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“Really great Royal Reds & beignets--but busy and noisy”

Bayou On The Beach Cafe
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night
Reviewed March 7, 2013

Thursday night is crawfish night. Apparently all the locals in the area know that. We didn't but got there early. I'd seen online that they had Royal Reds (aka Louisiana lobster)--a native shrimp that tastes like lobster--and had to give it a go. My wife and I shared an order which was more than enough for the two of us--a pound of boiled Royal Reds (headless), along with a salad and a side (we opted for the sweet potato fries). They were delicious. The Royal Reds are generally larger than regular shrimp; the ones at the Bayou were larger than the jumbo shrimp you usually see down here. Market price was $22.99 which would be pricey for one person but perfect when shared. We finished with an order of the beignets for dessert. These were about a dozen smaller beignets (two-bite sized) drizzled with honey and coated with powdered sugar ($2.99). The Royal Reds are a seasonal specialty so you won't find them all the time. The place was very noisy. With live music playing and everybody in the place talking over each other, it was difficult to hear our server or each other. Our server was Jennifer. She was great. As for the noise, a small inconvenience for such good food. It was very casual there. Go. You won't regret it. We'll be back--perhaps a couple of times--on our next visit to Panama City Beach. One thing: although it is called Bayou on the Beach, it isn't on the beach. It is on Hutchison Street near the R. Jackson Blvd intersection.

Date of visit: March 2013
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

Family of 5 for lunch today. Had oysters on half-shell to start. 6.99/doz were very good. I had the seafood Muffaletta (1/2 sandwich) and was excellent. Wife had fired oysters and she loved them. Beignets were just average (a bit heavier than I'm used to). Will be back.

Date of visit: March 2013
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Thank catman1_73
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

Wonderful grilled shrimp - felt the price might be a bit high for only shrimp and cole slaw, but the shrimp were huge and wonderful. Even one hush puppy or roll would have been nice. It is a very noisy room and hubby with hearing aids could not really hear our table conversation.

Date of visit: February 2013
Thank Lois M
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Reviewed February 21, 2013 via mobile

Bayou is a stop we make on every visit to Panama City. We love the happy hour drink specials, and the food is predictably good. We always get oysters and we usually try something different too. My little girl loves to dance to the live music. All around it's lots of fun!

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3  Thank shley17
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

A taxi driver told my cousin this is a local place, so we dropped in for a light dinner on our vacation. Opened the door and almost left the music was so loud, but we became accustomed to it and everyone looked so happy we stayed. We had walked into the weekly karaoke night. And what fun it was! I've heard better singing, but the laughter, the spirit, the good vibes were just what we needed. In addition, the Who-Dat shrimp and red beans n rice were great, as well as my husbands oysters. And a couple draft Blue Moons set it off just right. Elvis impersonator was a hit. Our waitress was a doll and did a little singing herself. Watching the scenery was fun. We will put it on our revisit list.

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