When it comes to picking pizza, I’d like to think I’m something of a connoisseur. Let me tell you why. Most kids I know love pizza. I mean love love. It’s usually one of any kid’s first picks for a meal of their choice and I was no different. As a kid growing up in South Walton, we really only had one pizza place to go.
If you’ve been around here long enough you know the original spot was always Bruno’s Pizza in Seagrove. Later when I was in high school, Pizza Hut came along in Miramar Beach in front of Silver Sands, but for the longest time, Bruno’s was the one and only place to go.
It didn’t take long for me to get hooked and to this day, it’s still one of my favorite meals. In fact, I’m usually the first to suggest it to my kids and when we travel, I always want to try the local pizza spots just to see how they compare. The amount of pizzas I’ve eaten in my 30-something years is potentially off the charts. I have the experience and passion to guide you to a delicious slice here on 30A.
Wanna talk cheese consistency? Sauce to crust ratio? Garlic crust vs classic? Wood-fired vs pizza oven? I have my preferences for sure and usually stick to a tried-and-true option like pepperoni or cheese, but also have my favorite specialty options, like a loaded Supreme (hold the olives) or a meat lovers with just the right sausage selection.
So, without further ado, here are my picks to get your next slice.
Best Pizza on 30A
We have to start with the classic. Bruno’s was originally in Seagrove but has made their home in Watersound for a few years now. The atmosphere is casual and welcoming, with a laid-back beach vibe. The menu features a variety of delicious specialty pizzas, with unique toppings like fig and prosciutto or shrimp and pesto. Diners can enjoy their pizza inside the restaurant or opt for outdoor seating on the covered patio.
They are most known for their lunch time pizza buffet and always have a wide variety with steady refills. Even with the busy mix of locals and visitors dining in, you get your favorite and can try different options without committing to a whole pizza. There’s also a nice salad bar and my kids’ favorite – the pizza knots covered in cinnamon and sugar.
Pizza by the Sea
You can easily find one of these wherever you are on 30A since Pizza by the Sea has locations in Sandestin, Gulf Place, Watercolor and Seacrest. Their crust is more of a thin-crust style and their menu is pretty expansive for a pizza place. At lunch, the best deal is a “pick two” that includes a fountain drink with your choice of giant slice, side salad, side of baked spaghetti or bowl of soup. This is also a great option for families with allergy needs or gluten-free pizza. My wife always gets the white veggie slice and a spinach salad, but I recommend the triple bypass pizza or classic pepperoni.
Located in the heart of Seagrove, Brozinni’s feels like your favorite mall pizza joint in the best way possible. It has a laid-back flip flop beach vibe that makes it feel like home with huge slices to fill you up. The breadsticks and marinara are always a good idea and our family’s go-to slices at Brozinni’s are the meat lovers, cheese or a barbecue chicken. If you’re a lighter eater, get one of their big salads made with quality ingredients and a generous portion.
PS You know you’ve been around here a long time if you used to go here when it was Cocoon’s Deli.
This is probably my most-frequented pizza spot and I’d like to think the guys start prepping my order as soon as they see my number calling. Fat Daddy’s is located on 98 in Santa Rosa Beach and is super casual, very family friendly and always a good meal. It’s not fancy, but if you like a lot of toppings and want the most for your dollar, this is your spot. The pizzas are usually loaded down with toppings and if you’re dining in for the lunch buffet, you’ll get a belly full with plenty of variety and heaping slices.
This is a good spot for a quick dine-in experience or you can take away one of their delicious pizzas as well as salads and sandwiches. Overall, Fat Daddy’s Pizza is a great spot for a hearty and tasty meal in a relaxed setting.
This classic NYC pizzeria is a high-end chain known for their coal-fired brick oven pizzas. The atmosphere is cozy and casual with an old-school New York feel. The dining area is adorned with red and white checkered tablecloths, black and white photos and brick walls. The star of the show, however, is the delicious pizza with a crispy crust and fresh toppings that keep customers coming back for more. My favorite order is always the classic pepperoni, but it’s hard to resist a slice of cheesecake for dessert.
Located in Grayton Beach, Grace Pizza 30A is a cozy pizza spot just north of the 4-way stop not far from Hurricane Oyster Bar. Their menu offers a variety of delicious pizzas, including classic and unique flavor combinations. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual, with indoor and outdoor seating options. The restaurant also serves beer and wine to complement your meal.
I like to get the wagyu beef and pork meatballs as a starter and their illegal cheese bread is always a good choice. Our favorite pizzas are usually the buffalo chicken pizza or Margherita for my wife, Patton’s Pepperoni or R-C Rand Meat Wagon with a big milkshake. If you like a more adventurous pizza, check out the Chicken Cielo, Spicy Hawaiian or BBQ Yardbird.
Pizza Bar Seaside
If you’re around Seaside, craving pizza on 30A and like a good wood-fired thin crust pie, Pizza Bar in Seaside is a good option. Pizza Bar separates the menu into white pies and red pies with a tasty list of sides plus a few sandwiches and pastas to choose from. I know my wife orders this from time to time working in Seaside and loves the Funghi mushroom pizza or a good kale caesar salad. Their Brussel sprouts are some of the best and worth ordering to split.
In case that’s not enough to get you in the mood for a good slice, let’s keep the 30A pizza recs coming.
More 30A Restaurants with Pizza on the Menu
Cowgirl Kitchen, Rosemary Beach
Amici, 30Avenue Inlet Beach
Wine World, Watercolor
Tell me your frequent 30A pizza hot spots and let me know if you get a chance to go to any of my favorites.
— Capt. Hunter