Bayou Joe’s in Panama City

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If you’re in the Panama City area and looking for a unique dining experience, then Bayou Joe’s is definitely worth checking out! It’s an off-the-beaten-path restaurant that offers delicious Southern-style seafood meals. From surf to turf, you’ll find something to please your palate. So if you’re looking for an out-of-the-ordinary meal in Panama City, be sure to make a stop at Bayou Joe’s and indulge in some tasty southern seafood cooking.

Bayou Joe's pink building.

Bayou Joe’s is a quaint restaurant that sits on the Massalina Bayou.  Literally.  The restaurant is on a dock that juts out over the bay.  After passing the pink facade (pictured above), guests walk on a deck over water that leads to the dining area.  

It’s a great place to take in the view of boats and sea creatures alike.

Boats in the water by Bayou Joes.

The dining area has a very laid-back vibe.  The funky tabletops are set with colorful terry cloth napkins.

Bayou Joe's Menu on a table.

Though it may seem like a hole-in-the-wall type of dive, the food is really incredible.  Bayou Joe’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Everything is made to order, so don’t expect to run in and run out.  You’ll want to take some time to savor your meal and enjoy the picturesque surrounding.

Bayou Joe’s Breakfast Menu

I can speak from personal experience and say that you want to dine there at least for breakfast.  The breakfast menu includes items such as:

  • Garbage Omelet – an omelet made with bacon, sausage, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, green peppers, and cheddar cheese served with toast.
  • Catfish & Eggs – served with two eggs, grits, and toast.
  • Garbage Potatoes – home-fried potatoes with bacon, sausage, egg, veggies, and cheddar cheese served with toast.

Don’t let the names fool you – there’s no garbage about those dishes.  Just delicious comfort food that you’ll enjoy for breakfast & brunch.

French toast sprinkled with powdered sugar.
French toast topped with powdered sugar. $8.99
Omelet and toast on a plate.
Farmer’s Omelette
Shrimp and grits and a cup of coffee.
Blackened Shrimp and Cheesy Grits

Other items on the Bayou Joe’s Menu

For a full list of items on the Bayou Joe’s menu, be sure to check out the Bayou Joe’s website.  Below are just a few of the tasty items that will satisfy your cravings.

Joe’s Teasers: Riley’s Sloppy Cheese Fries, Blue Crab Claws, Peel & Eat Shrimp, Crispy Fried Calamari, Corn Nuggets, and Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes

Sandwiches: Trash Burger, Trash with Class Burger, Cajun Shrimp Burger, Fried Shrimp Po’ Boy, Kick’en Black Bean Burger, and Fish OR Shrimp Tacos

Salads: Grilled Grouper Salad, Blackened Shrimp Salad, Grilled Chicken Cranberry Salad, and Side/Caesar Salad

Bayou Baskets: Grouper Basket, Shrimp Basket, Catfish Basket, Chicken Fingers and French Fries, Mahi Basket, Fish ‘N Chips Basket (Cod), and Scallop Basket

Captain’s Galley: Sailor’s Seafood Combo, Bayou Shrimp, Yellow Fin Tuna, Surf & Turf, and Pecan Encrusted Chicken

Desserts: Drunk & Ugly, Key Lime Pie, Sunshine Pie, and Massalina Bayou Brownie

Drinks: White and Red Wines, Draft Beer, Bottled Beer, Bloody Mary, Mimosa, Bayou Sunset, Margaritas, and Coke Products.

Gluten-Free and Vegetarian menus are available upon request.

Bayou Joe’s ranks #4 out of 149 restaurants in Panama City according TripAdvisor with an average rating of 4.5/5. I would rate it as excellent and highly recommend the Blackened Shrimp and Cheesy Grits (Cajun Shrimp and Grits).

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Bayou Joe’s Hours

  • Monday and Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday – Thursday 11:00 am -8:00 pm
  • Friday – Sunday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm


Bayou Joe’s is located at 112A East 3rd Court on Massalina Bayou, Panama City, FL 32401.

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  1. I work at this place when it was Ethridge Marina pumping gas and doing dock maintenance back in 1988-1989…. Miss Pat (owner at the time) would make lunch (mostly brauts on hot dog buns with peppers and onions) for her and I and store customers would come in and comment how good it smells so she started cooking extras to sell to the customers.😁.

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