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Country stores, farmers markets, downtown tasting, and agriculture tours all offer opportunities to taste, touch, experience, and enjoy and we’re sharing it all in the best dining guide for Northwest Florida.
This Dining Guide region stretches from west of Panama City to just east of Carrabelle, along scenic US Highway 30 and beyond.
The diverse landscape and small town charms make it a joy to visit for all kinds of travelers.
Beachgoers, paddlers, and divers have long sung the praises of both the inland and coastal fun.
But if you’re in search of an authentic local experience, whether on a road trip or a day trip, you will find just what you’re looking for.
Charming downtowns and rural rolling fields are the setting for discovering the homegrown goodness of Northwest Florida.
Farmers markets offer easy access to locally grown and made specialties.
The Cypress Cattle Farmers Market features fresh produce from local, family-owned growers throughout the region and across the state. Beef and dairy products as well as the freshest seasonal vegetables can be found here. (Freeport, FL)
The Market at Historic St. Andrews began as a community activity in 2004 and has grown to be one of the best in the region. It has been recognized nationally by American Farmland Trust.
In Chipley, the Main Street Market and the seasonal Chipley Farmer’s Market offer fresh fruits and veggies from local farmers. Just out of town, K&L Farms is a great spot, as well, to choose some Washington County goodness.
The Peanut Shack is a favorite spot for travelers for so much more than its famed peanuts. It has gained a reputation for an impressive mix of other local produce, along with its fresh, roasted, or boiled peanuts. (Marianna, FL)
“Eat Fresh. But Local” is the theme at the Marianna City Farmers Market. This is where growers of local fruits and vegetables, honey, dairy products, and meats sell their goods. Jams and jellies, baked goods, crafts, and flowers can be found here, too. Open every Saturday.
Of course there is fresh seafood from the nearby Gulf of Mexico. Check out the following local favorites!
At Tarpon Dock Seafood Market, boats unload their fresh catch daily. Oysters and regional favorites are brought in fresh. (Panama City Beach, FL)
13 Mile Seafood Market in Apalachicola brings in seafood from the bay on its own boats, as well from area fishermen, every day. (Apalachicola, FL)
Lynn’s Quality Oysters & Raw Bar is known not only for its retail seafood, but as a favorite lunch spot as well. Of course, oysters are a favorite here. (Eastpoint, FL)
At Millender & Sons Seafood Co., generations have offered the freshest of seafood to retail and wholesale customers. (Carrabelle, FL)
Specialty Shops and Tastings
Southern Craft Creamery serves up the regionally popular ice cream from local Cindale Farms. (Marianna, FL)
Green Gate Olive Grove, the first olive grove in Florida, offers tastings of their house-made products. These include olive oils, infused vinegars, sauces, spices, and rubs. They also host and cater other special events. (Marianna, FL)
Many local apiaries offer samples and sale of more than a dozen varieties of raw honey.
Don’t Forget the Beer!
Check out this impressive list of local breweries that dot the downtowns of Northwest Florida. These folks brew their own!
Southern Fields Brewing is a family owned brewery that is new to the Campbellton neighborhood. Enjoy their hand-crafted beers inside their 120 year old historic bank building. (Campbellton, FL)
Grayton Beer Brewpub is a fully operational brewery, restaurant, and bar located in the heart of Grayton Beach. (Santa Rosa Beach, FL)
Idyll Hounds Brewing Company boast a strong sense of history, tradition, and sustainability in their consistent quality brews. (Santa Rosa Beach, FL)
History Class Brewing Company celebrates the history of the south with local beer, southern bites, and local stories. (Panama City, FL)
Salty Oak Brewing Company brews their craft beer locally and offer specials and events every week. (Panama City, FL)
Oyster City Brewery claims the total of best easy-drinking beer in Apalachicola.(Apalachicola, FL)
East Point Beer Company offers unique brews paired with breathtaking views of the bay. They are also pet-friendly! (Eastpoint, FL)
So Much More!
There are family farm tours across the region, where sustainable practices and the fruits of the harvest are shared. And, of course, local museums tell the stories of history, commerce, and culture.
Additionally, downtowns are bright with local works of art, from unique murals to original works.
There is so much to savor across Northwest Florida, filled with thriving communities and a wealth of local fare. It offers visitors a getaway that will feed the soul and the body!
The online resource at ExploreNWFlorida.com highlights the unique destinations of Northwest Florida and additional activities and attractions.
On the road, be sure to stop at any of the area visitor centers for travel advice and a dose of small town Southern hospitality.