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.
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