Bud & Alley's Waterfront Restaurant on County Highway 30A in Seaside has won one of the state’s highest culinary honors, Florida Trend Magazine's Golden Spoon Hall of Fame Award.

This year marks the 50th year for this prestigious honor and designates Bud & Alley’s as one of the Top 20 restaurants in the state of Florida.

Bud & Alley’s is one of only two restaurants selected in Santa Rosa Beach.

The classic Golden Spoon recognizes outstanding fine dining restaurants that have demonstrated consistency in high standards and longevity.

Since its founding in 1986, Bud & Alley’s set the standard for culinary excellence along County Highway 30A. Bud & Alley’s, South Walton’s longest established restaurant, pioneered the farm- and sea-to-table movement in Seaside and along 30A as part of its devotion to serving dishes with the freshest possible ingredients offered on its breakfast, lunch and dinner menu.

Bud & Alley’s is still housed in its original wood-frame structure that accommodates an intimate downstairs bar. Over the years, the restaurant expanded with a gracious dining room, a series of porches and an open-air gazebo. Upstairs, the popular open air roof-deck is open to the sky with panoramic views of the Gulf and Seaside; the nightly sunset celebration and bell ringing is one of 30A’s most beloved traditions.

Plans are already underway for additional enhancements to give guests an even better dining experience in 2018.

In Florida restaurant circles, the Golden Spoon Hall of Fame Award is a prestigious honor reserved for a select few. Only a few dozen restaurants in the entire state of Florida have attained this achievement. The top honors were announced in the December issue of Florida Trend magazine.

“As we enter our third decade, this award continues to be meaningful and it’s such an honor to be recognized by Florida Trend in this way,” said Bud & Alley’s founder/owner Dave Rauschkolb. “I am so proud of my staff and all the wonderful people who have contributed all these years to Bud & Alley’s success.”