ROAD TRIP: J. Michael’s Restaurant, Panama City Beach, Florida
Lunch is a rare treat for us while we’re at Panama City Beach, since we like to enjoy most of the day on the beach. It was very windy one day, and we used that day to visit The Red Bar in Grayton Beach. This day, I had some business errands to run and we were getting a late start so we decided to grab some lunch before we hit the beach.
I was looking for a place favored by the locals and we found it at J. Michael’s Restaurant. The décor is a hodgepodge of clutter – signs, guns, surfboards on the roof, etc. but mostly one dollar bills are ALL OVER THE PLACE. People will write their names on them, emblazon them with their favorite college football team or write just about anything on them and then tack them on one of the few open spaces available. It’s a little weird but it seems to be common among the bars and seafood shacks in the Panhandle.
Melanie enjoyed a Fried Grouper Sandwich, while I had a Shrimp and Scallop Basket. The flavor of both the shrimp and the scallops was excellent but the scallops were among the smallest I’d seen but what they lacked for in size they made up for in quantity. The fries were homemade and had a really awesome batter that gave them a great taste.
The locals seemed to love it as the place was packed at 11:45 when we arrived for lunch and remained that way throughout our meal. We saw a lot of large groups taking time off from work both office workers and craftsmen, even cops met there to enjoy J. Michael’s. Everything tasted great and the service was awesome making J. Michael’s Restaurant a MUST-SEE when visiting Panama City Beach. Guten appetit!