New Series: 7 Local Restaurants the Tourists Don’t Know About

by March 26, 2012 • 11 comments
Who’s That Girl?

Ok, first of all, let me introduce myself…because you don’t know me yet.

My name is Marie Rivera, and I am the newest writer for! Panama City Beach has been my home for a grand total of 14 years, and I’ve loved every second of it! I am quite passionate about the people, places, and events in the area, and jumped on the chance to contribute my discoveries and thoughts on happenings around Panama City Beach!
My First Undertaking

My original idea for my first article started out as just that; one article. The more I delved into it though, the more my mind began spilling over with things I wanted to say and information I wanted to include. That’s when I decided that I would overload you with everything I have in mind for my entire first week with Pcbdaily.

So, with that said, I am going to write a series of articles with the goal of putting the word out for local-favorite restaurants in the area, as suggested and voted on by over 650 random PCB natives. When I say random, I mean that I went all around the area asking PCB residents at Pier Park, Gulf Coast, the beach, the navy base, etc. about their favorite  local hot-spots away from the mobs of beach invaders.

I began just asking for suggestions to put together a list, and was given about 45 places, which was a lot more than I anticipated from the first 75 or so people. I was pretty sure I’d hear names of local restaurants that I was familiar with, but more often I heard things that have never went through my ears before. This definitely intrigued me, and convinced me that I was getting myself into a lot more than I thought. But then again, this is the whole point of the articles, right?

It was definitely crazy trying to get the list down to where I needed it, but I just ended up narrowing the voting list down by only using restaurants that were suggested 10 or more times. That made it so much easier! I noticed too that the locals tended to choose places that were close to where they lived as their favorites, which is probably why I still hadn’t heard about some of the restaurants that were voted for. Although I obviously wasn’t incredibly familiar with the hot spots chosen, that’s exactly what made this so enjoyable! I was able to taste new flavors and experience new environments that seem to fuel the love for life on the beach! So incredible!

I am entitling the series “7 Local Restaurants the Tourists Don’t Know About”. Why 7? Because it’s my lucky number. No, in all reality, I chose 7 so I could feature 1 local hot spot each article that I had been to over the course of a week. I’ll probably get an article out every couple of days. Then, as a bonus, I am going to write an eighth article for a restaurant that really should get more traffic; not only in my opinion, but in many others’ in the area.

Sound good? Just keep your eyes peeled for my details of good eatin’ all around the beautiful Panama City Beach! 🙂

Links to the Articles

Ready to do your homework on the must-eat-at local restaurants? Click on the links to the articles to see what’s in store for you!

Tuesday Breakfast: Fatty Patty’s Cakes & Cafe

Wednesday Dinner:J.Michael’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar

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1 Deanie Johnsen March 28, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I would like to receive your newsletters


2 Marie Rivera March 28, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Sure! All you have to do is go to our main home page, scroll down just a bit, look to the right column, and you’ll see a section entitled “Get Involved”. There, you’ll put in your email address, and you’ll be all set!


3 Gus Pickerill March 28, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Where are these articles to be found?


4 Marie Rivera March 29, 2012 at 12:01 am

Each day, I’ll update this article with the links to the other articles as I write them, so you’ll be able to find the whole series in one place 🙂


5 KLR March 30, 2012 at 9:30 am

So have you been to Sweet Racks yet? OR Flamingo Joes? Looking forward to your 7 + 1 Be Blessed!


6 Cathy March 30, 2012 at 9:49 am

I’m looking forward to your articles and reading about all (7) new places to eat. I’ve already copy/paste Fatty Patty’s to my own list so we will be ready to visit them on our June vacation.

🙂 Have a good day!


7 Leon May 4, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Add me to email


8 Gus Pickerill May 12, 2012 at 12:42 pm

In just under 7 weeks, i’ve seen two articles on this subject; Fatty Patty Cakes and J Michaels. Has this series been abandoned?


9 Marie Rivera May 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Gus, I do want to apologize to you and all of our other readers who were following my articles. My life has been such an intense whirlwind these past few weeks, but I have not abandoned them! I have been to all of the restaurants on my list, and have most of what I wanted to say about them written. I just haven’t had the time to put them up! I assure you that they will be up super duper soon for you to enjoy! Thanks so much for your patience!