, the quality of the food, ambience, and overall experience at Seagar’s cannot be over emphasized. My mouth is watering just thinking about this dinner memory! Did I mention we ended the evening with both Grand Marnier soufflé and bananas foster? Yum.
If you are looking to venture outside of the hotel for food and drink, I have a couple strong breakfast recommendations for you:
1. Black Bear Bread Co: this neighborhood eatery in Grayton Beach is ridiculously charming. Besides that, the food is fabulous. And the coffee is some of the best I’ve ever had.
For brunch, be sure to try the breakfast sandwiches and the avocado tartine. And if you, like me, enjoy your coffee on the sweeter side, try their Black Bear latte. It’s so good!
2. Mama Clemenza’s : Italian Mama Clemenza herself could not possibly be more warm and hospitable! She greets and befriends everyone who walks through the doors of her restaurant. She even asked to hold Elle and paraded her throughout the restaurant. Besides that, the food was incredible. I had a variation on eggs benedict with prosciutto and more.
Here’s a funny story as to how we found Mama Clemenza’s… As Mari and I were researching (read: insta stalking) the area prior to our trip, I stumbled upon photos of coffee with the word “mama” written across them! I couldn’t wait to go to Mama’s and get my own “mama” cappuccino.
So, yep, I guess you can say I did it for the gram! And it was well worth it.