5 30A businesses with Birmingham ties. Check them out now.

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30A businesses with Birmingham ties
Dreaming of this picnic on the beach. Photo via Fresco Picnic Co.

If you are headed to the sunny white sands of Santa Rosa, Florida this summer, we have a few 30A businesses that you’ll want to check out. The best part, they have Birmingham roots, so you’ll find a little piece of home on your beach vacay.

1. Fresco Picnic Company

30A business with Birmingham ties
How perfect does this beach-side setup look? Photo via Fresco Picnic Co.

A picnic on the beach sounds like the perfect way to enjoy a memorable meal with family and friends on your next vacation. Fresco Picnic Co. is a luxury picnic company, offering its services in both 30A and Birmingham, that will create a picnic set up unlike any other.

They offer a no-stress set up and breakdown where you can customize the perfect picnic that fits you and your event, while leaving the details to them. Browse their website to pick your package + style and any customizations. Then, prepare for the picnic of your dreams.

2. Local Catch Bar & Grill

30A business with Birmingham ties
Beach vacay means eat out at 30A businesses for every meal. Photo via Local Catch Bar & Grill

After a long day under the sun, head over to Local Catch for quality seafood in a laid- back atmosphere. Local Catch Bar & Grill serves coastal staples with a Southern twist like their pulled pork nachos, fish tacos and a New Orleans style Po Boy.

Owners and chefs Jimmy Hasser and Adam Yellin attended college at University of Alabama before heading to Santa Rosa to create their dream restaurant spot with great food and good company.

Go listen to some live music, try one of their cocktail specials and enjoy that no worries beach life.

  • Location: 3711 W County Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday 11-9:30PM I Friday, Saturday 11-10PM I Sunday 11-9PM
  • Website I Facebook I Instagram

3. The Citizen

30A businesses with Birmingham ties
All we want to see is more of this seafood from The Citizen. Photo Via The Citizen

Drive along the iconic palm tree spotted lane of Alys Beach and you’ll find The Citizen — an upscale seafood fare restaurant featuring dishes inspired by coastal towns around the world.

Owner Jeremy Walton created The Citizen with a goal to embody what it means to be just that. The restaurant fosters a constant sense of creativity and community among their staff and guests to depict the qualities of a good citizen. Jeremy brings years of food and hospitality experience to his new restaurant with past jobs including working as a partner with Birmingham Chef Chris Hastings, Hot & Hot Fish Club owner.

4. 30A

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Everyone recognizes this iconic 30A business. Photo via 30A’s Facebook

We are no stranger to the iconic blue 30A brand, and if you don’t already have one of their stickers on the back of your car, now is the time to jump on the trend.

Founder and owner Mike Ragsdale has created more than an eco-friendly brand you can find on tees, stickers, and even craft beer. 30A technically stands for the highway that runs through the Florida panhandle, but to Mike and many others, it represents a life of good times on the coast and a happy beach lifestyle.

Go beach happy like Mike. Grab some 30A merch, and look like a local this summer.

5. Great Southern Café

30A business with Birmingham ties
You have to try these shrimp & grits from this 30A business. Photo via Great Southern Café

If you’re strolling through Seaside Square and want the perfect dinner spot to people watch while enjoying mind-blowing seafood, Great Southern Café is the place to go. Nestled in the center of the square, you’ll be surrounded by the beach life atmosphere that makes Seaside so special.

Great Southern Café was managed for years by Billy McConnell, who you may remember as the original owner of Billy’s Bar & Grill in Birmingham. He created a space of good food and happy customers that keep coming back for more.

Try their shrimp and grits, lobster tails, or grab a frozen drink from their new side-bar b.f.f. Whatever you choose will not disappoint, which makes it a must-try dinner spot to complete your Seaside stay.

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