North Beach Tortilla Company in Santa Rosa Beach

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Jim Shirley’s North Beach Tortilla Company has finally opened in Santa Rosa Beach! It’s located on the south end of the 331 bridge, directly across from Jim’s restaurant The Bay.

When Jim and his creative team were first developing the restaurant’s concept, they approached Andy about creating some art for the walls. NBTC is all about tacos and tequila, so the art needed to reflect that. They wanted a “tree of life” but with tacos - haha! The other piece featured agave plants to represent tequila. These two pieces are on the east side of the downstairs dining room.

North Beach Tortilla Company is a perfect hangout location with a sandy beach overlooking Choctawhatchee Bay. There’s an outdoor bar, outdoor dining area, paddleboarding and other water sports, cornhole on the beach, and a lighted dock where a band will set up for live music.

The grand opening is sometime in July, but I went with some friends during the soft opening. We tried a variety of tacos at our table. My two favorites were the beef (braised and shredded inside round, grilled mango salsa, pickled onion, cotija, pepita) and Gulf grouper (sweet potato cream, black walnuts, micro green, house-made blue corn tortilla). Absolutely delicious!

Below are a few photos from the restaurant. You’ll definitely want to check it out!

Taco Tree (73x49 inches)

Taco Tree (73x49 inches)

Tres Agaves (101x44 inches)

Tres Agaves (101x44 inches)

Andy’s taco tree appears on t-shirts and hats, which can be purchased along with Jim’s cookbook.

Andy’s taco tree appears on t-shirts and hats, which can be purchased along with Jim’s cookbook.

I took this photo about one minute before the dining room was completely full.

I took this photo about one minute before the dining room was completely full.

A storm rolled in the night we went, but I assume this is usually one of the best places in town to watch the sunset with a panoramic view of the bay.

A storm rolled in the night we went, but I assume this is usually one of the best places in town to watch the sunset with a panoramic view of the bay.

Lori Saczynski