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Moe’s Original Bar B Que

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Moe's Original Bar B Que: A Carnivore's Heaven in Panama City Beach
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Moe's Original Bar B Que serves a variety of satisfying Southern-style platters and sides. Come with a big appetite and leave with a smile on your face — you'll love the drinks, the sides, the ambiance, and most of all, the meat.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Some Panama City Beach visitors scoff at chain restaurants, but there’s something to be said for a few high-performing chain restaurants. Such is the case with Moe’s Original Bar B Que, which, has locations in Alabama, Colorado, Tennessee, Ohio, and Florida. The Panama City Beach location is one of just two Moe’s Original Bar B Que restaurants in the entire state, so it’s heavily sought out by fans from other regions. 

Don’t be fooled by the exterior design, which some visitors refer to as ‘divey.’ This location infuses plenty of local flavor with its interior decor, which represents the best of beach and barbecue. Take a look around and you’ll observe everything from surfboards to carved fish.

The interior is definitely pleasant, but when the weather cooperates, the patio’s the place to be. On rare occasions when it grows cold outside, patio heaters are available to keep you and your loved ones toasty. With TVs offered both inside and out, you’ll definitely want to stop by on game day.

Like any Southern-style joint, Moe’s Original Bar B Que serves a lot of meat-heavy dishes. From racks of ribs to chicken platters, you’ll find everything you could dream of if you’re a self-avowed carnivore.

However, there is not a great selection if you typically avoid meat. If you’re a vegetarian, your options are a salad and a handful of sides. Shrimp and catfish are available, so pescatarians will have slightly more luck. Portions are generous, so plan to split a dish if you’re a light eater. Better yet, plan for leftovers.

A drink is included with the price of your meal — a definite rarity in this day and age. You’ll find the usual soda selection, but there is also a bar with a view where you can order a cold beer or a mixed drink. 

A few of our favorite menu items include the following:

Smoked Half Chicken
Hot, smoked, sweet, and tangy. This smoked half-chicken is complimented with creamy Alabama-style white BBQ sauce and pickles!

Southern Fried Shrimp Moe Boy
If you love shrimp, you’ll be in complete paradise as you tackle this delectable sandwich. Enjoy shrimp fried to a perfect golden brown served in a sandwich with crisp slaw, pickles, and a creamy tartar sauce. Like all sandwiches at Moe’s Original Bar B Que, this entree comes with your choice of two sides. Options include collard greens, cornbread, potato salad, and baked beans.

Smoked Chicken Wings
If you’re feeling ambitious, order these jumbo smoked wings, which are coated in a delicious house sauce and served with celery. Dip your wings in Moe’s Original Bar B Que unique Alabama-style white BBQ sauce. While you might think of wings as an appetizer, this is actually one of the restaurant’s platters — so it comes with your choice of two sides.

St. Louis Style Spare Ribs
Are you hungry or really hungry? Either way, you’ll adore the ribs at Moe’s Original Bar B Que. The small order comes with four ribs, while the large order has six. Both versions are served with a house BBQ sauce, pickles, and your choice of two sides. 

If you have a healthy appetite and a love of all things BBQ, you’ll be thrilled by the selection at Moe’s Original Bar B Que. You won’t regret visiting the Panama City Beach location — and you just might find yourself eyeing the chain’s other locations when you venture beyond the Emerald Coast.

Insider Tips:
-In addition to a variety of menu items available to eat on site, several orders are included in the restaurant’s ‘Haul it Home’ category. Request a pint of your favorite side dish or a rib family pack to-go — you won’t regret it. Moe’s also offers catering services.
-Moe’s Original Bar B Que regularly hosts a variety of events, including bingo and live music. Check out the restaurant’s local Facebook page to see what’s scheduled.