South Walton is blessed with plenty of unique restaurants. With all the options available to locals and visitors, The Sun has asked some of our Restaurant Week partners what sets them apart and makes their cuisine supreme.
Shades Bar and Grill
10952 E. County Hwy. 30A, Panama City Beach
“A staple on 30A for 18 years, Shades is the locals’, tourists’ and family friendly place that everyone flocks to — whether it be for a casual meal with the family or a place to have amazing food. With all the sports packages on DIRECTV, you can always catch your favorite game. We aim to please everyone and with a game room for kids, 36 draft beers and a full bar. And with the best burgers, wings and fresh seafood offerings around, there is plenty to enjoy and fun for all ages.” — Owner Joseph Freer
Bentley's and Maddog's
10343 E. County Hwy. 30A, Seacrest Beach
“Located directly on East 30A between Rosemary and Alys Beach, Bentley's and Maddog's offers an enormous and diverse menu that is retro old school dining. Thick juicy steaks, Maine and Florida lobsters, stone crabs, quarter-pound shrimp, fresh fish prepared multiple ways, flaming duck, stuffed quail and chicken Rochambeau are a few examples. Bentley's fine dining is coupled with a 10-item children's menu and all the snow crab you can eat any day, any time. Maddog's Oyster and Martini Bar features great happy-hour specials and $5 martinis.” — Owner Kandy Malocsay
3295 W. County Hwy. 30A, Santa Rosa Beach
“Basmati’s offers unique serene settings on the shores of Draper Lake with exquisite, Asian-influenced classical cuisine.
We’ve been serving original sushi on the beach since 1996, and offer unsurpassed excellence in fine dining with a creative wine list and martini menu.” — Owners Penny & Gary Hunt
723 Whiskey Bravo
3031 Scenic Hwy. 30A, Seagrove Beach
“723 Whiskey Bravo stands out from the crowd thanks to its campus-like setting, fresh design, diverse menu, expansive Gulf views and unique dining and social options that include the The Roof, a spacious, open-air roof-top bar and dining area; seats perfect for sports fans at the custom-made mahogany bar downstairs; classic seating in the main dining area with front-row seats to 30A people-watching, plus even more private event options. We believe 723 Whiskey Bravo (named for the tail number on our Cirrus airplane) has become the "ultimate friend maker" and a great neighborhood gathering spot for locals and visitors alike.” — Owners Skip and Victoria Moore.
2260 W. County Hwy. 30A, Santa Rosa Beach
“We are unique because we offer a variety of cuisines affordably, under one roof. Whether you're looking for French, Italian, Middle Eastern, Cajun, Southern or Continental Cuisine; from appetizers to desserts, for all occasions and for any size party — we've done it all and have the ability to cook it to perfection every time, to please every taste! We feel that every guest is entitled to enjoy their favorite meal with their loved ones without worrying that it is only seafood, steak or what cuisine they offer. It is harder but we are moving on the right track.”— Manager Hanie Nasri.
Johnny McTighe’s Family Restaurant and Irish Pub
2298 W. County Hwy. 30A, Blue Mountain Beach
“We pride ourselves on having very good food at very reasonable prices. We are really noted for our Reubens, a lobster bisque that’s off the charts, Philadelphia cheese steaks and pizza. In fact we sold 85 pizzas in one day last summer. Almost every one of our sandwiches is $8.99, and on 30A that’s pretty cheap. The restaurant is extremely family friendly with a kids’ menu and game room. For the adults, we have a large draft beer and bottle selection and a full liquor bar. But what makes us really unique is we are very much a locals’ place. In our fourth year of business, we still get glowing reviews for our very eclectic menu. We are open at 11 a.m. and close at 2 a.m. seven days a week. We are even open on Christmas!" — Owner Jack McTighe
4552 U.S. Highway 98 W.
“We are a family owned and operated Japanese steakhouse and sushi bar. We opened in February 2012. Our menu consists of a wide range of steak, seafood, and chicken, including Japanese sushi, Tempura, Katsu and Sashimi. The Japanese believe that food should satisfy all the senses. The freshest ingredients are combined in ways that delight the eyes as well as the taste buds. We also feature hot and cold sake and a variety of beer and wine. Using the freshest ingredients along with perfect seasonings, our professional chefs will stir-fry your meal right before your eyes, creating a fabulous feast for the whole family.” — Owner Qun Lin