With so many places to eat in Panama City Beach, you might find yourself overwhelmed by the possibilities. While it’s tempting to simply head for the nearest restaurant, there are culinary gems all over PCB worth adding to your vacation itinerary. Make it a point to visit these eateries and you’ll be eating like a local while enjoying fantastic dining you’ll always remember as a highlight of your trip to Panama City Beach.
The following list is in no particular order and is just a sampling of some delicious places to eat in Panama City Beach.
Firefly is a fine dining establishment where you can enjoy a first-class meal in your casual clothing and still have a white tablecloth experience to rival the best—although you can dress up and not be out of place either. Try the she crab soup, stuffed filet mignon or seasonal gulf fish, and make sure to finish your meal with a flaming crème brûlée and ice wine.
This mermaid-themed restaurant has a swimming pool out back where you can find mermaids and even get in and swim with them. Southern classics and coastal favorites are on the menu with Siren’s Song—steamed shrimp, scallops, crab claws and mussels in a garlic and white wine broth—being a standout, along with the deep fried strawberries.
The unsuspecting name of this restaurant might you lead you to dismiss it as a dessert-only spot, but you’d be missing out. Along with the 47 flavors to choose from for your towering New Orleans style sno-ball, there are po’ boys and muffulettas packed with meat. The roast beef po’ boy is consistently cited as surprisingly impressive.
Notable for its 25,000-gallon saltwater aquarium filled with tropical fish, Saltwater Grill is a favorite pick for celebrations in Panama City Beach. Seafood entrées include grilled red snapper and seared tuna, and there’s also the option of selecting a live Maine lobster from the tank—flown in twice a week for guaranteed freshness.
Brunch isn’t just for the weekends at Another Broken Egg Cafe. The restaurant serves up breakfast, brunch, and lunch every day until 2 p.m. Brunch specialties include chicken and waffles, shrimp n’ grits and crab cake benedict. Plus, there are bloody marys and mimosas by the pitcher.
Coastal cuisine and Cajun-inspired cooking come together to tasty results at Dee’s Hangout. Chef Dee himself is behind all of the dishes that’ll transport you to the bayou. Daily specials are listed on a chalkboard, and you can’t go wrong with the customer-favorite smoked tuna dip, fried catfish étouffée or jambalaya.
Add a taste of Britain to your Panama City Beach vacation with a meal at Eat My Pasty. The pasties—meat pies encased in baked pastry—are made by a husband and wife duo straight out of England, so you are in for an authentic treat.
Come as you are to this no-frills PCB dive bar. Their motto might describe the fare here as “lousy food,” but locals and visitors alike will tell you it is the opposite. Whether you get your oysters baked, fried or raw, you’ll love the local bar atmosphere with the walls and ceiling covered in dollar bills.
From fine dining and fresh seafood to brunch and far-flung flavors, these places to eat in Panama City Beach await your discovery.