Wicked Good Food at the Wicked Wheel

by June 11, 2012 • 5 comments

There’s a new restaurant in town, but it’s ran by some of the most seasoned dining veterans in Panama City Beach.  Having been in the works for nearly 2 years, The Wicked Wheel Bar and Grill opened in April and is serving “the best fried chicken and the biggest burgers on the beach.”

“The theme itself and the vision had been life long. The actual getting-it-custom takes time, and we were not willing to sacrifice quality to get it open any sooner,” said Jared Knetzer of The Wicked Wheel.

The Wicked Wheel is owned and operated by the same that own Pineapple Willy’s – the Buskell family. They are located right on Middle Beach Road (Hutchison) a few doors down (to the west) from Walmart and right across from Miracle Strip Loop.  There used to be a Tony Roma’s there, years ago.

Their fried chicken.

I’ll be honest, I’m not much of a fried chicken guy.  Not that I don’t like that funky fowl – quite the opposite.  I’m just not a traditional fried chicken guy.  But, I had to try what was being touted as “the best fried chicken on the beach.”  I ordered the 3 pc Classic Original chicken meal and added a Custom Spicy drumstick to test it out.

When they  brought out my order, I was greeted with an elegant presentation of fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy and seasoned green beans.  The chicken skin seemed to me to be perfectly crunchy yet flakey and the meat was juicy, tender and full of flavor.  I had ranch to supplement, but I didn’t need it.

The Spicy was hot, but not too hot.  It was good, had zing and will be my pick next time, if I don’t get one of their Classic Burnout Burgers.

The famous motorcycle seat bar.

Maybe “famous” is stretching it a little, but besides their food, it’s all anyone talks about – so maybe not.  The outside is accented with motorcycles and dedicated biker parking, but when you walk inside, you’re found with a whole motif that revolves around “custom cars, custom bikes, and all things cool,” said Knetzer.

“We have some motorcycles as seats at the bar [and]. . . If you look around you will notice everything from the 27 Ford T-Bucket hanging on the wall, the ‘hot rod hostess station’ which is made from a tool box, several car related signs through out, track lights made out of Fram oil filters, vintage car license plates, as well as art displayed throughout the restaurant,” added Knetzer.

The menu.

If you ask their wait staff what’s popular, they’ll tell you the chicken and their burgers.

Their Classic, Cheese and Bacon Cheese Burnout Burger is dressed in lettuce, tomato, onions and pickles and a variety of cheeses.

Their Custom Burnout Burgers:

Leadsled – ham, American cheese and bacon

Flame Thrower – pepperjack cheese, jalapeños, grilled onions, and peppers

Lowrider – white nacho cheese, chili, and pico de gallo

Sportster – cheddar cheese, grilled onions, and BBQ sauce

Shovelhead – provolone cheese, grilled mushrooms, and onions

Roadrunner – chicken breast and choice of cheese

And of course, they have a Challenger – which if you can finish (sides and all) in 14 minutes, you’ll get your picture on the wall and a free Challenger t-shirt.  What are you eating?  A Double Classic Burnout Burger with cheese.

You can view their entire menu here.

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1 Eric T Henderson June 14, 2012 at 10:13 am

You need to try their hamburgers. Absolutely off the chain. The best in the area for sure.

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2 Sharon Ernst June 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Can’t wait to get back down and visit this restaurant! DEFINITELY worth visiting! Yummo!

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3 Lauretta Thompson June 15, 2012 at 8:47 am

Love the Wicked Wheel Great fried chicken and my husband loves the burgers. We have been there twice and we will be back again and again. The service at the tables as well as the bar is GREAT! Love living so close to this wonderful restaurant.

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4 Cathy the Tourist........ June 22, 2012 at 7:50 am

Hey……. this is a great place to eat some of the best “Southern” fried chicken I’ve ever had! If you haven’t eaten at The Wicked Wheel yet…… go soon, you won’t be disapointed! Reasonably priced, fast service, clean & cool…… loaded with fantastic bikes, cars etc. to take photos of and grab the attention of young & old. Grab a “T” while your there!
🙂 Enjoy…. we sure did!
Cathy/Tn. at PCB

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5 Jeanne Mitchell April 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Their vegetables are great and inexpensive. Their fried sweet potatoes are crispy and the broccoli is fresh. During their happy hour, the appetizers are at a reduced price too.

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