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Pier Park, Panama City Beach, Florida
Pier Park, Panama City Beach, Florida  (Jennifer Maltba Seabolt)

Where to Eat
Named the “Seafood Capital of the South,” PCB is home to plenty of great eateries featuring fresh seafood. But it is garnering attention for some other food types, too. Whether you spend your days at the golf course, beach, or spa, here are some great restaurants to put on your must-eat list.

Boatyard: Located on the Grand Lagoon, the Boatyard Restaurant is known for its amazing water views and delicious seafood. The interior decorating is beautiful and “shep chic.” Start with the hot crab dip and/or the crispy crab Rangoon. For an entrée, try the Seafood and Wild Mushroom Stew, which is not a stew at all, but more like delicious shrimp and grits with mushrooms and Andouille sausage added on top. Try to save room for dessert, too!

Liza’s Kitchen: If you want a gourmet sandwich that doesn’t cost you and arm and a leg, head east to Liza’s Kitchen. Everything is homemade and delicious, even the Focaccia bread is hand-crafted! It’s hard to choose a favorite, but the Hair of the Dog specialty sandwich and the Eggs Liza are delicious, starting with the warm homemade pimento cheese on top. You can also get a bucket of mimosas… the champagne may not be top shelf, but the memories will be!

Firefly: This five-star restaurant in the heart of Panama City Beach brings in celebrities and locals alike.  Walk through the wooden doors and you’re taken away by the massive tree with twinkling lights in the middle of the dining room. Everything is dark and elegant, just the perfect way to be spoiled for the evening. The menu is constantly changing, but the waiters can lead you in the right direction… usually the fresh fish is the best route, and if they happen to have the steak topped with scallops as a special, you must order it!

Andy’s Flour Power Café & Bakery: This quirky, fun little eatery is great for breakfast, lunch, and brunch.  The food is fresh, and Andy, the owner and Former New Yorker, is a delight to meet. The Flour Power French Toast is more savory than sweet and extremely delicious.

Thomas Donut & Snack Shop: As soon as you pull up, you can smell the mouth-watering donuts that are made fresh daily. Opened more than 40 years ago, this beachfront joint is a local and tourist favorite. The donuts are what people line up for, but the restaurant offers diner-style food as well.

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