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Ya-Ya In For a Treat at Great Southern Café

Jim Shirley is well-known in the Pensacola culinary scene as executive chef and part-owner of two thriving downtown eateries – The Fish House and Atlas.

The waterfront restaurants are popular among Pensacola’s business community and draw a loyal customer base.

Great Southern Café, Seaside, Fla  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Special Winter Menu! Phone: 850-231-7327

Great Southern Café, Seaside, Fla Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Special Winter Menu! Phone: 850-231-7327

But today he divides his time with a new venture, Great Southern Café, the restaurant he started in 2007 in Seaside, Florida.

The idyllic community is located along Florida’s Scenic 30-A and was featured in the movie “The Truman Show,” starring Jim Carrey.

Although his market at Seaside is different, Shirley uses the same formula for success.
“I am actually using the same philosophy that I used in Pensacola,”
said Shirley, who contributes a regular column to the Pensacola News Journal and is publisher of a popular cookbook.
“Great food and good service have earned us loyal customers in Seaside as well. The difference is they are only in town two weeks a year.”

The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner to accommodate Seaside’s overnight guests. As the name implies, menu items include Southern fare, such as biscuits and gravy, collard greens and fried okra.
Seaside’s winter market includes many day visitors who spend several months in nearby communities.

Always looking for a chance to be creative in his menus, Shirley has adapted his winter fare to serve Snowbirds. “I have some great seafood and salads and at least six fresh soups every day that will fit right in with the drive in Snowbirds,” Shirley said.

The regular menu features several of his signature dishes from The Fish House, including Grits A Ya Ya. The tasty dish features smoked Gouda cheese grits, topped with cream gravy laced with bacon, spinach and mushroom with seasoned shrimp.
Shirley recommends winter visitors leave enough time to not only dine with him, but also stroll and shop in Seaside’s unique community.

Originally posted February 2008