We braved some pretty rough weather yesterday as we arrived at Local Catch on Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. We decided to go to our Happy Hour gathering at 4 p.m. despite tornado watches, warnings and tremendous downpours of rain with an occasional crack of thunder. I called ahead and Zane put a railroad tie out in front as a bridge to get us over the puddle that awaited us.
Normally, Happy Hour prices and specials only apply to those sitting in the bar area, but they accommodated us by allowing us to sit at a table in the restaurant basically because it was pretty empty inside. They have a great drink menu. All drinks are $5 from their specialty drink menu including wonderful martinis. Their wines are 50% off for a glass of any wine on the menu and we ordered Meiomi for just $5.50 per glass. Zane our waiter did a wonderful job in keeping up with our crazy group and was very attentive and generous with his wine pours.
On Wednesday nights you can get any salad on the menu for 50% off as well. This is usually reserved for ladies only, but they offered this to our entire group on this evening. Many of us ordered the Mile 4 Fish Salad which was excellent and a great deal for 50% off. See photo below.
Mile 4 Fish Salad
We really enjoyed this happy hour with jokes flowing around the table. I love the comradery and laughter that we all share. Until next time, cheers! Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving y’all.
Local Catch Fun
This week we went to the Steamboat Bar and Grill. The original location off of Hwy. 98 in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. Our server was the only server on duty. Her name was Apple. She worked the bar and the restaurant and did so with impressive attentiveness and efficiency.
They have a Happy Hour from 3-6 daily. Drink specials with reduced prices. They do not have reduced prices off of any food items. Apple told us that they get their fresh grouper daily from HarborDocks in Destin. You can visit their website here to see the menu.
Steamboat Bar and Grill
Chris and I had the mussels for our appetizer and they were excellent. They were loaded with garlic and butter and they came with a side of bread. (Although I would have liked more bread) The fried green beans were also ordered as an appetizer and were shared around the table. They too were good and came with a Wasabi Ranch dressing. For dinner many of us ordered the fresh grouper sandwich which came with fries and coleslaw. Other orders were popcorn shrimp and wings. All reported very tasty food and good portion sizes for the money. Again, unbelievable how hard Apple worked to make our experience a good one.
They have a pool table and a few arcade machines and many televisions for watching sports scattered around the bar. There is an outdoor area for smokers and the only mistake our group made this week was sitting too near this door. The smell of smoke that followed the smokers was not good. Although we did really enjoy sitting at a round table this week. It was much easier to visit with everyone there instead of sitting at one long table. It really brought us all into the conversation. I love round tables!
Chuck was especially entertaining after three Apple Martinis with stories from his childhood and his recent trip to Las Vegas. All in all I would come back to this spot. I rated it 4.2 stars out of 5.
Steamboat the Original Location on Hwy. 98, Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Steamboat Happy Hour Group
This week’s happy hour was held at The Bay overlooking the Choctawhatchee Bay at the foot of the 331 bridge. They have happy hour from 4-6. One disappointment was that they no longer allow you to bring your dogs with you even if you are seated in their outdoor patio. There were 15 of us this week and I forgot to get a picture of the group that gathered. We sat at one long table in the outside area which they set up for us upon arrival at 4 p.m. Our waitress was a girl named Maggie and it was only her third day on the job. She did a spectacular job of waiting on such a large group of people.
Dishes ordered were the Edamame Hummus with pita chips, crab cakes, Vietnamese Styled Wings, the Bomber Burger (large enough to share), and the Spicy Tuna Roll. The food was excellent. The drinks no matter what you order from 4-6 are half price. The appetizers ranged from $7 to $12. There is a band on Wednesday nights beginning at 6 p.m. on the outdoor deck as well. The outdoor bar also has two televisions for viewing sports and free WiFi.
Welcome newcomers to the group, Nelle Nemecek and Mary Butler !
Until next week. . . .
We repeated our Happy Hour location last evening at Cuvee30A at the Avenues. All I can tell you is that it is by far the best Happy Hour along the Emerald Coast!!!! Chef Tim Creehan knows how to make you feel welcomed! Drink specials, prices, and the wide variety of appetizers available make this for an upscale Happy Hour hangout.
Donna and Chef Tim
We love supporting local businesses. Our Happy Hour this week did not disappoint. We met this week at the Grayton Beer Company’s Tap Room. It is open on Thursdays from 4-7. The Long Leaf food truck had a break down and was not there on this evening, but Grayton Beach Catering showed up with a nice choice of either a bowl of Chili or some Pulled Pork Nachos. I ordered the Pulled Pork Nachos and I was able to pick out my own toppings. They were really good and enough to share ~ price $11.
Grayton beer is owned by Jamey Price and his wife Candace who moved to S. Walton in 2006. He started the brewery in 2011 and since then it has really grown. Locals love the beers that he is producing and production and distribution are both expanding. For Happy Hour you get your choice of some of their finest from the 30A Beach Blonde (my favorite) to the original 1890 Founder’s Ale, White Dunes, Pale Ale or the Oyster Stout.
They had corn hole set up and I played and lost to Mike Saur our Happy Hour Group Corn Hole Challenger, but it was still fun.
Here are a few photos from last evening.
Happy At Grayton Beer Happy Hour
Catering — nachos and chili
727Whiskey Bravo only has a Happy Hour for one full hour from 5-6 p.m. and only Wednesday through Saturday during the Fall Season. I called ahead and tried to arrange the Whiskey Bravo bus to come and pick us all up, but their bus was out of commission and in the shop for a repair. We all gathered in the roof top bar area. We found out that the Happy Hour is only around the bar area and not the entire roof top. It was very awkward to mingle going in and out among the other patrons and bar stools. They had $5 well drinks and house wine and one specialty drink during the happy hour period and beers were $2 off of normal prices. They also had entree menu items that normally cost between $17 to $27 marked by a black diamond that during the happy hour were only $15. They did not have any appetizers that were discounted. Most of the meals with the exception of a salad with beef on top, were fried or heavy cream. Our bartender was Eli and he worked the large crowd, but could have improved with his customer service skills. A smile can go a long way. He just seemed as though he didn’t want to be working this night. Chris and I got out of there for $52, but Chris didn’t even eat. They do have free WiFi. I have to say that this was not my favorite gathering and I would only give it 3 stars out of 5. At least the evening was a perfect 10 as far as the weather was concerned!
Tight Space to Mingle — Happy Hour only around Bar Area.
We met at Marie’s Bistro in Blue Mt. Beach this week for our weekly Happy Hour and I had called ahead to let the owner Hanie and his wife Marie know that we had a large group. When we arrived he had a table reserved for us. They have a great Happy Hour and Wednesdays are Women’s Wine night as well. All women get one free glass of house wine of their choice to start the night out. Happy Hour is from 4-6. They have a very large menu available. On the happy hour menu you will find a lot of sushi rolls and appetizers all very reasonably priced. You can get a large cold draft beer for $2.50 or well drinks or wine all discounted during these hours. Our waiter was Jeremiah and he was excellent at handling a large group and getting the bills separated easily at the end. He assigned all of us a seat number and his system worked perfectly. Hanie was also very gracious as our host. I think we will be back to this spot. Here are a few photos from last night.
Sushi made daily — Crunchy Roll was Good!
Marie’s Bistro Happy Hour Gathering
Until Next Week — Cheers! Have a great week.