The Panhandle Restaurants

An abundance of seafood is served at coastal restaurants: oysters, crab, shrimp, scallops, and a variety of fish. Of course, that's not all there is on the menu. This part of Florida still impresses diners with old-fashioned comfort foods such as meat loaf, fried chicken, beans and corn bread, okra, and fried green tomatoes. You'll also find small-town seafood shacks where you can dine on local favorites such as deep-fried mullet, cheese grits, coleslaw, and hush puppies. Restaurants, like resorts, vary their operating tactics off-season, so call first if visiting during winter months.

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  • 1. Fish Out of Water

    $$$ | Eclectic

    Time your appetite to arrive at sunset and you'll witness the best of both worlds: sea oats lumbering on gold-dusted dunes outside and a stylish...Read More

  • 2. McGuire's Irish Pub

    $$ | Irish

    Since 1977 this authentic Irish pub has promised its patrons "feasting, imbibery, and debauchery" seven nights a week. A sense of humor pervades...Read More

  • 3. Al Fresco

    $ | Eclectic

    Five different dining spots (including four airstream trailers serving as food trucks)—complete with umbrella-shaded tables—sit within a sea...Read More

  • 4. Andrew's 228

    $$$ | Italian

    Part of a smart complex in the heart of the political district, this two-story "urban Tuscan villa" (contradiction noted) is the latest of owner...Read More

  • 5. Andy's Flour Power

    $ | American

    Both locals and visitors rave about the breakfast here, including breakfast sandwiches, biscuits and gravy, French toast, and omelets. But the...Read More

  • 6. Angler's Beachside Grill and Sports Bar

    $$ | American

    Unless you sit in the water, you can't dine any closer to the Gulf than at this casual beachside bar and grill next to the Gulfarium. The waterfront...Read More

  • 7. Another Broken Egg Café

    $ | American

    Follow the line to this local-favorite breakfast-and-lunch retreat, one of six locations in northwest Florida. This is the kind of restaurant...Read More

  • 8. Apalachicola Seafood Grill & Steakhouse

    $$ | Seafood

    Where will you find the world's largest fish sandwich? Right here in downtown Apalachicola. Here since 1908, this is where the locals go for...Read More

  • 9. Avenue Eat and Drink

    $$$ | American

    Elegant yet unpretentious, this cozy restaurant offers an eclectic mix of Southern fusion food that delights taste buds in small bites and larger...Read More

  • 10. Billy's Steamed Seafood Restaurant, Oyster Bar, and Crab House

    $$ | Seafood

    Join the throng of locals who really know their seafood. Then roll up your sleeves and dig into some of the Gulf's finest blue crabs and shrimp...Read More

  • 11. BJs Pizza and Subs

    $ | Pizza

    In any other locale you might think twice before dining at a restaurant that advertises "kegs-to-go" on the menu, but this is an island, so...Read More

  • 12. Blue Parrot

    $$ | Seafood

    You'll feel like you're sneaking in the back door as you climb the side stairs leading to an outdoor deck overlooking the Gulf (this is Apalach...Read More

  • 13. Boar's Head

    $$$ | American

    An exterior that looks like an oversized thatch-roof cottage sets the mood for dining in this ersatz-rustic restaurant and tavern. Inside you...Read More

  • 14. Boss Oyster

    $$ | Seafood

    Shut up and shuck." That's the advice from this rustic Old Florida restaurant—and it should know, since many consider this the top oyster restaurant...Read More

  • 15. Bud & Alley's

    $$$ | European

    This down-to-earth beachside bistro (named for a pet cat and dog) has been a local favorite since 1986. Tucked in the dunes by the Gulf, the...Read More

  • 16. Café Thirty-A

    $$$$ | European

    About a mile and half east of Seaside in a beautiful Florida-style home with high ceilings and a wide veranda, this restaurant has an elegant...Read More

  • 17. Capt. Anderson's

    $$$ | Seafood

    Come early to watch the boats unload the catch of the day on the docks and to beat the long line that forms each afternoon at this noted restaurant...Read More

  • 18. Decent Pizza

    $$ | Pizza

    The name is terribly modest—the pizza here is much more than decent, and the prices are more than reasonable. A couple of Florida State University...Read More

  • 19. Dharma Blue

    $$ | Eclectic

    Geographically speaking, this trendy spot is in downtown Pensacola (on leafy Seville Square), but its cuisine is all over the map. Appetizers...Read More

  • 20. Finns Island Style Grub

    $ | Mexican

    The most casual of dining spots can still produce excellent food, and a case in point is Finns, a popular food truck in a gravel-covered parking...Read More

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