Gravel Road – Seagrove Beach

Gravel Road – Seagrove Beach

Back in Omaha we had a favorite breakfast place… Bailey’s.  Even though I never officially reviewed them on this blog, they were awesome… in fact, the last day we were in Omaha we started off breakfast there, as we did at least a few times a month (I ended up taking photos for a review, so look to one in the future).  Ever since arriving in Florida, Jess and I have been on a quest to find a great breakfast place as Jess loves breakfast to death.  I would say it is probably her favorite meal of the day… if prepared right. So when I was pointed to the breakfast at the Gravel Road restaurant (by one of their sous chefs, no less) while wandering the Farmer’s Market, never being one to hesitate, I finished up my shopping and headed right over.  I grabbed an order of biscuits and gravy to go for Jess and ran back home.

When it comes to biscuits and gravy, Jess is very particular.  She likes the gravy thick, flavorful, white, not greasy and lacking in sausage bits.  The biscuits must be soft, but not mushy and need to have flavor.  Now, when presenting her the dish from the Gravel Road, she wasn’t impressed.  The gravy was thin and full of sausage, but luckily she enjoyed it.  Well, let me correct that.  She liked it as long as you didn’t call it biscuits and gravy.  She said as biscuits and gravy go, it was bad, but if it were called something else and presented to her, it would be great.  I guess you’d have to eat it to understand (or perhaps you’d hafta climb into her head).  Due to her enjoyment, we decided to stop by and do breakfast “properly.”

The first thing you need to know about the Gravel Road is that in its current location (it recently moved), it is very easy to miss.  I blew past it the first time looking for it and you can see why from the photo below:

They need a bigger sign.

They need a bigger sign.

There we go.

Really... needs to be much bigger.

That little sign is the only thing informing you of tasty eats.  Otherwise it looks like just another building.  Well, there is another sign closer to the road, but it is also pretty small.  Either way, memorize this building if you’re gonna visit.  Once you’re inside, you get treated to a warm and inviting dining area and bar (with a view of the kitchen).

View of the bar.

View of the bar.

View of the back.

View of the back.

You may note the ATM in the back (as well as the message on their door)… one slight issue with the Gravel Road is that they take check and cash, but not plastic.  As long as you know this going in, it isn’t an issue… otherwise you’ll be paying a few bucks worth of ATM fees to eat.

The breakfast menu is nice and simple with about a dozen things to choose from, ranging from Eggs Benedict, to pancakes, to a breakfast pizza.

The full breakfast menu.

The breakfast menu... basic, but that's rarely a bad thing.

Since she tried them before, instead of going with the biscuits and gravy, Jess chose the “Eggs on Fire” which is an Eggs Benedict with a soy-sauce marinated steak in place of the ham.  Besides the standard English muffin, eggs and hollandaise, the plate also comes with a side of hash browns and a vegetable medley.

Steak and eggs!

Nothing quite like steak for breakfast, is there?

Instead of choosing from the menu, I decided to go with their special of the day, which was seared Amberjack over Gouda and garlic grits.  This was topped with two eggs, hollandaise and arugula.

The first time I've ever had fish for breakfast.

The first time I've ever had fish for breakfast (and definitely not the last).

Jess loved the vegetable medley and thought the eggs were cooked perfectly (over-medium), but wasn’t a huge fan of the meat.  The slight taste of soy just didn’t quite work with everything, giving it a weird taste that was quite hard to place.  In fact, the meat isn’t advertised as being marinated, she asked the waitress who checked with the chef to figure out why it had the flavor it did.  If it wasn’t marinated, she said that she’d probably get it again, but as it is, she won’t.  This also brings up a little point… if you have allergies or foods you don’t wish to eat, always ask if the food has it.  Jess didn’t think to ask if the steak was marinated and it wasn’t shown as such on the menu.

My dish was amazing… the amberjack was cooked perfectly, wasn’t dry and had a wonderful sear on it.  Like Jess’ dish, the eggs were cooked perfectly (over-medium), and worked amazingly well with the fish.  The gouda-garlic grits had to be my favorite part, though.  They were nice and thick, but not overly cheesy, so the flavor of the grits still showed through.  The arugula added just the perfect bit of bitterness to the entire thing.  To be honest, this is one of the best breakfast dishes I’ve ever had.  I could honestly eat this meal every week.  No lie.  Even Jess liked it… in fact, she actually enjoyed mine over hers and said that it were around next time, she’d get it (if anyone from there is reading… please make this a standard menu item, it’s glorious).  When it came time for the check, the bill for both of our meals (with tax) came to just $25.68… not too shabby for a breakfast that filled us up for quite awhile.  If you care to try it out yourself, here is the address and hours:

Address: 4935 E. Co. Hwy. 30-A, Seagrove Beach (Santa Rosa Beach), FL (click for map)
Hours: 7:00 am – 10:00 pm Mon – Sat, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Sun

So far, while not perfect, it has been our best breakfast experience since landing in this area.  Also, as breakfast is their newest course (I’ve been told that Gravel Road used to be lunch and dinner only), we’ll have to revisit them later in the day next time.  We’re still on the lookout for the “perfect” biscuits and gravy, so keep your fingers crossed that we find them (and if you have a favorite breakfast place, please share)!


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  2. Craig Says:

    OMG this was place had the worst service EVER! It looked like a nice friendly establishment but it was the most atrocious service we have ever received. Between the inattentive waiter and the slower-than-molasses cook, we honestly WAITED OVER AN HOUR for our food with no apologies or explanations whatsoever. Then the fish plate that was supposed to have shrimp came with no shrimp, so we waited another 20 minutes for that. When I inquired about what was taking so long, the waiter went to full-on-attitude-mode and said “What do you expect me to do about it?” and then a sarcastic “Sorry we are not up to YOUR standards”…huh?!? You gotta be kidding me. And trust me, there were about a half-dozen tables around us filled with people waiting for food with similar glazed-over expressions of “why the heck did we ever pick this place?” NEVER again!!

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