Scallop Cove is located conveniently on the Cape, just minutes from both our properties. The BP carries a nice assortment of t-shirts, shorts, bathing suits, sundresses, flip-flops and souvenirs (we have a lot of clothes that came from Jill's store in our closets), along with groceries, beer, wine, and an assortment of take-out foods (the breakfast biscuits are awesome! Call ahead to be sure you get what you want). Free wifi and outdoor picnic area. 4310 Cape San Blas Road, 850-227-1573.
George W. Duren's Piggly Wiggly, 125 W Highway 98, Port St. Joe, Florida 850-229-8398. It's the first place we hit when we get into town and get all the groceries we need for the week! (Always love the Pig. Just be prepared for Saturday Insanity in season and take your time.) They have a great deli and fried chicken from The Pig always accompanies us on a boat trip to the Tip of the Cape.
The Port Fine Wine and Spirits, 202 W Highway 98, Port St. Joe, Florida 850-229-2977. Captain Boyd Pickett has a great little store and carries an excellent supply of everything from hard-to-find import beers like Kalik to top-of-the-line liquors like Patron Gold, and a good wine selection. Great selection and excellent prices. right across from the Pig on 98, so you can get your provisions all in one trip! Open Mon-Sat 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
St. Joe Shrimp Company, 1937 CR-30, Port St. Joe, Florida, 850-229-6224. Stop on your way to the Cape and pick up some shrimp, oysters, grouper, crab -- whatever they have fresh is fabulous! St. Joe Shrimp is located on the right-hand side of the road, just before you get to Presnell's Marina in Simmons Bayou. This is a mandatory stop for us every time we come onto the Cape. Their service, quality and prices are great.
Cape Tradin' Post, 4975 Cape San Blas Rd, Cape San Blas, Florida, 850-229-8775. Cape Tradin' Post has Hunts Brothers pizzas, groceries, beach products, beer, wine, and a liquor store next-door. Fresh meats for those who don't want to go back into Port St. Joe! Ice cream shop and donut shop. They also sell beach gear, clothing and and do airbrushing.
Sunset Coastal Grill, 602 Highway 98, Port St. Joe, Florida, 850-227-7900. Sunset Coastal Grill overlooks St. Joe Bay and has gorgeous views of the water and sunset (maybe that's where they got the name, eh?) A very popular spot for the July 4th fireworks as well! The food is great and there's something for everybody -- including the little ones with a kids menu. (Love me some Grouper Sunset) The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Reservations are always recommended during season, and especially appreciated if you've got a large group, I'm sure. If you're celebrating an anniversary or other special occasion, just let Patti know when you make your reservation and she'll take great care of you. There's a private room for parties, and they also will book special events, wedding receptions, etc. Catering also available.
Indian Pass Raw Bar, 2899 Indian Pass Rd., Port St. Joe, Florida, 850-227-1670. The IRB has been around for over 100 years, and is a favorite with visitors and locals alike. Very casual environment, where you grab your own drink from the cooler (please keep track for your tab) and the waitress will get your order and bring you your food. Peel and eat shrimp, great oysters raw or steamed and a lot more. If you miss this place on your trip, you won't have had the full Cape San Blas experience! Hours are Tues-Sat, noon to 9 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. Oh, and they have cool t-shirts too.
Coneheads Restaurant, 8080 Cape San Blas Rd., Cape San Blas, Florida, 850-229-5252. Coneheads is the only restaurant out on the Cape and is very close to Barrier Dunes, just outside the entrance to the state park. They serve hamburgers, ice cream, pizza, beer and wine and a lot more. They are open for breakfast in the season certain days. It's best to call when you get to the Cape and find out what their hours are during your trip. They have some outdoor seating too if you are on your bike or walking your dog. Still always on our list of places to go during a visit and we love their food (grouper sandwich and cheese fries rock and the burgers are wicked awesome).
Peppers Mexican Grill, 224 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe, Florida, 850-229-8540. Excellent Mexican food at family-friendly prices. Open seven days a week, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Our whole family loves Peppers!
Joe Mama's Wood Fired Pizza, 406 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe, Florida, 850-229-6262. Open every day but Monday during season. Located on Reid Avenue. Great pizzas and salads!
Dockside Cafe, 340 Marina Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida, 850-229-5200 Dockside has seafood, burgers, salads -- a variety of choices. Overlooking the marina, there's an outdoor dining area as well as indoor seating. Sometimes they have live entertainment as well. Hours are 11 to 9 Sun-Thurs and 11 to 10 Fri-Sat. Great place to eat on your way out to the water or when you get back. Good burgers and buffalo shrimp! Rick and the staff will take good care of you!
Provisions Restaurant and Catering, 222 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe, Florida, 850-229-9200. Provisions is open for lunch and dinner, and beer and wine is available with your meals. They're closed on Sundays. Provisions also offers catering services. Visit their website for more information, menus, special events, or call to make reservations.
Paul Gant's Bar B Que, 470 W Highway 98, Port St. Joe, Florida, 850-227-9311. Paul Gant's isn't exactly a restaurant. It's a take-out trailer. And it's only open for business Thursday, Friday and Saturday. But if you don't think it's worth fitting it into your vacation on my recommendation alone, Google it. Yeah. It's that good. We always pick up our barbeque fix the first day if they're open. Ribs, pulled pork, chicken, beans, slaw -- it's all good so don't be shy and order up.
Toucan's Mexico Beach, 812 Highway 98, Mexico Beach, Florida, 850-648-8207. Toucan's has been a stop for my family since we started coming to the area. Kids love to play on the beach and parents can sit on the porch or decks and eat while they watch the kids. Nice sunset views too. If you're traveling to Toucan's from Gulf County, don't forget that Mexico Beach is Central Time so you'll gain an hour!