The Best Beachside Restaurants in America
CURTIS STONE IS ON A MISSION
In the Food Network's new seriesaBeach Eats USA, Stone zip-lines, paddle boards and helicopters up and down the coasts searching for the yummiest bites – from grilled oysters to chicken oysters to paella – on the most beautiful beaches in a country. Here are his top pics.a(Tune in on Wednesdays at 10:30 pm on the Food Network for even more irresistible beach eats.)
PARADISE COVE (MALIBU, CALIFORNIA)
"If there's one thing that is better than paradise, it's paradise with good food. As soon as you lay eyes on this place, you feel like you've been transported to a tropical island – there are daybeds, people drinking cocktails out of pineapples, soft white sands and delicious grub. Chef Pablo, who began working here 30 years ago as a dishwasher and has worked his way up to head chef, cooks a mean surf 'n' turf seaside paella right on the beach. He fills it with mussels, clams, shrimp, pork rib, chicken drumettes and smoky sausage. It's a crazy combo, but it works!"a
NORTH BEACH BAR AND GRILL (TYBEE ISLAND, GEORGIA)
"Tybee Island is 20 mins from Downtown Savannah and is the eastern most point of the state – apparently pirates used to stash their treasures here back in the day! Today the treasure to track down is a quirky little place called North Beach Bar amp Grill, where soul food meets seafood, Caribbean-style! Chef Chris Wise serves up flavorful jerk chicken that has been marinated in rum, lime, green onions, ginger, cinnamon and too many spices for me to recall. Their whole fried flounder fish dish is really special too, with the perfect balance of crispy outside and soft, fleshy inside."
DESCANSO BEACH CLUB (CATALINA ISLAND, CALIFORNIA)
"Forget the city rat race and bright lights; you feel instantly chill after setting foot on Catalina Island – just an hour's ferry ride from Long Beach. In particular, Descanso Beach Club is where you need to be for good food and a great time. Chef Kapo Kealoha, who's from Hawaii, has brought his love for ahi tuna from one island to another, namely the ahi tuna salad with a mescal mix and thin slices of watermelon radish. During high summer, a DJ spins tunes on the beach on Saturday afternoons and on Sundays a band serenades the beach-goers."a
BILLS BY THE BEACH (GULF SHORES, ALABAMA)
"There really is a 'Bill' behind Bills By The Beach! And I was lucky enough to meet the man himself and eat at his waterside restaurant. The thing that excited me most is the restaurant’s 'Hook amp Cook' program – customers catch their fish and bring it to Executive Chef Jon Gibson, who will clean, fillet and cook it up for you. When I visited, a bunch of teenage guys reeled in a grouper fish and Chef Gibson turned it into a delectable dish with a beautiful pecan pesto, broccolini, white rice and fresh orange juice."
THE FISH CAMP RESTAURANT (GEIGER KEYS, FLORIDA)
"Geiger Keys is about as south in Florida as you can get! The island is approximately 2x2 miles and is surrounded by mangroves and a fishing reef, which means you catch and cook on the very same day! I tried their local favorite, hogfish, for the first time here. It's a super flaky white fish that tastes of scallops and is made even more delicious with the tartar sauce and crunchy slaw whipped up by Chef Jason Wooters. But meat lovers, listen up – on Sundays only, the folks at The Fish Camp Restaurant do a slow cook Sunday BBQ that makes you wish it were Sunday everyday of the week."
BACK ON THE BEACH (SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA)
"Not only do they have one of the best burgers (with a fried egg), but while you're eating you get to look out at the Pacific Ocean and enjoy the sunny SoCal weather! This is a beach eat I can get to easily from my house, and kids are encouraged and welcome too, so I’ve been time and time again with my family." a