Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner In Panama City, Florida

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If you are searching for where to eat in Panama City, Florida, look no further.  Here are three local restaurants in Panama City that serve fresh seafood and other mouthwatering dishes you won’t get anywhere else. These local restaurants not only offer delectable seafood but also capture the essence of the Gulf Coast’s culinary traditions.

1.  Start the Day Off Right With Breakfast at Bayou Joe’s

Bowl of shrimp and grits.

Bayou Joe’s is a cozy little dive on a dock that overlooks the Massalina Bayou.  They open every day at 7 am and start feeding hungry guests who visit from all over the United States.   The Blackened Shrimp and Cheesy Grits are to die for!  Other breakfast items include omelets, French toast, pancakes, grits, catfish & eggs, and steak & eggs to name a few.  Bayou Joe’s is also open for lunch and dinner and is a great place to chill out and relax.

Bayou Joe’s is located at 112A East 3rd Court on Massalina Bayou in Panama City.  Their website is

2. Get Your Oyster Fix at Hunt’s Oyster Bar

Woman holding an oyster on top of a cracker.

Hunt’s Oyster Bar has been shucking oysters for 50 years in Panama City.  Located across from St. Andrew’s Marina in a yellow building,  guests can dine on raw, steamed, and cooked oysters, as well as steak, shrimp, scallops, tuna, frog legs, and chicken.  (And that’s just to name a few of the things they serve.)  Hunt’s Oyster Bar is also where the US Oyster Shucking Champion, Honor Allen, learned his trade.

Hunt’s Oyster Bar is located at 1150 Beck Avenue in Panama City.  

3. For Dinner With a View, Eat At Uncle Ernie’s

Plate with shrimp tacos and French fries.

Uncle Ernie’s is a casual dining restaurant in historic St. Andrew’s overlooking the bay.  Once the home to Uncle Ernie and Jessie Morris, the home was preserved and converted to a restaurant that serves as a landmark to the spot where Uncle Ernie made his livelihood.  

Nowadays, make sure that you have your cell phone with you.  People line up to eat at Uncle Ernie’s and they use modern-day technology to page you to let you know that they have a table available.  

Menu items include fresh seafood from the gulf, steaks, pasta, soup & salad, and more.  The sunsets from the deck at Uncle Ernie’s are dreamy.

Uncle Ernie’s Bayfront Grill is at 1151 Bayview Avenue in Panama City.  Visit the website at for more info.

View of sunset over water at Uncle Ernies in Panama City, Florida.

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  1. I would add Los Antojitos mexican restaurant to the list! Not your tupical mexican. Chips and queso are the best, strong margaritas, and food is delicious! Did I mention the outdoor dining? Eat under a large lighted tree with views of the bay and even a play area for the kiddos!!!

  2. These all look delicious! I think I would most want to try Bayou Joe’s. Those breakfast options sound amazing.

  3. Wow Bayou Joe’s looks BOMB! I am planning on doing a big Florida road trip at some point and I will definitely be working these spots into my list!

  4. Oh man they all look delish! We are hoping to visit next Spring Break and will definitely keep this list handy!

    1. Panama City and Panama City Beach are great Spring Break destinations. I know you will have a great time.

  5. Love these recommendations! But I’m most attracted to Just the Cook. Fresh food and free beer? I’m sold!

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