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The Most Important Meal of the Week

Sunday Brunch at the Beach

A Local Guide to Our Favorite Spots

Move over breakfast, the best meal is a Sunday institution along the Gulf Coast.

“Where do you want to go for brunch?”

It’s not a question of if – it’s a question of where.

Sunday brunch along 30A is a given, and brunch here is a cultural staple. The social experience is happily anticipated all week. We can walk in with sandy toes straight off of the beach, or get gussied up and go to Pescado. Together, we deservingly splurge on creamy dishes, fried chicken, decadent waffles, mimosas and other libations.

Vacationers and locals alike enjoy local seafood and breakfast favorites with family and friends. If the weather is nice, my friends and I hit up The Bay or Crackings to enjoy outdoor dining. For a boozy brunch, I suggest Hurricane’s Oyster Bar or Blue Mabel for bottomless mimosas. I love brunch because of its sense of community.

For many of us, there is a fellowship. We gather together and see friendly faces, connect over the commonality of our lives and surroundings, and vacation for the day on 30A.

Brunch isn’t just about the food; the music, atmosphere and the whole

congregation bring communal happiness. On Sunday, we shake off the stress of the week and listen to live music at The Red Bar or Stinky’s Bait Shack. My all-time favorite brunch memories recall listening to Dread Clampitt at The Red Bar on Sundays. They sing a tune called Sisters and Brothers, during which they exclaim: “We’re all in this together.” These lyrics seem to accurately depict moments of camaraderie created on these perfect Sundays.

On 30A, we work hard, we play hard — and on Sunday, WE BRUNCH!


Written by Meg Castleberry
Meg Castleberry is realtor at COASTAL LUXURY, a real estate firm that maintains a strong emphasis on intimate market knowledge and expertise in the luxury and Gulf-front market. Meg can be reached at 850.889.8500 or Or stop by COASTAL LUXURY, located directly on 30A, the first office east of Alys Beach. Search all available properties at 

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