Amigo’s 30A Mexican Kitchen gives the Panama City Beach area a welcome new option for Mexican cuisine. It’s a bit on the pricey side, to be sure, but the winning ambiance and service—and some excellent house-made items—make it well worth trying.
Sister restaurant to Amici’s next door, Amigo’s has put plenty of thought into the design of its menu and the preparation of its plates. The appetizers aim high, kicking things off on a tasty note. The Street Corn includes both fresh and grilled corn sumptuously dressed in chipotle mayo, cotija cheese, and lime juice with cayenne pepper. The Brussels & Cauli small plate tosses those hearty veggies in lime juice, chipotle mayo, olive oil, and cotija. Then there’s the heavy-duty Nate’s Signature Double Stacked Nachos, yours to plow into plain or amped up with chicken or steak.
Other great starter-style items include the Chicken Flautas and the Grilled Glazed Pineapple.
The house-made tortilla chips are something else here—really one of the standout items at Amigo’s. They’re heavenly paired with the excellent and varied arsenal of dips, from the guacamole and the queso fundido to the black bean and cowboy bean options.
The main menu at Amigo’s 30A Mexican Kitchen comes anchored by the tacos and the burritos, both benefitting greatly from the house-made tortillas. Tacos include a number of different meat and seafood options, while the burritos run the gamut from chicken, ground beef, and brisket to veggie and bean wraps.
You can also order some loaded-up rice bowls here—including pulled pork, brisket, ahi tuna, and vegetarian—or relish tamales with such fillings as chicken tinga, pork, ground beef, and a veggie version. House specialty dishes, meanwhile, include a grouper plate and the “Big Dog” skirt steak.
When it comes to drinks, Amigo’s 30A Mexican Kitchen gives you everything you need to wet your whistle alongside this inspired fare, including a variety of sturdy margaritas—including Spicy Mango, Blood Orange, Pineapple, and the Amigo’s 30A House Margarita—and such specialty cocktails as the Tequila Mule and the Pedro Infante. You’ll also find plenty of beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages on offer.
Spare a little room for dessert: The Tres Leches Cake and the Snickerdoodle Pie are both a sweet tooth’s dream come true.
Now let’s put the spotlight on our absolute top recommendations at Amigo’s 30A Mexican Kitchen!
White Queso Dip
Sometimes it’s the small and simple pleasures that take a dining experience to the next level. That’s likely going to be true for you when you order the White Queso Dip at Amigo’s: Part of the appeal, of course, are the excellent house tortilla chips, but the dip itself—with onions, jalapenos, and poblano pepper, and offered at either regular or spicy levels of kick—is awesome.
Sink those chompers into this saucy winner, which comes slathered with pico de gallo, sour cream, shredded cheese, and Amigo’s excellent Lily’s Guacamole. The fajitas here are also notable for their inclusion of foamy butter.
It’s worth trying a number of the Amigo’s 30A Mexican Kitchen burritos, but we’re especially partial to the chicken. The accouterments are great, including that aforementioned white queso as well as guac, pico de gallo, Mexican crema, and lettuce.
Amigo’s 30A Mexican Kitchen fills a needed niche in 30A. We won’t go so far as saying it’s the best Mexican joint in the area, but it’s definitely up there in the top ranks!
– For larger parties—including those with large groups of hungry kids—it’s hard to go wrong with Amigo’s 30A Mexican Kitchen’s Family Party Packs, which feed six and include taco and fajita options.