Amidst the new-urbanism-meets-the-beach architectural marvel that is Alys Beach is this casual café that prides itself on having the best burger on the entire 30A strip. The grouper sandwich, wood-grilled, is just as worthy of boasting, as is the oyster po' boy. The fish tacos, with roasted poblano lime tartar, give all the aforementioned a run for their money. Things get a little fancier at dinner, though it's all still very laid-back, with dishes like George's pork sticky buns, jerk-crusted Gulf snapper, and an oak-grilled Colorado rack of lamb served with toasted almond and preserved plum couscous. An impressive wine list is a highlight, featuring an international collection of reasonably priced bottles and glasses. Dine indoors or out, though we prefer outside so we can take in the landscaped walkways that are so immaculate they make Disney's look in need of a weed-whacker. There are also great views of the area's spectacular, ostentatious oceanfront mansions. A newly renovated interior brings the place up to speed with the neighborhood's décor magazine-worthy beach houses, with a soothingly neutral palette and driftwood mirrors adorned by the restaurant's signature frogs. There's also a menu for kids—or tadpoles, as George's refers to them—with fun, frog-shaped mac 'n' cheese. Frogs, as you'll see, are a running theme here. Ask for the full story when you arrive.
Destin and Fort Walton Beach
Destin and Fort Walton Beach› Restaurant
George's at Alys Beach
30 Castle Harbour Dr.
Our Rating Neighborhood Alys Beach Hours Daily 11am–3pm and 5–9pm Phone 850/641-0017 Prices Main Courses $9–$32 Cuisine Type AMERICAN Web site George's at Alys Beach
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