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Crackings - An Inventive Eatery for Breakfast, Brunch, and Lunch
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Crackings in Santa Rosa Beach specializes in flavorful breakfast, lunch, and brunch dishes. From the Fresh Gulf Benedict to the bacon gouda grits, the kitchen knows how to please. This place might get pretty packed, but customers agree that it's worth the wait.  

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

When you wake up in the morning, sometimes you just want to go to a spot that specializes in the most important meal of the day. Crackings in Santa Rosa Beach offers breakfast, brunch, and lunch, and gives you the best in quality at every stage of the way. 

Whether it’s a friendly smile at the counter or the intricate swirl of a cinnamon roll, it’s the details that set Crackings apart. This small business entered the industry in 1998 and its efforts have not gone unnoticed. Customers rave about everything from the food to the service. Even when diners have to wait for their table, they come away with a smile on their face and words of praise for the restaurant. 

Crackings has been a strong force of good in the community, involved in numerous local efforts and especially supportive of the hard-working people who make the neighborhood what it is. Supporting small businesses in Santa Rosa Beach is now more delicious than ever. 

You really can’t go wrong with anything here, but we’ll highlight a few dishes anyway:

Famous Lobster Gouda Grits 
Grits are a time-honored tradition, one that you should make the most of while you’re at Crackings. The lobster is sauteed in coastal butter before being added to the creamy cheese grits. Finished with green onion and tomato, there’s a reason why the word “famous” is attached to this dish. 

Snapper Sandwich 
Straight out of the Gulf, the red snapper in this sandwich is grilled fresh before being set between two slices of Texas toast. This sandwich is made complete with a little help from farm-fresh tomatoes, lettuce, and pickle. Plus, you get a departure from standards chips or fries as a side in the form of country potatoes. 

Avocado Egg Flat 
When you’ve reached your quota of cheat days on vacation, the avocado egg flat might be just what you’re looking for. The organic wheat bread is toasted and topped with basted egg, cherry tomatoes, a balsamic glaze drizzle, and basil. The sweetness of the side of fresh fruit creates the perfect balance for a healthy (and delicious) breakfast. 

Fresh Gulf Benedict 
Crackings in Santa Rosa Beach will change their specialty benedict dishes from time to time. This version is a red snapper filet from the Gulf on an English muffin, topped with two poached eggs and creole hollandaise. This breakfast dish is served with a side of country potatoes. 

Bananas Foster French Toast 
Bananas Foster French Toast might not be set on fire the way that the dessert is, but that doesn’t make it any less of a showstopper. The sauce is a delectable cream, brown sugar, and banana liqueur, and the French toast is further dolled up with whipped cream, pecans, and fresh bananas. 

The owners at Crackings highlights their breakfasts, but the truth is that every other item menu is just as well prepared. If you’re looking for a spot that has a flair for creativity, and everything from excellent coffee to creamy grits, Crackings is sure to put a smile on your face at any hour of the morning. 

Insider Tips:
– The waitlist for Crackings opens at 8 a.m. every day, and you might want to put your name on it for a more streamlined experience. 
– Live music may be a part of your dining experience. 
– Brunch items are available at any time of day