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Chanticleer Eatery

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Chanticleer Eatery — Delicious Meals Made from Scratch in Santa Rosa Beach
Local Expert's Rating:
5.0 / 5
The Bottom Line:

When you come to Chanticleer Eatery in Santa Rosa Beach, you simply know you’re going to have an awesome meal. Their handpicked ingredients, time-honored cooking techniques, and exquisite plating prowess all come together to make each visit one to remember. Better yet, their beautifully designed dining room sets the stage for your incredible meal and serves as an excellent place to kick back and relax.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

If you’re hankering for homecooked food made from scratch using quality ingredients, look no further than Chanticleer Eatery in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. They are serious about making every meal as impressive as the last to keep you coming back for more. Their doors open early for lunch before they close down for two hours to prep for dinner. Then, they come back strong with dinner service that promises to delight at every turn.

For all their meals, they make their bread by hand, then bake it in the oven until it’s perfectly light and airy with a robust crust. They slow cook their pork in the smoker beforehand pulling it just right. They also toil all day over their soups, which are whipped up using recipes passed down through the generations. Even their cookies are made from scratch. You really can’t beat that.

Their dishes are not only delicious and nutritious but look spectacular, too. That’s because their plating techniques are out of this world amazing, making you feel like you’re dining at a Michelin 3-star restaurant (but without the exorbitant price tag!).

Adding to their dining experience is their vibrant, inviting dining room that’s built to keep everyone comfortable through every meal. The eclectic artwork along every wall extends to the tables and chairs, giving it an upscale, yet homey feel. Although their indoor dining area is always a great place to lounge around, you can also take your meal outside and enjoy it on their open-air patio if you wish.

Fan favorites served here include:

Triple Pork Nachos
Triple Pork Nachos always promise to perfectly prime your palate while setting your expectations high. They start their dish with a layer of pork skins fresh out of the fryer, then top them with their famous smoked pulled pork. After that, it gets a layer of creamy queso Blanco plus jalapenos, tomatoes, green onions, and bacon, of course. A drizzle of sour cream sauce and sweet whiskey BBQ sauce go over the top right before it hits your table.

18oz Cowboy Cut Prime Ribeye
If you’re looking to order the 18oz Cowboy Cut Prime Ribeye, you had better bring a huge appetite. They start with a high-quality cut of bone-in prime ribeye that’s a massive 18 ounces in size. Once it’s ready to go, they cook it to your satisfaction and pair it with any two sides of your choice. You can choose between smoked cheddar cheese grits, roasted garlic dill smashed potatoes, baked beans, and much more.

Krioyo Pasta
The Krioyo Pasta brings together all your favorite flavors from the Caribbean and deep south in one amazing dish. It’s created using grilled chicken, andouille sausage, smoked peppers, and onions that are sautéed together over low heat. Then, they make their cream sauce using butter, garlic, and a whole lot more before adding the meat and veggie mixture. The whole lot goes over a bed of al dente penne pasta and then gets shaved parmesan over the top.

If you simply adore their dedication to quality dishes, consider having them cater your next big event. They can provide salad platters, sandwich platters, and boxes lunches plus a whole lot of cookies. Each platter feeds up to eight people and you can mix and match the offerings to create a custom menu every time.

Insider Tips:
– In order to get ready for dinner service, they close up shop at 3 pm each day. Their doors reopen at 5 pm, just in time for you to hustle in for supper.
– If you have boxed lunches catered, remember it’s a 10-box minimum and they do not accept any substitution requests.
– When ordering steak and chops, give them a little extra time to get your thick cut meats cooked to perfection. It’s well worth the wait.