Interview with Grits & Grind 30A in Seacrest Beach
Growing up, Erik Kellison remembers his grandmother sitting him on the countertop to watch her cook dinner food. His love of cooking grew in her kitchen and as he got older, he would help her chop ingredients. Over 28 years, through culinary school and various positions, Kellison has been able to hone his craft. Today, he is the Executive Chef and General Manager for Grits & Grind on 30A, the new breakfast eatery at the Villages in Seacrest Beach. It is open 7 am to 11 am daily.
As I ate breakfast at Grits & Grind, I talked to Erik about his culinary journey. After finishing culinary school, he worked offshore as a chef, creating a one-of-a-kind eating experience for people who worked on the oil rigs. Living locally for the last 8 years, he has been using his culinary and artistic talents for the last 5 years as the Sous Chef at George’s in Alys Beach. Owned by Rick and Christy Spell of the Spell Restaurant Group, Erik would often cook breakfast for the employees at George’s. Christy told me, “We saw a great talent in Erik, as well as his love for breakfast, so it was a natural fit to ask for his assistance in opening our newest venture.”
In his new position, Erik has enjoyed creating a unique menu with a variety of farm-to-table food choices for everyone’s different tastes. All sauces are made in-house daily. If you are a meat lover, you might enjoy the Hungry Grizzly, a plate of home fries topped with bacon, ham, sausage, tomato, green onion and cheddar cheese. If you are a vegetarian, you might order the Veggie Omelet, a 3-egg open-faced omelet with roasted red peppers, tomato, green onion, spinach and a drizzle of pesto. Additionally, Grits & Grind on 30A offers amazing side items such as cheese grits and fresh baked biscuits. For those who enjoy unique beverages, they offer several breakfast alcoholic beverages, including the Phillips Head Screwdriver, a premium vodka mixed with fresh orange and pineapple juice.
Erik sees himself as an artist, using his skills, talents and fresh, tasty ingredients to create items like his homemade hollandaise sauce. But he also cares about the way his food looks, and told me that people “eat with their eyes before they eat with their mouth.” So you will notice the care he and his cooks take when you look at the food on your plate before your first bite. Erik also wants to make sure his customers with special dietary needs are happy, and he is willing to accommodate special requests as needed.
In addition to owing George’s and Grits & Grind on 30A, the Spell Restaurant Group owns several other local restaurants. These include La Cocina, a Mexican restaurant, also at the Villages in Seacrest Beach. They own La Crema, a tapas and chocolate restaurant in Rosemary Beach and the Saltwater Grill in Panama City Beach. Each restaurant offers unique menu items. Enjoy browsing the menus and let your taste buds guide your next meal choice.
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