What to Eat in Panama City Beach

Chowing Down in Panama City Beach: Where to Eat

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On the second morning in Panama City Beach, we were meant to go wreck diving. But the South has been having some weird weather of late, and the winds were a bit stronger than our liking, so we reconfigured our schedule and spent the morning getting our donut on instead.

What to Eat in Panama City Beach

You know you would have done the same.

What to Eat in Panama City Beach

 

What to Eat in Panama City Beach
What to Eat in Panama City Beach

What to Eat in Panama City Beach

Thomas Donut and Snack Shop is a local institution, but somehow it was my first visit ever, despite going down to PCB since childhood and the fact that the waterfront shack pre-dates me by 12 years. Don’t worry: We made up for lost time.

What to Eat in Panama City Beach

What to Eat in Panama City Beach
What to Eat in Panama City Beach

What to Eat in Panama City Beach

Thomas’ also serves Texas-style kolaches, another favorite baked good of mine, and Morning Glory Muffins, too, but seeing as we ordered nearly two dozen donuts (not an exaggeration), we stopped just short of indulging in those, as well.

What to Eat in Panama City Beach

What to Eat in Panama City Beach
What to Eat in Panama City Beach

I may regret that decision for the rest of my days.

What to Eat in Panama City Beach

What to Eat in Panama City Beach
What to Eat in Panama City Beach

“We’ve got a lot of kids in the car!” Angie exclaimed to no one in particular should any of our other Thomas patrons be judging our gluttony. (Given that not one but two men stopped us on the beach later and called us “the donut girls,” I’m assuming we didn’t go unnoticed.)

I don’t even care about the number of calories we consumed that morning; they were worth every extra trip to the gym.
What to Eat in Panama City Beach

Our bellies full of sugar and coffee, since we were right across from Laguna Beach, we decided to go for a wander. I’d say it was to walk off the donuts, but we all know it was actually to exercise my camera.

What to Eat & Drink in Panama City Beach

It’s so hard for me to believe that we could have such a major beach in a prime vacation destination more or less to ourselves. What pure bliss.

What to Eat & Drink in Panama City Beach

Some of us—the more mature ones, I should note—decided to take this peaceful moment as an opportunity to harass the locals.

What to Eat & Drink in Panama City Beach

What to Eat in Panama City Beach
What to Eat in Panama City Beach

What to Eat & Drink in Panama City Beach

And what’s a girlfriend getaway without a little spa visit? When the skies were looking a bit ominous, we ditched our plan to spend the afternoon outside and headed to Serenity Spa at Bay Point instead.

How to Spend a Rainy Day in PCB

From the second we walked in and the receptionist handed us mimosas, we knew we’d made a wise choice.
How to Spend a Rainy Day in PCB

Donuts and boozy spa days: Let’s just say we know how to rock a girls’ trip in style.

After my deep tissue massage, I met Angie and Jade in the whirlpool and we had another mimosa or three as we made plans for the rest of the day. The rest of the day obviously entailed more eating and more drinking.

What to Eat & Drink in Panama City Beach

From Serenity, we headed back to Pier Park to check out The Craft Bar, which a couple of our local friends had told us about. I’m forever craving a good stout, and now only did Craft Bar deliver, but they had a full menu front and back of both regional and domestic microbrews with the option to order a flight (twist my arm, why don’t you?).

What to Eat & Drink in Panama City Beach

What to Eat & Drink in Panama City Beach

My companions ordered cocktails, which was quite the production. I can’t say I’d ever before seen a bartender torch wood chips for an Old Fashioned before! It definitely gave it a smoky, campfire kind of finish.
What to Eat & Drink in Panama City Beach
What to Eat in Panama City Beach
What to Eat in Panama City Beach

We loved this place so much, we wound up going there twice in our four-day trip. I barely repeat restaurants in Nashville, but what can I say—Craft Bar was just that good!

What to Eat & Drink in Panama City Beach
What to Eat & Drink in Panama City Beach
What to Eat & Drink in Panama City Beach
What to Eat & Drink in Panama City Beach
What to Eat & Drink in Panama City Beach

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Where to Eat in Panama City Beach

COMMENTS
  • April 20, 2016

    Oh goodness, those donuts look amazing!!

    xox

    • April 25, 2016

      They were some of the prettiest donuts I have ever seen!

  • April 20, 2016

    That picture of you chasing the seagulls just cemented my belief that you’re adorable.

    • April 25, 2016

      Or stupid, one. 😉

      • April 25, 2016

        (I’ll take adorable over stupid and try my hardest at continuing to fool you.)

  • April 20, 2016

    Bless your heart that you made donuts a photoshoot.

    • April 25, 2016

      Oh you should know me well enough by now to know that’s not only thing I made a photoshoot out of that day! 😉

  • April 20, 2016

    Oh the donuts seems delicious and I am sure that it worth all the calories

  • April 21, 2016

    Beyond jealous!

  • April 21, 2016

    Who needs diving?! This pretty much looks like my idea of a perfect day!

    • April 25, 2016

      Right? Donuts trump physical activity any day 😉

  • April 21, 2016

    What a day! It’s a pity you couldn’t go diving, but everything else you’ve done that day would make a girl forget the pain 🙂

    • April 25, 2016

      I’m REALLY good at rain days. Clearly. 😉

  • April 22, 2016

    I should have never opened this post. Now I am hungry all over again!

    • April 25, 2016

      Ha! I hope you found something half as good as that donut to satiate you 😉

  • April 25, 2016

    So. Many. Calories.

    But I could have some of those donuts right now, even after a full meal. Gladly, I’m somewhere far away from the temptation. 😀

    • May 29, 2016

      Dessert is a separate part of the stomach, right? 😉

      • May 30, 2016

        It was, like a day later, when I saw some similar donuts around. And I have two for myself, just to keep me motivated when I go to the gym 😀

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