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30A Hot Spot Award Winners (2023)

Since 2007, our annual 30A Hot Spot Awards have been your opportunity to support and celebrate the people, places, restaurants, shops and activities that make Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A so darn special. We accepted your nominations throughout January, narrowing down the field to the top 10 contestants in each category. Now, with over 50,000 votes cast, it’s time to reveal the winners of our 2023 30A Hot Spots Awards!

HOTTEST SPOT FOR CASUAL DINING: Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar

2nd Place: The Red Bar
3rd Place: North Beach Social

HOTTEST SPOT FOR FINE DINING: Café Thirty-A

2nd Place: Gallion’s
3rd Place: The Citizen

HOTTEST SPOT FOR OUTDOOR DINING: Old Florida Fish House

2nd Place: Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar
3rd Place: Bud & Alley’s



HOTTEST SPOT FOR KID-FRIENDLY DINING: North Beach Social

2nd Place: Pizza by the Sea
3rd Place: Pickle’s Burgers and Shakes

HOTTEST SPOT FOR DOG-FRIENDLY DINING: North Beach Social

2nd Place: The Big Chill 30a
3rd Place: Great Southern Café

HOTTEST SPOT FOR COFFEE: Black Bear Bread Co.

2nd Place: Amavida Coffee Roasters
3rd Place: Fonville Press Market + Café

{NOTE: While we sincerely appreciate the votes, 30A’s Beach Happy Cafe in WaterColor was excluded from this poll to help ensure fairness.}

HOTTEST SPOT FOR BREAKFAST / BRUNCH: Donut Hole

2nd Place: The Perfect Pig
3rd Place: Blue Mabel Smokehouse and Provisions

HOTTEST SPOT FOR LUNCH: Chanticleer Eatery

2nd Place: Cowgirl Kitchen
3rd Place: Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar

HOTTEST SPOT FOR SWEETS (BAKERY, ICE CREAM, CANDY): Pecan Jacks Ice Cream and Candy

2nd Place: Blue Mountain Beach Creamery
3rd Place: Kilwins

{NOTE: While we sincerely appreciate the votes, 30A’s Beach Happy Cafe in WaterColor was excluded from this poll to help ensure fairness.}

HOTTEST SPOT FOR SEAFOOD: Stinky’s Fish Camp

2nd Place: Old Florida Fish House
3rd Place: Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar

HOTTEST SPOT FOR RAW OYSTERS: Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar

2nd Place: Hurricane Oyster Bar and Grill
3rd Place: The Citizen

HOTTEST SPOT FOR SUSHI / ASIAN CUISINE: Shaka Sushi and Cocktail Bar

2nd Place: Nanbu Noodle Bar
3rd Place: Basmati’s Asian Cuisine

HOTTEST SPOT FOR ITALIAN CUISINE: Borago Restaurant

2nd Place: Mimmo’s
3rd Place: Amici 30A Italian Kitchen

HOTTEST SPOT FOR PIZZA: Grace Pizza and Shakes 30A

2nd Place: Pizza by the Sea
3rd Place: Bruno’s Pizza

HOTTEST SPOT FOR MEXICAN / LATIN CUISINE: Amigos 30A Mexican Kitchen

2nd Place: Taco 30A
3rd Place: Red Fish Taco

HOTTEST SPOT FOR BURGERS: Pickle’s Burgers and Shakes

2nd Place: The Bay
3rd Place: Beach Camp Brewpub

HOTTEST CHEF: Chef Camille Withall @ George’s at Alys Beach

2nd Place: Chef Jim Shirley @ Jim Shirley Restaurant Group
3rd Place: Chef Jim Richard @ Word of Mouth Restaurant Group

HOTTEST NEW RESTAURANT (OPENED IN 2022): Gallion’s

2nd Place: Down Island Gulf Seafood Restaurant
3rd Place: Grace Pizza and Shakes 30A

HOTTEST BARTENDER: Tyler Faust @ The Citizen

2nd Place: Nikki Hilbert @ Gallion’s
3rd Place: Allie Spears @ NEAT Tasting Room and Bottle Shop



HOTTEST SERVER: Jamie Regan @ Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar

2nd Place: Chrissy Parks @ Shades Bar and Grill
3rd Place: Harrison Krause @ The Citizen

HOTTEST SPOT FOR LIVE MUSIC: The Red Bar

2nd Place: Red Fish Taco
3rd Place: AJ’s Grayton Beach

HOTTEST HAPPY HOUR: The Wine Bar in WaterColor

2nd Place: Great Southern Café
3rd Place: Hurricane Oyster Bar and Grill

HOTTEST SPOT TO WATCH THE BIG GAME: Shades Bar and Grill

2nd Place: The Big Chill 30a
3rd Place: Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar

HOTTEST LOCAL MUSICIAN OR BAND: Dread Clampitt

2nd Place: The Pickled Pickers
3rd Place: Cadillac Willy

HOTTEST ANNUAL EVENT: 30A Songwriters Festival

2nd Place: Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach
3rd Place: Seaside School Half Marathon + 5K

HOTTEST ARTIST: Justin Gaffrey

2nd Place: Allison Wickey
3rd Place: Andy Saczynski

HOTTEST PHOTOGRAPHER: Susan Gunn

2nd Place: Dawn Whitty
3rd Place: Jonah Allen

HOTTEST FISHING GUIDE / CHARTER: Grayton Girl Fishing Charters

2nd Place: Fishy Booty Charters
3rd Place: Lil’ Lucky Fishing Charters

HOTTEST SPOT TO WORKOUT: Grayton Beach Fitness

2nd Place: TreadFormer30A
3rd Place: Studio Thirty-A

HOTTEST SPOT TO GET PAMPERED (SPA, SALON, MASSAGE, AESTHETICS): Serenity by the Sea Spa

2nd Place: The Aesthetic Clinique
3rd Place: The Spa in Seaside

HOTTEST GOLF COURSE: Camp Creek Golf Course

2nd Place: Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club
3rd Place: Shark’s Tooth Golf Club

HOTTEST AREA FOR SHOPPING: Grand Boulevard

2nd Place: Seaside
3rd Place: Silver Sands Premium Outlets

HOTTEST CLOTHING BOUTIQUE: Indigo Watercolor

2nd Place: Willow + Mercer
3rd Place: Alys Shoppe

{NOTE: While we sincerely appreciate the votes, the 30A Stores were excluded from this poll to help ensure fairness.}

HOTTEST KIDS ACTIVITY: 30A Sea-life Discovery Center

2nd Place: E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center
3rd Place: REP Theatre

HOTTEST LOCAL PARK: Grayton Beach State Park

2nd Place: Eden Gardens State Park
3rd Place: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

HOTTEST HOTEL / INN: The Pearl Hotel

2nd Place: Hotel Effie
3rd Place: WaterColor Inn

HOTTEST SPOT FOR BEER LOVERS: Growler Garage

2nd Place: Shade’s Bar and Grill
3rd Place (TIE): Grayton Beer Taproom and Idyll Hounds Brewing Company

HOTTEST SPOT FOR WINE LOVERS The Wine Bar in WaterColor

2nd Place: Gallion’s
3rd Place: Vintij Food and Wine

HOTTEST SPOT FOR A WEDDING: Eden Gardens State Park

2nd Place: The Chapel at Seaside
3rd Place: Vue on 30a

Congratulations to all of our 2023 30A Hot Spot Award nominees and winners! Be sure to follow 30A on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for daily beach and community updates.

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