Located in the Panhandle of Florida
, Panama City draws a mostly southern crowd from the ‘Bible Belt’ of the US and states below the Mason Dixon line. With strong influence from Louisiana, Creole
recipes and fresh-catch fish and shrimp boats, there is no lack of excellent seafood. Here are our top 10 choices for the best dining in Panama City.
Ice Cream Parlour, Restaurant, Fast Food, Contemporary, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
Located on Back Beach Road, David’s Sno-Balls
brings a piece of New Orleans
to Panama City Beach. From the menu, order the roast beef Po-boy, the muffelata and the stuffed key lime sno-ball for dessert. There is also coffee and beignets all day long.
Restaurant, Fusion, Seafood, European, Asian, American, Steakhouse, $$$
Casual fine-dining venue Firefly
specializes in locally caught seafood, mouthwatering steaks and even has a sushi bar. Tables are set under a romantically lit-up oak tree, which make it an excellent date spot. From the menu, say yes to the crawfish and lobster crusted halibut, venison in cranberry sauce, or spicy tuna roll.
Just The Cook
Food Truck, Food Kiosk, Restaurant, Sandwich Shop, American, Fast Food, Italian, Beer
The owner of St. Andrews Marina venue Just The Cook
was hand picked by the Food Network as one of the Top 16 Cooks in America
. The food is prepared on a docked pontoon boat, but don’t let the down-to-earth setting fool you – the menu is spectacular. With the dining area situated on the marina dock, sunset is an ideal time to go. Good choices from the menu include the shrimp Tortuga, chicken curry tacos or the crab trap.
Restaurant, Seafood, Steakhouse, European, American, $$$
Upon entrance to the restaurant, the 25,000-gallon tropical saltwater aquarium will catch your eye at Saltwater Grill. Enjoy seafood and steak cuisine as well as live entertainment from the piano bar. Order the mixed grill, which is a great surf & turf combination of beef tenderloin, scallops and shrimp; or the redfish étouffée.
Restaurant, American, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
is a quaint, family-owned-and-operated restaurant that seats about 35 people and serves breakfast and lunch. The restaurant offers vegan and vegetarian options as well as a traditional breakfast and lunch menu. Pick the breakfast burrito or chicken and dumplings for lunch for a tasty bite.
Another Broken Egg
Cafe, Restaurant, American, European, Healthy, Vegetarian, Coffee, $$$
Another Broken Egg
has been serving breakfast, brunch and lunch in Panama City for more than 15 years. Cuisine made from fresh ingredients and creative recipes make for breakfast classics, brunch dishes and lunchtime favorites. From the menu, order biscuit beignets, blackberry grits, sweet potato pancake, or lobster and shrimp roll sliders.
Surfside Shrimp Company
Fishmonger, Seafood, American
At Surfside Shrimp Company, food can be taken to a casual table inside or on a patio just outside the restaurant. This place is a fresh-catch seafood market and on-site oyster and seafood bar. This no-frills storefront gives way to thrills for the taste palate. Go for the eat and peel shrimp, Apalachicola oysters and the bacon-baked oysters.
Hunt’s Oyster Bar
Bar, Fishmonger, Restaurant, Seafood, American, $$$
Hunt’s Oyster Bar has been serving the locals of Panama City for more than 45 years. This family-owned-and-operated restaurant serves excellent fried fish and other seafood specialities. If you feel like trying a local menu favorite, go for the alligator tail and frog legs.
Uncle Ernie’s Bayfront Grill
Restaurant, Seafood, American, $$$
Offering live entertainment and gorgeous sunsets, Uncle Ernie’s Bayfront Grill
is the perfect place to have a happy hour cocktail and dine for dinner. Located in the historic St. Andrews area of the city, this quaint house-cum-restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere and award-winning cuisine. Grouper pigneri with shrimp and an Uncle Ernie’s homemade craft beer are good options.
Finn’s Island Style Grill
Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Seafood, American, Vegetarian
Family-owned-and-operated by a salt-water-loving husband and wife team, Finn’s Island Style Grill
was aptly named after their firstborn child. Rumored to have the best fish tacos in Panama Beach, Finn’s motto is to keep it simple, fresh and consistent. You can’t go wrong with that. From the menu, try the fish tacos, of course.