Planning a visit to the sun-kissed shores of Panama City Beach? Discover a plethora of locally owned and operated restaurant favorites, each contributing its unique flair to the vibrant culinary scene. From the quaint and charming to the bustling and beachfront, these culinary havens have become integral parts of the community, weaving stories of flavors, friendships, and shared experiences. Stop and ask a local where their favorite place to eat is, and it’s bound to be a hit. For now, get your itinerary finalized by adding some of these local favorites to your list of stops!


David’s Sno-balls 

Two Davids put their name on the Panama City Beach map after moving here from New Orleans and bringing this taste of the Big Easy to the panhandle. If you’ve never tried Sno Balls, there’s no better place to start. Here you might meet displaced Louisianans who drive miles (or hours!) for this taste of home, or locals who tried it once and are hooked. The secret to the sno-ball is the super fine shaved ice. From there you can choose from 60 flavors. Insider tip? Get yours “stuffed” with soft-serve ice cream and/or topped with condensed milk. Their taste tributes to the Crescent City don’t end there, though. A 4-pound muffuletta is as authentic as you’ll find, and their oyster po’boy is rumored to be the best around.


Dat Cajun Place

Dat Cajun Place stands proudly as a cherished local favorite, weaving its culinary magic in the hearts of the community. This gem offers a vibrant taste of Cajun flavors that have become synonymous with comfort and celebration. From crispy Who Dat rangoon to savory crawfish etouffee, the menu takes you on a journey through the soul of Louisiana. What sets Dat Cajun Place apart is the artistry of Honor Allen, the esteemed U.S. National Oyster Shucking Champion, who brings his unmatched skill and passion to the kitchen. His mastery of the craft brings a unique experience to patrons. It's this blend of delectable cuisine and skilled craftsmanship that makes Dat Cajun Place a local haven, where every bite tells a story of Cajun tradition and culinary excellence.


Bayou on the Beach

Since 1999, Bayou on the Beach has been a coastal culinary haven that captures the essence of Gulf Coast flavors in a warm and inviting setting. The menu is a testament to the rich tapestry of flavors found in the bayou, featuring dishes such as gumbo, po'boys, and freshly caught seafood prepared with a touch of culinary expertise. Bayou on the Beach is not just a restaurant; it's an experience that transports diners to the heart of Louisiana while basking in the beauty of the Gulf. The laid-back ambiance, coupled with attentive service, makes it an ideal spot for those seeking a taste of coastal charm and genuine Southern hospitality.

Liza's Kitchen

Looking for a laid-back vibe for breakfast or lunch? Liza's Kitchen in Panama City Beach exudes a funky hippie vibe, creating an eclectic atmosphere that perfectly complements the diverse and flavorful menu offerings. Everything they serve is homemade from scratch. No cutting corners. They have a reputation for only serving fresh ingredients to their customers. Although it takes more effort to have fresh ingredients, it doesn’t limit their menu. Dozens of healthy options and sandwich combinations. Feeling adventurous, build your own sandwich! 


Christo's Sports Bar and Grill

Looking for a fun spot to watch your favorite game, enjoy great bar food and surround yourself with like-minded people? Stop at Christo’s Sports Bar and Grill! With its lively atmosphere and an array of large screens broadcasting the latest games, it's a haven for sports fans looking to catch the action. Locals and visitors gather here not only for sports camaraderie, but the inventive dishes on their menu. From their Boom Boom Tuna and savory wings to their "Redneck Chicken Sammy" and grilled asparagus, the options for a delicious meal are endless!