#88 of 94 30A Restaurants

Black Bear, Seaside

Parisian Style Bakery, Black Bear Bread at Seaside
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Black Bear Seaside is a neighborhood bakery and Parisian-inspired cafe that specializes in scrumptious homemade bread and delicious pastries. Add to this the fact that they partner with local farms and vendors, and you are sure to get only the freshest and most delicious fare possible. Enjoy dining inside in the classy and luxurious setting or take your breakfast, lunch, or treats outside to enjoy under the covered porch.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

As a Parisian-style bakery and cafe, Black Bear Seaside is the newest eatery from restaurateur Dave Rauschkolb and Chef Phil McDonald in collaboration with Stumptown Coffee Roasters. Located in The Court at Seaside, on Scenic Highway 30A in the Seaside community, Black Bear Seaside offers the very best in freshly baked pastries, naturally leavened bread, breakfast and lunch items, all in addition to Stumptown Coffee, and some superb alcoholic offerings. 

Friends and colleagues Chef Phil McDonald and Dave Rauschkolb shared a vision for a true neighborhood bakery that specializes in naturally leavened baked goods. Out of this dream, the Black Bear Bread Company was born in 2016 in the form of a quaint cafe in Grayton Beach. Today, their team has tweaked and perfected various craveable recipes and launched even more locations, including Black Bear Seaside. 

The name for the cafe “Black Bear” was interestingly enough born from a real-life incident when some local bears in Grayton Beach were caught helping themselves to some test bread that had been discarded in a dumpster by the founders. After that, the owners knew the name for their brand had to be Black Bear after that incident. 

As a brand, the Black Bear’s mission is to rise to the occasion with mindfully sourced ingredients featuring only the freshest products.  Consequently, the inspiration for the cafe menu comes from sensibly sourced seasonal local produce. All this is in addition to the love that is poured into everything the company shares with its beloved guests. It is the conglomeration of precision, seasonality, and service, benefiting all that enter any of its locations. It always promotes fresh, local ingredients with exceptional service. 

There are no corners cut when it comes to sourcing products mindfully. In fact, the brand has worked to cultivate personal relationships with vendors, farmers, and growers to ensure their food is always made of sustainably produced, high-quality ingredients. Daily specials will change based on what is in season and is in bountiful supply for the local farms. 

There are many excellent dishes to try when visiting Black Bear Seaside. The following are just a few of our must-try favorites…

Benton’s Bacon
A guest favorite at Black Bear Seaside is the breakfast favorite Benton’s Bacon. This egg and cheese delight can be served on either a biscuit, bagel, croissant, or brioche bun. 

French Toast
As one of the choices you can select all day long, the French Toast is simply amazing and features ricotta, seasonal fruit, maple syrup, sea salt, and scrumptious pecans. 

Buttermilk Biscuit
As a traditional southern favorite and a breakfast item, you can get when visiting the Black Bear Seaside, be sure to try the buttermilk biscuit with house jam and butter! 

Tuna Salad Sandwich
This lunchtime item features local tuna, local greens, aioli, capers, radish, and lemon on multi-grain. 

Grass-Fed Roast Beef
As another lunch favorite, this dish features gruyere, fennel slaw, horseradish, basil, and aioli on sourdough. 

Black Bear Seaside specializes in amazingly good homemade bread of several varieties. When visiting, you can order country sourdough, multi-grain sourdough, miche, honey oat, baguette, or the daily specialty flavor. 

If you love the taste of just-baked pastries, you will love the many offerings featured at Black Bear Seaside including the homemade croissants, cinnamon rolls, bear claws, cheese danishes, and scones, muffins, morning buns, chocolate croissants, almond croissants, fruit danishes, and bagels. 

Drink Menu
When visiting, don’t forget to try some of the amazing drinks on the menu at Black Bear Seaside. This includes Stumptown Coffee Blends as well as espresso drinks, lattes, drip coffee, beer, wine, and other non-alcoholic beverages. 

Insider Tip:
Black Bear features a loyalty program allowing visitors to earn a point for every dollar they spend. With every 400 points redeemed, guests can earn a $20 discount.