Eat Your Way Through 30A: Ample options for each meal of the day

As 30A continues to grow, so does its culinary scene. We explored the 12 Florida Panhandle neighborhoods linked by 24-mile County Road 30A, where we discovered ample options for each meal of the day—plus plenty of happy-hour hideaways.

Wacky Daiquiris of the Gulf

Discover the origins of the Gulf's most iconic frozen cocktail, the Bushwacker, along with other bold takes on this old favorite.

Ole Smoky Distillery

Johnny Baker’s hillbilly accent is as authentic as the moonshine his family has been making for generations, and he uses it to marked effect as he entertains tourists at their Gatlinburg distillery. “We are making coooorn liquor—moonshine,” Baker says, stretching out the vowel to emphasize the appeal of a distillate with a shady, complicated past.

Asheville Distilling Co.

A determined mother moves to Asheville for her kids and births a new career as the distiller of Troy & Sons Platinum Whiskey.


The original Octane on Marietta Street may be the best study hall in town, with beer, wine, and booze for the twenty-one-and-over set and coffee drinks for everyone.

One Flew South

A godsend for the parched and hungry traveler, Hartsfield-Jackson’s best restaurant features Duane Nutter’s Southern-meets-global cooking (thyme-roasted pork belly, salmon hot pot, pulled duck sandwich) and smart, skillfully made cocktails that aren’t too cutesy or clever.

Restaurant Eugene

Though not known as a cocktail trailblazer like its sibling Holeman and Finch across the breezeway, the small bar at fine-dining Eugene has quietly blossomed into a provocative drinking destination.

Seed Kitchen and Bar

At this East Cobb newcomer, mixologist Chris McNeill’s globally influenced cocktails—with flavors from Latin America, Italy, Asia—match chef-owner Doug Turbush’s world-beat sensibility.

4th & Swift

Jay Swift’s New American pacesetter in the Old Fourth Ward has become an incubator for talented, up-and-coming bartenders: The restaurant’s former mixologist James Ives went on to cocktail stardom in New Orleans.

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