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Dusty’s Oyster Bar & Dining

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Dusty's Oyster Bar: Delectable Oysters in a Quirky Setting
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Dusty's Oyster Bar delivers a delicious range of seafood staples in a casual, quirky environment. If you're not bothered by waiting in the sun or receiving your seafood on a paper plate, you'll love the camaraderie and the explosion of flavor your encounter.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Seafood may be an Emerald Coast staple, but Dusty’s Oyster Bar stands apart from the competition with its vast selection of seafood favorites. Oysters may be the name of the game (and given their delightfully briny flavor and sweet finish, it’s easy to see why), but you’ll also find several other iconic dishes, including stuffed crab, clam strips, and blackened grouper.

When you first set foot in Dusty’s, you’ll notice dollar bills everywhere. Bring a few of your own so you can take part in this unique tradition. Money is just one element of the restaurant’s quirky decor; take a look around, and you’ll also notice neon beer signs and American flags. To some, all this might make Dusty’s seem cluttered or crowded, but others feel that the unorthodox decorations only add to the restaurant’s laid-back appeal.

The ambiance at Dusty’s is enjoyable, but only if you know what to expect in advance. When some people picture an oyster bar, they imagine a sophisticated atmosphere in which they can expect an intimate date. This is definitely not what you’ll find at Dusty’s, which is invariably crowded, and, at times, rowdy. Your wine will be served in a plastic cup and your oysters on a paper plate. Don’t let that scare you away — the friendly vibes will have you feeling right at home.

The upside of Dusty’s decidedly unsophisticated atmosphere? It’s the type of seafood joint you’ll actually enjoy visiting with your kids. Youngsters are encouraged to order their favorites from the Ankle Biters menu, which features such kiddo staples as popcorn shrimp, chicken fingers, and grilled cheese.

A few of our favorite menu items include the following:

Oysters Rockefeller
Just one of several varieties of oysters served at Dusty’s, these come slathered in butter and herbs. Served on the half shell, this classic oyster dish never disappoints.

Grouper Po’Boy
Diners who may not be in the mood for making a mess with a pile of oysters will want to consider one of Dusty’s delectable sandwiches. A local favorite, this po’boy features a thick piece of fried grouper served with tomatoes, onion, lettuce, and a side of French fries. 

Dustybaked Oysters
Bask in the bacon-filled glory of the Dustybaked oysters — a mouthwatering combination of oysters, cheese, onions, and bacon. Loaded potato skins can’t hold a candle to the unique flavor combination you’ll find when you try this one-of-a-kind creation.

Clam Chowder
Clam chowder isn’t just for residents of New England; at Dusty’s, a special rendition of this classic comfort food is served up in a flaky, crusty bread bowl. 

Key Lime Pie
Save room for pie — no Southern seafood meal is complete without a taste of this quintessential dessert. Key lime pies may seem like a dime a dozen in Florida, but the Dusty’s version is definitely worth sampling.

Whether you love oysters or would rather eat just about anything else, you can find something appealing on the menu at Dusty’s. Don’t be afraid to broaden your horizons with a new dish — you just might be surprised by how much you like a formerly off-limits type of seafood.

Insider Tips:
-Be sure to ask your server if frog legs are available. These deep-fried delights are sometimes hard to come by. They may periodically take a hiatus from the Dusty’s menu.
-Long waits are common at Dusty’s, as locals and tourists alike flock to this Panama City Beach staple during dinnertime. Arrive as early as your appetite will allow, but be prepared to spend your wait outside in the sun. Chairs are mercifully available to make your wait a little more comfortable.