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Bayou Joes Marina & Grill

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Bayou Joe's Marina & Grill: Casual Meal With an Amazing View
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

If you adore waterfront dining but prefer a laid-back experience, don't hesitate to hit up Bayou Joe's Marina & Grill in Panama City. Situated right on the water, this restaurant provides great views and even better seafood.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Nothing beats waterfront dining in Panama City, but many of the area’s top restaurants are more formal than laid-back tourists prefer. Thankfully, casual establishments also abound. Bayou Joe’s Marina & Grill is a great option, as it combines mouthwatering appetizers and entrees with the relaxed atmosphere you crave.

The view is a big sell at Bayou Joe’s, as you’ll quickly realize when you arrive at your table. Overlooking the gorgeous Massalina Bayou, the restaurant provides the perfect vantage point for Panama City’s best sunrises and sunsets. You’ll dine on the dock, where you can watch a drawbridge go up and down to let boats pass.

In addition to enjoying the sweeping scenery, you can catch a glimpse of underwater life. This is made possible by lights from Deep Glow Technologies, which have been installed in the interest of providing “Joe’s Glow.”

Options abound at Bayou Joe’s, but the restaurant primarily serves dishes in the Old Florida style. Fried foods dominate, as do seafood and hints of spice. Portions are generous, so be prepared to bring home leftovers if you neglect to arrive with an empty stomach.

Those with dietary restrictions should have no trouble finding something to enjoy. Multiple vegetarian dishes are available, as are gluten-free accommodations. Don’t hesitate to ask one of the servers for assistance. They are committed to delivering a great experience for all who stop in.

No matter which meal you order, you’ll miss out if you neglect to try the restaurant’s most noteworthy drink: Flynn’s Killer Mary. Featuring fourteen ingredients, this spicy drink is topped with a stalk of celery, grilled shrimp, and a garlic-stuffed olive.

Given the quality of the food and beverages — and the general popularity of the location — wait times can be considerable. Most visitors argue, however, that the meals and the view are well worth the wait.

A few of our favorite items include the following:

Bayou Omelet
Bayou Joe’s is a great breakfast spot, as you’ll discover while chowing down on this unique omelet. It infuses the best of breakfast and seafood by providing a wonderful blend of flaky fish and shrimp. A cream cheese topping completes the effect, as does toast served on the side.

Bacon Cheddar Chips
The perfect appetizer for sharing with friends, these homemade chips are served with a side of ranch, which is also made onsite. The restaurant also offers spicy pickle chips that are worth sampling. 

Trash Burger
If you like surprises, you’ll love this burger. It comes loaded with whatever the cook thinks sounds appealing at the time of your order. This sandwich might seem like a risk, but many satisfied visitors claim it’s a risk worth taking. Feel free to up the ante with the Trash with Class burger, which includes double the meat.

Kick’en Black Bean Burger
There’s no need to compromise on flavor if you’re a vegetarian. This meat-free burger is popular even among avowed carnivores. It’s served with mango salsa and spicy ranch on the side.

Catfish Basket
If you’re craving seafood, look no further than Bayou Joe’s basket meals, which feature several favorites fried to perfection. The catfish basket is especially tasty. It includes not only fried catfish but also, hush puppies and corn on the cob. For an extra charge, you can add a second seafood entree. Top choices include flounder, grouper, and shrimp.

Whether you crave seafood, burgers, or breakfast, you’ll quickly discover an appetizer or meal you adore at Bayou Joe’s Marina & Grill. Set aside plenty of time to kick back and enjoy your meal as you take in the view and the welcoming atmosphere.

Insider Tips:
– A small shop offers plenty of souvenirs to commemorate your visit. From shirts to jelly, you’ll have no trouble finding something fun to take home.
– Due to its location, this restaurant accommodates those who arrive by boat. What better way to end the perfect day on the water?