By Jack Smith
Southern cooking has some international roots showing. Fried chicken, rice and gravy, sweet potatoes, collard greens, and spoon bread – all good, old fashioned, down home Southern foods, right? Wrong. The fried chicken and collard greens are African and the rice is from Madagascar. Southern cooking, as it turns out, was born out of survival techniques, like frying and salting meats to keep them edible. We can thank Native Americans for that. So Southern food was not invented by your grandmother. Sorry, Paula Dean.
The Grand Marlin
5323 N Lagoon Drive, PCB | (850) 249-1500
Fresh Gulf seafood daily! With sunsets overlooking Grand Lagoon, The Grand Marlin of Panama City Beach offers a tranquil, relaxed atmosphere, paired with the area’s best selection of fresh seafood highlighted by delectable, daily specials from the kitchen of award-winning Chef Gregg McCarthy.
14854 Bay View Circle, PCB | (850) 230-0005
Located under the mighty oaks on the Intracoastal Waterway just 5 minutes from the beaches in West Bay, Boon Docks offers you a delicious array of local and regional seafood prepared in a variety of ways. We use a special blend of spices that gives our grilled items a taste like no other! Our unique breading recipe gives our fried seafood a special and original flavor. And we’re always serving ice cold beer and the best Bloody Marys on the beach!
House of Bourbon
1201 Beck Ave, Panama City | ((850) 785-8761
Looking for the perfect spot for drinks, dancing and great music? Look no further than House of Bourbon, a craft bourbon bar in the heart of St. Andrew’s. Hidden inside the historic Shrimp Boat Restaurant, House of Bourbon has become a local favorite for live music, comedy performances, line dancing, open jam sessions and bourbon.
Christo’s Sports Bar & Grill
2903 Thomas Drive, PCB | (850) 708-1878
Sometimes the best things come in unexpected packages – just like Christo’s. Serving up some of the best food the area has to offer, you’ll find a little bit of everything that you and the family love at Christo’s. Hang out to watch your favorite sports team on TV while we serve you a cold draft beer and something delicious from our fan favorite menu.
Paparazzi Gourmet Deli
2810 Thomas Drive, PCB | (850) 588-8244
Paparazzi Gourmet Deli might have a menu that’s more Southern Italy than “Southern,” but for comfort food (and dinner), it’s hard to beat, whether you’re there to eat in or in search of an extended family-sized lasagna to take home for a Southern-style holiday feast. Other options fit to feed a crowd include Baked Ziti, Chicken Parmigiana, Manicotti, and more. Call a day ahead to have these dishes hot or oven-ready at pick up (don’t forget their Banana Pudding made from scratch either).
5121 Gulf Drive, PCB | (850) 235-3555
Southern cooking is as diverse as those who cook it. The “Drunken Shrimp” Bowl at Schooners combines flavors truly diverse! Seared shrimp drizzled with tequila lime sauce are served over a Southern staple, yellow rice and black beans, then topped with pico de gallo and grated cotija cheese and served with a stunning view of the Gulf!
Capt. Anderson’s Restaurant
5551 N Lagoon Drive, PCB | (850) 234-2225
In almost every great memory we Southerners hold close, food was there. Capt. Anderson’s Three Cheese Shrimp and Grits is a version of a Southern Classic. Creamy grits with fresh shrimp. Simple and genius.
The Wicked Wheel
10025 Hutchison Boulevard, PCB | (850) 588-7947
The Wicked Wheel’s Country Fried Sirloin Steak isn’t your typical country-fried steak. This hand-cut top sirloin is tenderized and hand-battered in buttermilk, egg, coated in their signature spices & flour, fried, and served with your choice white or brown gravy on the side. This dish is served with one accessory and your choice of bread.
1701 S. Pier Park Drive, Suite 155, PCB | (850) 235-4632
Whether you’re local or just visiting, stop by the Angry Tuna for the great taste of local flavors of the Gulf Coast! House specialties include the Seared Tuna Bowl, Tuna Sliders, Tuna Nachos, Colossal Seafood Platter, Peel & Eat Shrimp and many more! We’ve got a full bar with a variety of beers, Angry Tuna Red Lager and delicious frozen drinks!