December 10, 2017

6 Great Places for Crab Cakes in Panama City Beach

Crab Cakes
Crab Cakes
Photo: Ralph Daily

If you’re looking for a combination of local seafood and comfort food, crab cakes are the way to go. Luckily, if you’re in Panama City Beach, there are plenty of places you can find delicious, fresh crab cakes to indulge your cravings.

Salty Sue’s

Located on Back Beach Road, Salty Sue’s offers Maryland-style crab cakes that are outstanding. An order includes two five-ounce crab cakes, with a side of mango salsa and remoulade sauce for dipping. Salty Sue’s also features live music on weekday evenings from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Firefly is an upscale restaurant on the West end of the beach. Their crab cakes come as a starter, but can be ordered as your meal if you’d prefer. They are made with jumbo lump crab meat and fried green tomatoes, served with a shishito pepper remoulade sauce.

Grand Marlin

Another great place for crab cakes is Grand Marlin, located on the East end near Thomas Drive. Their fresh lump crab cakes are also Maryland-style crab cakes, but served a bit differently. Served with roasted corn relish and a creole mustard butter, the unique flavor you’ll get from these crab cakes is one to remember.

Salt Water Grille

Salt Water Grille is just off the shoreline on Hutchison Boulevard. The crab cakes are served as an appetizer here, but they still pack a punch. Salt Water Grille’s recipe includes a creole crab bisque, corn, and mushrooms for a variety of flavors in every bite.

Runaway Island

Runaway Island is right on Front Beach Road, making it an easy place to access for your evening meal. Once again, Runaway Island serves their crab cakes as a starter, but you can turn any appetizer into a meal. Their crab cakes are done up Maryland-style, and their sauce is the perfect combination of lemon, caper, and mustard.  This one is my personal favorite.

Your Own Vacation Rental

One of the best parts about staying in a vacation rental is having your own kitchen. This way, you can save money and make your own crab cakes!  You have the kitchen, and we have the perfect recipe on our blog. Our whole family loves these crab cakes, and we make them all the time (even when we’re not at the beach).

Crab cakes are a delicious choice for fresh and satisfying seafood. If you are on the hunt for any other restaurant recommendations, feel free to contact us!

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