PANAMA CITY – You can find seafood restaurants just about anywhere along the Panhandle, but the most important search is finding the best fried seafood on site.
Here are five restaurants where you will find excellent fried fish at Bay County.
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From fried grouper to catch of the day, Boon Docks offers a variety of fried favorites that will keep you coming back for more. All entrees are served with two sides and hushpuppies; fried fish options include catfish, grouper, tilapia, and plaice, as well as other seafood options. If you can’t decide because there are so many options, order the half of the two choices for the best experience.
14854 Bay View Circle, Panama City Beach. 850-230-0005. Boondocksfl.com. Lunch and dinner hours are 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday; dinner only on Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday.
Hunt Oyster Bar
Originally a restaurant serving raw oysters, Hunt’s Oyster Bar has evolved over time into a full-scale restaurant, now offering a selection of fried fish entrees. Come for the fried whole red snapper, fried flounder or fried oysters.
1150 Beck Avenue, Panama. 850-763-9645. Huntsoysterbarpc.com. Open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Bayou Joe Marina and Grill
Nothing beats a freshly caught meal, fried to your satisfaction, so why not enjoy it at Bayou Joe’s Marina and Grill? Grab your favorite bayou basket while overlooking Massalina Bayou, served with fries or hushpuppies. Bayou Baskets: grouper basket $12.99, oyster basket $12.99; basket of shrimp $12.99, basket of catfish $11.99, basket of plaice $12.99, basket of mahi-mahi $12.99, basket of fish and chips $11.99, basket of scallops 13 $.99.
112A E. Third Court, Panama City. 850-763-6442. bayoujoes.com. Hours are Monday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday closed; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Irish Pub House of Henry
Take time to visit the House of Henry, the region’s most authentic Irish pub, and sample the fish and chips entree. Mahi fillets are cut into healthy portions, dipped in HoH beer batter and fried to perfection. This entrée is a pub favourite, served with tartar sauce, lemon and fries, $14.99.
461 Harrison Ave, Panama. 850-481-1602. Hohpub.com. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
by Captain Anderson
Choose from Captain Anderson’s selections of fried fish, with the option of a whole fresh Gulf flounder, fillet of grouper, or fillet of fresh Southern-style catfish. Captain Anderson’s menu recommends an HDV Carneros Chardonnay with these entrees. All fried seafood starters are served with the soup of the day or a salad.
5551 N. Lagoon Drive, Panama City Beach. 850-234-2225. Captanderson.com. Open Monday to Saturday, 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.