It’s Thursday, or at least it will be tomorrow, and that means time to re-post a restaurant review from the earlier days of the Blog. I stepped outside today and immediately decided that a post from the sunny South was in order. Here’s one from a wonderful seafood places:
Now this was January and Hunt’s is in Panama City proper, not Panama City Beach. I haven’t been to Panama City Beach in season in years, and it is no longer an age-appropriate location for me. Liza was there in her second year after college. She saw some guys mixing margaritas in a large plastic trash can — not a 13-gallon kitchen trash can, a large one. They were stirring it with a Weed Wacker. That’s Panama City Beach in the summer.
January is another story. Panama City Beach is virtually deserted and Panama City becomes a quiet small city. The big attraction is Hunt’s Oyster Bar. Bryan Boudreaux told me about it. He said to sit at the bar, put a twenty down for a tip, and start eating oysters.
Listen when Bryan Boudreaux speaks.
Hunt’s is a modest place in a small, not that great commercial district on the downtown waterfront. But they do a land office business, even on a weeknight in January.
Hunt’s has an old seafood place atmosphere, jus that you want.
The big attraction is the oysters. They are ice cold and fresh, and they are $8.99 for a baker’s dozen. Here in DC, oysters run $36 a dozen, and they don’t throw in an extra.
At Hunt’s the shuckers just keep adding more oysters until your tray of shells is full to overflowing.
And then they bring a new tray.
And another. I think they throw in extra oysters, but who’s counting.
I prefer raw oysters without a lot of adornment — just a squeeze of lemon. Hunt’s gives you some cocktail sauce, and also a generous side of horseradish you can mix in. I don’t put it on the oysters, but I love to mix in the horseradish and eat it on saltines.
I can confirm that they also have very good gumbo and crab claws and shrimp, and that they know how to both broil and fry fresh fish properly. And everything that other folks were having on this trip and others looked really good as well. Hunt’s doesn’t have any microbrews, but when you’re settling down to eat some oysters, the key word for beer is “cold,” and the beer at Hunt’s is cold indeed. Perfect.
You really should try Hunt’s. I wouldn’t go near Panama City without stopping there. So go.
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