Spending a week in Panama City Beach, FL. With people that are willing to go out and try new things (not my family) is great. Every conversation that I have with these people goes like this “I want to try this restaurant”. “OK”.
On my first night here we all went to Sharky’s where I experienced a delicious tilapia. The taste along with a beach side atmosphere took me back to hanging out at the Santa Barbara pier. The sound of waves crashing, a nice breeze, the salty smell of the ocean and the sound of seagulls flying around looking for any leftovers they can find from the restaurants or the sea. It was a picture perfect dinner especially after I got me an alcoholic beverage that consisted of rum, rum, and coconut rum.
Our second day here we went to Dirty Dick’s. I had flounder at this place. The restaurant wasn’t as pleasant but the fish was delicious. I know what you’re thinking, this place sounds dirty. Its not, the restaurant was very clean and service was great. I know there’s a joke here but I can’t think of anything, maybe because I’m distracted by this itch I have.
On the third day we went to Pineapple Willy’s, which I’m pretty sure is owned by the same people that own Sharky’s. They serve their alcoholic beverages in a big zippy cup. I wasn’t very hungry here so I only got Alligator Tail from the appetizer section. It tasted like calamari. Here was my only issue with this place, and I don’t know if other restaurants do this or not, they make you dump out your alcohol if you’re not done with it. If I pay $10 a drink I expect to be able to take it home.
On the fourth day (today) I had probably the best day, culinary wise. We first went to Waffle House for breakfast. Nothing tops The All-Star at 9am. For lunch we went to Margaritaville where I had the coconut shrimp and some nachos. It was all delicious.
The reason I cut that last one so short was because I wanted to talk about this next gem of a restaurant. I absolutely loved FIVE GUYS Burgers and Fries! It was my first and last time because my home town doesn’t have one. I asked for a double cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, grilled onion, pickles, ketchup and mustard. The anticipation was killing me, I had heard of how magical those burgers were on the Food Network so it had to be true.
You know when you already have your whole experience planned out in your head? Whether its going to buy a video game and going straight home to play it? Or when you plan a trip and it goes perfect? No detours.
I had imagined going into this place, ordering my burger, waiting a couple of minutes, sitting next to a window by myself and bite into two patties covered with beautiful american cheese.
But here is what happened.
I have my girlfriend drop me off while she circles around to pick me up. As soon as I enter, the place is packed. A good 10-15 minute wait. I order and call my girl to get me in a few minutes, this is the part where my whole dream of sitting in is shattered. I finally get it and do to traffic its taking her a bit. Ten minutes later we are on the road to the hotel which is about 30 minutes away due to traffic, 5 without. Halfway way to the hotel we stop at a pier where I can eat my burger. To my wonderful surprise it is still warm, the only problem is that I’m standing with no where to sit unless I want grease on my new shorts.
Every bite I took felt like butter but with the taste of glorious unicorn meat. It was perfect. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about it. The onions were cooked perfectly, not too big not too small. They didn’t drown it in ketchup or mustard and it didn’t smell like old grease, something Johnny Rockets should learn. It was a wonderful experience.