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“Upscale southern comfort food...”

Great Southern Cafe
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Grand Champion Executive Chef Jim Shirley opened Great Southern Cafe in 2006 in Seaside, FL. This casual restaurant fuses international cuisines with southern cooking using local produce from nearby farms and fresh seafood from the Gulf of Mexico. Here you will find great seafood, steaks, local vegetables, handmade burgers, southern-style breakfast, specialty drinks and so much more. Dine outside on the deck or inside for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Reviewed 11 September 2018

Wait times for dinner reached two hours some nights while we were vacationing in Seaside. We finally got in with no wait on our last night there. I prefer eating inside the restaurant, which was formerly a Seaside cottage. The ambience is much more homey and relaxing. We started our meal with the soul rolls, which I highly recommend. Alone they could be a yummy light meal. The meat and three entree varies daily, and it was a pork chop that night. It was phenomenal, and portions were large enough for two meals. Other entrees included a bacon wrapped filet, grits and shrimp, fish of the day (grouper), mac and cheese with bacon and shrimp, grilled salmon, Korean barbecue pork sandwich, and Po Boys. The sides are southern staples - fried okra, green beans, mashed potatoes, collard greens, fried green tomatoes, etc. There’s something on the menu for everyone, but it’s a splurge meal with regards to both calories and price.

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Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

I had a grouper ya ya (grits) and it was the best meal I enjoyed our entire vacation. If you can handle the wait, Great Southern always delivers deliciousness! Others enjoyed the same dish, grilled fish sandwich and the caprese salad was large enough to share.

Thank 1hapygirl
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Reviewed 9 September 2018

Cottage style sit outside or in, fantastic service busy or not. 45 min wait worth it any day. They have mobile pagers so you can walk the square until your beeped.
The food is fabulous- Im suprised everytime I try something new. Love the cheese grits!

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Thank mrmikerohn
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Reviewed 7 September 2018 via mobile

Our family of 10 had lunch and mojitos at Great Southern - a tradition when in Seaside. We had oysters, shrimp, burgers, hummus and the Soul Rolls - everything was so delicious. We had strawberry and grapefruit mojitos to top it all off. Our waiter was attentive and very cordial. We always come back!

Thank wavelycunningham
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Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

My first time at Seaside and my first breakfast was at Great Southern Cafe ! Great food and a fun waiter ! The sausage biscuits and gravy are to die for !! I had the applewood smoked bacon and the Gouda Grits ! Yummy !! We had no wait time either. We went back after going to the beach and had cocktails outside. A very fun spot ! Will definitely be back !!

Thank WendyB12
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