Dining at the beach. It’s an adventure, and each restaurant bears its own character. Here are some of my favorites, using Grayton as home base and fanning out.
The Red Bar of Grayton Beach
This place is perfectly Grayton--peculiar and oh-so Bohemian, with rock-and-roll posters covering the walls and ceiling, velvet settees for waiting, and loud, often live, music. The menu’s on a chalkboard brought to the table, and every selection (all quite hearty) is delicious. It’s cash or check only, and it might take an hour, or even two, to be seated. But it’s worth the wait.
Skip seafood for a night, and go for some genuine Italian. It’s white tablecloth and candlelight, but even with our 2-year-old in tow, we found the staff to be gracious and the food delicious. Try the shrimp pasta with cream tomato sauce or the eggplant lasagna. Then jog home.
Note: A gentle word if you are trying to eat anywhere between 6 and 7:30 p.m.: You will wait. And wait, and wait. So plan an early or late dinner. When they’re offered, make reservations.