La Cocina in Seacrest Beach is a 30A Mexican Food Hot Spot
Mexican food to me never gets old. My family typically consumes some version of Tex-Mex at least 3 times a week at our home. I think basic logic would say that if you eat the same thing often enough you’d eventually get sick of it.
However, when we have the opportunity to go out for dinner as a family, we more often than not choose a Mexican joint and I don’t think we’re that atypical. My hunch is that most people find it difficult to ever get enough Mexican food. Who doesn’t love fresh chips, salsa, guacamole, tacos, margaritas and ice cold beer?
If you’re staying in SoWal and looking to feed that south of the border craving, this article is for you.
La Cocina is a fun, laid-back, family-friendly Mexican restaurant in the heart of Seacrest Beach. It has been a 30A food hot spot for many years now and for good reason. They specialize in fresh, made from scratch Tex-Mex cuisine with a Gulf Coast twist.
You’ll find indoor and outdoor dining options and their bar is one of the best on 30A. At the bar, you’ll find a large selection of local craft beers, Mexican beers, domestic beers, cocktails and homemade margaritas to go along with fresh chips and salsa. It’s difficult to beat La Cocina when choosing a place to watch the big game on 30A.
Interview with La Cocina general manager Sarah Hampton in Seacrest Beach
Just over 5 years ago we relocated to South Walton from the great state of Wisconsin. The first job I took after moving here was at Peddlers Pavillion in Seacrest Beach. It was Peddlers first year in operation with the bike rental service, candy store and outdoor pub. I played a role in opening all three of those establishments and it was a fun summer.
Renting bikes, pouring beer and selling candy in the hot Florida sun made it easy to work up an appetite. Our go-to-spot to squash that hunger was La Cocina and it’s been one of my favorite restaurants on 30A ever since.
Naturally, when the opportunity to interview the La Cocina general manager arose I was extremely excited. I met Sarah at the restaurant on a gorgeous Florida day and she could not have been more welcoming. Originally from Memphis, that southern hospitality shone through from the start. Sarah graciously shared her story and the story of La Cocina Mexican Grill & Bar with us.
30A Prime: Thanks for meeting with us today Sarah. Please talk about some of the things that make La Cocina one of the most popular restaurants on 30A.
Sarah: I think we just have a higher quality standard when it comes to our food and drink. We do everything here fresh. For example, we make homemade fresh salsa and guacamole every morning. The ingredients in our dishes are comprised of fresh produce and we use fresh Gulf of Mexico sourced seafood. Our quality standard is extremely important to us and so we specialize in upscale Mexican food here at La Cocina in Seacrest Beach.
30A Prime: What are some of the most popular items on the La Cocina 30A menu?
Sarah: We have really good fish tacos and our fajitas are awesome. Our shrimp ceviche is some of the best around. People just can’t seem to get enough of our authentic, freshly made salsa and guacamole.
30A Prime: My sister is a gluten-free consumer, do you have anything on the menu that would accommodate her?
Sarah: Yes we do have a couple gluten-free options here at La Cocina Mexican Grill and Bar. Our fresh fish tacos and grilled chicken tacos are served with corn tortillas and they are gluten-free.
30A Prime: Please tell us about La Cocina’s adult beverage selections.
Sarah: At La Cocina, we like to promote our local breweries as much as possible. Some examples of local craft breweries we feature here are Nivol Brewery (Panama City Beach) and Idyll Hounds Brewing Company (Santa Rosa Beach). In addition, we offer a bunch of the classic Mexican beers such as Dos Equis Amber, Pacifico and Tecate.
Our margaritas are made from scratch each day and we use freshly squeezed lime juice which I think sets us apart from the competition. The strawberry basil margarita is absolutely delicious. All of our drinks here at La Cocina are made with fresh fruits and mixes. Another fan favorite is the ‘Coronarita’. It’s a lot of fun as it’s a large margarita with a small Corona beer infused.
In the fall, we run football specials every Saturday and Sunday. Our bar area at La Cocina is fairly large and we have 5 HD TVs. It’s a great place to settle in for the big game with a bucket of Corona. We also offer buckets of domestic beers in addition to margarita specials on football weekends.
30A Prime: Where exactly on 30A is La Cocina located and what are your hours of operation?
Sarah: We’re on the east end of scenic 30A, located between Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach. La Cocina is in the Village of Seacrest right behind Peddlers Pavilion. We are open from 11 am to 3 pm daily for lunch and 5 pm to 9 pm for dinner.
We want people to feel like they’re in their own home here at La Cocina. We strive to make sure people feel comfortable, feel welcome and provide them with excellent food. Our goal is for everyone to leave with a smile and a full belly.
Where I’m from my mother always said…
“Don’t let people leave your house hungry”.
She’s a very hospitable woman and we like to project that same thing here at La Cocina in Seacrest Beach. We want folks to just thoroughly enjoy their time here at La Cocina Mexican Grill and Bar.
We’d love to have you stop by and have some delicious food, fresh drinks and come see us here at La Cocina.
To view the La Cocina Menu go to their website here… La Cocina Mexican Grill and Bar