Friday, March 21, 2014

Margaritaville - A Popular Beachside Experience

On Wednesday I, along with my husband and two friends, took some time out to act like tourists and spend a couple of hours at Margaritaville.

This popular beachside restaurant, with its most perfect sunset viewing location (if you sit on one of the decks) is a fun spot to grab a drink, a meal or both!

First, I want to say that the staff at Margaritaville was exceptional.  From the hosts to the server (Dawn rocked!) to the dining room assistants who came by with our food or to pre-bus our table, the service was friendly, knowledgeable and without flaw.  The fact that we were right in the middle of one of the two biggest college spring break weeks gave this even more meaning.

The place was packed but we were seated fairly quickly at a table in the middle of the dining area.  (We will have to go back for that amazing sunset view!)

We started out with some drinks from the bar.  I had the Margarita Flight, a sampling of four different margaritas: The "Who's to Blame", "Blueberry Pomegranate", "Fins to the Left" and my favorite, "Last Mango in Paris". The drinks were all on the rocks and each one delicious in its own way.

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Margarita Flight

The appetizers came out a few at a time.  We all shared some grilled shrimp skewers with a jerked glaze and coconut.  The island flavors were definitely interesting and everyone enjoyed these quite a bit. Next came some white cheddar cheese curds, a drunken shrimp skillet, asiago crab dip and some beef and pork tacos.
Shrimp Skewers at Margaritaville
Shrimp Skewers with Jerk Glaze and Coconut

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Asiago Crab Dip

We each had an entree after sharing all of these appetizers.  Mine was the Black Grouper with a side of island rice and green beans.  I opted for the cilantro lime butter on my fish which was quite tasty. Others had the Jambalaya, the Buttermilk Fried Chicken and my second choice, the Chimichurri Flat Iron Steak with fries.

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Chimichurri Flat Iron Steak

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Jimmy's Jammin Jambalaya

We were tempted by the desserts and saved just enough room to share a chocolate hurricane, a key lime pie and a gluten free brownie sundae.  (Ok, I will be honest, nobody really wanted any of my gluten free brownie)

While we ate and enjoyed our drinks, we watched as balloon artists on stilts made their creations for the guests in the restaurant.  The Jimmy Buffet music played and the atmosphere and Buffet inspired decor was all about fun!

Margaritaville offers something for everyone, with a menu featuring steaks, seafood, chicken as well as burgers and sandwiches.  They will even bring out a gluten free or vegetarian menu for those who prefer or need them.

Kids 12 and under can choose from a menu of items like cheeseburgers, fish and chips, mac and cheese and more.

Margaritaville is located on the Front Beach Road end of Pier Park, just across from the beach.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Happenings in Panama City Beach

Monday is St. Patrick's Day!  And that means that lots of places will have specials on their menus, Irish or not.

Celebrate, Panama City Beach style, at one (or more!) of these places and take advantage of some excellent specials and fun times.  You'll find fun and food on the West (Margaritaville) the East (Patches) and smack dab in the middle (Montego Bay):

Margaritaville - Pier Park
16230 Front Beach Rd,
Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Margaritas are green, so, that is the perfect excuse to spend St. Patty's Day at Margaritaville.

The theme is "I-rish I had a Margarita: and the Key West-inspired restaurant will offer the following:  

  • Shamrocker: Margaritaville Silver Tequila, melon liquor, triple sec and orange juice
  • Irish Boat Drink: Jameson Irish Whiskey, blue curacao, orange and pineapple juices
  • Lucky LandShark: LandShark Lager with Margaritaville Island Lime Tequila (their alternative to green beer)
  • Off To See The Leprechaun Marg O’ Rita: Made with Melon Liqueur, Margaritaville Gold Tequila and Special Margarita Mix

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

Celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick as Jim and the gang at Montego Bay bring back their wildly popular Irish dish and drinks to go with it!

  • Shepherd's Pie for just $6.99 including a side and bread.  
  • Enjoy a $3 Green Margarita or
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone with a Rolling Rock for just $1.25!

  • 4723 Thomas Drive
  • Panama City Beach, Florida 32408

The St. Patty's party at Patches is ALL day long:

  • Pints of Green Bud Light for only $2 Shepherd's Pie
  • And your favorite - Corned Beef & Cabbage. 
  • Craig will be serving up Certified Black Angus Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes, and bread. 
  • Live music with Craig Jarvis begins at 4pm. 
  • Get your Green on and celebrate at Patches.  They might even have some giveaways as well. 

Wherever you end up, have a great St. Patrick's Day!