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Beach Bites

restaurants panama city beach fl

Restaurants Panama City Beach FL 

When you’ve been on the beach all day and don’t feel like getting in your car to get something to eat, there are several dining options within walking distance of Bikini Beach.

Here’s our list of our walkable favorites, all east of Pier Park:

All American Diner
10590 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL
(850) 235-2443

This 50s style diner is always open, serving “Steaks, Shakes and Pancakes.” Can’t go wrong with that! The bountiful breakfast bar begins at 7 a.m.

Pompano Key
10292 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL
(850) 233-9080

Open daily at 4 p.m. with Early Bird specials from 4 to 6 p.m., Pompano’s serves everything from fish and chips to a low country boil, lobster mac and cheese to Prime Rib.

Los Rancheros
529 Richard Jackson Blvd, Panama City Beach, FL
(850) 249-5195

Located in the Shoppes at Edgewater complex, Los Rancheros serves casual lunch and dinner of delicious Mexican fare. Happy Hour is 3 to 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. Choose from tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, quesadillas, tamales, taco salads and more.

Firefly
535 Richard Jackson Blvd, Panama City Beach, FL
(850) 249-3359

Famous for its fine, casual dining, Firefly’s menu is varied featuring seafood, flatbreads, sushi, handmade pastas and gluten-free options. Perfect for a date night, special celebration or just because, the restaurant has a lovely ambiance. The focal point of the main dining room is an oak tree with twinkle lights all over it, and the Library Lounge is a lovely spot for relaxing with friends and enjoying a specialty cocktail, especially on $5 Tini Tuesday.

Now, if you are up for a short drive, these restaurants are all within a 5-minute trip:

Wicked Wheel Bar & Grill
10025 Hutchison Blvd, Panama City Beach, FL
(850) 588-7947

Voted ‘Best of the Bay’ for fried chicken in Panama City Beach, you can enjoy that famous fowl with a heaping helping of ‘south in your mouth’ sides like red beans and rice, collard greens and cheese grits. They also serve burgers, salads, po’ boys, wings, pulled pork and more. So come on down, y’all.

Saltwater Grill
11040 Hutchison Blvd, Panama City Beach, FL
(850) 230-2739

Almost across the street from Wicked Wheel, Saltwater Grill’s centerpiece aquarium is the backdrop to your seafood dinner. Enjoy Early Bird specials daily from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and Happy Hour from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Stop into the Piano Bar Tuesday through Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. to tap your toes to a few tunes. The restaurant serves lobster from the tank to the table, signature grilled fish dishes and steaks.

Zen Garden Market
707 Richard Jackson Blvd, Panama City Beach, FL
(850) 234-1651

A local’s favorite, this unique collection of small businesses are all focused on health, happiness and beauty. The market is open daily from 7 a.m to 5 p.m. with a limited dinner menu from 3 to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Take a yoga class at the Studio before a massage at Bodywork. Stroll through the gardens sipping a smoothie, coffee or relaxing tea. You may never want to leave this little oasis.

Culver’s
11501 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Panama City Beach, FL
(850) 249-0709

This chain specializes in frozen custard and signature burgers made with Midwest beef & dairy. The large menu is perfect for families, with sandwiches, soups, salads, kid’s meals, snacks and mindful choices under 500 calories. The frozen custards, however, are NOT under 500 calories. But you won’t care.