By Julie Landry Laviolette

Besides the sugar-white sands of the Emerald Coast and the fresh catch of Gulf Coast waters, there is a bounty of strawberries, blueberries, Muscadine grapes and other produce along Florida’s Panhandle.

If you’re looking for farm-to-table dining, there are many eateries along the way that partner with local farmers and fishermen to bring the freshest food to your table.

Here’s a sampling of farm-to-fork spots.

- The Fish House, Pensacola


Hunt & Gather Raw Bar and Pub, Panama City Beach – Elevated, hearty pub fare and raw bar in hip surrounds, with a menu inspired by partnerships with regional farms, local fishermen and ranchers. Offers local craft brews.

Luna Muna Cafebar, Panama City – Funky, bright breakfast and lunch option with a juice bar. Works with a small group of local producers for fruits and veggies, eggs and honey.

Restaurant Iron, Pensacola – Celebrated, longtime locale for elevated Southern favorites with a contemporary twist. The cuisine focuses on locally sourced ingredients in the open kitchen and has an award-winning wine program.

Global Grill, Pensacola – Cozy setting for classy New American entrees and tapas, with locally farmed produce when possible.

Jackson’s Steakhouse, Pensacola – Established fine dining room under celebrated Executive Chef Irv Miller, set in the historic building where General Andrew Jackson accepted the transfer of Florida to the United States from Spain. Showcases Florida coastal cooking with Southern influences, and highlights locally caught seafood and produce harvested from small growers, gristmills and urban farmers.

End of the Line Café, Pensacola – Cheerful standby for health-conscious, organic, vegan food, with a Sunday brunch, Kombucha on tap and a daily happy hour. Concentrates on ethically sourced food, has an outdoor courtyard and showcases local art.

Carmen’s Lunch Bar & Tapas, Pensacola – Eclectic New American menu of soups, salads and tapas with global influences in a simple space. Ingredients are sourced from local farmers markets and the menu changes seasonally.

The Fish House, Pensacola – Longstanding gathering place overlooking Pensacola Bay whipping up upmarket seafood favorites with a Southern twist. The menu relies on local seafood and incorporates seasonal Florida produce. A bustling outdoor deck has a bandstand and fire pit. Steps away is its sister eatery, Atlas Oyster House, which offers local oysters from nearby East Bay in a polished waterfront setting.

Bud & Alley’s, Seaside – Laid-back destination with a rooftop bar overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, known for casual fine dining and sunset cocktails. Set along scenic Highway 30A, the flagship restaurant focuses on farm-fresh produce and locally caught seafood in its Southern, coastal menu. Next door at Bud & Alley’s Pizza Bar + Trattoria, Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas are topped with ingredients that change with the seasons, and the Taco Bar specializes in taqueria-style eats.

The Great Southern Café, Seaside – Well-known Chef Jim Shirley offers Southern cooking with a global touch, using produce from local farms and seafood from the Gulf of Mexico. There’s a raw bar and relaxing porch seating in a charming atmosphere. Chef Shirley also has The Meltdown on 30A in Seaside, whipping up gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches with locally sourced ingredients from an Airstream trailer. Farm & Fire has a pizzeria, a speakeasy and a market in a warm, comfortable backdrop, with much its menu sourced from local farmers, fishermen and artisans.

Roux 30A, Grayton Beach – Intimate venue with an open kitchen and communal tables turning out refined, six-course global tasting menus updated with produce, proteins and products from farm partners. A unique snack hour offers light bites and cocktails based on farm-to-table ingredients delivered daily by local farms and co-ops.

 - Jackson’s Steakhouse, Pensacola


Twin Oaks Farm, Bonifay – Organic farm raising heritage pigs and producing artisan foodstuffs, preserves and aromatherapy gift items.

Sweet Southern Farms, Baker – U Pick strawberry farm selling strawberry shortcake and treats. There’s also an off-season weekend frozen yogurt shop.

Brooks Farm Produce & Strawberry Patch, Baker – U Pick strawberry farm with homegrown produce, yogurt, shortcake, pies and jam.

Baker Blueberry Hill, Baker – U Pick farm for blueberries and blackberries, plus blueberry plants.

Dairy Acres of Baker, Baker – U Pick blueberry farm, plus fresh eggs and blueberry plants.

TouchaBlue Berry Farm, Molino – Seasonal U Pick farm for blueberries and Muscadine grapes.

The Farm of Pensacola, Pensacola – Farmer’s market supplying local produce and homemade goods from local artisans.

Holland Farms, Milton – Family-owned peanut and produce farm, plus ethically raised beef and seasonal special events.

The Strawberry Farm, Milton – Classic U Pick strawberry farm growing multiple varieties.

Blue Basket Farms, Milton – U Pick blueberry and sunflower farm, plus local honey.

Clear Creek Farm, Pensacola – Organic produce farm with farm tours, seasonal farm-to-table events and educational workshops.


Localharvest – Lists local farms and produce buying clubs offering Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) produce boxes.

Fresh from Florida – Showcases seasonal produce and seafood.

Places to Remember