ROAD TRIP: Capt. Anderson’s, Panama City Beach, Florida
I’d been so excited about going to Capt. Anderson’s, especially since I’d been waiting for three days to go. I had read they were closed on Sundays, but they were actually open because instead they closed for Columbus Day on Monday instead. Tuesday, was our shot and when Melanie said the wait was between 35 minutes to one hour I said “that’s fine”. This had to be good right? I mean they’ve won Southern Living magazine’s #1 Seafood Restaurant for ten years in a row and numerous other awards and recognition. I couldn’t hardly stand it while we were waiting.
It took a full fifty minutes before being seated but once we got to our seats, our server greeted us, had our drink orders and was able to answer all of our questions promptly and efficiently. One thing about Capt. Anderson’s, the service was very good.
Melanie was still full from The Red Bar that afternoon for lunch but I was on my game and ready for some great seafood. Melanie ordered the Soup of the Day, which was Creamy Potato Soup. Melanie was not informed that raw onions and cooked bacon on top of the soup. It pretty much ruined it for her but she tried to eat around it. The rolls were hard and cold – such a stark contrast to the awesome rolls that we enjoyed at Hammerhead Fred’s.
I started out with the She Crab Soup. Yes, it was a traditional she crab soup with a hint of sherry in it but it was creamy almost to the point of being frothy. Weird, right? The flavor was okay and there were identifiable pieces of crabs in it but overall I was unimpressed.
For my main course, I ordered the Stuffed Grouper that comes broiled and has blue crab stuffing. The piece of grouper that came with it, was no $30 piece of fish and it was hardly seasoned. The blue crab was plentiful but it was under seasoned as well and the celery in it was overwhelming. I cannot begin to describe how disappointed I was.
Capt Anderson’s is what you’d get if Red Lobster and Picadilly Cafeteria had a corporate merger. It’s a high-volume, quantity over quality operation that never met the expectations considering the awards that they’ve been conferred. For fantastic seafood, don’t go to Capt. Anderson’s. It rates a SKIP IT on our list of best Panama City Beach restaurants. There’s plenty, and I mean plenty, of others. Guten appetit!