Papa Surf Burger Bar – Where Burgers, Beer, and Beach Dreams Come True - 30A

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Papa Surf Burger Bar – Where Burgers, Beer, and Beach Dreams Come True

By: Carrie Honaker | Posted Sep 14, 2023

Burgers, beer, and beach; is there a better trifecta? Probably not and Papa Surf Burger Bar has all three and more. 

Brittney and Brian Kelley fell in love with 30A, moved here, opened Tribe Kelley Surf Post in downtown Grayton Beach, and settled into life along the Emerald Coast, but hanging out with fellow country superstar Jason Aldean and his wife Brittany, along with baseball legend Tom Glavine at Chiringo after shooting the “Beach Cowboy” video, cemented their second business, Papa Surf’s Burger Bar. “We felt like it’d be a lot of fun to do something with the Aldeans and Glavines who are like-minded when it comes to intentionality, design, and experiences,” Brian said. 



Co-founder, Brian Kelley, savoring Jason Aldean’s signature ‘Burn It Down’ burger

Located near Shunk Gulley and across the street from Ed Walline Beach, the coastal Southern burger spot serves elevated burgers, elevated experience, elevated design, and quick to-go.

Don’t miss the Burn it Down Burger (Aldean’s favorite) with its chipotle barbecue sauce, crispy onions, bacon, pepper jack cheese, and pickled jalapenos (the ultimate hangover cure IMO).

The Beach Cowboy brings the classic American cheese meltiness sandwiched with lettuce, tomato, pickle, and the secret surf sauce. The sides are no slouch either—classic cut waffle fries come dusted with Old Bay, or opt for the chipotle-cinnamon-rubbed sweet potato version for something a little different. There are sandwiches, salads, key lime pie, and more featuring locally sourced ingredients and housemade sauces. 



Little hidden details abound in the space that makes it feel like a home. And that’s what the Kelleys wanted, to make Papa Surf’s feel like you’re stepping into their world for a little while.

Indoor and outdoor seating is available, but you’ll find me at the big Magnolia Bar in the backyard, chilling with a Green Chili Cheeseburger, some of those sweet potato fries, and a local beer, enjoying another day in paradise.

The team at Papa Surf

To learn more, visit Papa Surf Burger Bar or follow their updates on Facebook and Instagram.

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Carrie Honaker is a Florida-based freelance writer who is not sure where she will land next, but it will involve messy eating, a spicy Tempranillo, and finding the local dive bar. Her work has been featured in Wine Enthusiast, Bon Appetit, and others. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @writeonhonaker.

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