Rise and shine. For early birds in Seaside, breakfast menu options include everything from a biscuit to go, a fresh baked pastry, an organic vitamin-packed smoothie, as well as a grand plate full of all the hearty breakfast essentials.
Amavida Coffee & Tea
Love your life by starting your day with a delicious cup of organic Amavida Coffee & Tea. Amavida’s warm cup of comfort, any style, is made from ingredients acquired from the finest farms throughout the world that support fair and sustainable trade. Amavida brings the world to your table including authentic Latin food for breakfast such as chocolate-filled figs, breakfast sandwiches (the bacon, egg and cheddar sandwich served on a sprouted grain English muffin is a favorite), and baked goods such as chocolate and fresh strawberry croissants, flaky and buttery ham and gruyere croissant and guava pastries dusted with powdered sugar. Fair-trade coffee and organic tea is served all day. The China Breakfast is a pure Dian Hong style black tea harvested from Yunnan’s antique tea trees with a robust and flavorful taste profile that is rich and malty with subtle notes of chocolate.
Open 7 days a week, 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (850) 213-1965 / amavida.com
Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant
Seaside’s oldest restaurant, Bud & Alley’s added a farm-to-table inspired breakfast menu to its offerings in 2015. The menu features coastal inspired dishes that offer a twist on Bud & Alley’s favorites, such as sweet potato pancakes and locally sourced farm fresh eggs paired with the restaurant’s famed crab cakes.
Breakfast is served daily from 7:30 a.m.-11 a.m. in the dining room, at the bar, in the courtyard and upstairs on the open-air deck overlooking the Gulf. Reservations are not required. (850) 231-5900 / budandalleys.com
Great Southern Café
Anyone missing the sights and tastes of the Big Easy should start off with an order of the Great Southern’s delicious beignets. These breakfast pastries manage to be both light and decadent, owing perhaps to the generous helping of powdered sugar adorning their airy golden crusts. They can be ordered as a full or half portion, and are best enjoyed with a hot cup of coffee. One bite of a Great Southern beignet, and you’ll feel like you’re back in Cafe du Monde.
Those wanting to start their day off with something more savory and filling should try out the delicious Eggs Sardou. Great Southern offers an interesting variation of this classic Louisiana dish. In Chef Jim Shirley’s version, the earthy, salty artichokes are kept, while the traditional creamed spinach and Hollandaise have been replaced with a creamy Gouda sauce, and all three ingredients are then cooked together to form an extremely flavorful and satisfying concoction.
For a lighter option, check out the Veggie Frittata, which manages to be both healthy and absolutely scrumptious. Add a little hot sauce to give it a little kick.
(850) 231-PEAS (7327) / thegreatsoutherncafe.com
Meltdown on 30A
The Meltdown on 30A’s Rise + Shine menu offers fresh Southern biscuits. Try the Sweety, made with mascarpone cheese, blueberry preserves and almond butter. The Smokin’ Turkey with pepper jack cheese, bacon and egg is a spicy option. And the Old Faithful is a big golden biscuit stacked high with scrambled eggs, aged cheddar and sausage. The Meltdown also has Gouda cheese grits, daily fresh squeezed orange juice and in-house-made fresh fruit cups. All items are fewer than $5. The Meltdown breakfast is served from 8-11 a.m. meltdownon30a.com
A staple in Seaside since 1988, this exclusive grocery and gourmet deli market is a local favorite for delectable breakfast fare. Selections of fresh, homemade Southern specialties include Belgian waffles with whipped cream, syrup, and fresh strawberries, bananas and Nutella, stuffed croissants, spinach feta stuffed croissants and ham, egg and cheese stuffed croissants are a Modica trademark. And not to be missed are Charlie’s doughnuts and fresh carrot cake muffins. And many folks pop in to grab the chicken biscuit (a favorite) or sausage, egg and cheese biscuit. While there, sample Michael’s freshly baked Brioche breads now, too. And there is a coffee for everyone whether your love is cappuccino, nitro coffee, lattes or cold pressed iced coffee. Folks can top it off with Modica’s famous 18 oz. breakfast mimosas with freshly squeezed orange juice. In addition to being a full service grocery store, Modica Market sells prepared gourmet meals (to-go), including breakfast. Open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. in summer. (850) 231-1214 /
Home of the paradise burger and the pickles & shrimp basket, Pickles is already a local and family favorite for lunch & dinner, whether straight off the beach or in a business suit. But breakfast is also made to order from the walk-up window. Farmer Paul from the Seaside Farmers Market supplies all of the produce as Pickles strives to bring the freshest and best quality local ingredients to your table. Breakfast menu favorites include the popular Hangover Omelette and the delectable French toast that is actually dipped in melted ice cream. And there’s the classic and hearty breakfast platter with scrambled eggs, bacon, home fries, and buttered toast.
Open daily from 9 a.m-9 p.m. and for breakfast 9-11a.m. weekdays and 8-11 a.m. weekends. (850) 231-5686 / sweetwilliamsltd.com